Looks like another good weekend of games but mostly a letdown from last week. Here is the weekend slate including games today and Friday:
Cincinnati vs. NC State - Intriguing match up of teams. Both have strong QB play in the Bearcats Zach Collaros and the Wolfpacks Russell Wilson. This should be one of the more interesting Thursday night games of the year. The pick: Cincinnati
Kansas vs. Southern Miss - Kansas is hard team to predict. One week they go out and lose to a FBS school in North Dakota State and the next week beat a ranked Georgia Tech squad. I predict we will see the good Kansas team. The Pick: Kansas
Games of the week:
Arkansas vs Georgia- Another intersting matchup in SEC country. Both teams are darkhorses in the respective divisions but only one has a proven quarterback and that is Ryan Mallet of the Razorbacks. Mallet put it on the Dawgs last year to the tune of 408 passing yards and 5 TDs. If A.J Green could ever get eligible to play than Georgia would have a chance. Freshman QB Aaron Murray needs all the help he can get but with or without Green, I see Arkansas taking it in a high scoring game. The Pick: Arkansas
Florida vs. Tennessee - I remember a time when this always was the game of the week but with Florida not looking so hot and Tenn falling on hard times, not so much anymore. Still should make for a good match up between rivals. Florida has to prove it can sustain offense for four quarters of play. The offense did look better against USF last week but it is no where close what we expected it to be this year. Jeff Brantley has to take charge with RB Chris Rainey being suspended from the team. Tennessee has to prove it can at least be competitive against an SEC rival. UT came out strong vs Oregon last week before being blown away in the second half. The Pick: Florida but not the blowout everyone is expecting
Clemson vs. Auburn - Cam Newton will be the biggest factor in this game. The Auburn QB is a load to tackle at 6'6 and 250 pounds. He will control the game with his feet and arm. He puts me in the mind of Jarmarcus Russell but with better decision making skills. Kyle Parker of Clemson is no slouch either. The 1st round MLB draft pick can make all the passes you look for in a QB but Auburn's young defense looks solid enough to keep him grounded. The Pick: Auburn in a close one.
Iowa vs. Arizona - Arizona is a captivating team to me in that they have a good QB in Nick Fowles, decent running back in Nic Grigsby, and a very solid receiving core led by Juron Criner. The question will be can they duplicate what they have been doing in lesser opponents to Iowa. Ricky Stanzi may not always be the prettiest at his job but his results speak for themselves. Iowa has a good secondary that should be able to test Fowles. The Pick: Iowa but not by much
Under the radar game: Houston vs. UCLA. Houston can score on anybody but anybody can score on them.
Most Intriguing Game- Texas vs Texas Tech. Interested in how young Garrett Gilbert responds on a tough road game. Tommy Tuberville gets his first crack at Texas
Rivalry Game of the week - Notre Dame vs Michigan State. Could have went Florida vs. Tenn here but as much as it hurts me to say, Florida should win that game so I will go with the Irish vs. Sparty.
Coach better get it right game - LSU vs Mississippi State. Is it me or is it that Les Miles is one the worst game calling and time management coaches in football. LSU talent at every position but why do they always seem to play down to there opponent? Yep its Les.
Quick Hits: Heisman winner Mark Ingram makes his return this week from arthroscopic knee surgery. I want to see how he responds and even more so how he and Trent Richardson are able to split carries.
Tennessee linebacker Nick Reveiz was quoted saying "Quite honestly, I felt like we quit,". It should be curious to see how UT responds to its rival after being pounded by Oregon.
South Carolina dismissed TE Wesyle Saunders from the team Wednesday ending the speculation about his playing status.