College Football Predictions Week 9: 25 Questions for This Week's Games

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2010

College Football Predictions Week 9: 25 Questions for This Week's Games

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    Who knew this would be one of the biggest weekends in college football?

    We can go from the Southern California coast, to Texas, to the south and we'll find big games taking place in just about every location you turn to.

    Boise State got the national spotlight to themselves on Tuesday night. While they are the only game in town, there are a lot of people in Boise who don't like the idea because by the time Saturday rolls around, no one will remember they even played three days earlier.

    What game are you looking forward to? Better yet, what's the biggest game of the week? Who are your top performers of the weekend?

    How about the unbeaten teams that are left, is there anyone on that list that might be overrated and due for a loss or are these teams as legit as they come?

    We'll get into all that and more in this college football Week 9 preview .

No. 25: Will Boise State's Game Be Forgotten by Saturday?

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    Boise State plays a Tuesday night game on national television against Louisiana Tech. The concern among a lot of Broncos fans I talk to today was they would be forgotten by the time the rest of the games are played on Saturday.

    Do you believe that to be the case and if you're a Boise State fan, was having a game on Tuesday night a bad idea?

No. 24: Can Notre Dame Bounce Back?

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    A 4-4 season wasn't exactly what the Notre Dame brass had in mind when they brought in Brian Kelly. But I guess the good news is they've won three of their last four, though I'm not sure that makes any difference after a loss to Navy last weekend.

    Will the Irish bounce back from that loss and is this a must-win game over Tulsa?

No. 23: What Can Iowa State Do for an Encore?

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    Did anyone see Iowa State going into Austin and knocking off Texas? Yeah, me neither, though I didn't see UCLA doing it either.

    With Kansas coming to town, can the Cyclones throw a blow-out party or might there be a bit of a hangover from their win last weekend?

No. 22: How Surprising Has Syracuse Been?

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    First Baylor, now Syracuse? Who else is going to shock us this year?

No. 21: How Much Farther Can UCLA Fall?

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    I think everyone was surprised when UCLA went down to Austin and embarrassed Texas. Now that Iowa State has done it, it doesn't seem all that impressive now.

    As for UCLA, they haven't been the same team that knocked off not only Texas, but Houston as well, as they Bruins have dropped their last two in blowout fashion to Cal and Oregon.

    Is there a bigger free fall coming?

No. 20: Has Anyone Been Through More Than North Carolina?

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    I don't know that there's another team in college football that's been through more turmoil than the North Carolina football team.

    Players suspended, having to play with a limited roster, playing without some of their best players, and then some.

    But, for what they have been through, they're doing alright as they're currently sitting at 4-3 with their only three losses coming against Miami, Georgia Tech and LSU. Not bad if you ask me.

No. 19: Can New Mexico Finally Get Their First Win?

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    It seems New Mexico has been chasing every team they've played and always seem to be the ones coming in last.

    Still without a win, can they finally pick up their first win on the road against Colorado State?

No. 18: What Does Washington Have to Do to Upset Stanford?

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    Washington has been on a strange pattern since they started the season.

    After every loss, they've come up with a win and with every win comes a loss. Not saying that pattern will continue, and if it did it means Stanford is in trouble. But what do the Huskies need to do to shock the Cardinal?

    Is it a big performance from quarterback Jake Locker or does their defense need to step up to keep Andrew Luck and Stepfan Taylor in check?

No. 17: Will Florida Be Improved Enough in Time for Georgia?

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    I can't remember the last time I've seen Florida score just seven points against an opponent, not to mention at home.

    But that's exactly what happened last week against Mississippi State at the Swamp. Will they be much improved in time for their showdown against Georgia or will the Bulldogs hand the Gators their fourth loss of the season?

No. 16: Any Chance Ole Miss Upsets Auburn?

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    Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers have to do just one thing to assure themselves a spot in the national championship game. Win.

    The Tigers will be in Oxford, Mississippi to take on Jeremiah Masoli and the Ole Miss Rebels which, as one SEC fan said so eloquently, "continues to work their way to the cellar of the conference."

    But is there any chance—any chance at all—for the Rebels to upset the top-ranked team in the nation?

No. 15: Will Florida State Fall in Raleigh?

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    The Florida State Seminoles are quietly having a solid year, having won five straight after their blowout loss at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman.

    If the wins continue, the Seminoles will continue to make their way up the poll. But, with a road game coming up against NC State this weekend, what are the chances they take this game a tad too lightly and come away with a loss against the Wolfpack?

No. 14: Should a Baylor Win over Texas Still Be Considered an Upset?

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    When was the last time Baylor was favored over Texas, not to mention a game that was played in Austin? The Bears are in the BCS Top 25 and the Longhorns are not happy after being upset for the second time this season, the latest being against Iowa State at home.

    So, with Baylor coming to town, should this game still be considered an upset if Baylor pulls out the win?

No. 13: Which Nebraska Team Will Show Up Against Missouri?

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    Which team indeed? The one that got embarrassed at home by Texas or the one that came back a week later and threw down on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma?

No. 12: Is a Bounce Back in the Cards for Kentucky?

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    After upsetting South Carolina at home two weeks ago, it was disappointing for them to come up short against Georgia a week later.

    Can they bounce back on the road against Mississippi State or will they suffer another tough loss?

No. 11: Oklahoma State on Upset Alert?

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    After a disappointing loss at home to Nebraska last week, will the Oklahoma State Cowboys be on upset alert this weekend when they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on Kansas State?

    The Wildcats are coming off a loss of their own so you know they'll be ready.

No. 10: What's the Key to Victory for Oregon, USC?

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    The Oregon Ducks are the highest-scoring offense in college football led by quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James.

    For USC, Matt Barkley is the man that makes the offense go and the Trojans can put up points as well.

    Oregon's defense isn't the best in the country; Stanford proved that when the two teams faced off.

    This might come down to who can score more or who has the ball last.

No. 9: Michigan State's Unbeaten Days Over?

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    Michigan State has impressed the college football world so far this season, with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan on back-to-back weeks. But has their luck run out?

    They will be on the road to take on an Iowa team that is pretty good in its own right. It almost came up with a win last week against Wisconsin so you know the Hawkeyes are going to be ready for the Spartans.

No. 8: Wake Me When It's Over Game of the Week

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    Winless Akron travels to Temple to take on the 6-2 Owls.

No. 7: Who Is the Most Likely to Suffer an Upset?

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    Who's your pick to suffer an upset this weekend or will all the ranked teams come out clean?

    What about Oregon playing at USC? Kansas State against Oklahoma State? Could Florida State fall against NC State?

    Who's your pick?

No. 6: Guest Picker of the Week

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    The guest this week is Fox Sports writer and college-football extraordinaire Lisa Horne, who will try to break the losing streak the guest pickers have had over the last few weeks.

    With that being said, here we go with her picks of the week.

No. 5: Michigan at Penn State

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    Lisa Horne: Michigan. Penn State looks awful

    Todd: Michigan has to look better than they have in recent weeks. The Wolverines should pick up the win.

No. 4: Baylor at Texas

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    Lisa Horne: Baylor

    Todd: I'm surprised at how well Baylor is playing this year but let's not forget they're playing on the road in Austin. Sure the Longhorns haven't played all that well this year, even at home, but they are still Texas. That being said, I'll go with Baylor as well.

No. 3: Michigan State at Iowa

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    Lisa Horne: I live for chaos in the BCS and can't see Iowa dropping two in a row.

    Todd: I don't know if I want to pick against Michigan State, especially with how well they've played. But I think Lisa is right. I think Iowa is due for a big win.

No. 2: Missouri at Nebraska

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    Lisa Horne: More chaos. Mizzou will be hungover from Oklahoma win.

    Todd: The way Nebraska played last week, it looks like they're back. Missouri's unbeaten streak comes to an end.

No. 1: Oregon at USC

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    Lisa Horne: No team performs better as the underdog than USC

    Todd: The first game we'll disagree with. Oregon has been impossible to beat and USC's lackluster defense is going to get lit up by the Ducks.