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Week IV - Previewing This Weekend

What I expect will come to pass, once this weekend of football t'is over...

-Louisville will recover, in a big way, against Syracuse. With Duke's win last week, and The Orange's awful play for quite sometime now, I now anoint The 'Cuse Orange - King of Bad Amongst Division I - Bowl Division Football. Then again, Louisville's defense...

-The Texas A&M @ Miami game to be a good one. Possibly. Well. I don't know actually. Miami/Wright are in need of a big win, and Texas A&M seems good BUT after the 3OT dance @ home against Fresno State (whom Oregon bulldozed the next week) - they could be vulnerable.  A&M's offense outpowers The Cane's defense... I'm starting to think there's been a complete talent flush in South Florida (or maybe the Bulls are sap it up...)

-The South Carolina @ LSU game. Steve Spurrier vs. title-caliber LSU. As I've said before - Spurrier has rarely been mortally outclassed as LSU has done to its previous three opponents. As well, it's a rare day-time game @ Tiger Stadium... and their record in the day is well... not even above .500 (since 1960)...

-Penn State's chances of winning the Big10 will be heavily weighed by this weekend's trip to The Big House. If Joe Pa wants the Big10 crown, he'll have to win against the Wolverines for the first time in the BCS era... (talk about mind games...)

-The Kentucky/Arkansas game is HUGE for both teams. Arkansas would like to defend its West crown. Kentucky wants to prove itself to the country - and that its win over Louisville was no fluke. Should be a good game with both teams playing their hearts out... and again could come down to the last minute, as both of their games did last week (note the home team in each's games won...)

-A stunning loss to Arizona last year cost California a Rose Bowl bid (note - was only made a possibility due to UCLA's 13-9 win over USC...) - think they'll remember that win Arizona visits this weekend? For Mike Stoop's sake, he'd better hope not. Or, hope that elder brother Bob has an opening at Oklahoma after the season is complete...

-Saban looks to continue his hot start in SEC play when the Dawgs come to town this weekend. If you think Bryant-Denny Stadium was rocking when they played host to Arkansas last week, wait until this weekend. Richt and the Dawgs are looking to remain in the SEC race - another loss having yet played The Gators or Vols could be trouble...

-Who would have thought, I'd ever find an Indiana (versus Illinois none-the-less) game interesting? If the Hoo's can best the Illini this weekend, they should have built enough of a foundation (4-0 w/ games versus weaklings Ball State and Northwestern remaining - and the way Iowa/ Minnesota have played...) to be bowl eligible at the end of the year. Great stride for a program that suffered a great loss during it's off-season...

-If Mike Leach had the talent of say, USC - he'd average 117.5 points a game. Amazing what he does with new QBs/ offensive players. The Red Raiders could rack up big at a seriously reeling Oklahoma State team this weekend...

-The Longhorn who was arrested this past week was the SIXTH, since June. Any coincidence between the string of arrests lately against their horrid play against 4 and 5 touchdown underdogs...

-I'd like to take bets again on the number of points the Sooners put up this week at Tulsa, an offensive-minded school as well coming off a shoot-out win over BYU. I'll also be interested to see how many points Tulsa scores against the statistical #2 total defense (179.7 YPG) in the country right now...

-If the Irish don't win against Michigan State this week, they should be sitting pretty at about 0-7 going into their match-up with USC. I wonder how many remember 2005's wild finish at Notre Dame Stadium. I'm not saying anything just yet, but weirder things have happened. Besides, as easy as it is for them to clinch a bid, all they need to do is be 2-11 -- a stunning win over USC and a last second clincher over Duke. Hey, even I like to dream...

-In today's "what have you done/accomplished/WON lately" society - the Nittany Lions could begin their Big10 title and Rose Bowl dreams, while effectively ending ANY chance Carr has of returning, barring acts from The Highest Power Himself (and I don't mean Michigan's AD or President Bush...) 

-Combine Wisconsin's sub-par play over the last two weeks with Iowa being irate with losing (AGAIN) at Iowa State, and wanting to prove they are in FACT a dark-horse with their non-Ohio State/Michigan Big10 schedule and you get = a game that Ms. Cleo couldn't predict the outcome of with all the magical cards in the universe...

-I read somewhere that Washington State's (28-22 escape in '06 ring bells?) passing offense was 2nd in the Pac-10, and considering some of these, people, who consider themselves "analysts" don't believe in the "garbage point/ yardage" theory in football, believe Keller shredded USC's secondary last week. Oh wait, I just received word this game was at The Coliseum this year - NEVERMIND...

-There is this AP voter. Out in San Jose, California. Who has, South Carolina at #4. Wisconsin at #5. Alabama at #6. Florida at #7. Ohio State at #14, one slot BEHIND Nebraska whom I remind you lost soundly to USC at home just a few days ago. West Virginia was #15. Rutgers - #24th. As I sit and look at this AP voter's ballot, I wonder. Why not just let everyone in America/ part of Canada and Mexico vote too. With people submitting ballots like that, it's a wonder the AP/BCS title has only been split once in 9 years...

-I'm looking for Purdue to score in the 80's the way Minnesota has played defense so far this year. Obviously the problem wasn't the coach, it was the (insert, defensive) players. 

-After the way Utah buzz-sawed UCLA, who's to say a surely much better team in Washington won't come into The Infamous Rose Bowl and do the same this weekend. If he doesn't learn to live up to expectations/ start delivering, Karl D could be very much unemployed (and justifiably so) at the end of 2007 as well... 

-Let's see if Tennessee can learn defense against Arkansas State - isn't this the same team that had Texas on it's heels (and seriously, should have won AT TEXAS) in their opener? 

-Let's see if Mississippi State's Croom uses his win @ Auburn to finally bring some results to town, I know they are tired of three win seasons.

-Let's see how many Kansas scores against Florida International this weekend. If they win (which they should, handily) - they'll be 4-0, which the next three games being winnable (at Baylor, Kansas State, at Colorado). That means, Kansas, yes, KANSAS, could be 7-0 going into their game at Texas A&M. And no, this isn't basketball I'm afraid to report. After Texas A&M, they host Nebraska at home - have two winnable games against Iowa State/ Oklahoma State, and then host Missouri. It's not out of the question they could beat everyone but Texas A&M, which would have them 11-1, playing for the Big 12 Championship. What if they beat Texas A&M? Wouldn't THAT be crazy... 

-Even though BYU is 1-2, they could still give Air Force a run for it's money. However, if Air Force wins, it too will be 4-0. And, it could also be in for significant wins looking at it's schedule (sans a trip to Notre Dame, which, have you seen The Non-Fighting Irish lately?) - it's not out of the realm of reality Air Force could go UNDEFEATED. Not that I'm expecting them to, it's just, possible...

-If the Wolverines lose to Penn State, they'll be 1-3. At that point, I would start questioning, is it out of the realm of possibility they don't make a bowl game (which, it wouldn't be). They play @ Northwestern and a pancake directional-Michigan school. 2 wins (hopefully...). 3-3. They then host Purdue. The same Purdue, that has that type of QB that seems to fluster the Wolverines into a loss. 3-4. At Illinois. 4-4. Or should we be so quick to write off the Illini, having their own mobile (yet highly inconsistent) QB. They scare a few big teams (see 17-10, vs. Ohio State in 2006) every now and then. Next up, Minnesota. 5-4. Then begins the final stretch from h*ll if you're a team on the bubble. At Michigan State. I actually like the Spartans, and they'll be primed for a "big" win under Mark Dee at this point. 5-5. At Wisconsin. No comment, 5-6. Then, the grand-daddy of em all - host to Ohio State in the regular season finale. If it came down to Michigan being/not being bowl eligible, I know they'd play their LIVES out against the Buckeyes. But, let's say Ohio State itself has a Rose Bowl (maybe more...) bid on the line. You think Tressel and the Bucks won't either?  After a nitty, tough, grind it out thriller, there is Michigan. 5-7. Ineligible for a bowl, for the first time in I really have no care of knowing however long. Hey, I'm just hypothesizing, but who's to say it couldn't be after the way this year has been so far... Or say, they do beat the Bucks. What if they lost on a trip to Northwestern/ Illinois? Again, who knows...

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