Wow … we can’t just ease into the weekend after gobbling up all the turkey and stuffing. Nope, on Friday college football fans are gonna be clobbered with some high stakes games … playoff games, if you will … in this current system we have. Hold on, here we go.
— #17 Texas A&M at Texas: What happened to Texas this year? Too young or is the usual talent level simply not there? Longhorns need a win to be bowl eligible … when was the last time we heard that. A&M still with a chance to claim the Big 12 South if they win and get help. A&M’s Wrecking Crew defense is back and will give Texas fits. Aggies take it this year by a 24-20 score.
— West Virginia at Pitt: A rivalry game, but the Big East is terribly down this year. Dave Wannstedt is coaching Pitt. Therefore, it’s simple … go with the Mountaineers!
— #2 Auburn at #11 Alabama: This is probably the game everyone is viewing as the most pivotal of the season up to this point. Ever since Auburn climbed near the very top of the rankings, this late season showdown with the Tide is the game folks predicted the Tigers would lose. I’m among them. Give Nick Saban some time to scheme and set up a defense to combat the one-man wrecking crew that is Cam Newton, and I think we’ve got the makings of a close fought victory for the Tide. Home field edge nudges this one Bama’s way … Tide roll 24-21.
— #21 Arizona at #1 Oregon: I just don’t put any faith in teams located in states that have the Cactus as the state flower. Something’s always missing from these Arizona teams and this year is no exception. The Mildcats are offensively challenged. If this game were being played in Arizona, I’d give it a chance of being close. But given it’s in Eugene, I think the Ducks will roll to a “comfortable” 15 point win.
— #4 Boise State at #19 Nevada: And those same experts predicted that once Boise State got by Virginia Tech and Oregon State, they would coast through their schedule until traveling to Reno for this late-season showdown with a very good Nevada team that is led by the extremely dangerous dual threat veteran QB, Colin Kapernick. I think this one will be close at halftime, but the moxy of Kellen Moore and a very stout Bronco defense will enable BSU to pull away for a 13 point win. Go BSU! If you can’t win this one, you don’t deserve a shot at the title.
— Michigan at #8 Ohio State: This is EASY on many levels. Ohio State wins, wins big and, I hope, embarrasses the Skunkbears. Nuff said.
— #5 LSU at #11 Arkansas: Go Hogs … I’m sick of the Hatter. Tiger luck runs out (finally) … the Razorbacks take it 28-24.
— #10 Michigan State at Penn State: Crowd is delirious with joy at JoPa’s announcement that he’s coming back in 2011. (Or are they???) I think the Nittany Lions really come to play on senior day and upset Sparty 20-17.
— #13 Oklahoma at #9 Oklahoma State: Bedlam!!!!! I think the Sooners have gradually gotten so ticked off from their underwhelming performances earlier in the year and have regrouped with purpose. Meanwhile, Cowboys defense is gonna be exposed in this one. Sooners 37 Cowboys 27. There’s still lots at stake in the Big 12 South!!!
— Notre Dame at USC: The annual tilt between the Irish and Trojans. ND leads the series all time with a 42-34-5 record, but SoCal has won 8 in a row. QB Matt Barkley is hurting and may not play. No fear … Trojans have veteran Mitch Mustain in the backup slot. Irish have some positive momentum after two surprisingly easy wins with their own backup QB, Tommy Rees, playing full time. Irish defense looks rejuvenated and the offense has at least been fairly efficient and error-free for the most part. But this is a talented USC squad and it’s in LA. I’ll believe an Irish win when I actually see it. Meanwhile, the brain picks SoCal to win 28-21. Hope I’m wrong, but we know how that goes 😉
HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND! BE SAFE AND ENJOY.