Casual Friday 9/23: Saturday CFB showdowns

by Wally

What a day it’s going to be just 65 miles up the road in College Station, TX!!!    Wish I had ducats, but at least my daughter and some friends will be there taking it all in.    Anyway, the mid afternoon showdown between OK State and Tex A&M isn’t the only big game this weekend.   Here’s a preview/prediction on most of them:


Temple at Maryland:   Hate to say it, Rey, but I think the Owls are going down on the road.   Hope not, but I think the Terps will rebound from a very poor game offensively last week and I think they’re “just as good as” Penn State.   Fear the turtle … Terps win 27-17.

#11 Florida State at #21 Clemson:    Underdog Tigers coming off an upset of Auburn while the Seminoles are ticked off after failing to hold serve at home vs #1 Oklahoma.   Starting QB for the Noles, EJ Manuel, still appears to be hampered by injury.    I just don’t think FSU has enough offense with a banged up starting QB to win this one on the road.   Tigers take it  30-21.



#7 Oklahoma State at #8 Texas A&M:    This should be  a great ballgame at a great venue.    (Have I mentioned that I’ve never seen students impact the game as much as they do at A&M … truly something to behold!).   The winner of this one should set themselves up to vault into the top 2 if they can beat Oklahoma later this season.   Anyway, this is how I see it … the teams are fairly similar … both are well-coached and play well on both sides of the ball.   OK State may have the more potent offense, but A&M has the slightly better defense …. and most importantly in this one, home field advantage.    The 12th Man prevails as A&M takes it 30-27.


#14 Arkansas at #3 Alabama:     I’d love to be able to say that the Razorbacks will somehow … finally … win the big one.   But I can’t.   They failed to pull it out at home last year when they had Bama on the ropes and Ryan Mallet to close the deal … which he failed to do.    This time, they’re going to Tuscaloosa and are facing probably Saban’s best defense yet at Bama.    I’m hoping for an Arkansas upset, Russell, but the brain says the Tide will take it  27-17.


Michael Floyd

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh:    The Irish took one big step toward righting the ship by beating Michigan State last week, but two steps are required … they must win this game against a so-so Pitt squad.    Pitt is nearly last among 120 teams in pass defense, which isn’t a good thing when ND’s Michael Floyd, one of the nation’s elite WRs,  is staring at you.   Notre Dame simply has more talent than Pitt, who blew a large lead at Iowa last week.   Unless the Panthers can overwhelmingly win the turnover battle, the Irish should prevail  31-21.


Mizzou at #1 Oklahoma:   Not this year and not on the road.   I just can’t see the Tigers hanging with the Sooners for 4 quarters.  OU is too talented and they have too much to lose.   Sooners win going away … 38-24.



Mountaineers Running Back Steve Slaton Framed Photo 3

#2 LSU at #16 West Virginia:     This should also be quite a ballgame … Morgantown at night … yikes.  Again … the size and speed of LSU’s players all over the field might be unmatched.    And they’ve played two very challenging games while shutting down their opponents with stifling defense and a methodical but efficient offense.   Can WVU, a pretty talented squad, play 4 FULL quarters and match LSU’s intensity?    Would love to see WVU pull off the upset here, but I think LSU will wear them out in the 4th.  This one is very close through 3 quarters, but LSU prevails 27-21.


Tulsa at #4 Boise State:   Another big day for Kellen Moore.    Broncos … by 23!!!   


#10 Oregon at Arizona:   Arizona and coach Mike Stoops are clearly on the hot seat and feeling extreme pressure to produce right now.   Meanwhile, a talented Ducks team is looking forward to this conference road game.   The ‘Cats will quack under the pressure … Ducks win 31-20.


USuC at Arizona State:    Question is, will the Trojans play up to their talent level or not?   They’re gonna have to in order to pull this one out … and even that might not be good enough.   I think home field wins it for ASU.   Crash … tell Nance I’m going with her Sun Devils over USuC … 31-26.  

9 Responses to "Casual Friday 9/23: Saturday CFB showdowns"

  1. Crash   September 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Being an ASU Alum all my better two-thirds will say to me right now is “Fear The Fork”, “Fear The Fork” ! Whatever…Trojans by 7 in another close one…

  2. Rey   September 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Can’t wait for LSU-WV game. Think if LSU wins and slows down WVU like they did Oregon, it will propel them to the PS Top-15.

  3. DREW   September 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I like your picks Wally. My only disagreements:

    -Temple beats Maryland, as long as they avoid the glare on the Terp uniforms.
    -The Cowboys beat the Aggies, in more of a shootout, 46-40.
    -I agree with LSU winning, but I don’t think they let WVU score close to 21 points. LSU 23-10.

    I look forward to checking back and seeing how you did, have a great weekend.

  4. Wally   September 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Nice call on Temple, Drew! Given this first half vs MD, how could they not beat Penn St at home last week???

    Notre Dame’s “unspecial teams” totally suck … kickoffs out of bounds, missed field goals, unfielded punts rolling back inside the 10. Useless!!! And the Irish’s QB play isn’t too far behind … two more Tommy Rees TO’s in the first half. 7-6 Irish … should be 17-3 ND lead or better at this point.

  5. Rey   September 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Drew: Great call on the Temple Owls! They are up 31-0 right now!

  6. Casey   September 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Drew! Helmet Sticker for announcing your entrance to the Pine with authority.

    Les Miles is pushing all the right buttons as of now.

  7. Crossword Pete   September 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Drew, you have some kind of crystal ball? Please always pick ND to win!!!!

  8. Travis   September 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    #7 Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden sets a school record with 438 passing yards in a 30-29 win over #8 Texas A&M. Follow @Weeden4Heisman on Twitter

  9. Wally   September 25, 2011 at 12:05 am

    As much as they seemed to try to lose this game in various ways, ND wins ugly in spite of themselves. Their unspecial teams are very disturbing, as are many coaching decisions.

    Bad day for the Big 10+2. Several teams looked like dogcrap: Minn, Indiana, Illinois. Even Michigan was lackluster. But 4-0. See what scheduling 3 cupcakes at home does for ya???

    Arkansas …. Pretenders. Same can be said for W. Virginia.

    Not completely sold on Oklahoma.

    A+M … What happened in that 2nd half???

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