NCAA Football Week 8 Primer: Undefeated Matchups in the SEC and Big XII
It is now Week 8 and we now have the first BCS rankings.
Thursday, Oct. 21
UCLA at Oregon
Oregon is No. 1 in the polls and No. 2 in the BCS rankings. Oregon hasn’t had great luck with Thursday games. Remember Boise last season and Arizona in 2007? Difference is those were road games, this is home. UCLA is a mystery team. Blown out a couple times, but then upset Texas. Which team shows up in Eugene?
Friday, Oct. 22
South Florida at Cincinnati
I am thinking the expectations for these teams have not and probably will not be met this season. Both have new coaches and that may be why both are only 3-3.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Michigan State at Northwestern
If I told you at the start of the season, there would be a late October game with an undefeated team against a one loss team in the Big Ten, I am willing to put money on it that no one would have pointed at this matchup.
Purdue at Ohio State
Ohio State coming off upsets in a couple of ways for this one. Obviously last week's upset loss to Wisconsin, but don’t forget last year Purdue surprised Ohio State and stole one.
Rutgers at Pitt
Everyone should have this game in mind this weekend and thoughts beyond the game and to Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand.
Notre Dame at Navy
In recent years, this has been a pretty good rivalry. Should be fun.
Ohio at Miami (OH)
Don’t be fooled by the names, I am talking MAC football here. MAC East to specific as these two are on top with 3-1 and 3-0 records.
LSU at Auburn
Huge game in the SEC West with two undefeated teams and both highly ranked. Auburn has been running on the legs of QB Cam Newton and LSU has been kind of lucky in a couple games this season. Winner in drivers seat for the division, conference and a shot at the NC.
Arizona State at Cal
Both teams are fighting to make a bowl. This game won’t completely knock anyone out of making a bowl but it will make it a lot harder for the loser.
Nebraska at Oklahoma State
Oh, how close we were to having two undefeated teams here. Instead we have the undefeated high-power Oklahoma State going against a one-loss Nebraska. I am expecting something of a shootout.
Kansas State at Baylor
Did anyone else realize that both these teams have five wins. That means whoever wins is bowl-eligible. That means Baylor could become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.
Wisconsin at Iowa
Wisconsin has to go on the road and try to avoid the “We just knocked off No. 1 and now we are on the road” upset that South Carolina ended up with. Making things worse is the fact they do it against the No. 15 team.
Houston at SMU
A lot of people (myself included) wrote-off Houston once Keenum went down. To my surprise they are still in it, but so is SMU. Shootout time.
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
The SEC East is wide open and even Vanderbilt isn’t out of it just yet.
North Carolina at Miami
They have identical records both in conference and overall. They are in the middle of the division right now but the winner will obviously move up and into a good position.
Oklahoma at Missouri
The other matchup of undefeated teams. This game was the 2007 Big XII title game where Missouri was the number one team in the country but was handled easily by Oklahoma.
Air Force at TCU
The game took a little hit last week when Air Force was beat by San Diego State, but I still wouldn’t count it out of being a good competitive game.
Washington at Arizona
The Huskies have scored a couple of big wins this season already. Beating USC on the road, making it their first win on the road since 2007. Beating Oregon State last week was the first win over the Beavers in the last six tries. Arizona could be the next big win for the Huskies as the Wildcats will be playing without starting QB Foles.
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