3 Teams with BCS Hopes on the Line This Week

David A. Cucchiara@@cucch22Correspondent INovember 7, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats is congratulated by teammates after running the ball in for a touchdown during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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BCS hopes are on the line this week, as college football enters the final weeks of the season.

With five undefeated bowl-eligible schools remaining, the next three weeks will provide college football fans with limitless excitement as teams battle it out for a chance at a BCS bowl.

Here are three schools whose BCS hopes are on the line this week.


Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide get ready to face the Aggies of Texas A&M on Saturday.

Alabama is the clear number one in the standings and has rolled over almost all opponents standing in its way.

The Crimson Tide faces their third ranked opponent in a row on Saturday in A&M, an intriguing matchup of two offensive powerhouses.

Texas A&M has a legitimate shot to come out of Tuscaloosa with a win on Saturday if quarterback Johnny Manziel can mirror last week’s performance.

Against a dynamic Mississippi State team, Manziel went 30-for-36 with 311 yards passing, 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

While Manziel is coming off a great performance last week, Alabama is no stranger to the dual-threat quarterback. It dominated the elusive Denard Robinson and held Mississippi’s Bo Wallace to just 123 passing yards and no rush yards.

Saturday’s game will be won by the defense.  Senior corners Steven Tarrell and Steven Jenkins will be responsible for containing Alabama’s talented receiving core of Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell.

Prediction: Alabama’s No. 1 ranked defense will be too much for Manziel to handle in the end. Tide win 24-17.

Kansas State

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is beginning to pull away from the pack in the Heisman race.

This Saturday, the Wildcats take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.

TCU is coming off a one-point, double-overtime victory in Morgantown against a West Virginia team that began the season in the AP Top 10.

Their final three games are against all top-25 opponents. The Horned Frogs will attempt to surprise their home crowd on Saturday, as freshman sensation Trevone Boykin looks to come out of the gate throwing.

The secret behind TCU pulling off the upset in Saturday’s game is its pass defense. This is a team with 16 picks on the season, defensive back Jason Verrett responsible for five.

TCU is also capable of putting a quarterback on his back. Freshman defensive lineman Devonte Fields has exceeded every expectation this season and leads the team in sacks with eight.

Klein hasn’t faced a defense comparable to TCU’s since Week 2 at Oklahoma.

Prediction: TCU’s defense will hold its ground and force turnovers against a high-powered Kansas St. offense. TCU in a close one, 21-20.

Oregon State

This week’s marquee matchup in college football brings us to Stanford, Calif. as the Cardinal of Stanford get set to take on the Oregon State Beavers.

Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz likely won himself the starting job with his 267-yard, three-touchdown performance against Arizona St. last Saturday.

In four games this season, Vaz has impressed, throwing for 870 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception.

Vaz will have to face the 12th-ranked defense in the country on Saturday, averaging just around 16 points allowed per game.

This Stanford D-line knows how to pressure a quarterback. They lead the FBS in sacks at 39 with eight different players contributing three or more sacks.

That could cause a problem for an Oregon State offensive line that’s given up 19 sacks on the season.

Prediction: Stanford’s rush will be too much for Oregon St.’s Cody Vaz to handle. Stanford pulls out the victory 28-14.


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