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Iowa/ Ohio State
330 PM ET, Saturday
Ohio State hasn’t been to the Rose Bowl since the 1996 season, and Iowa hasn’t been there since 1990, but one of those streaks will inevitably be broken after Saturday’s winner-takes-all showdown in Columbus. Not to toot my own horn, but I knew last week which team would be taking this matchup. In a single week Ohio State went from a disappointing underachiever who hasn’t won a big game in three years to a 17 point favorite and potential 2009 Big ten champs. With a win on Saturday, Ohio State will secure a spot in the Rose Bowl and will face off against whoever makes it out of the wild wild Pac-10 ( front runners as of today are Arizona and Oregon, (who knows who will be there next week). Iowa will be without starting QB Ricky Stanzi, and instead will be starting redshirt freshman James Vandenberg (I’ve never heard of him). Things are going to get ugly in Columbus this Saturday as the Buckeyes led by Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel will be looking to unleash the pain and embarrass Iowa after an up and down season. The only question mark remaining in this one is whether the Buckeyes can cover the lofty 17 point spread.
800 PM ET, Saturday
Dave Wannstedt and Charlie Weis coached their very first college game against each other. Now, four years later, Pitt has its highest ranking in 20 years and is battling for a BCS bowl berth while Notre Dame’s lack of BCS berth viability has Weis on the hot seat… yet again. Talk about Déjà vu! The only thing that might save the Loch Ness monsters job is his hefty guaranteed contract and the bad economy. If the Panthers can win out, they’ll win the Big East title. This won’t be an easy task as the Panthers have yet to really be tested, but will be finishing the season playing West Virginia and Cincinnati. If by a grace of god, the Irish can sneak a win here, they will most likely still need some of that luck of the Irish stuff we all hear about to reach a BCS bowl berth. ND and in particular, Charlie will need to cross their fingers and pray that Jimmy Clausen shows up huge and puts the team on his shoulders if they have any chance at taking this game. ND coughed up 348 yards on the ground to Navy last week, and the Panthers HB Dion Lewis is a far better runner than anything Navy had on the roster. Keep in mind folks that ND has a 7 game losing streak against top 10 opponents, so the numbers don’t look favorable for them this week. Points will scored quickly and frequently in this one, and with that said I am taking the Panthers to squeak out a close win in high scoring slugfest.
700 PM ET, Saturday
On Saturday Arizona and Mike Stoops start a daunting four game conference stretch that could end with the Wildcats headed to the Rose Bowl. But first thing is first, and the Cats will have to beat Cal and end a three game losing streak in Berkeley. During that span they have been outscored (114-41). Things will be easier for Arizona this year as Cal will be without star RB Jahvid Best who sustained a brutal concussion last week during the loss against Oregon State. The overall series is tied (13-13-2). Arizona has a stout defense, that is ranked 11th in the nation and they will be there key to success in this one. With all of that said, it should be no surprise that I am taking the Wildcats to get the win in this one. Cal has been too inconsistent and the loss of Jahvid will be far too tough to overcome.
Other possible upsets that I can see happening- No sure thing, but wouldn’t surprise me!
Indiana over Penn State
Stanford over USC
North Carolina over Miami
Also taking in close games..
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By: Morgan Spokny