NCAA Football Outlook Week 8: Biggest Tiger Bowl in Some Time

Allen SmithContributor IOctober 23, 2010

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Since I waited until midnight of game week, I’m not even going to bother on things that I learned last week.  Other than that being No. 1 right now on the road is a curse, and that we are staring at a wild BCS year. 

Finally, I’ve seen enough, Cam Newton is my Heisman pick, the question I have for Auburn fans is: Would you take this knowing that the more that Cam impresses, he looks more and more like a one-shot deal?  It is an interesting predicament for Auburn, nonetheless Auburn’s success will not depend on Newton, but how long can a weak secondary hold.

Biggest Game of the Week 

No. 6 LSU at No. 4 Auburn - Saturday, Oct. 23 - CBS - 3:30 p.m. EST

Something will give in this game.  I really don’t see it being a close game because both teams have strong and weak sides of the football.  In the end, I can’t abandon what I’ve been saying all year, you HAVE to have an offense to win the national championship this year. 

LSU’s offense is too...too...untrustworthy for me to pick the Yellow Tigers.  So I’ll join the right (geographical, not correct side) of the state of Alabama, and say, “War Cam Eagle."

AUBURN 35,  LSU 17

Most Intriguing Game of the Week 

No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 11 Missouri - Saturday, Oct. 23 - ABC - 8:00 p.m. EST

A lot of people are looking at this game where No. 1 will go down again.  I don’t think so.  Missouri’s record is product of their weak schedule.  Oklahoma has better offensive number than Missouri against a more difficult schedule.  Plus it is forecasted that it will be ugly weather-wise.  Thus, I’m going with DeMarco Murray and OU’s running game.  So Boomer Sooner.


Upset Alert 

Air Force at No. 5 TCU - Saturday, Oct. 23 - CBC College Sports Network - 8:00 p.m. EST

The main stat that blew me away was rushing,  Air Force (who nearly beat Oklahoma), going nearly 350 yards rushing at game.  They won’t come close to that, but it will (if successful) will act as part defense against TCU’s scoring offense.  If Air Force can control the clock, and be efficient in the red zone, they have a great shot at pulling off the upset.

By the way, for those that care, my record thus far is 10-4 with two Upset Alerts hitting.