Thursday, October 4, 2007

College Football Weekend Preview

Ohio St. at Purdue

With both teams being undefeated this may be the Big Ten Championship, but we won't know till the end of the season. Purdue has been pretty impressive offensively but the defense has been pretty susceptible to big plays and has had a hard time holding it's own. OSU's Offense has been able to put up points and the defense has been electrifying.

The Pick: Ohio St.

Wisconsin at Illinois
Who could have imagined this being a game for me to keep an eye on at the beginning of the season? This Fighting Illini team is the real deal and it looks like Zook finally has this team where he wants it. The talent and all-around athleticism of Illinois will keep them in just about every game. Wisconsin has struggled this season and have been pretty inconsistent on both sides of the ball; They squeaked out another close one last weekend against Michigan St.

The Pick: Wisconsin

Oklahoma vs. Texas
The Red River Shootout isn't as glamorous as it used to be but it's still a big game. Both teams are coming off losses before playing one another since 1999. The winner of this game will likely win the Big 12 South.

The Pick: Oklahoma

Georgia at Tennessee
One of plenty great SEC match ups that I am looking forward to this weekend, I would have to say this is a must win for both teams if they want to win the SEC East.

The Pick: Tennessee

Nebraska at Missouri
This could possibly be the Big 12 North title game, but Kansas St. will have something to say about that. Well, the winner will have the inside track with KSU in the end. It's really a toss up right now. Nebraska has been pretty disappointing lately and Missouri, lead by Chase Daniel, has been very impressive so far.

The Pick: Missouri

Cincinnati at Rutgers
I can't believe I am previewing this match up right now. Cinci looks like the real deal and Rutgers is a good team as well. Cinci's Offense has been putting up point after point while Rutgers' Defense has been off and on the whole season. Expect a close game till the end.

The Pick: Cincinnati

Upset of the Week
Clemson over Virginia Tech
Well, this isn't that much of an upset; V-Tech has underachieved all season long and Clemson has been pretty good all-around. Clemson's Offense, with the exception of the last week, has put up some good numbers with the surprising performance of QB Cullen Harper and the terrific RB duo of James Davis and C.J. Spiller.

D-1AA (FCS) Game of the Week
Youngstown St. at Southern Illinois
The 10th ranked FCS team will take on the 7th ranked team in a showdown of Gateway Conference rivals. The winner will only see their playoff chances increase.

The Pick: Southern Illinois

Game of the Week
Florida at LSU

I've been anticipating this game all season long; if the Gators want any chance at repeating as national champions, they'll need to step up their game and top the number two team in the land in one of the toughest places to play in the country. The defense will need to bring it all night if they want to play with the Tigers.

The Pick: LSU (Sorry fellow Gator fans)


grittysquirrels said...

my upset of the week I like Illinois over Wisconsin.

Nice weekend preview. See you later today.

stephen a said...

Just a minor question, how would the winner of youngstown and SIU see their playoff chances implode?

twins15 said...

Solid picks... Clemson didn't work out, but you picked most of them pretty well.

Stefan Ming said...

stephen a.- the winner of each conference in the FCS gets an automatic playoff berth, but I guess implode was a little "extreme" to use I suppose

stephen a said...

yeah but implode would mean that they would lose their playoff shot, so wouldn't you use a different word perhaps?

Stefan Ming said...

oops, my bad.

stephen a said...

In other news, i fully expect Kansas to be ranked in your poll next week.