Well, total BCS chaos didn’t happen last week, but it sure was close! Alabama squeaked out a victory, Notre Dame survived 3 OTs and Oregon outslugged USC to keep things status quo. But the pressure remains on all of the unbeatens this week and all 4 have tough games. BCS chaos is still an option, just not to the magnitude it could’ve been if things happened a little differently last week. Let see what this week’s games look like!
Early Game to Watch: Miami @ Virginia (noon ET) That right, Miami and Virginia get top billing in this time slot. It just goes to show that there isn’t a lot happening early this week. While this game definitely doesn’t feature a couple of BCS heavyweights, Miami is still playing for the right to represent the coastal division in the ACC Championship game. Miami controls its own destiny; a win at Virginia and at Duke and they will play for ACC crown, which is pretty unbelievable considering they have allowed 26 more points than they’ve scored this year. I guess it’s good to be in the ACC.
Other Games to Watch: Northwestern @ Michigan (noon ET) Georgia Tech @ North Carolina (12:30pm ET)
Midday Game to Watch: Texas A&M @ Alabama (3:30pm ET) For most teams, coming off a big win against rival LSU would set this up as a trap game. But for some reason, Alabama has a different mindset than every other team in the country. No game is too big or too small, each is a step to achieve their goal: win a national championship. I have to admit, I’m an Alabama hater. I root for them to lose every week, regardless of who they’re playing. But this week, I think I’m pulling for them. Satan, I mean Saban, has finally turned me into a believer. Is this the one thing Alabama can’t overcome?
Other Games to Watch: Oregon State @ Stanford (3:30pm ET) Penn State @ Nebraska (3:30pm ET) West Virginia @ Oklahoma State (3:30pm ET) Maryland @ Clemson (3:30pm ET)
Late Game to Watch: Kansas State @ TCU (7:00pm ET) The big story here is whether Heisman front runner Collin Klein will play. Klein left last week’s win against Oklahoma State in the 3rd quarter with an apparent head injury. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been really quiet about the injury, as well as his status for Saturday’s game. The fact that he hasn’t been ruled out likely means that he’ll play. TCU is a well-coached team. Head Coach Gary Patterson is known for coming up with game plans to take away the opposing team’s best player. Let’s hope Klein plays and we get to see if he’s successful once again.
Other Games to Watch: Mississippi State @ LSU (7:00pm ET) Notre Dame @ Boston College (8:00pm ET) Oregon @ Cal (10:15pm ET)
What games are you watching this week?
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