is upon us. We are down to 25 undefeated teams, and this week, a handful will be eliminated because they are playing each other. A number of games around the country will help shape the conference races, as well as the national picture.
Thursday, Sept. 30
Texas A&M at Oklahoma State
Believe it or not, the battle of unbeaten starts on Thursday night with these two teams in the Big XII South. Both teams are 3-0, but neither really has a signature win.
A quick note now that this game is over, If this game is any indication of what we will see this weekend, I can't wait.
Friday, Oct. 1
BYU at Utah State
There is something about a Beehive Boot related to this game, but I think it also involves Utah and Weber State. Both these teams opened strong with BYU beating Washington and Utah State holding close to Oklahoma. Both have since gone on to 1-3 records.
Saturday, Oct. 2
Miami at Clemson
Both teams are playing pretty well and we could easily see this again in the ACC title game.
Temple at Army
I have been totally surprised by Army this season and their rushing game. I knew before the season Temple would be dangerous with theirs. The question is will Pierce be ready to go or even 100 percent after an ankle injury against Penn State.
Ohio State at Illinois
Remember 2007? Okay, I don’t really expect that to happen again, but I am just saying.
Navy at Air Force
No matter how good Air Force looks going into this game, they keep on losing to Navy. I don’t think Navy has looked the same as in recent years. Is this the year things change for Air Force?
Michigan at Indiana
Both teams are undefeated heading in. I just want to warn Michigan to be sure that Robinson’s knee is 100 percent. As a Duck fan, I saw what can happen if it isn’t a few years ago. The other guys played pretty good last week, so it’s not like you don’t have options.
Wisconsin at Michigan State
Another Big Ten matchup of undefeated teams and this one involves both teams being ranked. This will have Big Ten implications, but I am not so sure how much impact it will have on the national championship race.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina State
After a slow start, Virginia Tech has started to right their season by winning two in a row and starting ACC play with a shut-out win over Boston College. NC State has started 4-0 behind the strong play of quarterback Wilson.
Texas at Oklahoma
The shine on the Red River Shootout has lost a little bit of it’s luster after the upset of Texas by UCLA last week. It will still be a big game especially for the Big XII South.
Arizona State at Oregon State
Arizona State has looked impressive the last two weeks despite losing both. Oregon State has looked pretty good in their losses also. Someone has to win this one.
Washington at USC
Washington hasn’t been playing up to the expectations many had for them at the start of the season. USC has played well enough to win but does not look much like the USC of the past. Washington surprised USC last season in Seattle but hasn’t won on the road since 2007.
Florida at Alabama
It has been the SEC title game the past couple seasons and is the projected matchup for this year too. It has been a while since they met in the regular season though.
Stanford at Oregon
Seriously, it is a top-10 matchup in the Pac 10 that doesn’t involve USC. No, really Stanford is a top-10 team. GameDay will be in Eugene for this one. Expect a lot of offense.
Penn State at Iowa
Should be a good game with two ranked teams from the Big Ten, but both already have a loss so it may not look as pretty as if both teams were undefeated.