There have been conference games sprinkled throughout the schedule up to this point, but it really gets under way this Saturday with well over half of the BCS conference teams playing conference match-ups. Not to depress anyone but one-third of the season is over.
SEC Games – 4-3 straight up last week; 31-5 for the season
Florida @ #1 – Is Trey Burton the next Timmy Tebow? Get ready for Verne and Gary to ram that down your throat all night Saturday. The answer is a very simple no. Alabama Kentucky was caught off guard by CUM (Coach Urban Meyer remember) using Burton like he did last week, and it’s folks. They don’t necessarily scare anyone with their defense. Jeff Demps, the 5’8”, 180-pounder that Urban likes to run up the middle 15 times a game has been wearing a walking boot all week because of a foot injury. He will be ready supposedly. This comes down to Kentucky just not having enough offense. Bama is in the middle of a tough three game stretch here, but they continue to stay focused as they have throughout the first part of the season. Bama 27-16 Florida
In the ugly SEC games this week,
Auburn’s easy schedule continues over Louisiana-Monroe, Connecticut over Vanderbilt, Ole Miss over Kentucky and over Alcorn St. Mississippi State
Notable Games Around the Nation - 2-0 straight up last week; 11-1 for the season
Texas @ #8 – See “If I were a bettin’ man…” segment below. Oklahoma
Wisconsin @ #24 Michigan State – is very overrated in my opinion. They open up the Big Ten schedule on the road at Wisconsin who has performed well this season; their coach even had a heart attack after the overtime thriller against Notre Dame. I just don’t think these teams are much different than one another. Michigan State has gotten used to losing games on the road over the last four years going only 10-9. I like the home team here. Sparty 17-13 Wisconsin
#9 Stanford @ #4
– This will be the best game of the day in my opinion. I have had a chance to watch both of these teams play a couple of times and both are very good and well-coached. This could end up being for the Pac-10 title, which I think is the second best conference in the nation. This game is Stanford’s power vs. Oregon ’s speed. Oregon ’s #1 scoring offense and Stanford’s #4 scoring offense in the nation. Oregon ’s #3 scoring defense and Stanford’s #12 scoring defense. These two teams may be the most impressive teams through the first four weeks of the season. I can’t wait to watch it; it will definitely be a two TV night in the living room to catch this and the Florida-Alabama game. In a matchup like this, I’m going with the home team. Oregon 36-33 Oregon
If I were a bettin' man... – 0-2 against the spread last week (Vegas is getting this thing figured out); 5-5 for the season
#21 Texas @ #8 Oklahoma (-4) – The Red River Rivalry lost a little bit of its luster for this year last week when Texas was unexpectedly blasted by UCLA at home.
Oklahoma has had their share of tense moments with narrow victories over Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati between a dominating performance against . Florida State seems lost right now without Colt McCoy. They are trying to become a running team because they have a young QB, but haven’t been successful. I think OU has simply had a tough time focusing against some of their early competition, but when they did against FSU, the game was over early in dominant fashion by the Sooners. When this game features a new QB on one team (Garrett Gilbert) and an established QB on the other team (Landry Jones), which is the case this year, the team with the experienced QB wins most of the time in the recent history of this series. It makes sense because this is a huge game for both teams each year and the experienced QB will be the one most likely to handle the pressure. Mack Brown has shown little confidence in Gilbert at this point. I look for OU to load up to stop the run and let Gilbert beat them. He won’t…take Boomer Sooner to cover the slim 4 point margin. Texas
And They Muffed It...by Joseph Michael -
It would be really easy to write about the Arkansas Razorbacks this week and more specifically Ryan Mallett considering they outplayed the number one team in the country and who I think is head and shoulders the best team in the Nation. But, anyone who has ever played sports knows that no on earth feels worse than Ryan Mallett and the rest of the Hogs. But they played a hell of a game and had they caught a few breaks and not made a few timely mistakes, I would be skipping this week because I would still probably be on Dickson Street.
So here's who muffed it.
Texas, Texas, ... What the hell? You waited 13 years for payback for "Rout 66" in 1997 where the Bruins beat you in Texas 66-3. Not only did you have a chance for payback, you were playing a 1-2 team with a quarterback who looked like Austin trying to act in "Pure Country", clueless. This Bruin team's only win was against George Strait who lost their top 2 Quarterbacks during the game and even though they were up 17-3 when Case Keenum and the backup went down. A 14 point deficit is nothing for the Cougars Offense with Keenum. Regardless, Houston was ranked #6 in the country and this was supposed to be more of a walk through or scrimmage than a ballgame. What happened was just a sequel to "Rout 66", "Rout 22", that doesn't have the same ring, but it was still a really bad loss and the score doesn't tell the tale. There really isn't much I can say about this except, total embarrassment for Texas fans. UCLA threw the ball 8 times. 8 times. Some Pee Wee teams throw the ball more than 8 times. Texas had the #2 ranked rush defense in the country and gave up 264 yards. Of course it didn't help when the special teams and offense turned the ball over 5 times. Mack Brown said after the game "It was a rear end kicking.” I disagree - it was a full blown ass whipping. On top of all that The Red River Shootout is this weekend and neither team has looked very impressive as Texas Oklahoma beating Air Force 27-24 and 31-29 in their last two games. Surprisingly, Gameday still chose the right game with Stanford at Cincinnati . I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Oregon got beat by UCLA 34-12 with the crowd more than half gone by the end of the game. That is not Texas Football, what happened to the eyes of Texas ? And that is not what you want heading into one of the two biggest games of the Big 12's season, The Red River Rivalry. Goodbye Big 12, it was a nice run. Texas
So here's who muffed it.
Enjoy the games!
One more thing…everybody wish Money in the Bank good luck at the Baggo Tournament at Mack’s Prairie Wings in
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