College Football Week Five: You Can't Handle The Spotlight!!

Ron Johnson@TLCCaptainSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2010

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It almost happened. Alabama almost lost to Arkansas. We almost had a new #1 in the country. We almost had a new landscape in regards to the BCS. But as proven in the past, almost doesn’t count. And now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of the Pac-10 as the new favorites to win the BCS Championship or at least the respect of the fans. But then again…

Haven’t people figured out that you don’t count out the SEC?

ACC Conference

#16 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (2-1, 0-0) vs. Clemson Tigers (2-1, 0-0)

The Canes look to start ACC Play with a huge win over Clemson…but Clemson is looking to dethrone the ‘U’ from ACC Championship contention. Miami had a good start to their season, but a trip to Columbus derailed them quickly. But they righted the ship against Pitt last Thursday to send a message to the Big East that they are not missing them at all.

            For Clemson, it’s all about getting back on the good foot. After losing a tough one to Auburn, the Tigers are eyeing a huge upset against Miami. A win for the Tigers puts them in a three way tie for the moment with the ‘Noles and Wolfpack. Either way, if the ‘U’ are expecting to have a slim shot at the BCS this season, they will need to take down some familiar powerhouses in the ACC. Because NC State and Florida State are no longer the pushovers they used to be.

East Carolina Pirates (2-1, 2-0 C-USA) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-2, 0-1)

The Heels need a victory…but the Pirates want the victory.

Duke Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1) vs. Maryland Terrapins (3-1, 0-0)

Maryland looks to keep in tow with NC State against a downed Duke squad.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-3) vs. Boston College Eagles (2-1, 0-1)

The story of the year welcomes a mediocre Irish team to Beantown.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-2, 1-1) vs. Wake Forest Deacons (2-2, 1-1)

A pair of .500 teams looking to return to their winning ways.

Florida State Seminoles (3-1, 1-0) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (2-1, 0-0)

The ‘Noles are back…but are they ready to reclaim the ACC?

Virginia Tech Hokies (2-2, 1-0) vs. NC State Wolfpack (4-0, 1-0)

A resurrected Hokies squad looks to hand the ‘Pac their first loss.

Big Ten Conference

No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0, 0-0) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1, 0-0)

Is there anyone or anything that can stop the Buckeyes? If you look down the list of teams at the top of the conference, Ohio State is at the top of the list. But Northwestern, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan are all looking to dethrone them from the top of the Big Ten Food Chain.

            Up next for the Buckeyes are the Illini, who are not the usual pushovers they used to be. Illinois has to find a way to contain Terrelle Pryor and those magic legs of his. For Ohio State, they shouldn’t have much problems with Illinois…but then again, there are those who didn’t think that Arkansas could hold the Tide’s jock strap either. Look how that turned out.

Northwestern Wildcats (4-0, 0-0) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-3, 0-0)

Surprising Wildcats put it all on the line when they travel to Iceville to battle the Gophers.

No. 22 Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs. No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-0)

One season ago, this game determined the Big Ten Champs. This season, it determines who could beat Michigan and Ohio State en route to the Big Ten Title.

No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (4-0, 0-0) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (3-0, 0-0)

Shocking Michigan battles surprising Indiana in another clash of Big Ten undefeateds.

No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0, 0-0) vs. No. 24 Michigan State Spartans (4-0, 0-0)

Another clash of undefeateds will collide as the lucky Badgers face the Ultimate Underdogs/Opportunists Michigan State.

Big XII Conference

No. 21 Texas Longhorns (3-1, 1-0) vs. No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0, 0-0)

This is without a doubt the biggest game in the Big XII Conference this weekend. For the last two seasons, the team that has come out of this game has been the one that has gone on to compete for the BCS Championship. After the controversy that left both Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford wanting more of each other, the times have changed from that year.

            After the embarrassing loss to UCLA, Texas will look to bounce back against a Sooners team that has been on and off in more ways than one. Despite not knowing which Sooners team shows up, it seems to be working well for them considering their undefeated and ranked in the Top Ten. So will they still be that way after the battle in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas?

Kansas Jayhawks (2-2, 0-0) vs. Baylor Bears (3-1, 0-0)

Jayhawks hit a huge speed bump in the form of surprising Baylor Bears to open Big XII play.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-1) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (2-2, 0-1)

Raiders fell hard against Texas…but is Iowa State the remedy for their troubles?

Mountain West Conference

No. 5 TCU Horned Frogs (4-0, 0-0) vs. Colorado State Rams (1-3, 0-0)

The Frogs still hold their grudge, and yes, I will continue to make that adamant. The Frogs know that they if they want another shot at the Broncos, they will have to finish the season undefeated and hope that their last encounter is enough to put them in a battle for the possibility of a share of the BCS Championship.

            Their next “challenge” comes in the form of the subpar Colorado State Rams who are nothing more than a minor stepping stone. In all fairness, the Rams Fans should take the time to enjoy the presence of the fifth ranked team in the country. Things will get more interesting afterwards.

No. 25 Nevada Wolfpack (4-0, 0-0) vs. UNLV Rebels (1-3, 1-1)

Wolfpack continue trek to WAC Championship showdown with Boise State by delivering punishment in Sin City.

Navy Midshipmen (2-1) vs. Air Force Falcons (3-1, 2-0)

Let the battle for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy begin!!!

BYU Cougars (1-3, 0-1) vs. Utah State Aggies (1-3, 0-1)

This used to be a game worth watching…now, not so much.

Pac-10 Conference

No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 1-0) vs. No. 4 Oregon Ducks (4-0, 1-0)

This is the biggest game for the Pac-10 this year. After USC was tossed out of the BCS party due to Kiffin and Bush’s shenanigans last spring/summer, we do know that there will be a new Pac-10 Champion when the season is over. In this game, it will be decided by who can put up the most points.

            The Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks are eyeing a huge advantage when this game ends. These two teams shockingly enough have scored just as many points as the other top six teams. Now they have a chance to take complete control of the Pac-10 Conference. Yeah, we know that USC is undefeated too, but who really cares about the Trojans? They aren’t allowed to possess it. So who will your allegiance lie with this weekend? Will it be Stanford? Or will the Quack Attack reign supreme?

Washington State Cougars (1-3, 0-1) vs. UCLA Bruins (2-2, 0-1)

On the eve of their biggest win this season, UCLA will look to climb up another rung against the Cougars.

Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2, 0-1) vs. Oregon State (1-2, 0-0)

The Beavers fell short of their goal against Boise State. Will the same happen against Arizona State? 

Washington Huskies (1-2, 0-0) vs. No. 18 USC Trojans (4-0, 1-0)

The Trojans are playing for pride and respect…too bad that Lane Kiffin will be the reason they never get it again.

SEC Conference

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0) vs. No. 8 Florida Gators (4-0, 2-0)

The Tide survived their trip to Fayetteville, but they did endure a fight from Heisman hopeful Ryan Mallett. Now they have themselves an old foe coming to town. Alabama was already told that they would be in for a fight. And if not for a pair of Arkansas turnovers, the Hogs would be the team that had upset the top team in the country. So what do the Tide have in store for them this weekend when they return to Tuscaloosa?

            Can you say Blue Collar Gator Stomp? Florida got themselves a huge wake up call when they took care of business early and often against Kentucky last weekend. And for those who thought that there would no more Tim Tebow in Gainesville…did you notice that there is a new mobile machine in “Da Swamp” these days. Is Trey Burton, this Mystery Machine of Florida’s, bound to derail the self-proclaimed unstoppable Ingram Express? If Alabama wins this, it will be close…again. But if Florida wins this, they will exorcise the demons that hunt them from last season.

Tennessee Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) vs. No. 12 LSU Tigers (4-0, 2-0)

Another easy win for Les Miles…thanks in large part to Lane Kiffin’s lack of…well everything.

LA-Monroe Warhawks (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) vs. No. 10 Auburn Tigers (4-0, 2-0)

Auburn continues to defy logic and continues to show that they are not just a footnote in the SEC.

Kentucky Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (2-2, 0-1)

The Cats lost their first SEC battle…will Ole Miss continue the trend?

Vanderbilt Commodores (1-2, 1-1) vs. UConn Huskies (2-2, 0-0 Big East)

In this bout, we have two teams still trying to find their identity in every way possible.

Alcorn State Braves (3-0, 2-0 SWAC) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2)

The top dogs in the SWAC Conference look to take advantage of the SEC Spotlight in Starkville.

Georgia Bulldogs (1-3, 0-3) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (2-1, 0-0 Big XII)

No A.J. Green could mean good news for the Buffs in their final campaign with the Big XII Conference.

WAC Conference

No. 3 Boise State Broncos (3-0, 0-0) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (0-3, 0-0)

The Broncos had a pretty impressive win against Oregon State, who many believe was their final tough test en route to another undefeated season and conference championship. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t plan on someone actually showing up for a fight. With Fresno State picking up the lone conference win, Boise State now has a chance to get it done and pick up their first conference win of the season.

            With New Mexico State on deck, they should go to 4-0 easily. However, their future games have some problems of their own as they have both Fresno State and Nevada, both who are above the Broncos at this moment on tap. But this isn’t about wins anymore. This will be about respect as the Broncos need that to get their foot in the BCS Championship door…especially with the likes of Ohio State, Florida and Alabama all getting dibs on the call.


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