College Football Week 10 Preview: The Biggest Game of the Weekend
This weekend could be something special.
We're not talking about TCU vs. Utah, although College Gameday might tell you differently. We're not talking about Alabama vs. LSU, although the Cajuns and Crimson might tell you differently.
We're not talking about Arizona vs. Stanford, although the NFL Scouts following Andrew Luck might tell you differently. And we're definitely not talking about Washington vs. Oregon or Chatanooga vs. Auburn, although those pollsters might tell you differently.
This weekend, you could see an 80-year old man getting chaired off the field after coaching his team to win No. 400, to the applause and cheers of 110,000 fans. We could see history.
But the question is.....will we?
Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech
After Virginia Tech's failure against James Madison, everyone expected the Hokies to sit down and die this season. Everyone except the Hokies, who have been the best team in the ACC this season by a fair margin.
Tyrod Taylor is the, er, lightning rod for this team, leading this team in both passing and rushing. On his day, he's unstoppable.
Georgia Tech will always entertain you, but they give up a ton of points. Can they stop Virginia Tech?
We don't think so. Boise State hopes not. Virginia Tech by 14.
Northwestern vs. Penn State
This game might not be big on the National Title thoughts, or even those of the Big Ten, but it's big in terms of career milestones of a guy who's had more career milestones than you and I have had hot spaghetti dinners.
That's right, folks, we're talking about Joe Paterno. After the Nittany Lions' impressive 41-31 victory over Michigan, Penn State is revitalized again and actually looking forward to a Saturday game.
Facing them will be a useful, upset-minded Northwestern side who should have upset Michigan State a couple of weeks ago and a solid quarterback in Dan Persa. Penn State better not be overlooking the Wildcats.
We're going 'all Kirk Herbstreit' and NOT predicting this one. You?
TCU vs. Utah
What happens when Cinderella plays Cinderella? What happens then? Well, when Utah and TCU get together, we can almost guarantee fireworks.
Both teams play fantastic defense, but their offenses are pretty nasty as well. Andy Dalton has people thinking NFL, while Jordan Wynn's pretty tidy as well. This one's going to be a cracker, people (which we think TCU will win).
Alabama vs. LSU
LSU absolutely hates Alabama. Something to do with some guy called Nick Saban.
Alabama should win this one, bearing in mind their balanced offense, compared to Les Miles' bunch of footballing degenerates who have managed to only lose once but suck on more than one occasion.
But this is night-time. This is Death Valley. This is Baton Rouge. We only wish the game could have been at night (thanks, CBS!). Alabama to win by 14.
Washington vs. Oregon
Before the start of the season, everyone was talking about Jake Locker and his future NFL greatness. They were talking about Washington being a Pac-10 dark horse.
But after nine weeks, we can say one thing for certain: The Huskies have SUCKED this year, haven't they? Anyway, they visit a rabid Autzen Stadium with a weeeeeak defense facing LaMichael James and the rest of that offense. They'll lose. By 28.
Baylor at Oklahoma State
We wouldn't normally care about Baylor and Oklahoma State, but bearing in mind Texas' fall from grace, suddenly the good headlines have been about Robert Griffin and the Bears, who might just be the Team Of The Year for 2010.
Griffin's one hell of an athlete. The Bears' second big test on the road, however, will be harder than in Austin.
Kendall Hunter's a heck of a running back, and some kid called Justin Blackmon's turned into the AJ Green of the Big XII. You know, without the shirts. Oklahoma State by 5 in a shoot-out.
Hawaii at Boise State
There are crappier sides in the Top 25 than Hawaii, yet the Warriors are getting no love.
This offense can't stop scoring, and recently upset Nevada. Boise had better, better watch out. We think the Broncos will win, but only just.
Arkansas at South Carolina
Greg Childs, the Razorbacks' big wide receiving threat, will play no more. Alshon Jeffrey, the 'Cocks big wide receiving threat, is playing for his life at the moment...and the Gamecocks season.
Despite the childish comments, the Razorbacks are still going to be dangerous in the deep...particularly with Ryan Mallet.
We still think that Mallet's going to cause problems against a secondary that struggled against Tennessee last week.....but won't be able to hold Jeffrey. South Carolina by 5.
Oklahoma at Texas A&M
Under the lights at Kyle Field is one of college football's most pleasant experiences, regardless of whether the Aggies are terrible or not. This year, the Aggies are middling, and Oklahoma is ripe for an upset.
The problem for the Aggies? Ryan Tannehill's the quarterback instead of Jerrod Johnson, which is going to hurt their ground speed. We think Oklahoma will win...but by six in a wonderful game.
Arizona at Stanford
Arizona didn't seem to miss a beat after the injury to Nick Foles earlier in the year, and Matt Scott could still be a force for the Cardinal to deal with.
But the prayers of the Cardinal have been answered by a Pope called Luck this year...and we look forward to seeing St. Andrew play at the First Church of the NFL. He'll be pretty good today too. Stanford by 7.
Arizona State at USC
We don't normally care about Lane Kiffin, but his teams have played well enough this season for us at least to think that he's not a bad head coach. He did well at gasping for straws at the end of the Trojans' loss to USC.
This time, they face at Arizona State team who's not as bad as many people think. We're calling for a Sun Devil-shaped upset.
A couple of more things...
Expect for Cameron Newton to be sitting down at half-time after it gets lop-sided early in Chatanooga's visit to Auburn; Tennessee will stun the nation and actually beat Memphis now that Coach Dooley's realised that Matt Sims is horrible.
And if you're going to the Colorado vs. Kansas game, we have one word to say: Sorry.
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