Plenty Of Entertaining Games In The Big 6 And The Non BCS Conferences

David HedlindAnalyst IIOctober 15, 2008

Thursday Oct 16

Florida State at North Carolina State- I got nothing here other than it is on. I guess Florida State is looking decent enough with a 4-1 record. If nothing else it gives the FSU fans more fuel for the “FSU is back” fire.

BYU at TCU- This one is more of a story. BYU is 6-0 and TCU is 6-1. TCU may be out of the BCS buster race but BYU is at the front. This one has Mountain West and BCS implications. BY has a potent offense and TCU has a fairly stingy defense.

Friday Oct 17

Hawaii at Boise State- Last year this one was for the conference. This year it’s more for Boise State to win the conference and to keep their hopes of crashing the BCS again alive.

Saturday Oct 18

Wake Forest at Maryland- Wake Forest is 2-0 in the conference so they need a win here to keep the lead. Maryland is 1-1 and a win will keep them in the hunt while a loss would all but knock them out.

Western Michigan at Central Michigan- This is the first of a series of MAC games that will shape out the MAC West. With both these teams and Ball State still undefeated in MAC play, this will be the first start putting things in their place.

Vanderbilt at Georgia- Both are 5-1 overall and are sitting at 1 loss in conference play. Both still have a shot at winning the division and making the SEC championship game.

Ohio State at Michigan State- Comparable numbers for this one too. Actually identical. Both come in at 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big 10. I think this one will see a lot of running as both have do all running backs in Wells and Ringer.

Middle Tennessee State at Louisville- Middle Tennessee upset Maryland and came up 1 yard short of an upset of Kentucky. The Blue Raiders would love to notch a win over Big East member Louisville.

Kansas at Oklahoma- After losing the Red River Shootout, Oklahoma now enters this game with the same record as Kansas. Both are now 5-1 and still hoping to make the Big 12 title game with the hopes of making the BCS Championship Game.

Miami at Duke- Actually an interesting looking match up this year. Miami is still rebuilding and Duke appears to be improved. Neither team has been overly consistent this year, so it will come down to who shows up to play.

Mississippi at Alabama- Mississippi already upset Florida and now tries to take one off a rested Alabama. The tide couldn’t overcome the bye week to secure the #1 spot and now have to make sure the time off didn’t slow them down.

Stanford at UCLA- This is for all the people out there that pretend to follow all of college football but don’t. Stanford is 3-1 in the Pac 10 and 4-3 overall. Stanford isn’t as bad a team as people think just because they were bad a few years ago. UCLA on the other hand isn’t very good.

Arkansas State at Louisiana Lafayette- A Sun Belt shaping game as both come in at 2-0 in the conference. Other than that I don’t know much on either team. I know ULL has a good running game and Arkansas State beat Texas A&M to open the season.

Florida International at Troy- Here is another one. Both teams are 2-0 in the Sun belt. Troy was expected to be here and playing for the conference. FIU on the other hand was not and was at a point where a 6-6 season would have been a surprise.

San Jose State at new Mexico State- The WAC has been fairly defined by Boise State, Fresno State and Hawaii. Here is a couple teams that are in the chase for now. SJS is 2-0 and NMS is 1-0 in the conference. Yeah I know it is early that’s why I said for now.

UTEP at Tulsa- Both enter 3-0 in conference play. That’s where the similar records ends. Tulsa is 6-0 and is playing for an undefeated season and an outside chance at a big time bowl. UTEP is pretty much playing for a conference championship game birth and a normal CUSA bowl.

Virginia Tech at Boston College- Interdivisional match up in the ACC. Virginia Tech comes in at 2-0 in the conference while Boston College is 1-1. BC needs to win to stay in the conference race.

Missouri at Texas- Texas has entered the murderous part of their schedule. They took care of Oklahoma and now have Missouri and Oklahoma State at home followed by a trip to Texas Tech all in a row. Missouri is trying to rebound after the loss to Oklahoma State.

Cal at Arizona- Cal is the only team that is undefeated in the Pac 10. Arizona was up until falling short against Stanford last week. If Arizona can upset Cal then the Pac 10 race opens up again.

LSU at South Carolina- LSU is still squarely in the SEC West fight while South Carolina is hoping to make a bowl game. I would expect a bit of a defensive battle.