Let's open the week with a bit of a Big East-Big 12 challenge.
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Kansas State at Louisville
I really got nothing on this one except that it is on. Kansas State is undefeated. Louisville is 1-1.
If Kansas State wins and goes 3-0 to start the season, it would go quite a ways to boost the Big 12. It would be a bigger win for the Louisville and the Big East though.
Thursday, Sept. 18
West Virginia at Colorado
West Virginia needs this to regain some of the respect they lost after losing to East Carolina. Colorado is still trying to move forward under Dan Hawkins. In year three the Buffs are 2-0 and looking for momentum, as this game starts a potential run of four ranked teams. West Virginia is ranked but is the visiting team. Who has the edge?
Friday, Sept. 19
Baylor at Connecticut
Is Baylor actually that improved, or is Washington State that bad? I think WSU is that bad. How will the new Bears stack up with Connecticut? Connecticut is coming off a 9-4 season and has three wins this year.
Saturday, Sept. 20
Florida Atlantic at Minnesota
FAU won this matchup last season. It was the first win over a Big Ten school for the Owls. Rusty Smith threw for 463 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. FAU’s offensive yardage totaled 580 yards, outgaining the Gophers by 110 yards. This year's game is in Minnesota, which could change things.
East Carolina at NC State
East Carolina looks to build the BCS buster resume with another ACC opponent. North Carolina State is not a ranked team though. Still, a win over another BCS conference opponent will push the Pirates up.
The Wolfpack, on the other hand, will simply be looking to be the spoiler.
Troy at Ohio State
Ohio State has put in some lackluster performances over the last couple of weeks without star RB Beanie Wells. Troy is a dangerous team that can run with BCS opponents, picking up wins over a few of them in recent years. Either that or Ohio State is going to take out some frustration on the other Trojans.
Iowa at Pitt
I see this one as a matchup that could make the game interesting. Neither team screams BCS this year, but both could make a bowl. I am not so sure I see a lot of points in this game either.
Central Michigan at Purdue
Didn’t we see this game two times last year? Yeah, we did. Purdue won both. Coming off a letdown game that the Boilermakers let slip away will either be motivation or the downfall of Purdue.
The Chippewas have a potent and dangerous passing game that they used to stay with Purdue in their bowl game last season and will do so again here.
Wyoming at BYU
All eyes are on the Mountain West after a huge showing last weekend. BYU is still one of the favorites to make the BCS this year. Wyoming would love to take that away. I wish I had the Mountain so I could watch.
Notre Dame at Michigan State
I want to see a flag planted in the field. Michigan State wants to do what Michigan could not. Notre Dame wants to sweep their Big Ten opponents. I think they play for a megaphone or something in this one.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
I think I actually had this as the deciding game of the ACC Coastal. I honestly think the representative for the division will come from this game. Yeah, I know there is still a lot of season to go, but I think these two are the class of the division.
Miami (FL) at Texas A&M
Well, it sounded good in the preseason. Then A&M, who wasn’t really expected to do much, lost to Arkansas State. Now it is a no-win situation for Miami: Either they win and it is “so what, they lost to Arkansas State too,” or they lose and it is” HA HA, A&M lost to Arkansas State.”
Boise State at Oregon
Oregon is down another QB. To be honest though, I liked what I saw in the Washington game from their other guys. To me, Justin Roper doesn’t fit the offense quite right. Look for Oregon to run a lot.
Boise State is the most well known of the non-BCS teams. They are almost always ranked and always in the discussion for the BCS. They have never beaten a Pac-10 team at a Pac-10 stadium.
Utah at Air Force
Two undefeated Mountain West teams. Utah people see their team as a BCS buster. Did anyone else know Air Force was undefeated so far? This one should have quite a bit of offense. Honestly, how are these Mountain West games not being televised?
Florida at Tennessee
Usually one of the SEC East's defining games, it should have quite a bit of impact on that race just like it always does. With the home crowd behind them, Tennessee should keep his game closer than last year. With South Carolina struggling at 0-2 in SEC, Tennessee is suddenly back in the mix.
Wake Forest at Florida State
A couple of ranked teams from the ACC going at it. This may as well be the first game for Florida State though, as they have only played two I-AA teams so far. Wake Forest, on the other hand, has had a number of challenging games and in my opinion will be the more prepared team.
Ball State at Indiana
Ball State has quietly gone 3-0 as teams like BYU and East Carolina have taken the spotlight. Going to Indiana may not be the same as back to back ranked teams, but I think it would put Ball State in the mix for some mention.
Vanderbilt at Mississippi
Both teams look better, and a win by Vandy could get them ranked. Mississippi went 0-8 last year in the SEC and would like to get a win—this may still be their best chance.
LSU at Auburn
While Florida and Tennessee play for the East, LSU and Auburn will be playing to lead the West. Auburn has looked like a defensive force, but the offense has people scratching their heads. LSU, the defending National Champs, doesn't appear to have lost a step from last year but has had to deal with storms and hurricanes.
Georgia at Arizona State
I wasn’t so big on this one before, as I felt like we were getting lots of hype for a game that would probably disappoint. Now that Arizona State lost to UNLV, I actually think I may be looking forward to it even less.