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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Week 1 Predictions

It's the most anticipated sports event of the year!!

But unlike the "Fight of the Century" that was more like an interpretive dance, this will be more like a Ronda Rousey fight...

This is the entire fight.  Not kidding. 14 seconds.  KO.  Don't mess with Rousey.



I love it when a blog comes together!

Week 1 is FINALLY here!!


 So stock your beer fridge...
Shitty beer will still get you drunk. 
Order your favorite wings...

And let's talk some football!!!

Top 10 Action

#1 Ohio State @ VA Tech

The defending champs open with the only team to beat them last season.  The big question is who will be under center to start the season?

The 3 headed QB monster has turned into a 2 man show now that Braxton Miller has been moved to WR.

That leaves last season's savior Cardale Jones ... 

... who went 16/23 for 242 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT and added another TD and 38 yards on the ground against the Ducks in the title game last season.

And his competition is RS-SO JT Barrett...

... who was just named one of the Captains.

Buckeyes name Captains

No starter has been named as of yet, and I wouldn't expect to know who will start until he trots onto the field for the VA Tech game.

The Buckeyes are loaded this year, but won't be at full strength for this game.  The Buckeyes have 4 players suspended for this game, including All American and flat out beast DE Joey Bosa.

Joey Bosa 1 of 4 players suspended for VA Tech

Who is currently the the winningest active coach in FBS?  If you said Frank Beamer, congratulations, you get a cookie.

Beamer, entering his 28th season in Blacksburg, is now the elder statesman of college football.

 However, his seat has been getting a bit toasty lately.  Since back to back 11 win seasons in 2010 and 2011, the Hokies have gone 7-6, 8-5, and 7-6.  In an era of "what have you done for me lately"..., that simply isn't good enough. Let's just hope for Beamer's sake his career ends better than the previous two elder statesmen of college football.

Will the Buckeyes get their revenge or will the Hokies hand them an L for the second straight season?

Urban doesn't like to lose.

34-24 Buckeyes

#2 TCU @ Minnesota 

HC Gary Patterson enters his 15th season and has taken the Horned Frogs program from the WAC, to Conference USA, to the Mountain West and finally, the Big XII.  The H-Frogs were the surprise of the 2014 season, coming off a dismal 4-8 campaign in 2013, they rebounded in a huge way finishing 12-1 and winning a share of the Big XII title.

BUT!  TCU was left out of the  College Football Playoffs.  Needless to say, their fans were not pleased.
Read my lips, "I'm going to f*cking kill someone."

Despite that slight, TCU finished #3 last year and open's #2 this season.  They're offense is explosive, led by Sr. QB Trevone Boykin.

Boykin is in the early conversation for the Heisman.  If TCU can replicate last season and attone for their 1 loss to rival Baylor, they'll be in the CFP and Boykin could very well end up at the Heisman ceremony in NYC.

Minnesota is a trendy sleeper pick to win the Big Ten West division this season.  With Nebraska and Wisconsin having new coaches, Iowa stuck in a corn field, Northwestern perpetually average, Illinois firing their coach a week before the season starts and Purdue being Purdue, the West is wide open.

HC Jerry Kill has the program heading in the right direction.  The Gophers have been 8-5 the past 2 seasons but have played tough.  Could this be the year they finally break through and get the honor of being spanked by OSU in the Big Ten Championship game?

35-21 TCU

#20 Wisconsin @ #3 Alabama

After 15 years of stability under former HC Barry Alvarez, the Badgers enter 2015 with their third HC since 2012.  Former DC Paul Chryst wisely dumped Pitt after one year for a return to Madison.

I can't believe I left Wisconsin.
I can't believe I'm back at Wisconsin! 
Gone is first round pick RB Melvin Gordon, but who's carrying the rock doesn't seem to matter in Madison, they continually produce 1000 yard rushers.  Next in line is JR RB Cory Clement. 

SR QB Joel Stave is back under center.  Stave was inconsistent in 2014 but his main job will be to hand the ball off and not turn it over.  Following Braxton Miller's lead, former QB Tanner McEvoy is now a WR and will be starting.

For the second year in a row, Wisconsin opens with a tough SEC opponent.  Last season, the Badgers lead LSU 24-7 in the 3rd quarter before giving up 15 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to lose 28-24.

This year they open on the road at Alabama.

'Bama is stacked.  On offense.  On defense.  On special teams. And they're especially stacked where it counts most.
But don't expect to see Jaime in the lineup against Wisconsin.  Saban has benched her for carrying the ball like a loaf of bread.  You need to carry the rock high an tight Jaime!!!  NO FUMBLES!!!

Bama's QB situation is about as crystal clear as Bruce, er, Caitlin's transition...

The Tide currently have 3 QB's taking first team reps and 2 more taking 2nd team reps. The rest of the depth chart is littered with true freshman either starting or contributing.  That youth and uncertainty at QB could come back to haunt the Tide at some point this season.

HC Nick Saban will have to figure it out in a hurry.  After opening with #20 Wisconsin, the Tide have #17 Ole Miss in two weeks, then play at #9 Georgia two weeks after that, then return home against #18 Arkansas a week after that.  We'll know if the Tide are rebuilding or contending by early October.

27-14 Roll Tide

#4 Baylor @ SMU

The Bears opened up their McLane stadium last season with a 45-0 romp over SMU...

.. en route to an 11-1 regular season and a share of the Big XII title.  The Bears were one inexplicable loss to WVU away from a birth in the CFP.  Instead, they ended up in the Cotton Bowl where they blew a huge lead and allowed Sparty to score 3 TD's in the 4th quarter for a 42-41 MSU win.

The Bear want nothing more than to play some football.  It's been a tumultuous off season in Waco.

Scandal will define Baylor’s season to those outside program

QB Bryce Petty is now playing on Sundays so Jr. Seth Russell takes over under center for the Bears.  Russell could be even better than what's turned out to be a QB factory at Baylor that started with Heisman winner RGIII.  Simply put, if you play QB for Baylor, you're going to put up some ridiculous numbers.

Unlike the pass happy teams of yore, Baylor has not forsaken the defensive side of the ball.  Check out DE Shawn Oakman doing a box jump... a 40 inch box jump.... while holding 2 70lb dumbbells....

This is the same kid that was booted from Penn State for stealing a sandwich.  By Penn State standards, that's a pretty tame offense and oh boy could they use this kid this year!  He's a projected top 10 NFL pick in the 2016 draft and will lay waste to many OL in the Big XII this season.

SMU had a miserable 2014.  They lost their coach just before the season started and reeled off 11 losses in a row before salvaging a single win against UConn in the last game of the season.

The Mustangs hired Clemson OC/QB Coach and Texas native Chad Morris to right their floundering program.  At the very least Morris will have the Mustangs playing better on offense.  The bar is low at SMU. Anything better than avoiding NCAA sanctions, which is not as easy as you'd think at SMU, and winning more than one game will be an improvement.

52-0 Baylor

#5 Michigan State @ Western Michigan

HC Mark Dantonio has Michigan State at the high water mark of their program.  In the last 5 years, Sparty has gone 11-2, 11-3, 7-6, 13-1, and 11-2. And yet, Michigan State Head Coach MARK DANTONIO still gets no respect.
What's wrong with this picture? 
Michigan State, the Rodney Dangerfield of college football.

Gone is DC Pat Narduzzi, who left for a 1 year internship as HC of Pitt. Also gone are RB Jeremy Langhford (4th round pick), and WR's Tony Lippett (5th) and Keith Mumphery (5th) as well as CB Trae Waynes (1st). Taking their place are RS-FR RB Madre London, SR WR's Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings Jr.

MSU Sr. QB Connor Cook is one of the best in college football and a potential first round pick.  With Cook at the controls, the offense should be above average this season.

On the defensive side, Sparty has built a reputation as being fielding a top D every season, however, the better the competition, the worse their D has fared...

Sparty's only two losses last season were to the teams that played for the National Championship, Oregon & Ohio State.  This season, Sparty gets Oregon at home in week 2 and plays in Columbus in late November.

Before Sparty can go duck hunting...

they'll have to get by Western Michigan and their young up & coming HC PJ Fleck.

Fleck is a 34 year old wunderkind who is amongst the hottest names not currently coaching in a power 5 conference.  In Fleck's first season, WMU won exactly 1 game, which was a 1 point victory over FBS doormat UMass.  One win? WTF?  So why is he a hot name you may ask?

In season 2, the Broncos went 8-5, including a 6 game winning streak and a bowl bid.  That's the kind of 1 year turn around that gets you noticed by the Power 5 conferences.  If Fleck can knock off in state big brother MSU it will only add to his legend.  Look for Fleck to be roaming the sidelines somewhere in a Power 5 conference next season. Given the precarious position of HC Kyle Flood at Rutgers and Fleck's connection to the school, don't be surprised to see him in northern Jersey.

As for this game...

42-24 Michigan State

#6 Auburn v. Louisville 

Auburn opens in the Georgia Dome against the Cardinals.  HC Gus Malzahn is known as an offensive wizard with his super fast go, go, GO offensive philosophy...

...and he'll need to work his magic as he must replace his starting QB Nick Marshall, SEC's leading rusher and 5th round draft pick Cameron Artis-Payne, and third round pick WR Sammie Coates.  The offense shouldn't miss a beat with new starters QB Jeremy Johnson, RB's Roc Thomas and Jovon Robinson.

Auburn started 2014 7-1 but dropped 4 of their last 5 as their D disappeared.  To rectify their defensive struggles, Auburn hired former Gators HC Will Muschamp, who is known as a defensive wizard.  Auburn's D surrendered at least 34 points in all 4 of those losses, including 55 in the Iron Bowl.  If Auburn hopes to get back into the National Championship picture, Muschamp will have to work his magic too.

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino... aka The Mistress on the Motorcycle Maniac...

 ...has held 18 different positions in his 31 year coaching career.  Including different positions at the same school/team 5 different times.  The guy likes to move more than Van Damme in a unitard...

But he also wins games.  Petrino is in his second season in his second stint at Louisville.  The Cardinals went 9-4 last season, including a huge win against then #2 Florida State.  This season Petrino has 4 different kids listed at the top of his QB depth chart.  No matter who takes the snaps, the offense should be pretty good.

Petrino is no stranger to the Georgia Dome...
... and opening up with a W against an SEC opponent is not out of the question.

This is my upset specials of the week.

34-31 Louisville

#7 Oregon vs. Eastern Washington

The Ducks played for a national title last season and again came up short.    The Ducks offense was on fire in the post season, putting up 51 against Arizona in the PAC 12 Championship and 59 against Florida State in the Rose Bowl, but that offense ran into a defensive juggernaut in the National Championship game, putting up only 20 against the Buckeyes.

This HC Mark Helfrich must replace Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and looked outside their roster to do so.

Eastern Washington is known for it's colorful field...

... and it's wide open, record setting offense at the FCS level.  Last season, QB Vernon Adams set records for the Eagles.

Adams threw for 10,438 yards, 110 TD's and added 1,232 yards and 11 TD's on the ground during his 3  year FCS career.  Those totals would be even more impressive if he didn't miss 4 games last season with a broken foot.  He lead his team to 3 consecutive Big Sky Championships, was named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and was a first team All American.

This season, Vernon is taking his talents to....

... Eugene, Oregon.  Adams has been named the Ducks starting QB and will be under center for their season opener against his former school, Eastern Washington.  With WAY more talent at the skills positions look for Adams to light up his former teammates.

56-7 Oregon

#8 USC vs. Arkansas State

The big news out of Troy this summer was not potential Heisman candidate QB Cody Kessler..

... or the new talent arriving on campus...

... or the Trojans incoming freshman class, ranked #2 overall in the nation.

... No, this big story this off season was HC Steve Sarkisian getting wasted & dropping F bombs in front of boosters and players.

You just know Bobby Petrino is laughing at this.  Sarkisian is reportedly seeking help in the wake of the incident.

As punishment for his indiscretion, his players made him do some burpees...

So now we now what the punishment is for players that get loaded and drop F Bombs at a pep rally.
Which makes you wonder what kind of punishment OJ would receive from this coaching staff.
Read that again, he said "IF" he did it.  "IF". 
Only OJ could take a double murder and treat it like he farted in a crowded elevator and turn it into a book.

As for Arkansas State, they'll throw it around a lot but they don't have the talent to compete with USC.  Coach Sark's post game speech should be pretty straight forward after this one.

45-13 USC

#9 Georgia vs. Lousiana - Monroe

With the departure of RB Todd Gurley to the NFL, via a top 10 pick at that, the Bulldog backfield now belongs to Sophomore RB Nick Chubb.  When Gurley went down with a torn ACL last season, it was Chubb who stepped in and more than made up for his loss...
#61 out for a nice stroll with a front row seat to the action

Chubb logged 219 carries for 1,547 yards and 14 TD's. He averaged 7.1 YPC and also caught 18 passes for 213 yards and 2 more TD's.  This kid is the real deal and will be playing on Sundays. The way the Bulldogs churn out RB's watch out for this kid in Athens in the next few years...

Handing off to Chubb will be UVA transfer Greyson Lambert, who won the QB competition in a 4 way a battle.

The Dogs went 10-3 last season, are are consistently ranked in the top 15 but just can't break into the National Championship picture.  And in the SEC, let's face it, if you're not competing for national titles on the field then you're Kentucky and you only care about basketball, or Vanderbilt and you only care about academics.

LA-Monroe hasn't beaten an SEC team since their thrilling 34-31 OT win against #8 Arkansas in 2012. That streak includes a 48-14 loss to aforementioned SEC bottom feeder Kentucky last season. Don't expect the Warhawks to break that streak against Georgia.

49-14 Bulldogs.

#10 Florida State vs. Texas State 

The Seminoles 29 game winning streak was snapped in the CFP semi-final game last season.  The 'Noles are now on a 1 game losing streak, which shouldn't last longer than this game.  The 'Noles lost Heisman winner & #1 overall pick QB Jameis Winston to the NFL.
"Yo Dawg! I'm going to the NFL, you can have my job next season." 

So who will replace Famous Jameis?

Continuing the 2015 trend of old faces in new places, FSU brought in the guy Winston beat 31-27 last season...

... Everett Golson.  Who has gone from a redshirt, to starting the National Championship game to out of football for a year due to academic suspension, to starting again, to benched, to again starting, but this time in Tallahassee.

Golson beat out QB Sean Maguire, who was part of the same recruiting class as Jameis Winston. So while Winston is now a millionaire starting for the Buccaneers, Maguire is still holding a clip board in Tallahassee.  Fortunately the kid should get his shot next season.

HC Jimbo Fisher has heard the criticism about his players and all the incidents that have plagued his program the past few years and has responded in kind.

Jimbo Fisher on FSU criticism: 'When you win, it's going to be there'

They also brought in former Buckeye RB Maurice Clarett, who had a clear message for the 'Noles players: Grow up.

FSU won't have to do much growing to dispose of the Texas State Bobcats.

Another old face in a new place is Texas State HC Dennis Franchione.  The former HC at Alabama and Texas A&M was out of football for 3 years before the Bobcats came calling to lead their program from FCS to FBS.  Their first year at the FBS level Texas State played in the WAC and went 4-8. Since moving to the Sun Belt in 2013, the Bobcats have been 6-6 and 7-5.  Not exactly world beaters, but not bad considering they've only been at the FBS level for 3 years.

While a W against the 'Noles is not going to happen, Texas State is a contender for the Sun Belt Championship and a possible bowl bid.

52-3 Florida State

Games of Note

Michigan @ Utah 

That sound you heard was every Michigan fan getting on their knees and praising god for the return of their lord and savior to Ann Arbor...

No, not that savior.  This one!!




This guy is now the savior of Michigan...

Wolverine fans are going nuts over this guy.
With this kind of hype, Harbaugh better deliver.

In his time with Stanford from 2007-2010, Harbaugh went 29-21, but started at 4-8 and finished at 12-1.  He then took over the 49ers franchise that hasn't won shit since Steve Young was behind center and took them to 2 NFC Championship games, 1 super bowl, and 1 dismal 8-8 season.  So in his 4 years at Stanford he created a top notch program and left at it's crescendo.  In his 4 years at San Francisco he produced 3 playoff teams and left after his players and the owners had tired of his intense personality.

Now back at his alma mater, Harbaugh has a rebuilding job to do after the Hoke years yielded consistently worse results every season.  Unlike when he took over Stanford, there is talent on the Michigan roster.  His first priority is to find a QB, and it looks like it's still a 4 way race...

... including Iowa graduate transfer Jake Rudock.  Sensing a theme here with the transfer QB's?

The Wolverines might not have the talent to beat OSU or Sparty just yet, but they'll definitely be tougher than they were under Hoke.

As for Utah, the Harbaugh hype might be getting to them.

Kyle Whittingham says Harbaugh hype not bugging Utah, but players say otherwise

The Utes are no slouch. This will not be an easy game for Michigan.  They're coming off a 9-4 season and beat Michigan 26-10 in Ann Arbor last season.  This is a tossup. 

28-24 Michigan  

Penn State @ Temple 

HC James Franklin has reinvigorated a program that was quite literally on it's death bed just a few seasons ago.  His haters call him a used car salesman... 

... but the recruits have a different opinion.  Penn State currently has the #2 recruiting class in the nation.  And that is after a lackluster 7-6 inaugural season in Happy Valley that featured one of the worst offensive lines in college football. 

Playing behind that swinging gate of the OL was future NFL QB Christian Hackenberg.  
Hack was sacked a record 44 times last season and was under pressure even more.  After a successful freshman season under QB whisperer HC Bill O'Brien, Hack took a huge step back last season but showed glimpses of his old self.  The kid has an NFL arm and can make throws other QB's wouldn't even attempt. 

PSU is collecting a wealth of talent at the skill positions, so Hack will have no lack of targets.  If he can get some protection from his OL, he should have a nice rebound season. 

On the defensive side, DC Bob Shoop was courted heavily by LSU this off season, but PSU stepped up and paid the man.  He was perhaps Franklin's biggest recruiting coup yet as keeping him in Happy Valley provides a level of consistency that has been absent recently.  He's also a damn good DC.  Penn State ranked #2 in the nation in total defense last season, #3 in rushing defense and #6 in third down defense. 

If the offense can be even average, PSU should be able to win 9 games go bowling again. 

Temple will be a tougher than you think first test.  The Owls have a good, young HC in Matt Rhule, who was ironically born in State College, PA.  Rhule will have the Owls ready to play.  They return a stout D that has a few kids that will be playing on Sundays.  Most notably LB Tyler Matakevich... 

... and although he's a ginger and has no soul...
... the kid is a stud at LB and will make some plays. 

If Temple can keep it close and get some turnovers they will make this a game.  But the Owls offense sucks, so if Penn State can avoid turnovers they should be able to shut down the Owls offense and come away with an ugly win. 

17-10 Penn State 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Week 6 Predictions

It's week 6 and as of this writing Brady Hoke is still the Head Coach of Michigan football, but while Michigan football is still playing, their house seems to be burning...

Sadly, Kansas told everyone's favorite fat coach, Charlie Weis, to...

There goes the Jayhawks schematic advantage.

Weis was 6-22 in his tenure in Lawrence.  His contract was a 5 year deal worth $2.5 Million per year.  Let's see, that works out to... $2.5 Million X 5 years = $12.5 Million / 6 wins = $2.08 Million per win.

No, unfortuantely I am not.  On top of that, Kansas still owes him for the final 2 years of his contract!  Is there any other profession that gets paid so much for doing so little?
We don't even have to recruit!  
Alright, let's talk some football...

Top 25 Action 

Wake Forest @ #1 Florida State - FSU found themselves down 24-7 after the first quarter last week against NC State.  The Wolfpack couldn't hold that 17 point lead though.  By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the Wolfpack D was gassed and gave up 56 points.  Sure, NC State scored 41, and may have shown FSU is vulnerable on D, but it's still a loss.

QB Jameis Winston, back from his one game suspension, threw for 365 yards with 4 TD's and 2 INT's. The 'Noles are currently on a 20 game winning streak and won't play another team that is currently ranked other than #9 Notre Dame on Oct 18th.  That game will be played in Tallahassee.

The longest modern era winning streak belongs to Miami (FL), who won 34 straight from 2000-2002. Some questions remain,, such as will FSU suffer an upset along the way?  Or will Winston lead them to back to back titles?  Does FSU have the hottest fans in college football?

Wake Forest is... Tim Duncan's alma mater.  That's literally the nicest thing I can say about them.

56-3 Florida State

Arizona @ #2 Oregon - The Wildcats are 4-0 thanks to a last play Hail Mary from QB Anu Solomon that was hauled in by WR Austin Hill in between 3 Cal defenders.

Arizona scored 36 points in the 4th quarter!

You heard me.  Cal for some inexplicable reason completely forgot how to play defense for the entire fourth quarter.  QB Anu Solomon finished with 520 yards passing, 5 TD's, 2 INT's and 46 yards rushing.  This kid is a future Heisman candidate in Rich Rod's offense. If yo u like offense, this is a can't miss game.

56-49 Arizona

UPDATE: Despite being WAY off on the score, Arizona did in fact pull off the upset in Eugene 31-24.

#3 Alabama @ #11 Ole Miss - One of the traditions of college football is the tailgating, and there are not many better than The Grove at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss Finally has a good team to go along with great tailgating. 
The Rebels are only giving up 8.5 points per game, good for 3rd in the nation. But the competition thus far has been less than stellar. QB Bo Wallace has 1200+ yards passing and 11 TD's and will look for his #1 WR, true sophomore Laquon Treadwell early and often against the Crimson Tide.

Despite being the Mecca of college football since Nick Saban took over, Alabama's tailgating leaves something to be desired...
Ask me where the elephant's trunk is. 
... or undesired.

Bama crushed the Gators 42-21 in Gainesville.  Bama's D held Florida to just 200 total yards, including only 93 passing. The offense was led by QB Blake Sims and WR Amari Cooper, one of the best in the nation.

Granted, Florida's offense sucks, but Bama's D has shown it's solid.  However, they're losses under Saban have typically come against teams that employ a spread attack with elite athletes, and that's just what Ole Miss is equipped with.

Ole Miss will need to spread out the Bama D and avoid turnovers, if they can do that, they'll have a shot at handing Saban his first home loss since 2012.  But Bama hasn't lost to Ole Miss since 2003, and despite what I foresee as a close game, well, ...
Y'all seen some folk walkin round with 2 red sleeves?  
33-27 Roll Tide

#4 Oklahoma @ #25 TCU - The Sooners are one of only a handful of teams outside the SEC with a shot at the playoffs.  OU has had a balanced offense this season, ranking 41st in passing and 34th in rushing while averaging 44.8 points per game.

Freshman RB Samaje Perine has emerged as the lead back for the Sooners.  Perine ran through the Mountaineers D to the tune of 242 yards and 4 TD's on 34 carries last week, helping OU to a 45-33 victory in Morganville and sparing dozens of couches from going up in flames in the process.

TCU faces OU and Baylor in back to back weeks, so we'll find out quickly if their 3-0 start means anything.

38-17 Oklahoma

#15 LSU @ #5 Auburn - LSU vented their frustration coming off a loss at home to Mississippi State and crushed New Mexico State 63-7.  There's a lot to like about the Tigers...
Whoa! Where did these come from? 
... as the Tigers two headed monster of a ground game can burn the clock against an Auburn offense that likes to play as fast as possible. RB's Leonard Fournette and Kenny Hilliard have 56 and 57 carries respectively, and both average over 5 yards per carry. When the Tigers take to the air, their main threat is WR Travin Dural, who's averaging a ridiculous 25.4 yards per catch.

Auburn's offense was held in check by K State on the road.  Even though the Tigers won, they were held to just 20 points. The Tigers ground game is paced by RB Cameron Artis-Payne.  The Senior is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and has 5 TD's on the year.  The Tigers D has also been solid thus far but has not seen a team with the talent that LSU has.  This has all the makings of two SEC teams that would probably win the Big Ten easily beating up on each in conference.

31-27 LSU

#6 Texas A&M @ #12 Mississippi State - Texas A&M looked like ass...
... for 3 quarters before rallying from 14 down in the 4th quarter against the Razorbacks last week to force OT. A&M then scored a TD on their first play from scrimmage and stuffed the Razorbacks on 4th & 1 to get the W 35-28.  A&M looked anything but the #6 team in the country as they struggled at home against an Arkansas program that has now lost 14 consecutive SEC games.

Bulldogs dual threat QB Dak Prescott is the best QB you've never heard of in college football.
He's also the second most famous person to be named Dak...
Hey Luke, great job getting our speeder shot down.  You can levitate a spaceship but can't stop me from getting crushed by an Imperial walker? But you made sure you got your damn lightsabre! Great use of "the force" you dick. Effin Jedi. 
Prescott has 11 TD's to 4 INT's this season and 964 yards passing, but he's also added 378 yards and 3 TD's on the ground.  The Bulldogs already won at LSU for the first time since 1991, and they face current #5 Auburn next week.  The Aggies are vulnerable and MSU is looking to get it's name into the playoff picture.  If HC Dan Mullen and his squad pull off the upset this and finish with the hat trick against top 10 teams next week they'll be in great position heading into November.

37-31 Mississippi State

#7 Baylor @ Texas - New Longhorns HC Charlie Strong has dismissed his 9th player from the team since taking over.  He's trying to change the culture of Texas football, which is like trying to change the gun culture in Texas...
Longhorns pep rally.  Governor Perry is a big fan, he arrived in that NASCAR in the background.'Murica!!!
... against teams with a pulse, the 'Horns offense has been putrid.  They lost to UCLA's backup QB a few weeks ago in Austin, but managed to hold the Charlie Weiss-less Jayhawks scoreless last week.  Their O only managed 23 points though.  Like the Texas border fence...
Nobody will be able to find their way around this fence! Yee haw!!! 
... it's a work in progress.

As usual, the Bears offense is racking up points in droves on offense. Despite the prolific offensive numbers, Texas is actually the best team they'll have faced this season.  Which is disturbing...
I find Baylor's schedule disturbing. 
... Baylor's D has been vulnerable despite the lack of offensive firepower they've faced this season.  I don't think Texas' offense will be able to keep pace with the Bears offense even if they can put points on the board.

56-31 Baylor

Utah @ #8 UCLA - Utah was up 21-0 at one point against Wazzu last week but couldn't hold back HC Mike Leach's infamous Air Raid offense in the second half.  The Utes lost a close one 28-27.  Despite the loss, the Utes are a pretty good football team Their offense begins and ends with RB Devontae Booker. The Junior is averaging 6.5 yards per carry and is literally carrying the Utes offense this season as their passing attack has sputtered.

I'm not sure anyone outside of Westwood believes UCLA really is the #8 team in the country.  The Bruins may also be looking ahead to their game against Oregon next week, that all of a sudden is not as big now that the Ducks lost to Arizona.

This game is prime for an upset if the Utes can avoid turnovers.

24-20 Utah

#14 Stanford @ #9 Notre Dame - The big game of the week! The Irish take on the Cardinal in South Bend.  Brian Kelly is 41-15 since taking over in South Bend and has greatly improved the talent in South Bend...

... after a 4-0 start, is looking to get the Irish into the playoffs with a shot at a national championship.  After a year long time out to think about what he did wrong, QB Everett Golson is playing better than ever.

He's completing nearly 70% of his passes for 1,142 yards and 11 TD's to only 2 INT's.  For comparison, during the 2012 season when Notre Dame went 12-1 Golson had 12 TD's passes on the entire season.

Stanford has bounced back since their loss to USC with two consecutive wins, including a hard fought contest at Washington last week.  The Cardinal D has stepped up big while the offense continues to try to find it's stride.  Talent wise, Stanford can compete with Notre Dame...

... the difference in this game will be whether the Cardinal offense can avoid mistakes that plagued them in their loss to USC. Expect a low scoring affair.  Whoever wins the turnover battle will win this one.

24-17 Notre Dame

#19 Nebraska @ #10 Michigan State - Nebraska is 5-0 and the toughest team they've faced is a 3-2 Hurricanes squad, whom they beat at home by 10 points.  They also struggled against FCS McNeese State at home.  The Huskers continue to play down to their competition.  If only they could pull themselves together and look good for an entire game.

Sparty might not be the prettiest team to watch, but their D is downright nasty...
Ooooh!  That D tastes NASTY! 
... Over their past two games since their loss at Oregon, Sparty has outscored their opponents an average of 64.5 - 14. If your offense is struggling, 9 out of 10 doctors recommend Eastern Michigan and Wyoming.

*** Surgeon General's Warning: Playing Eastern Michigan may cause your offense to look bigger, better and faster than it really is.  Continued playing of Eastern Michigan can lead to delusions of grandeur. ***

So which of these teams is for real?  I'm going with Sparty.

35-19 Michigan State

Vanderbilt @ #13 Georgia - Vandy has gone from respectable last season to down right atrocious this season...
... things have gotten so bad in Nashville, their fan threw his hat and shirt onto the field in disgust and stormed out of the stadium.  No really, that guy really is a Vanderbilt football fan.

The Commodores will have no answer for RB Todd Gurley and the Bulldog offense.

49-7 Georgia

Arizona State @ #16 USC - The Trojans bounced back from their road loss to Boston College with a 35-10 drubbing of the Beavers.  QB Cody Kessler seems to have found his footing as the starter completing 72% of his passes for 1,107 yards and 10 TD's with zero INT's.  If the Trojans get hot...
... they could run the table in the PAC 12 and have a shot at the playoffs.

The Sun Devils lost their first real test of the season, giving up 62 points to UCLA.  They now face their second of three consecutive games against ranked opponents.  If the Sun Devils get hot...
The luckiest guy on ASU's campus is also their valedictorian. 
... ah forget it.  Now I'm just trying too hard.

34-17 USC

#17 Wisconsin @ Northwestern - Northwestern brought a passing attack ranked in the 120's to Happy Valley last week and of course...
Well that was unexpected.
... completely dominated the PSU secondary!  The Wildcats took control in the second half with a pick six followed by a sack & fumble deep in PSU territory on back to back plays en route to a 29-6 victory. So is the PSU offense that bad or is the Northwestern defense that good?

Wisconsin poses a much different opponent in that they can actually run the football.  PSU's OL might be one of the worst in FBS, however, Wisky will literally dominate you on the ground like Olivia Munn dominates tuna...
Smells like fish in here.
RB Melvin Gordon is averaging a ridiculous 7.8 yards per carry.  Which they'll need to continue because the aerial attack is ranked 115th in the nation.

It's going to be along night for the Wildcats.

35-14 Wisconsin

Utah State @ #18 BYU - The Aggies are coming off a 21-14 OT loss to Arkansas State.  Their offense stinks, their D is below average, and they're facing a BYU squad that put up 28 points in the second half on the road against Virginia last week in a 41-33 win.  This one shouldn't be close, but stranger things have happened in the Mormon state...
John Smith's gold plates said Undie Runs are perfectly fine! 
The Undie Run is a real thing in Utah by the way.

45-13 BYU

#20 Ohio State @ Maryland - Despite giving up 352 yards passing against Cincy last week, the Buckeyes are not interested in recruiting fans to play in the secondary.  However, they are willing to let fans be tackling dummies...

... that is OSU strength coach and former Buckeye linebacker Anthony Schlegel body slamming a fan that wanted to get a bit too close to the action...

... and we bear witness to the best body slam since...

BOOM!  So I predicted the Buckeyes to lose last week and I'll eat my crow this week.  OSU held Cincy to 70 yards rushing and their offense put up 50 points.  QB J.T. Barrett had 330 yards passing and 4 TD's and 76 yards rushing.  The Buckeyes totaled 710 yards of offense, their most since 1986. OSU has not totaled 116 points in their last two games. So it's safe to say Meyer has ironed out the offensive woes that plagued them in their loss to VA Tech.  Their pass defense is another story.

Maryland is off to a 4-1 start in their first year as a member of the Big Ten.  They dismantled Indiana 37-15 last week.  The offense is led by WR Stefon Diggs, one of the best in the country.

The Terrapins gave up 40 points to a WVU team that utilizes a spread much like the Buckeyes.  So is Maryland ready to make some noise in the Big Ten this year, or are they just happy to be here?
I'm happy to be here! 
45-24 Buckeyes

Iowa State @ #21 Oklahoma State - The Cyclones are 1-3, with two of those losses coming to ranked opponents, and the other to FCS North Dakota State.  They're one win?  Against in state rival Iowa, but the Hawkeyes are a Big Ten team so really their losses to ranked opponents are more respectable.  You know what else is not respectable?
The Cyclones team photos.  Are you not intimidated?

The Cowboys might be pretty good.  Their lone loss coming to #1 FSU in the first week.  They should be 5-1 when they take on current #25 TCU.  The path to the playoffs is easier for the Big XII champ as they won't need to play in a conference championship game.  Like their fans...

... the Okie State offense is stacked.  HC Mike Gundy, whom I'd like to remind you is a MAN!
... has the Cowboys aerial attack working and the offense putting up nearly 40 points per game.  They'll  need to tighten up that D if they hope to make it into the playoffs.

42-10 Oklahoma State

SMU @ #22 East Carolina - ECU HC Ruffin McNeill...

...he of the Mike Leach coaching tree, has led his alma mater to a 3-1 start utilizing his mentor's Air Raid offense.  The Pirates are putting up nearly 400 yards per game through the air and are looking to the turn the gridiron into the hardwood by simply outscoring you.  Not many teams can keep pace with the Pirates high octane offense.  Their lone loss was to then #21 South Carolina and their schedule looks extremely favorable for the next month. Barring an upset, the Pirates will be 7-1 heading into a game at Cincy in November.  Despite a weak schedule, ECU may have an outside chance at the playoffs if they can run the table.

SMU has scored 12 points all season.  Their offense during 1987 was better than it is this year.

56-0 East Carolina

Texas Tech @ #23 Kansas State - Texas Tech, the originators of the Air Raid offense, are living up to their history with a passing attack ranked #11 in the nation.  The Red Raiders are also averaging 33.8 points per game.  And just like their history under Mike Leach, the Red Raiders are giving up 38.8 points per game.  The TX Tech D is too football what Baba Booey is to a first pitch...

K State's D isn't great, but it did limit Auburn to 20 points in a losing effort.  They should be able to hold the Red Raiders in check enough to get the W.

38-31 Kansas State

Games of Note 

Michigan @ Rutgers - Ooh boy!  Michigan.
The Wolverines held a rally this week... a rally to FIRE their athletic director Dave Brandon!

When is the last time you heard of a pep rally to fire an AD? They're calling it Concussion-gate and you can view the play in question below...
QB Shane Morris stayed in the game despite needing the support of his OL to stay on his feet.  Then, after coming out of the game, he was put back in when QB Devin Gardner's helmet came off and he was required to sit out a play.

HC Brady Hoke and AD Dave Brandon have issued numerous statements both back tracking and conflicting each other along the way.  The Michigan medical staff refused to be strong armed into backing Dave Brandon apparently. Good for them.  The Wolverines are competing with Penn State for the worst OL in the Big Ten this year, and Rutgers knows what to do against a bad OL.

Rutgers is going to blitz and blitz often.  They'll challenge QB Devin Gardner to make plays under pressure, which is not his forte.  Like a sun burnt ass...

Brady Hoke's seat is starting to burn. 

30-28 Rutgers