What a weekend of College Football lies ahead of us. Undefeated teams are dropping like flies. The BCS picture is still murky. Boise, Utah, and TCU are all looking to rip the hearts out of the big BCS Conference Bad Boys and snag an invite to the very exclusive National Title Game party. And we still got a few more weeks of regular season play left.
Here is a look at some of the major matchups:
TCU at Utah: Talk about a major game. Two non BCS schools square off with the hope of sneaking into the National Championship party. The winner of this game will truly have an inside track at sneaking into that Title game especially if only 1 team from a BCS Power Conference goes undefeated. These are both outstanding teams that have been good for a while now. TCU this year has the look of an old school smash mouth football team. They have the number 1 ranked D in the country and also run the ball with authority on O. This team has won all but one game this season by double digits. Utah on the other hand is more of a surprise undefeated. They shocked the entire country in Week 1 knocking off a highly touted Pitt team out of the “mighty” Big East in Overtime. It has been smooth sailing ever since. They have one of the nation’s most electric offenses and defenses. But for some reason, I really like this TCU team on the road. There is a reason why having an experienced quarterback like Andy Dalton pays major dividends. Look for Dalton to lead a last-minute drive that clinches a 3 point victory for the Horned Frogs on the road.
Alabama at LSU: Two of the best one loss teams in the SEC go to battle down in Baton Rouge. Slowly but surely, Bama is creeping back into the National Championship picture, while LSU is still mending the wounds from a heartbreaking loss at the hands of number 1, Auburn. Both of these teams have outstanding defenses that can really get at the quarterback. The difference in this one will be Alabama’s ability to both pass and throw the ball. LSU has suffered mightily all year from having a 1 dimensional offense and the beautiful struggle will continue at home. Look for Bama to snag a major road victory by 6.
Arkansas at South Carolina: Another massive showdown in the SEC. The nation’s best conference features big time matchups every week. It is nothing new. Ryan Mallett continues to guide the nation’s most dangerous passing attack for the Razorbacks, while South Carolina continues to rely heavily on arguably the best freshman in the country, Marcus Lattimore. Both of these teams have been extremely Jekyll and Hyde and very hard to predict. The Razorbacks have won 3 of the last 4 meetings versus the Gamecocks and South Carolina has been known to struggle down the stretch during the Spurrier era. Well expect more of the same as Mallett has a field day against the SEC’s worst passing defense. Arkansas by 6 on the road.
Arizona at Stanford: Never thought I would see the day where Arizona and Stanford were two of the top dawgs in the PAC 10 football picture. Sure these are both traditional powerhouses in basketball, but football? These teams are both the real deal. For Arizona, you take away a couple of late game mishaps against Oregon State, they are still in the National Championship picture. For Stanford, other than the smack down they received from Oregon, they have looked extremely sharp. Andrew Luck is arguably the best quarterback in the entire country, or at least the most poised looking in the pocket. These teams are somewhat different in that Stanford relies on a high-powered offense and the Wildcats rely on a stingy defensive unit. So will offense or defense be victorious in this one? My mind is telling me to go with Heisman hopefully Andrew Luck and the very fundamentally sound Cardinal team at home, but my gut is telling me to go with the Wildcats. So to continue with my trend this week, I will pick yet another road team to win. Arizona by 1 is the pick here.
As you can tell, the slate of College Football games this weekend is amazing. There are big time matchups galore. From the big conferences, to even the non BCS Power conferences. For some reason I am going with all road teams to win in the above matchups.
I could either look genius or extremely inept with the picks this week.
Should I be feeling lucky?
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