Can Auburn quarterback and leading Heisman candidate, Cam Newton (pictured above), keep the undefeated season alive in today's Iron Bowl?
The turkey has been eaten. People have sat on their couches. And though there is a full slate of NFL games set for Sunday, the next 2 days are all about the College Game. The NCAA has provided America with a full slate of games for both Friday and Saturday. And boy have they taken advantage of the extra day, putting 3 of the undefeateds in big time matchups on the Friday.
So please sit right back down on your couches folks.
Here is a look into some of the key matchups.
Auburn at Alabama: The SEC Title Game has been decided. Bama will miss out after playing in it 2 consecutive years. So the Tide have underachieved. Not all hope is lost in at least salvaging state supremacy. In the 75th version of the Iron Bowl, both teams come in ranked for the first time in 5 years. Also, this is the first time since 1994 that both teams are ranked in the top 10. After the Tide dropped a heartbreaker at LSU on November 6th, the team set its sights solely on the Iron Bowl. This is Bama’s chance to ruin their rival’s year. You better believe that they are going to take advantage. Newton has not faced a defense with the speed of the Alabama boys. Finally, Cam will show he is human, as Alabama contains the Heisman hopeful and puts up just enough points to shock Auburn and ruin their undefeated season. Alabama by 3 at home.
Arizona at Oregon: The best offense in the land looks to continue to demonstrate they are worthy of a spot in the National Title Game with a big time matchup against PAC 10 power, Arizona. Both teams play solid defense. Sadly for Arizona, they will not be able to keep up with the offensive firepower of the Ducks. LaMichael James and the Ducks will keep quacking towards a National Title spot.
Nevada at Boise State: Can Nevada help save the BCS from the Boise Madness? The NCAA and BCS are keeping a very keen eye on this WAC matchup. And rightfully so. Sadly for the BCS, the Broncos aren’t losing this one. Kellen and the Big Blue Men have not taken on a ranked foe since September 25th. After winning that game against Oregon State, people knew that this would be a key date. This would be the next time that the Broncos could possibly lose. Boise currently is scorring nearly 48 points a game and giving up 11.5. Since the Oregon State game in September, no opponent has come within 29 points of the Broncos. So the style points have been there. Nevada has been no slouch offensively itself, scoring over 44 points a game. Sadly though, Nevada has not played a ranked foe all year. It will show today, as Kellen Moore, Titus Young, and Austin Pettis erupt. Boise will still be in the National Championship talk after they defeat Nevada by 14 plus today.
LSU at Arkansas: This game is a prime example of how outstanding the SEC West is. Both of these teams are looking to play in a major BCS Bowl still. LSU looks to remain in the BCS equation while Arkansas looks to fly into a BCS Bowl game. The winner of this one will be a big time contender to find their way into major BCS Bowl. Can Ryan Mallett and the great Arkansas offense shred LSU and their tenacious defense? In the age old question, I got defense beating offense today. Tigers by 1 on the road in a thriller.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State: The Sooners have absolutely dominated this series winning 80 of the 104 matchups. Oklahoma State has shocked the country with their first 10 win season in school history. With a win over their in-state rival, they will get to play for the Big 12 Championship. With a loss, the Sooners will head to the Big 12 Title Game for a change. Okahoma State has scored over 45 points a game this season and have one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the country, led by 27 year old Brandon Weeden. Oklahoma has not defended against the pass well this year, so logic points towards the Cowboys shredding the Sooners. Sadly, its a mindsight. OK State does not have that winning mentality of Bob Stoops and the Sooners. They feel that they are the underdogs. And they will be the underdogs. Sooners shock the Cowboys by 3 on the road.
So there you have it. I got Auburn on upset alert. I also got the Sooners continuing to own the state of Oklahoma. What a 2 days of games we got ahead.
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