The Twilight Zone: A Big Weekend Ahead For College Football

Jimmy SmithCorrespondent INovember 6, 2008

Do we live in the twilight zone?  When did TCU and Utah decide a BCS game?

TCU.  Utah.  Come on now, you have be kidding right?  No, it's not a joke, it’s the truth.  TCU and Utah are arguably playing the best of the non-BCS schools right now. 

We all need to step outside the twilight zone and understand that these two teams are very good.

TCU is dangerous, with a lot of Texas talent on defense.  Utah is explosive, with a veteran quarterback who can dice up any defense. 

Eat your heart out, Boise State, you've had your chance to shine, it’s the Mountain West's turn now.

So we turn our eyes to this week, a big weekend in college football.  Last weekend, America had their eyes on No. 1 Texas-No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 6 Georgia-No. 8 Florida.  Both games, on paper, had the makings of the two biggest games of the season so far for one weekend.

One game, Texas-Texas Tech was slow at first, but in the second half it turned into a very entertaining game, and an awesome finish. 

The other game, not so much.  Georgia was rolled by Florida, 49-10, further establishing the Gators' dominance over the past month.

This weekend has not gotten as much “pub,” but has plenty of excellent games that really could shape the rest of the season.  Here are four big games you cannot miss:


No. 12 TCU (9-1, 6-0 MWC) at No. 8 Utah (9-0, 5-0 MWC)

This game has BIG implications.  Both teams are looking at trying to make it to a BCS game.  With a loss, TCU would be knocked out from sole ownership of the Mountain West Championship and from a BCS opportunity.

TCU, with a win, will be on track to win the Mountain West Championship with only one game (Air Force) left.  Utah needs to win not only this game, but also against No. 15 BYU in two weeks to win the Mountain West and make a BCS game.

TCU's defensive pressure up front may cause Utah's quarterback Brian Johnson to make some mistakes. TCU's defense will pull it out for the Horned Frogs.

Prediction: TCU, 28-24

No. 20 Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 ACC) at No. 19 North Carolina (6-2, 2-2 ACC)

This game has a big impact on the ACC Coastal division. Right now, many national pundits project Georgia Tech winning the ACC and playing in the Orange Bowl.

With this win, North Carolina will place itself in position to possibly play for the ACC title against Maryland or Florida State.

North Carolina coach Butch Davis is about a year ahead of schedule, and has the Tar Heels playing at a high level winning four out of the last five.

North Carolina playing at home and with the offensive firepower they have displayed will win.

Prediction: North Carolina, 28-21.


No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 5-0 SEC) at No. 16 LSU (6-2, 3-2 SEC)

The Saban Bowl, part two.  Alabama head coach Nick Saban returns to Death Valley for the first time since winning a share of the 2003 National Title. For LSU, this is their "BCS" game. 

They have two losses and really a slight chance to win the SEC West. The crowd will rowdy and fired up, and may affect the young Alabama team. However, this game is during mid-afternoon. If it were at night, LSU would almost be a shoe-in to win. 

For Alabama, the young players must focus and play like they did win they went to Georgia and rolled the Dawgs.

This is likely Alabama's last test until they will play either Florida or Georgia in the SEC Title game. Alabama will control this game early, but will get tested by LSU's crowd and defense. 

Prediction: Alabama, 24-14.


No.9 Oklahoma State (8-1, 4-1 Big XII) at No.2 Texas Tech (9-0, 5-0 Big XII)

Texas Tech won an emotional roller coaster game last weekend.  The students stormed the field, and Texas Tech is now sitting pretty at No. 2 in the BCS rankings.

However, Texas Tech will get tested twice before the Big XII Championship game, if they can make it.  Oklahoma State was very close to upsetting Texas two weeks ago.  They have a very good quarterback and a good defense. 

Oklahoma State can pull off the upset if they force turnovers, but Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell does not make very many mistakes. 

With a win, Texas Tech will be 10-0, and on track to go to the Big XII Championship.  However, they go to No.6 Oklahoma next, smell an upset soon? Texas Tech will make a lot of plays and score a bunch of points this week. 

Prediction: Texas Tech, 42-28

Hopefully by this Sunday, we will step outside the Twilight Zone and understand that TCU and Utah are for real. Go Horned Utes.