Sun Devils over Golden Bears: Feeling Lucky in Week 9
This weekend there are ten games that promise not to disappoint. Selecting ten games that were sure to be good match-ups and capture the interest of fans was, needless to say, a difficult task. After much tarot and ball-gazing, I produced these ten beauties and my opinion on their outcomes. Feel free to post your own wagers or comments.
#1: USC at Oregon
Talk about a great matchup! The Ducks are averaging more than 46 points and 550 yards per game, but the Trojans are allowing just 16.6 points and 252 yards per game.
We’ve all heard the saying that ends in “defense wins championships,” USC wins this one.
USC wins by 4
#2: West Virginia at Rutgers
Rutgers almost had the Big East title last year-ALMOST. West Virginia's triple-overtime win last year in the final week of the season prevented Rutgers from claiming their conference title and a BCS bid and were sent to the Texas Bowl. Once again, this game has conference title and BCS bowl implications.
I’ll be wearing a coat of armor, but expect a Mountaineer victory.
West Virginia wins by 7
#3: Cal at Arizona State
California enters this game on the heels of consecutive losses to Oregon State and UCLA, Arizona State remains undefeated. Let’s see if they can keep their streak up. This game is truly a toss-up, but…
Cal falters in third quarter, never recovers fully, and Arizona State extends its perfect start to 8-0.
Arizona wins by 8
#4: South Carolina at Tennessee
Despite losing at home to Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks are still in the hunt for their first-ever SEC title! However, every SEC-East team is still in the hunt. Both teams have lacked consistency. Another true toss-up game…
Tennessee wins by 1
Ohio State ranks 1st in scoring defense and total defense. The Buckeyes are 4th in run defense and pass defense. The Nittany Lions are hot stuff right now and it seems like they may be able to finish the season strong, despite a less-than-stellar start.
Once again, my money is not going to be backing up the colors I’ll be wearing and I’d be happy to lose this wager.
OSU wins by 7
#6: Boise State at Fresno State
Though this game occurs on Friday, I’m including it in my weekend top 10 because it will be a good game, and because I can. Boise State is 42-1 in the WAC since 2002. Fresno State dealt them the loss in 2005 when the Broncos last visited the valley.
Don’t expect the bulldogs to pull one over on Boise State again this year.
Boise State wins by 12
Connecticut's only loss this season was by 1 point at Virginia. USF's only loss was by 3 points at Rutgers. The Huskies are the only team in the Big East without a conference loss. Both teams need this win if they want to dance atop the Big East.
The Bulls rebound after their loss to Rutgers and finish the season undefeated
South Florida wins by 10
#8: Kansas at Texas A&M
Kansas ranks 3rd in total offense and 2nd in total defense. A&M ranks 39th in total offense and 43rd in total defense. The computers have this game coming down to less than 2 points with Kansas securing the “W”.
Kansas strikes early and often while administering the blowout to the Aggies.
Kansas wins by 16
#9: Florida at Georgia
Florida remains the only team in the SEC-East that has yet to lose to an opponent from its own division. All six division members have winning records and want a shot at taking the East. This rivalry has been a lopsided affair for quite awhile as the Gators have won 8 of the last 9 "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Parties", with Georgia's last win comming in 2004.
The Gators defeat the inconsistent Bulldogs while I cry from another Georgia loss. Go Dawgs!
Florida wins by 9
#10: Clemson at Maryland
Maryland and Clemson each enter this game with two conference losses. The Terrapins' last-minute home loss to Virginia last week probably doomed their chances of capturing an ACC-Atlantic division title but who can really tell with the way this season has been.
The Terps outplay the Tigers and beat them on the field. But Clemson has more points when the final whistle blows…
Clemson wins by 2
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