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Thursday October 21st 2010
#2 Oregon Ducks 6-0 (3-0) vs UCLA 3-3 (1-2) 7PM ET
Many are wondering why Oregon was only number two in the BCS standings. They have scored at least 42 points in every game this season. The last three weeks the defense has given up 31, 31 and 23 points. In the first three games they allowed 13 points total. I'm not too worried about UCLA exploiting that this week but later in the season the Ducks defense may have to shape up. Although, they were able to hold off Andrew Luck. This week I feel it's another blowout for Oregon. The Bruins do have that nice upset over Texas but I don't see that happening against "The Video Game Offense". Ducks win comfortably in ESPN 3D. Ore. 48 UCLA 24. Bramdon: Ore. 45 UCLA 24
Saturday October 23rd 2010
Northwestern's record is a bit deceiving. Their loss to a 4-2 Purdue team may look good too but Purdue's schedule has been weak just like NW's. Vanderbilt is on a down year and Illinois State, Rice, C. Mich, and Minnesota aren't exactly desirable opponents. Hosting Kirk Cousins and the rest of Sparty will be a tough test. I do like Dan Persa and I can see him having a decent game with a TD or two, but don't look for an upset here folks. MSU will roll. MSU 35 NW 17. Brandon: MSU 34 NW 17.
#10 Ohio State Buckeyes 6-1 (2-1) vs Purdue Boilermakers 4-2 (2-0) 12 PM ET
The Buckeyes didn't last long as the number one team. They didn't exactly lose in a nail biter to Wisconsin either. Hopefully they can rebound off of that loss. As I mentioned before, Purdue is another Big Ten team who's had a pretty bad schedule thus far. Terelle Pryor will want revenge from their loss last week and the Boilermakers are next up. I don't see Purdue having enough to really do anything to stop him. OSU wins big. OSU 42 Pur. 17. Brandon: OSU 36 Pur. 16.
#19 Texas Longhorns 4-2 (2-1) vs Iowa State Cyclones 3-4 (1-2) 12 PM ET
|Noel Devine will help his|
team improve to 6-1.
The Hokies look to be recovering from their devastating loss to James Madison. They've won five straight and it will be six. I don't know what would be worst, the loss to JMU or if Duke upset them here. But don't worry, they won't. Big day for Tyrod Taylor and company. VT 47 Duke 7. Brandon: VT 42 Duke 20.
#23 Arkansas Razorbacks 4-2 (1-2) vs Mississippi Rebels 3-3 (1-2) 12:30 PM ET
The game last week against Auburn was close until Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion. His absence was felt as the Razorbacks got blown out and couldn't stop Cam Newton. Tyler Wilson did have good numbers as he filled in for Mallett. Arkansas faces yet another mobile quarterback. Jeremiah Masoli is no Cam Newton, but the Rebels have a lot of balance running the ball. Brandon Bolden is the leading rusher for Ole Miss with 550 yards and 5 TD's. Masoli has 6 INT's to go with his & 7 passing TD's so Arkansas will look for those opportunities to score. Look for a solid competitive SEC match up here. The Rebels will hang with the Razorbacks but Tyler Wilson is more than capable of filling in for Ryan Mallett if he is unable to return from his concussion. That is still up in the air. Regardless, the Hogs are victorious. Ark. 34 Ole Miss 26. Brandon: Ark. 34 Ole Miss 24.
#6 LSU Tigers 7-0 (4-0) @ #4 Auburn Tigers 7-0 (4-0) 3:30 PM ET
This game was our runner up for GOW. This will be an interesting game and has potential to be very exciting. What game that includes Cam Newton isn't exciting? LSU has had a few solid close victories through the first half of their 2010 season and they now find themselves number six in the BCS Standings. Surely upsetting the number four school will get them to play leap frog with the TCU Horned Frogs right ahead of them. I imagine they'd leap frog Boise State who's third. We will leave that up to the Auburn Tigers to do. LSU hasn't quite faced an athlete like Cam Newton and they're going to his home. Les Miles has been getting a lot of love this year ... but I don't see him pulling this one off. Auburn will take this one as Newton continues be atop the Heisman race candidates. UA 31 LSU 24. Brandon: UA 37 LSU 24.
|Ricky Stanzi leads this |
#16 Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-1 (1-1) @ #14 Oklahoma State Cowboys 6-0 (2-0) 3:30 PM ET
#22 Kansas State Wildcats 5-1 (2-1) @ Baylor Bears 5-2 (2-1) 3:30 PM ET #12 Stanford Cardinal 5-1 (2-1) vs Washington State Cougars 1-6 (0-4) 5 PM ET
Andrew Luck versus the Washington State Cougars? Yeah this one is a no brainer and there will be no surprises here. Huge game for Luck as the Cardinal shuts out (yes I'm calling a shutout folks) the Cougars. Will WSU ever be good again? Stanford 55 WSU 0. Brandon: Stanford 41 WSU 14.
#9 Utah Utes 6-0 (3-0) vs Colorado State Rams 2-5 (1-2) 6 PM ET
The Utes continue their weak schedule against CSU. All Utah fans are circling the calendar for the TCU game in November but head coach Kyle Whittingham is making sure his players stay focused. All they can do is just keep winning one game at a time and they will do just that when they host the Rams. Steve Fairchild looks as if he had CSU back on the map in the Mountain West. Unfortunately his Rams will suffer their sixth loss of the season and are now one loss away from missing a bowl game. Utah 48 CSU 10. Brandon: Utah 47 CSU 21.
#8 Alabama Crimson Tide 6-1 (3-1) @ Tennessee Volunteers 2-4 (0-3) 7 PM ET
The Vols are looking to get their first SEC win of the season at home. Wouldn't that be nice? A lot of folks including myself agree that the Tide still aren't out of the picture for defending their BCS title. They didn't necessarily blow Ole Miss out of the water but a W is a W. Especially in this conference. I have a hard time seeing Tennessee pulling this one off. Bama 28 Ten 10. Brandon: Bama 28 Ten 20.
#21 South Carolina Gamecocks 4-2 (2-2) @ Vanderbilt Commodores 2-4 (1-2) 7 PM ET
Talk about inconsistent. One week removed from upsetting the number one team in the land the Gamecocks lose to Kentucky. Looks like upsetting Bama in the regular season will be the highlight of the year. Having said that I do like them to beat the Commodores on their home field. Vandy is just flat out bad. Look for a big game for both Stephen Garcia and Marcus Lattimore. SC 38 Vandy 20. Brandon: SC 30 Vandy 14.
#24 Mississippi State Bulldogs 5-2 (2-2) vs UAB Blazers 2-4 (1-2) 7 PM ET
Earlier in the season I was giving the Bulldogs lots of love and picking upsets. They let me down and I totally dropped them. I didn't even consider them to beat Florida and yet they did and now they find themselves at the bottom of the BCS standings. They step away from SEC play for another week to finish non-conference play in 2010. Not much really to say about UAB. They lost to Tennessee in overtime earlier this season. They won't come out of Starkville with a win. Not even close. MSU 37 UAB 10. Brandon: MSU 28 UAB 10.
|TJ Yates hopes to get UNC back|
into the top 25.
|Blaine Gabbert has many weapons along side him on this|
Tiger offense. Will that be enough to upset the Sooners?
Some were saying Oklahoma didn't belong atop the BCS standings when they were released. They struggled against Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati and some thought that would be enough to keep them away from the top. Apparently not. The Tigers are next up to play "beat the number one" and will be trying to upset the Sooners on their home field. That would be three weeks in a row the number one team goes down. What a phenomenal match up we have here. Landry Jones is doing a fantastic job taking over for Sam Bradford. After a tough freshman season Jones has thrown 14 touchdowns and only 3 picks. Ryan Broyles is his main target while Demarco Murray is providing very reliable insurance on the ground. Blaine Gabbert only has 3 picks this season as well to go with his 10 touchdowns. The Tigers also have a balanced running game. Mizzou fans like the fact that beating the #1 team could get them to perhaps jump TCU and Boise State in the BCS standings. That will not be an easy task to conquer. The Sooners have had a rough time putting teams away exempting last week and the Florida State game. I like this one to be a thriller. Down to the wire and has all the potential to be taken into overtime. The difference for me ... (drum roll) will be the home field advantage. OU's depth hasn't been tested very much so if the Tigers can shut down Murray and or Broyles I believe they'll take the victory. Missouri has a little bit more depth and have proven they have more than one weapon at each position. The Tigers will take down the Sooners. Mizzou 23 OU 19. Brandon: OU 34 Mizzou 30.
#5 TCU Horned Frogs 7-0 (3-0) vs Air Force Falcons 5-2 (3-1) 8 PM ET
My hopes have been high for the Falcons this year. I and many others thought they were going to be a sleeper in the Mountain West. After last weeks loss to Sand Diego State those hopes have fallen. That was unexpected and I believe their momentum has been taken from them. Not many teams beat TCU in Fort Worth. The Frogs are known for their solid defense especially at stopping the run and that's all Air Force does. This one won't be close. With all due respect to the academy, you won't be competing in this one unless you learn how to have a dependable passing game. TCU 38 AFA 14. Brandon: TCU 35 AFA 20.
#18 Arizona Wildcats 5-1 (2-1) vs Washington Huskies 3-3 (2-1) 10:15 PM ET
I am having a hard time figuring out the Huskies this season. Heck, I'm having a hard time figuring out the entire Pac-10 besides Oregon. The Huskies don't have consecutive wins or losses this year. They lost to a bad BYU team, destroyed a terrible Syracuse team, got demolished by a great Nebraska team, upset a solid USC squad by a point, lost by ten to Arizona State who has been struggling for some time now, and then upset Oregon State in double overtime. I honestly don't know how to take that team. Jake Locker has been up and down all year. The Wildcats recovered from their tough loss to Oregon State and are hoping to be bowl eligible after this week and I believe they will. Not just because I want Washington to continue with their pattern, but because the Wildcats are at home and it's time for them to get their act together if they want a trip to the Rose Bowl. Nick Foles has many different weapons to give the ball to while Locker is the main man for UW. If he struggles, the whole team struggles. If the Cats shut down Locker, the game is over. I'm not saying they will necessarily succeed at shutting him down completely, but I do believe that AZ has more weapons than the Huskies. Arizona 27 UW 17. Brandon: Zona 35 UW 24.