As we approach “Throwback Saturday” with games being played at Yankee Stadium (Army vs Notre Dame) and Wrigley Field (Illinois vs Northwestern), what better way to open it up than see Lou Holtz roaming ND’s sideline. Man, I love that guy. Looks like the ND administration shoulda loved him a little longer, too. Okay, moving on to look at the “big” games this weekend …
— Fresno State at #4 Boise State (Friday night): Fresno was making a major move in the WAC and had its heart ripped out in a very close loss to #18 Nevada. Had they won that one, I’d give ’em a fighting chance to make this one close. But I suspect they’ll be down and BSU has had 8 days to prep, plus they’re on the Smurfturf. Broncos by 22.
— #7 Wisconsin at Michigan: Badgers are still quite alive for a Rose Bowl bid, but could the Skunkbears be poised for an upset special? Nah … they’re the Skunkbears … and this is one game I hope the Badgers actually do score 80 points. Death to the Skunkbears! It won’t be a blowout though. Badgers win 31-24.
— #10 Oklahoma State at Kansas: not even close … Cowboys by 28.
— #6 Stanford at Cal: Huge PAC 10 rivalry game. But I think Cal may be spent after giving Oregon all it could handle last week. The Tree takes it by 17.
— #9 Ohio State at #20 Iowa: This should be a good one. Buckeyes have the momentum and more to play for … seem to be peaking. Iowa coming off gut-wrenching loss to Northwestern. Ohio State wins 23-20.
— Ole Miss at #5 LSU: Can The Nutt top the Mad Hatter? I hope so … would like to see an end to LSU’s charade as a top team. But they’re in Death Valley, so the Hatter will likely pull more rabbits out of his cap. Tigers by 2.
— #16 Va Tech at #24 Miami: ACC supremacy on the line here. Hokies by 3.
— # 8 Nebraska at #19 Texas A&M: Lots riding on this one, too. I’m really looking forward to it as the whole fam will be in attendance at Kyle Field. Which Nebraska will show up? … that’s the question. Huskers are a slight favorite, but I think the Aggies significant home field advantage will take the day. Aggies 24 Huskers 21. Gig ’em!!
— Army vs Notre Dame (at Yankmee Stadium): Notre Dame gets a second chance to defend the triple option …. something they failed miserably at vs Navy a few weeks ago. So the kids are fairly bright, right? Are ND’s coaches??? I’m gonna give them the benefit of the doubt. Irish take this one by a 24-17 margin.
— Auburn and Oregon are off this week. Tigers will travel to Alabama after Thanksgiving. Whoa, Nellie … that will be a barnburner!
Okay … I’m out of steam. Everyone have a great weekend. Please send comments on how you see these or other games coming up. 😉