Wednesday, September 28, 2011

College Football 2011, Preweek 5

Week 5 approaches with four games pitting Top 25 teams against each other. We’ll see #3 Alabama (4-0) vs #12 Florida (4-0), #7 Wisconsin (4-0) vs #8 Nebraska (4-0),# 11 Virginia Tech (4-0) vs #13 Clemson (4-0) and #14 Texas A&M (2-1) vs #18 Arkansas (3-1). Only the Clemson team seems ready to jump up the ranks by beating a higher ranked team—again. The others will be good games, but the higher ranked team should win.

Three teams have the week off: # 5 Oklahoma State (4-0), #9 Oregon (3-1), and #23 Florida State (2-2). Everyone else is playing. It starts Thursday night with #16 South Florida against Pittsburgh.

Here are this week’s match-ups for all the Top 25 college teams. The two rankings are the AP/Coaches' Polls.

1/2T LSU (4-0) The Tigers take on the Kentucky Wildcats (2-2) at home Saturday afternoon. The Tigers should easily win this one.

2/1 Oklahoma (3-0) The Sooners will be hosting the Ball State Cardinals (3-1) Saturday night. After struggling with Missouri last week, the Sooners should find the Cardinals a much easier opponent.

3/2T Alabama (4-0) The Tide rolls into Florida to play the #12 Gators (4-0) Saturday. ‘Bama has too strong a defense and more than enough on offense to prove victorious.

4/5 Boise State (3-0) The Broncos host the Nevada Wolf Pack (1-2) Saturday afternoon. This is not the Nevada team of a couple of years ago. Boise should win by a large margin. Especially on the blue carpet.

5/6 Oklahoma State (4-0) The Cowboys have the week off.

6/4 Stanford (3-0) The Cardinal host the UCLA Bruins (2-2) Saturday night. Luck is with the Cardinal. And he should have a big day against the Bruins.

7/7 Wisconsin (4-0) The Badgers will host the #8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) Saturday night. This too could be an interesting game, but the Badgers are too strong.

8/8 Nebraska (4-0) The Cornhuskers travel north to face the #7 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0). Badgers remain undefeated. Nebraska doesn’t.

9/11 Oregon (3-1) The Ducks have off until Thursday, October 6.

10/9 South Carolina (4-0) The Gamecocks will host the Auburn Tigers (3-1) on Saturday. South Carolina played sloppy offense last week. They shouldn’t do so this week.

11/10 Virginia Tech (4-0) The Hokies will host the #13 Clemson Tigers (4-0) Saturday evening. Clemson plays a ranked team for the third consecutive week. This one is on the road. It will be close, but I like the Tigers to pull it out.

12/12 Florida (4-0) The Gators host the #3 Crimson Tide of Alabama (4-0) Saturday. Tide continues to roll.

13/15 Clemson (4-0) The Tigers hit the road to play the #11 Hokies of Virginia Tech (4-0) Saturday evening. Tigers edge the Hokies.

14/13 Texas A&M (2-1) The Aggies host the #18 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1) Saturday. With home field advantage on their side, look for the Aggies to corral the Razorbacks.

15/16 Baylor (3-0) The Bears head north to play Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) Saturday. Baylor highly potent offense should defeat the Wildcats.

16/14 South Florida (4-0) The Bulls will play at Pittsburgh against the Panthers (2-2) Thursday night. They may be on the road, but the Bulls can score any where any why.

17/17 Texas (3-0) The Longhorns go to Ames to play the Iowa State Cyclones (3-0). Two more undefeated teams. Only the Longhorns will continue to be so after the game.

18/18 Arkansas (3-1) The Razorbacks head west to play the #14 Texas A&M (2-1) Saturday. Aggies win.

19/19 Michigan (4-0) The Wolverines host the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (1-3) Saturday at noon. Minnesota’s Coach Hill had another seizure last weekend. Here’s wishing him a rapid recovery. Unfortunately his team will not fare well this weekend. Wolverines by two TDs or more.

20/20 TCU (3-1) The Horned Frogs host the Mustangs of SMU (3-1) Saturday afternoon. Frogs bead Mustangs by 10.

21/21 Georgia Tech (4-0) The Yellow Jackets head up the coast to play the North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-2) Saturday afternoon. NCS gets stung but as its at home, it will be close. GT by 3.

22/23 West Virginia (3-1) The Mountaineers host the Falcons of Bowling Green (3-1) Saturday afternoon. WVU is looking to bounce back after losing to LSU. And they should. Look for the Mountaineers to win by 14.

23/24 Florida State (2-2) The Seminoles have the weekend off.

24/22 Illinois (4-0) The Fighting Illini host the Northwestern Wildcats (2-1) Saturday at noon. The Illini were barely able to win last weekend. They should win in another close one.

25/NR Arizona State (3-1) The Sun Devils host the Oregon State Beavers (0-3) late Saturday night. The Devils will beat the heck out of the Beavers.

NR/25 Michigan State (3-1) The Spartans play the Buckeyes at Ohio State (3-1) Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes are disorganized despite their record. MSU knocks them down another peg. Spartans by 10.

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