Football started early this week as Northern Illinois avoided an upset against Ball St 48-27 last night. This Thursday isn’t quite as exciting as last weeks was, although a Georgia Tech, Clemson showdown is nothing to scoff at. And even though the Hawks are off this week, there’s still a good slate of games to catch for the weekend. Here’s what to watch:
- Iowa St. v. Oklahoma – JOKES! ISU is going to lose by 40. Move along now.
- Michigan St. v. Nebraska – It’s hard to believe, but the Cornhuskers control their own destiny in the Legends division. A win, however, will not be easy, as the leagues best defense comes to town in the Spartans. This promises to showcase all the glory (or boredom) of Big 10 football.
- Georgia v. Auburn – The Tigers are trying to get back to the Cam Newton glory days. Getting rid of Gene Chizik was a good start and now they are 9-1. A win here would set them up for a showdown against #1 Alabama, where the winner would advance to the SEC title game.
- Big 12 Battles – Two very important Big 12 games with league title implications are on the slate this week. The first has Oklahoma St traveling to Austin to face a Texas team that is somehow undefeated in Big 12 play (I hate ISU, but they were screwed in that one). A Texas win would narrow down the field to 2 for the title, while a Texas loss is just what fans want, so they have an excuse to get rid of Mack. The night game is a faceoff of teams traveling in opposite directions. The Red Raiders have lost 3 straight, after starting the season 7-0. Meanwhile, Baylor has beat every team they’ve faced handily, as Oklahoma was no contest last week. My prediction: this one won’t be close.
- Stanford v. USC – Remember when Daniel Tosh, err I mean Lane Kiffin was fired? All USC has done since then is go 4-1 and set themselves up for a Gameday stop as Stanford comes to town. The Trojans are hoping they can catch the Cardinal off guard, after their impressive win over the Ducks. A win here for Stanford would add to an already spectacular résumé.
Oh’s Knows’ The Steve Lattimer Game of the Weak:
THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12) at THE COLORADO BUFFALOES (3-6, 0-6 Pac-12)
The Pac-12 gets no love you say? What about Stanford you say? What about all the East Coast bias?
If you can’t win ball games you can’t win viewership. Enough said. What’s that? The SEC has a couple teams who haven’t won conference games? Yeah, but they are on the East Coast. And they got Bama. And other teams that aren’t Oregon and Stanford.
Listen. Calling it right now. These teams will find a way to lose. Both of em. First time in the history of College Football. Maybe.
Oh yeah they are going to put up points. Lots of points. They both sling the rock relentlessly but also rank 2nd and 5th worst in all of College Football for points against. But you don’t got time for that.
Trying to save you here. Defense wins you championships not offense. Just ask Trent Dilfer. And the ’03 Chicago Cubs. Or me. Steve Lattimer.
No place at the table for the Pac-12. Better luck next year when there’s a playoff system. But you’ll probably still get screwed then too. And always remember, “The NCAA will be testing on Saturday.”
But not for Marijuana.
- College Football: Week 12′s Five to Watch (thefarmclub.net)
- The Case For Baylor (thebiglead.com)
- Texas, Oklahoma State to Meet in Battle of Big 12 Rivals, Will Jockey for Conference Position (nesn.com)