Arkansas has dropped 6-straight games to the Dawgs, but its last two trips to Athens were lost be a total of 4 points. Arkansas will play without Dennis Johnson while Georgia could possibly have star WR A.J. Green make his season debut. If not, Green will have two more games after this one until he can play again. This match-up will rely heavily on the quarterback match-up between Ryan Mallet and freshman Aaron Murray. Whoever can provide stronger leadership to their team and play effectively while keeping the turnovers at a minimum will likely lead their team to the W.
Final: Arkansas 27 Georgia 20
Update: Arkansas 31 Georgia 24 End.
Easily the best game in the Big Ten this week. It is the only game in the nation where two top-25 teams are playing each other. So far Iowa’s offense has looked deadly, much unlike its lethargic offense last year that ranked 92nd in total yardage. This is Iowa’s first real chance to prove to the nation that it’s not just Ohio State pounding on everyone else in the Big Ten year after year. However, Arizona has an offense of its own, with QB Nick Foles completing 83.1% of his passes. Nevertheless, Iowa should take this game relatively easily as long as the Hawkeyes limit their mistakes.
Final: Iowa 20 Arizona 7
Update: Iowa 24, Arizona 34 End
This game is Texas’s chance to prove they have not collapsed after Colt McCoy’s departure. Against Rice, Texas played similar to Florida in week 1, starting slow and eventually working its way up to defeating the little schools of Division 1 football. Now they must prove they are not a slumping team to maintain their top ten ranking in the AP and Coaches Poll (because they aren’t in my top ten: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/463941-will-smiths-top-10#page/1). For Texas Tech, this is the perfect opportunity to build credibility under new coach Tommy Tuberville. After all, Texas has gone 3-3 in Lubbock under Mack Brown. Unfortunately for Tech, their offense is anything but dynamic, so the Longhorn’s defense should be able to handle it. This game should be a close one.
Final: Texas: 31 Texas Tech 28
Update: Texas 24 Texas Tech 14 End.
Georgia Tech- North Carolina
Not much in the ACC this week in terms of interest. However, Georgia Tech should not only make a good game, but it also will provide a good insight into the future of the ACC coastal division this season. It was (and could still be) thought that the Coastal division was supposed to be one of the best divisions in the nation this year. But after disappointing losses to Ohio State, Kansas, and LSU, it has appeared to lose some of its luster. What makes this game special is that it will likely place either the Yellow Jackets or the Tar Heels ahead of each other in the division for the whole season. Later in the season, both teams will have to take on Miami to try and top in the top 2 spots. And who knows, if it’s a defining win, the winner could even become ranked again.
Final: North Carolina: 24 Georgia Tech 17
Update: Georgia Tech 30 North Carolina 24 End.
Unranked Washington takes on 8th ranked Nebraska in a tell-tale story of Pac-10 football. So far the only powerhouse in the Pac-10 is Oregon. Washington lost in a surprise game against BYU; USC has had disappointing wins against Hawaii and Virginia, Oregon State has to prove themselves, and neither has Stanford. If Washington is serious about competing for the Pac-10 title, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some momentum rolling. If they can beat the defense of Nebraska, they should have little problems defeating their offense, and consequently a big ‘ole W would go on their record. For Nebraska, this game should be a chance to get some good offensive strategies working. That is, if Washington plays like they did against BYU. But obviously, this game means more to Washington in terms of proving themselves than it does to Nebraska.
Final: Nebraska 20 Washington 10
Update: Nebraska 56 Washington 21 End.
The rivalry of the century is back! Well…a rivalry is back. Maryland has had a great start to the season beating Navy and Morgan State, while West Virginia has beaten Coastal Carolina, and an unsatisfying win against Marshall. Could West Virginia hold on to beat a tougher opponent? Or could they show the nation that they are better than last week’s performance? Personally, I think Maryland will ride their momentum for the upset of the week.
Final: Maryland 24 West Virginia 20
Update: West Virginia 31 Maryland 17 End.