This Columbus Day weekend has a full slate of college football games that features a the PAC-10 match-up, a pair of SEC showdown and one of the biggest rivalries in college football – the Red River Rivalry. To put a cherry on the sundae, the top 4 teams in the official Pickin’ Splinters College Football Poll are in action this weekend. Could we see a change at the top of the poll? All signs point to a great weekend of college football. Let’s take a look:
#5 (#4 PSCFP) Boise State vs. Fresno State:
On paper this looks like a Kellen Moore field day, but Fresno has hung tough against some pretty good opponents. The Bulldogs have lost relatively close games to Nebraska, Cal and Ole Miss. Moore is coming off one of his worst collegiate games, so look for him to rebound. The game features the return of suspended wide receiver, Geraldo Boldewijn for the Broncos. Look for a heavy dosage of Doug Martin, as the Broncos will look to get Kellen Moore back on track. Broncos win 41-17.
#17 (#14 PSCFP) Florida vs. #1 (#1 PSCFP) LSU:
This game is the first of a 4 game stretch in which the LSU Tigers face a SEC opponent. The stretch starts with the Florida Gators and ends with Alabama. 2 weeks ago this looked like a difficult match up for the Tigers, but an injury to starting QB Jeff Brantley put the Gators in a tough position. As we have seen in past games, the best way to attack this Tigers defense is through the air. Without Brantley and freshman QB at the helm, the Gators will be hard pressed to upset the Tigers. Expect Jordan Jefferson to have more of presence in the LSU offense. LSU wins handily 38-13.
Vanderbilt vs. #2 (#3 PSCFP) Alabama:
25 years of frustration comes down this Saturday….Well it is going to continue. The Commodores will try to get their offense going against one of the best defenses in college football. Held to just 80 yards in their loss to South Carolina, Vanderbilt will be hard pressed to end a 25 year drought with the Crimson Tide. Expect to see the Crimson Tide defense reign supreme in this one. Crimson Tide win 42-3.
Air Force vs. Notre Dame:
After an impressive win last week against the Purdue Boilermakers, the Fighting Irish take on a veteran ( no pun intended) Air Force team. Expect the Falcons the utilize their running game to control the game and rely heavily on their veteran defense. For the Irish, the offense flows through Michael Floyd. With defenses focusing on stopping Floyd, Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray will be able to take advantage on the ground. Last week Wood ran for a career high 191 yards and Gray ran for 90 more. If Rees can continue to cut down on the turnovers in the red zone, it will be difficult for Air Force to win this game. Notre Dame wins 34-21.
#3 (#2 PSCFP) Oklahoma vs. #11 (#9 PSCFP) Texas:
The Red River Rivalry takes center stage as the preseason favorites, Oklahoma Sooners invade the Cotton Bowl to take on the Longhorns. This game features quarterbacks on the both ends of the spectrum with the inexperienced Case McCoy going up against the experienced Sooner signal caller, Landry Jones. Expect this game to be a battle and having this game at home is an advantage for Texas. If the Longhorns can get off to good start, expect to see an upset. Longhorns with the upset, 27-24.
Auburn (#13 PSCFP) vs. Arkansas (#11 PSCFP):
One week after the Auburn defense shut down Marcus Lattimore and the Gamecocks defense, they must travel to Razorback Stadium to face the most prolific passing attack in college football. Tyler Wilson has already thrown for 1,500 yards and 10 TDs in the Razorback’s first 5 games. Expect more of it, as the defending champions’ defense will have a hard time slowing this offense down. Razorbacks win in a shootout 49-38.
Temple vs. Ball State:
Both teams are coming off a loss, and will be looking to rebound. The Owls will look to get Bernard Pierce back on track after being held to 75 yards rushing and no touchdowns in the loss to the Toledo Rockets. Scoring points for the Cardinals has been a problem all year – expect it to continue. Temple controls this game on the ground and into the win column. Owls win 28-3.
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