Ricky Stanzi (pictured above), looks to lead Iowa to a big road victory over 24th ranked Arizona on Saturday, in a weekend full of lackluster matchups.
After last week’s “Monster Saturday”, College Football has managed to put together a “Dud Saturday.” I mean in all honesty, when looking at this coming weekend versus last, not sure exactly what happened, but it wasn’t good (for entertainment value that is). People like to see ranked teams go head to head. Preferably highly ranked ones at that. It is human nature for fans to want to see good teams go to battle. Well this weekend, there is only one match up between two ranked teams. And one of them is ranked 24th (Arizona).
So here is my inside look at a few of the main matchups in what I am proclaiming “Dud Saturday.”
Arkansas at Georgia: Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks bring the offensive juggernaut that is Arkansas into Georgia for an SEC rumble. Now Georgia did not look great in a loss to South Carolina last week, as freshman phenom Marcus Lattimore ran all over them. And the Bulldogs will still be without star receiver AJ Green. Georgia’s highly touted freshman quarterback, Aaron Murray, has shown glimpses of greatness in his first two games. And definitely looks game to live up to the hype that has surrounded him since his early high school days. But sadly for Mark Richt, he may be in deep trouble if this game turns into a track meet. Ryan Mallett is arguably the best quarterback in the country, with great weapons and a plethora of experience at his disposal. Could we be seeing the year of the Razorback in the SEC? I got Arkansas winning this SEC duel by 10.
Georgia Tech at North Carolina: Two of the ACC’s best go to battle. Or at least these are two of the ACC’s most hyped teams. After the weekend of death for ACC football (last weekend), two of the League’s titans go to battle in what should be a great game. Georgia Tech still boasts the old school triple option threat and is one of the few well-known teams in the country to really have no passing attack. Their quarterback, senior Josh Nesbitt, has been a three starter, and knows the offensive scheme inside and out. Sadly for GTech, Nesbitt has not only been their quarterback and leader offensively, he has become their whole offense. This could be a major problem when facing the swarming type defense of a Butch Davis led Tar Heels team. The Tar Hells almost pulled off the unthinkable upset against a pro LSU crowd in a primetime matchup in Atlanta. Not to mention they had over 12 players suspended. After 2 weeks rest and a little chance for the program to clear its head a little, look for the Tar Heels to come out and take care of business at home over the Yellow Jackets. Hard to believe that GTech could come out and lose 2 of their first 3 games (after playing in the Orange Bowl last year).
Iowa at Arizona: In the only match up of two ranked foes on this dud of a weekend, the Big Ten and Pac 10 go to battle in the desert. Iowa has looked solid in its first two powder puff games of the year. They appear to have the look of a team ready to take that next step and compete with OSU for the Big Ten title (I don’t think they can beat OSU though). Ricky Stanzi is one of the most poised, experienced, and battle tested quarterbacks in the country. He is also yet to throw an interception yet this year, which has been his achilles heel in the past. This team is one of the few teams in the country that is able to both run and pass the ball effectively. This makes a team very hard to stop in today’s College Football stratosphere. Arizona on the other hand has looked awesome both offensively and defensively so far. Granted they have played Toledo and the Citadel. Arizona started the year unranked, and is one of those schools that has always been a basketball first University. Well times are changing as Sean Miller failed to take the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament last season. Is this team, behind 2nd year starting quarterback, Nick Foles, the real deal? Well they will be solid in a very weak Pac 10, but they will not be able to secure the victory this weekend even though they are at home. I got Iowa by 7 stealing one on the road.
It was a struggle to choose 3 intriguing matchups in this dud of a weekend. “Monster Saturday” had 5 or 6 big time matchups and made me have to leave a major game or 2 out, because there were so many good ones. Either way, football is football. And I, along with the rest of America will watch.
Also, there is always the NFL on Sunday..
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