The game of the week ladies and gentleman…
# 9 LSU at # 3 Alabama
3:30 PM ET Saturday
On Saturday coach Nick Saban will go to battle against his old squad, the LSU Tigers. Some may call it a redemption game, but Nick doesn’t want to talk about the past. Alabama’s win over LSU last season (27-21 in OT) snapped a five game skid for the Tide against the Tigers and with a win on Saturday they can secure the SEC West Title. Both offenses have been pretty average, if not poor this season. That may be an understatement! Bama’s one bright spot has been Heisman hopeful running back Mark Ingram who leads the Tide with 1,004 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Both defenses on the other hand have been rock solid all year. The Tide led by Rolando McClain have only given up 11.4 points per game, which is fifth best in the nation and LSU’s defense hasn’t been too shabby either; they are 7th in the nation. With all of this said, I’m looking forward to another low scoring field goal fest, the epitome of a SEC grudge match, a total classic, with Bama coming out with a small but victorious win.
#16 Ohio State at #11 Penn State
3:30 PM ET Saturday
On Saturday in what is essentially an elimination game in the Big Ten, Ohio State and Penn State will battle to keep pace with the surprise of the year, the Iowa Hawkeyes. If the Buckeyes can somehow pull the upset, they can still run the table and claim the Big Ten title. On the other hand, if the Nittany Lions win, they’ll be the ones that are still in the title hunt. However, they will need some timely luck and help from a few spoilers. Both teams are 4-1 in the Big Ten and a game back of Iowa, which defeated Penn State earlier in the year, and Iowa still must play Ohio State. Is it me, or is this scenario more complicated than the quadratic formula? Ohio State leads the all time series 10-6. Terrelle Pryor will need to show up big in this one if Ohio State has any chance to upset Penn State, but with that said I have a hunch that Terrelle will get on track Saturday and deliver a dandy of a game. I’m taking the Ohio State University to pull a nice little upset, and I’m even going to go out on a limb and call the Ohio State upset against Iowa next week.
The last game of the week…. No other real marquee matchups, so I thought I’d take another stab at an upset.
Oregon State at # 20 Cal
7:00 PM ET Saturday
On Saturday Cal will be gunning for its fourth straight Pac-10 win when it hosts Oregon State. But it’s been the Beavers who have felt at home in Berkeley recently, winning the past four matchups, and 8 of the last 10 overall. Cal is second in the conference averaging 33.6 points per game, but their defense has been pretty atrocious, ranking 8th in the league against the pass. They are going to need to step up big, because they will have their hands full with the Rogers brothers. Jacquizz and James have been absolute studs this year, leading the team in almost every offensive category. Jacquizz has gained 1,253 yards with 11 TD’s and James has 60 catches for 706 yards and 5 TD’s. With all of that said, I am going to take the Beavers to pull another big Pac-10 upset this Saturday.
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By: Morgan Spokny