Ten Things To Expect On The First Saturday In October
The first month in college football is complete and now we say hello to October.
Nothing changed too much at the top. Alabama, Ohio State and Boise State are still the top three teams.
The only real surprises have been the early-season losses for Texas and Virginia Tech.
Here are ten things you can expect on the first Saturday in October.
10. Expect 500 Yards Of Total Offense From Denard Robinson
Rich Rod says Denard’s good to go, and you better expect him to pick up right where he left off.
Robinson leads the NCAA in rushing and is the nation’s best dual-threat quarterback (unless you live in the state of Ohio).
Indiana will not know how to defend him, and I expect that he will put up huge numbers by halftime. Don’t be surprised of Robinson is pulled from this game before the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines should run through the Hoosier state and Denard Robinson will prove why he belongs at the top of every Heisman leader board.
9. Expect The State of Oklahoma to Party All Weekend
The party will begin tonight and carry on through Sunday. Oklahoma State plays Texas A&M in a battle of the “secondary” schools in the state.
Expect Kendall Hunter to run wild on the Aggies and Justin Blackmon to show why he is one of the nation’s elite receivers.
There will be an offensive explosion in this one and the Cowboys fans will be tossing their 10-gallon hats in celebration.
On Saturday, The Sooners will show that UCLA’s victory over Texas was no fluke. Don’t expect the Red River to produce much of a shootout.
Oklahoma looks to be a serious national contender, and Texas is a few steps behind. Landry Jones and Co. will light up the scoreboard and the Sooners will rout the Longhorns.
8. Expect Antoher Notre Dame Loss
The honeymoon in South Bend was short-lived. After winning the season opener, the Irish have lost three straight games.
Don’t expect things to turn around for Notre Dame this weekend. Brian Kelly’s seat will get a little bit more uncomfortable as Notre Dame will lose its fourth straight.
It’s too soon for panic to set in, and Kelly is safe from being axed but still, the alumni might begin to grumble if this team doesn’t start winning soon.
7. Expect Mark Richt To Save His Job On Saturday
He can’t afford to lose another game this season. Chances are that unless they can somehow sneak into the SEC title game, Richt’s tenure as leader of the Bulldogs is over.
Richt can’t be worried about that just yet. He must find a way to start winning games now. Georgia plays at Colorado on Saturday.
On paper, Georgia should crush the Buffaloes, and Richt needs an impressive showing really badly right now.
Expect Georgia to win their first road game on the year and the heat to be turned down a bit on Mark Richt.
6. Expect N.C. State To Stay Unbeaten
They are the team in the ACC no one is talking about.
N.C. State continues to be overlooked by many, but expect that to change. Last week, they took care of defending conference champion Georgia Tech on the road.
Now they return home to face Virginia Tech. Tech desperately needs a win to salvage their season, but N.C. State will take no prisoners.
Russell Wilson is the lesser known of the two starting quarterbacks but look for him to be the better player on Saturday. The Wolfpack’s Cinderella run will continue at the expense of Virginia Tech.
5. Expect Alabama To Roll Over Florida
Those who view last week’s close game to Arkansas to be a sign that Alabama is vulnerable might want to think again.
Alabama returns home to play a Florida team who is nowhere as good as their ranking indicates.
Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson should run right over the Gators offense, and Greg McElroy should hook up with Julio Jones for some big pass plays.
Florida’s offense might make a game of it in the first half, but don’t expect much after that.
Alabama will prove why they are the best team in the country and roll right over the Florida Gators.
4. Expect Matt Barkley to Outplay Jake Locker
Depending on when Matt Barkley’s career at USC ends, he may be the school’s best quarterback who never got to play in a bowl game. Well, Saturday will provide him a regular-season opportunity to show his stuff.
USC goes head-to-head with Washington and its star quarterback Jake Locker.
The Huskies are not nearly as talented as the Trojans, but it doesn’t matter. The headlines will be all about the two players under center.
I expect Barkley will outshine Locker, further cementing his stock as a top draft pick whenever he should decide to come out.
For Locker, it could be another blow to his already dipping pro prospects.
3. Expect Wisconsin to Badger Michigan State
This should be a smashmouth game from start to finish and will give the nation a chance to see a collection of talented running backs who don’t receive much press.
Wisconsin will look to pound John Clay, who leads the team with 501 rushing yards. Michigan State will respond with their dynamic duo of Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell, who have combined to rush for 845 yards.
In the end, I expect that Wisconsin will have their way in Lansing and win this showdown of undefeated teams.
2. Expect Stanford's Luck To Run Out In Eugene
Consider this one a early-season conference playoff game.
Both teams know a win in Eugene will make them the prohibitive favorite to take the Pac-10 crown.
Oregon is led by arguably the greatest collection of offensive talent in the nation. Oregon leads the nation with 57.8 points per game, and they will look to turn this into a shootout.
Andrew Luck and Stanford are no slouches, either. Stanford ranks fourth in points per game with 48.0.
Expect this one to be a high-scoring affair. In the end, the zoo that is Autzen stadium will be too much for the Cardinal to overcome, and they will fall for the first time in 2010.
1. Expect Tennessee To Top The Tigers
It makes absolutely no sense and that’s why I’m predicting it will happen. College football, especially, in the SEC is unpredictable.
There is no statistical reason to believe a 2-2 Tennessee team should go into Baton Rouge and win, but they will.
LSU is not as good as their 4-0 record or No. 12 ranking would lead you to believe. There quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, remains the cause for concern, and their defense is prone to giving up big plays.
Expect Tennessee, who two weeks ago kept their game with Florida close to finally break-through and pull out a shocker over a ranked opponent.
The Volunteers will be singing “Rocky Top” all night long in Baton Rouge.