What a week of football we have ahead of us. If you aren’t excited for it, then I don’t know what will get you going. Maybe curling or something weird like that. There are two prime time matchups on Thursday that you can’t miss (I will.. Stupid night class) and two more on Saturday that are sure to be just as good. Here’s what to watch this weekend:
- Thursday Night Madness – Hide yo kids and hide yo wife. You will not want to be disturbed this Thursday night. It starts off with #6 Baylor playing host to #10 Oklahoma. The Baylor offense has embarrassed every team it has played, raking up almost 70 points and over 700 yards a game so far this year. Oklahoma better come prepared because this one may get ugly in a hurry. Big time title game implications are on the line in this one as #3 Oregon travels down to the Golden State to face off against #5 Stanford. Oregon’s offense is nearly unstoppable, while Stanford’s defense is the only one to have shut down Mariota in his career. Winner of this one can pack their bags for the Pac 12 title game.
- Nebraska v. Michigan – The obligatory Big 10 game of the week looked a lot better before the season started. Two teams that are looking to salvage their seasons face off as Michigan is looking to rebound from the beating they received from in-state rival MSU. Meanwhile, Nebraska pulled out a victory over the reeling Wildcats, avoiding a two game losing streak. Let’s hope this one turns out to be a decent game, and can preserve the Big 10 name (thankfully basketball is almost here).
- Va Tech v. Miami – In the early 2000s, this was the matchup to see. Since then, Miami has gone through a rejuvenation period, while Va Tech has stayed the course and let Frank Beamer guide the ship. Miami lost star running back Duke Johnson last week, while Va Tech lost some of it’s pride the past two weeks losing to Duke and Boston College. Both teams are hoping to get out of their current tailspin and have a shot at Florida St in the ACC title game.
- LSU v. Bama – One of the final speed bumps in route to Pasadena could end up being a pot hole as #1 Alabama faces off against #13 LSU. Alabama has played nearly flawless football since their victory over Texas A&M in week 3. The press has spent more time covering Nick Saban’s potential move to Texas than this team’s on the field performance, but that’ll change this week. The past 3 regular season contests have been decided by a combined 10 points and one can only imagine we’ll have another close one here in Tuscaloosa.