Welcome back, you gamblers, you couch potatoes, you guys whom find excuses not to hang out with your loved ones but instead watch college football. Welcome back to Week 6 of the 2010 college football season.
We are at the halfway point of this season, and boy has it gone by fast! But before we can go forward we must look back. So you Tennessee fans, I hope you have stepped back from the ledge; you Texas and Florida fans, I hope you have not begun the "I hate our quarterback" web sites; and you Stanford fans, I hope you have come to grasp that Oregon is really, really, really good.
The thrilling: Texas A&M at Oklahoma State, Michigan at Indiana, Tennessee at LSU, Virginia Tech at North Carolina State, and Stanford at Oregon.
The upset: Michigan State over Wisconsin.
And as always
The duds: Penn State at Iowa and Florida at Alabama.
Now it is the first full week of October. The trees are changing, the clocks will be changing, and your college football television will be changing. You, the viewer, now will be able to start your week on Tuesday instead of Thursday!
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On the season UAB is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in Conference USA play. Three of UAB's four games have been decided by three points or fewer.
UCF on the season is 2-2 overall and 0-0 in Conference USA play. In the two games against BCS schools, North Carolina State (ACC) and Kansas State (Big 12), the Knights lost by a combined 11 points, losing 28-21 at North Carolina State and 17-13 at Kansas State.
Kansas State has done all of their winning with a great running game that is led by senior running back, Daniel Thomas. On the year, Thomas has rushed for 628 yards and six touchdowns.
Nebraska, much like Kansas State, has problems throwing the ball. This does not mean that they have problems at quarterback. Nebraska features a passer like Michigan's Denard Robinson. He is a threat to score on every play and has been a big part of Nebraska's 4-0 start.
Rutgers is 2-2 on the season and comes into this game after a disappointing loss to Tulane University. Their other loss came to a short-handed North Carolina squad.
Connecticut came into this season with all of the hype as the sleeper team in the Big East. This Connecticut team was going to upset their non-conference BCS opponents and shock their Big East competition by winning the conference and making their first BCS Bowl game.
Oklahoma State can and will run up the score on any given day.
The Ragin' Cajuns are 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Sun Belt conference. Their only game against a BCS team was a 55-7 loss to Georgia.
Last week Terrelle Pryor did not have the greatest game. Yes, Pryor should have had better numbers in last week's game in which he only threw for 76 yards and two touchdowns. But the bottom line is that he still led the team to a victory and still has them at 4-0.
This week the Hokies need to stay focused against Central Michigan. Yes, it is easy to say that Virginia Tech will just roll past Central Michigan, but this type of loss against a non-BCS team has happened before to this Virginia Tech team (see: James Madison University).
Penn State still has questions at the quarterback position as last week they were only able to put seven points on the scoreboard.
Much like Penn State, Illinois cannot pass the ball, ranking 113th through the air, though they rank 29th in rushing offense.
Alabama travels to South Carolina to finish off this tough three-game stretch. So far they have barley survived a trip to Arkansas and destroyed Florida.
South Carolina needs to figure out what they are going to do with senior quarterback Stephan Garcia. Is he a starting quarterback they trust through thick and thin? Or is it time to turn the quarterback duties over to the freshman backup that relieved Garcia two weeks ago against Auburn?
As always when Arkansas plays, WWWWWWWWWOOOOOAAHHHHHHHH PIG SUEY!
Arkansas and Texas A&M both are coming into this game off of heart-breaking losses. Arkansas lost a potentially program-defining game to Alabama at home after being up 14 points in the second half.
The battle of the Paul Bunyan Ax puts two of the hottest teams in college football. Returning from a heart attack is Michigan State's head coach Mark Dantonio.
And if you have not seen Michigan's quarterback, Denard Robison play then do yourself a favor and make sure you watch this week.
Georgia Tech in the first third of their season has had losses against a Kansas team that only has one win on the season and North Carolina State.
They also are next to last in the Division 1-A passing.
The Pitt Panthers come into this game against Notre Dame with a horrible quarterback situation with Tino Sunseri, missing Dion Lewis at running back, and relying on an extremely talented but never used wide receiver in Jonathan Baldwin.
Notre Dame enters this game after a dominating win against Boston College. This team is 2-3 but easily could be 3-2 or 4-1.
As if the news couldn't get any worse for Butch Davis and North Carolina....last week information came out linking one of his closest assistants to a guy who received millions to help recruits.
Clemson has had quite the up-and down-season. A win here can save a season that is slipping away.
If there is a team that has the slogan "non-BCS title-contender punching bag" it would be the Oregon State Beavers. The lost to Boise State in their opener and then to TCU two weeks later.
Arizona is the sleeper pick in the Pac-10 that may ruin Oregon's National Title chances. They play solid defense and very rarely turn the ball over. They can put you to sleep with a 3-0 victory.
LSU, once again, proved that you can win a game with little to no offense.
Florida on the other hand is a team that is still trying to figure out what their offense is post-Tim Tebow. After a big offensive outpouring against Kentucky, the offense went backwards in a big way against Alabama.
This year both teams have shown flashes of past greatness. But in their biggest games this year they have looked terrible. Florida State was blown out in their game against Oklahoma, and Miami was never in contention against Ohio State.
This game comes down to Christian Ponder of Florida State and Jacory Harris of Miami. Which quarterback will turn the ball over less and lead their team to a big ACC victory?
Both of these teams are looking to avoid dropping two straight conference games. USC lost against Washington last week in an upset, whereas Stanford looked to be in control of the Oregon game but were then over-matched in the second half, losing by double digits.
A loss here will pretty much end any chances of a Pac-10 title for either school.
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