USC at Oregon, Texas at Oklahoma State Make for a Scary Exciting Week Nine

David HedlindAnalyst IIOctober 28, 2009

Tuesday, Oct. 27

East Carolina at Memphis

Whose idea was it to have Tuesday games? I like that there is a game, but at the same time it kind of throws my week off. East Carolina can push to a lead in the CUSA East. Memphis is just trying to keep their bowl hopes alive.


Thursday, Oct. 29

North Carolina at Virginia Tech

I remember in preseason I had this as the Coastal decider, but now that it is here the teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum, and this game is just a matter of a W and an L.


Friday, Oct. 30

West Virginia at South Florida

West Virginia is surging while South Florida seems to be sliding. I don’t think South Florida has a chance to win the conference, but they can disrupt others and push for bowl positioning.


Saturday, Oct. 31

Indiana at Iowa

The watch continues to see if Iowa can run the table. This one does not seem like it will be much of a challenge, but if I have learned anything about college football, it is that on any given Saturday anything can happen.


Cincinnati at Syracuse

Same as above. Can Cincinnati go undefeated? Can they do it now with the backup quarterback? He has filled in so far very nicely.


Southern Miss at Houston

This game could very well be played twice this season—this being the first, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see these two match up again in the Conference USA championship game. The loser, of course, will have work to do though, as both divisions have tough competition.


SMU at Tulsa

These two are actually tied with Houston for the lead in the West. The loser is likely eliminated from the conference race.


Western Kentucky at North Texas

I love these play for last place games. Last place in the Sun Belt is like being the bottom of college football.


Central Michigan at Boston College

A win here would go a long way for the reputation of the MAC. The seemingly top of the MAC at a mid/upper ACC team would be a nice win.


Georgia at Florida

It’s the cocktail party, but it doesn’t have that big game shine to it like normal. If UGA manages to win, that’s a different story though.


Temple at Navy

Temple is having a season much like Buffalo did last season. They are surprisingly at the top of the MAC East and could soon be playing for the conference title. Navy has six wins but plays 13 games this season, so they still need one more for a bowl.


Miami at Wake Forest

A few weeks ago both of these teams were atop the ACC. Now they are both sitting in the middle. Even still, neither is really out of the conference race. That’s just how the ACC goes.



TCU is another team looking to stay undefeated against a team that likely has little chance of winning.


Hawaii at Nevada

Nevada started the season slowly but has come on strong and is undefeated in the WAC. Nevada was picked as the team to challenge Boise State and now still look to be that team.


Louisiana Monroe at Troy

Sun Belt leaders go head to head with the winner being the lone undefeated team in the conference.


Texas at Oklahoma State

I would venture to say the winner of this game is likely to win the division. The Big XII South gave us all kinds of trouble last season though. There is going to be a lot of orange in the stands.


USC at Oregon

It will be loud. The fans will be drunk and obnoxious. It will be cold. Does it get any better than two top 10 teams with the conference likely on the line playing a night game in late October?


Sunday, Nov. 1

Marshall at UCF

Lost among the NFL will be a college football game. Marshall is playing with the Conference USA East division lead on the line.