Week five has several top-25 matchups and a few byes as well. (Visit the following link for the latest on Brandon's blog. See his picks, break downs and opinions throughout the CFB season and of course throughout the world of sports. http://thebiznizfiles.blogspot.com/)
Thursday September 30th 2010
#24 Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 vs. Texas A&M Aggies 3-0
The Thursday night showdown is very intriguing. Both teams undefeated and coming off of pretty weak schedules. Each playing thier first true test of the year. This is the Aggies first road game of the year and the Cowboys haven't left Stillwater. Jerrod Johnson struggled against FIU as did the whole team. A late touchdown sealed the 27-20 win for TAMU over the Panthers. Both of these teams look very even to me. Brandon Weeden has a favorite target for the Cowboys in Justin Blackmon. He has seven more receptions than the number two guy. Kendall Hunter has 472 yards on the ground for OSU. Jerrod Johnson has a couple differenet recievers he likes to throw too but he's struggled with interceptions throwing four already this season all in the FIU game. Christine Michael leads the way for the Aggies running game. This one was pretty tough to pick and I initally wanted the upset but with the Aggies struggling with turnovers I think OSU will come away with the win in a pretty close matchup. OSU 32 TAMU 24. Brandon: OSU 36 TAMU 23.
Saturday October 2nd 2010
|Nick Saban coached his Tide to a |
fourth quarter come back against
Heisman hopeful Ryan Mallett and
the Arkansas Razorbacks
#2 Ohio State Buckeyes 4-0 @ Illinois Fightin Illini 2-1
Illinois plays their third consecutive home game against Terelle Pryor and the Buckeyes. They worked Southern Illinois but nearly fell to Northern Illinois. Both teams open Big Ten play but this game will be much like what Ohio State's has been like thus far ... cake (Miami (FL) exempt). OSU 46 Illinois 16. Brandon: OSU 42 Illini 21
#3 Boise State Broncos 3-0 @ New Mexico State Aggies 0-3
Boise State will likely make their final trip to Las Cruces as they begin conference play for the last time in the WAC. NMSU can only hope for a drastic distraction for the Broncos. Otherwise, this one won't be close. BSU 58 NMSU 10. Brandon: Boise State 56 NMSU 10.
GAME OF THE WEEK
|Andrew Luck celebrates after he led the Cardinal to upset|
#8 Oregon in November last year. He will look to make it
two years in a row.
The Ducks defense got torn apart by ASU quarterback Steven Threet last week. He threw for 387 yards and 3 TD's but his 4 INT's ended up being the difference. In fact ASU led in the passing, running and receiving stats as the Ducks squeaked by with an 11 point win and saw their first competitive game of the season. They had better get ready for Andrew Luck and the rest of the Stanford Cardinal. Luck proved me wrong last week. I picked Notre Dame to upset Stanford and it wasn't even close. LaMichael James still leads the way for Oregon's rushing attack and I do see him having success on the ground in this game. The difference will be Andrew Luck. Looking at film of last weeks game could serve well for Andrew as Threet nearly had his way with the Oregon defense. The difference between the two, Luck doesn't throw interceptions very often. Stanford has five receivers with over 100 yards and Doug Baldwin is the leader with 12 catches for 222 yards. Shoot out alert for both defenses and upset alert for the 4th ranked Ducks. Stanford takes this one. Stanford 38 Oregon 34. Brandon: Oregon 42 Stanford 28
#5 TCU Horned Frogs 4-0 @ Colorado State Rams 1-3
CSU nearly started 0-4 but barely squeaked past the Vandals of Idaho 36-34. Freshman quarterback Pete Thomas does have some upside and the future may be bright for him. Perhaps the next Bradley Van Pelt. Hosting the fifith ranked school in the country will not be an easy task. We have blowout material here as both schools open MWC play. TCU 48 CSU 12. TCU 40 CSU 9.
#8 Oklahoma Sooners 4-0 vs. #16 Texas Longhorns 3-1 (1-0) *Neutral Field
The Red River Rivalry actually nearly made it as our GOW for week five. Texas' embarassment to UCLA last week was the deciding factor. Regardless, this should be a good matchup as it usually is. The Longhorns will be looking to bounce back from that blowout at home last week while OU is coming off of two close wins. Cincy gave them all they can bargain for and Air Force put up a fight. In the end I think it's the Sooners that walk away with the victory here. They're just a bit more experienced than Texas. I see another close low scoring contest here. OU 21 Texas 14. Brandon: OU 28 Tex. 17.
|Johnathan Clay will continue piling|
up the rushing yards as he try's to
lead Wisconsin over Michigan State.
#10 LSU Tigers 4-0 (2-0) vs. Tennessee Volunteers 2-2 (0-1)
LSU's passing game was ridiculous last week and wasn't really a factor against West Virginia. Stevan Ridley is the reason they won that game. I'd like to say Tennessee's defense could stop them, but they can't. The Vol's have played three D-I A schools so far and beat one of them. They got blown out by Oregon and Florida and needed a couple of overtimes to beat C-USA foe UAB 32-29. The Blazers had 535 total offensive yards in Knoxville. Now they finally go on the road to LSU. Yeah I don't really see any reason to give Tennessee the upset. LSU 38 Ten. 17. Brandon: LSU 32 Ten 17.
#11 Auburn Tigers 4-0 (2-0) vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 1-2 (0-1)
ULM is the second Sun Belt team to visit Jordan-Hare Stadium this season. Arkansas State came out with 26 points. South Carolina only put up one more than that last week. However the Red Wolves score was doubled by the Tigers. This game could get ugly early. Cameron Newton could have a career day. UA 52 ULM 10. Brandon: Aub. 37 ULM 14.
#17 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 2-1 @ Clemson Tigers 2-1
|Andre Ellington is filling in CJ Spiller's shoes. He will be a |
part of the attack as the Tigers look to upset Miami (FL).
#18 Iowa Hawkeyes 3-1 vs. #20 Penn State Nittany Lions 3-1
Penn State had a scare last week to Temple who scored 13 first quarter points. The Lions didn't gain the lead til late in the 3rd when they kicked their fifith field and took the lead 15-13. A 4th quarter touchdown sealed it as they kept the Owls scoreless for three quarters. Iowa shutout Ball State and are getting ready for the visiting Nittany Lions. This is a Big Ten opener for both squads who's offenses are performing pretty well. PSU is led by freshman QB Robert Bolden who looks pretty impressive. Ricky Stanzi and Adam Robinson will teach Bolden a lesson or two as their experience will end up making all the difference. No blowout, but a comfortable win for the Hawkeyes. Iowa 28 PSU 16. Brandon: Iowa 27 PSU 20.
#19 Michigan Wolverines 4-0 @ Indiana Hoosiers 3-0
Sometimes I forget that Indiana even has a football team. I know that's a little harsh but no one can offer the argument that they're 3-0. The conferences of their opponents are as follows CAA (D-I AA), Sun Belt, MAC. Welcome back to the Big Ten Hoosiers. Where you've done nothing for years. Here comes Denard Robinson to Memorial Stadium to light up the stat sheet and scoreboard (considering his bruised knee in last weeks game is good to go). Mich. 45 IU 13. Brandon: Mich 42 IU 20.
#25 Nevada Wolfpack 4-0 @ UNLV Rebels 1-3 (1-1)
|Jared Tew is the main|
weapon for Air Force's