By Aaron M Smith
Week 8 in college football is upon us and brings an assortment of pre-Halloween goodies. Let’s take a look and see what’s in the bag:
Auburn vs. LSU (#1 PSCFP) :
At first glance, this game should look like blowout. The Tiger’s #4 defense in college football. Auburn’s quarterback, Clint Moseley is making his first college start – in Baton Rouge. All seems like a recipe for a long day for Auburn. But throw in the suspensions of 3 LSU Tiger players, including Heisman hopeful Tyrann Mathieu and suddenly this game doesn’t look like a LSU run away. How will the LSU defense perform without its star player? Will the Auburn offense be able to generate any offense? LSU holds on 27-14.
Tennessee vs. Alabama (#2 PSCFP):
Is there such a thing as out of the fire and back into the fire? A week after the Volunteers were manhandled by LSU, they now have to travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium to take on what many believe to be the best team in the country. The Crimson Tide have the top ranked defense in college football. The Volunteers are struggling on offense and will have a very difficult time stopping Heisman candidate Trent Richardson (912 yards rushing, 15 TDS). Crimson Tide roll, 49-3.
Oklahoma St. (#6 PSCFP) vs. Missouri:
With Baylor and Kansas State on the horizon after this game, could this be a trap game for Oklahoma State. Last week, the Cowboys proved that they could win a game and not rely on Brandon Weeden. Weeden was mediocre last week against Texas, but Jeremy Smith ran for 140 yards and 2 TDs – proving that the Sooners offense is not a one trick pony. But the Missouri offense is athletic and is lead by quarterback, James Franklin. Oklahoma State defense has been giving up 426 yards per game, and that could spell trouble. I think Coach Gundy will have his team ready. Oklahoma State wins 38-27.
Wisconsin (#5 PSCFP) vs. Michigan St. (#13 PSCFP):
After an inspiring victory over their inter-state rivals, the Spartans welcome fifth-ranked Wisconsin to Spartan Stadium. Ironically this is the site of Wisconsin’s last Big Ten conference loss, and this should be the game of the week. The Spartans tough defense will have its hands full with Heisman candidate Russell Wilson, who leads the Badger offense. The Spartans defense did keep Denard Robinson in check last week, but will have to handle Wilson without William Gholston who has been suspended for this game. Spartans upset the Badgers, 17-16.
Washington vs. Stanford (#7 PSCFP):
It is the Battle of the Quarterbacks. Heisman front runner, Andrew Luck vs. Keith Price. Oh wait, teams are playing too. Washington offense averages 37 points a game and Stanford hasn’t scored less than 37 points all season. If you are expecting a low scoring, defensive affair – you might want to turn the channel. Otherwise, fasten your seat belts as this should be a high scoring game. The game features 2 of the 3 teams unbeaten in PAC-12 play this year – obviously that will change. Stanford wins, 37-31.
USC vs. Notre Dame:
Earlie in the week, Pat Haden tried to convince everyone that this game wasn’t a big deal for USC or Notre Dame players anymore. Something tells me otherwise. Both teams like to run the ball, but the Trojans may be without top running back, Marc Tyler. The Irish have a two headed running attack with Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray. Look for the Irish to run Wood and Gray, so that it will open up downfield for Tommy Rees to find Michael Floyd. The Trojans will counter with Matt Barkley looking for Robert Woods. Will the Irish be rusty having a week off? Irish win, 27-17.
Temple vs. Bowling Green:
Bernard Pierce, Bernard Pierce, Bernard Pierce… oh you get the picture. Temple wins 37-0.
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