Nothing like a Friday to pause and take a look at the possibilities for the weekend. Similarly, Chief Osceola is feelin’ frisky today and lookin’ to hunt down some Sooners this weekend by warming up with the ol’ spear toss. Meanwhile, the residents of NDNation are afraid to look at what awaits them. So, without further adieu, here’s a look at some of Saturday’s key college football games.
#4 Boise State at Toledo (Fri): BSU was off last week so might be a bit rusty. Toledo was thisclose to pulling one out vs Ohio State. This one might be close for a quarter and a half, but the Broncos flex their muscles and pull away for the win … 31-17.
Penn State at Temple: This is gonna be a good game, especially since it’s at Temple. PSU’s QB uncertainty and general lack of production from that position could cost them the game here. If Temple can remain stout vs the run, this will go down to the wire. Sure, let’s call for the upset … Owls win 20-17. Whadya say, Ray??
#18 West Virginia at Maryland: There’s certainly a prevalent theme this week with many of the favorites being tested on the road against decent teams. This is no exception. The Terps have had two weeks to prepare for this one after getting by Miami in their opener. Feel good guy, Randy Edsall, has his new team fired up … and their ugly new uniforms have their own special shock value. Take the Terps in another upset … 24-21.
#21 Auburn at Clemson: The Tigers will win, no doubt about it! Okay, I know, which Tigers??? Auburn has been quite lucky to be 2-0 going into this one and now they’re facing their first road test. I just don’t think Clemson has the horses, as much as I’d like to see them end Auburn’s 17 game winning streak. Auburn’s Tigers win by 3.
#23 Texas at UCLA: Another tightly matched game with the favorite on the road. Texas has struggled mightily to it’s 2-0 record while searching for decent play at the QB position. Seems Mack Brown has decided to platoon two youngsters at the position and has benched the incumbent. UCLA lost to Houston on the road two weeks ago. Except at QB, the Longhorns are much more talented than the Cougars … and they’re better coached than the Bruins, since the enigmatic Rick Neuheisal mans the sideline in Westwood. Texas doesn’t need great QB play to win this game … they just need to play physical … run the ball and stop the run. Let’s go with a Texas win … 24-17.
Tennessee at #16 Florida: This is a tough one, but I’m going with the home favorite. Not sure either of these rebuilding teams could rise to Top 10 status in their wildest dreams this season, but I have more confidence in the Gators. They have more talent, they’re at home, and employ a coaching staff with higher pedigree. Florida wins by 10.
#15 Michigan State at Notre Dame: Why is Mark Dantoni smiling? That’s cuz he’s coming into Rockne’s House and he knows ALL the pressure is on the Irish. And he also knows he can outsmart Brian Smelly … which he did, of course, last year in stunning game-ending fashion. Here’s the confounding thing about the Irish … they are favored to win this game as they have been favored to win their first two games … and we know how that turned out. But can you believe the “not even getting any votes” 0-2 Irish are actually 5 point favorites over the #15 Spartans??? I say take the points and run … the Spartans may win this game outright. In fact, I’m picking ND to lose until they can demonstrate some level of competence in playing a full game and playing smart. They need to start playing up to their talent level, and they MUST do it this Saturday. But until I actually see it on the field, I’m going with the opponent … except maybe Purdue next week. Spartans win another heartbreaker against the Irish … 30-28.
Syracuse at USC: The Orange doesn’t have much of a running game and that will play right into USuC’s hands. Trojans win by 17. When are they gonna play someone good??
#1 Oklahoma at #5 Florida State: This is the Game of the Day. And now that Bobby Bumfuzzled Bowden is retired, I can now more easily root for the Seminoles, not that it’s easy. But when it comes to beating Boob Stoops, I can root for almost anyone … ‘cept for Meeeeeeeshigan. The ‘Noles were manhandled last year by the Sooners. I think the X factor in this game is Oklahoma’s D vs FSU’s Offense. Will FSU be able to score enough to pull off the upset? They’ll need to score more than 30. I say no … not this year. Sooners take it 31-27.
#17 Ohio State at Miami: Nothing like a nice tilt between two “rogue programs”. We might see a couple hundred probation officers in the stands for this one. This is like a game between two prisons. I heard that recently fired OSU coach Jim Tressel has been asked to do the honorary coin flip but couldn’t because he’s not allowed within 200 yards of college players. Everyone’s on probation!!! Fans attending this game will get free tatoos and free admission to one of the various strip clubs in South Beach … courtesy of Miami booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro. Both teams’ alums must be sooooo proud!!! Whadya root for in this one??? It’s obvious … a 0-0 tie!!! Okay … seriously … I’ll go with the Buckeyes to win 21-14.
Anyone see LSU’s manhandling of Miss State last night? Pretty impressive showing by the Tigers in a hostile environment … no need for luck, that’s for sure. Their toughness, strength and speed all over the field … all positions … is gonna make them VERY tough to beat this year. I’ll be kinda surprised if they’re not undefeated come December.
Feel free to chime in with your predictions! Hope everyone has a great weekend!