Week-to-Week: What College Football Games to Catch, Which to Miss
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We're already halfway through another year in the college football season, but the excitement has only just begun.
Beginning this week, marquee matchups are produced, and the winners separate themselves from the losers. From here on out, the BCS will tell fans who is on top and who is on the outside looking in.
Fortunately for fans across the nation, these games will all be available in the comfort of our own homes. Each week provides some intriguing games as well as a few snooze-fests. Luckily for you, I'm here to help sort them out.
Catch it: Stanford @ USC
Andrew Luck will face his toughest test to date, and it won't even be the defense he is facing. Unfortunately for Luck, the Cardinal defense is not very good against the pass, and USC QB Matt Barkley will be poised and ready for a high-flying, scoreboard-breaking affair.
The two top QB prospects in the country will show off their arms in this featured game.
Miss it: Clemson @ Georgia Tech
Tajh Boyd, Sammy Whitaker and company should have no trouble with the Yellow Jackets, despite not being great against the run. If the Tigers can force third downs, they are only allowing 35% on third down conversions this season. Even so, the Jackets have nothing to match the speed and athleticism of the Purple and Orange offense.
Is Alabama vs. LSU the biggest regular season game since 2000?
Catch it: LSU @ Alabama
A no-brainer if there ever was one. The biggest regular season game since 2006 when Michigan met Ohio State, and the stakes are just as high. The winner has the fast track to the BCS title game, barring a miscue down the road, and the loser will likely deserve, but not receive, a rematch in January.
Nick Saban vs. LSU is always interesting, and with The Hat across the field, who knows what might happen.
Miss it: Kansas St @ Oklahoma St
The Wildcats will most likely be beaten to a bloody pulp in week 9 against the Sooners, so don't expect an upset here. The pokes should easily take care of business and be well on their way to their showdown with Oklahoma.
Catch it: Oregon @ Stanford
Again, the Ducks are involved in what could be another offensive shootout, but Oregon loves that style. Andrew Luck will have to keep the Cardinal rolling through each and every test to win not only the Pac-12, but the Heisman Trophy. If Luck can outscore the Ducks, look out. But don't get too excited, because head coach Chip Kelly and star running back LaMichael James will have something to say about it.
Miss it: Oklahoma St. @ Texas Tech
Face it, Tommy Tubberville is only good for one big win a season. He took out Oklahoma with a bang, on the road, nonetheless. But the Pokes are good, and the Raiders aren't quite up to par with the rest of the Big XII powerhouses. Soon, however, the riverboat gambler will find a vessel to Lubbock and the powers that be may start falling.
Catch it: Nebraska @ Michigan
This could possibly determine the SEC opponent in the Capital One Bowl come New Year's. The black shirts are going to have to step it up to contend in a new (and improved) B1G. Michigan's Denard Robinson is one of the most dynamic football players in the country, and could be a Heisman candidate in the near future.
Miss it: USC @ Oregon
In recent memory, this has been the game to see in the Pac-12. This year, however, the Trojans are going to be playing the underdog role in Autzen Stadium. The Ducks will potentially be faced with their first three-loss regular season since 2008. I don't see USC posing too big of a threat, however, with the speed of Oregon's offense. This one should be over quickly.
Catch it: Arkansas @ LSU
If LSU is undefeated following the Alabama game, this could be where the Tigers slip up. Arkansas does not give much in the way of defense, but stopping the Hogs is more than a simple task. QB Tyler Wilson has Arkansas back in the hunt, and with a win at LSU, Petrino and company could Hog Tie the SEC West into a three-way tie, prompting a lot of debate and conversation. With this game coming in the final week, Alabama could backdoor into the SEC Championship game with a higher BCS ranking.
Miss it: Clemson @ South Carolina
I know I'm giving Clemson a lot of credit, but Dabo Swinney is a great coach. He has his team ready each and every week. This game could turn out to be a blistering if the Tigers play to full advantage.
The Gamecocks are really hurting in the respect category without Lattimore in the backfield.
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