Welcome to week 9 of the college football season. Last week is going to be a tough week to top, as two undefeated teams went down, one on a last second Hail Mary. While some people might think of this Saturday as the weekend before the “big game,” there are some great match-ups with BCS implications.
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On to the games….
Early Game to Watch: Michigan State @ Nebraska (Noon ET)
Michigan State has had arguably the toughest October schedule of any team in the country, having played Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and now Nebraska in consecutive weeks. Never did they envision running the table, until last Sunday morning. The Spartan second-ranked defense has a major test against Nebraska’s offense. Running back Rex Burkhead is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has scored 10 TDs this year. Quarterback Taylor Martinez has 9 rushing TDs to go along with his 7 passing TDs. For Michigan State to win this game, they’ll need put 8 men in the box and sell out to stop the run.
Other games to watch:
NC State @ Florida State (Noon ET)
Missouri @ Texas A&M (Noon ET) (this game is on FX)
Purdue @ Michigan (Noon ET)
Arkansas @ Vanderbilt (Noon ET)
Mid-Day Game to Watch: Georgia vs Florida (3:30pm ET)
Cocktails anyone? Yep, it’s that time again…time for the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party. And how long has it been since Georgia was the favorite going into this game? The Gators will welcome back senior quarterback Jeff Brantley, who’s missed most of the last 3 games with an ankle sprain. The Gators really need him back – the offense has been anemic during their 3 game losing streak. They’ve been held to a combined 629 yards in those three losses, the lowest total in school history over a three game stretch. While the Gators are on a losing streak, the Bulldogs come in riding a 5-game winnig streak. The only problem is that the competition has been less than stellar. Those 5 wins have come against teams with a combined SEC record of 1-15. Junior quarterback Aaron Murray has been playing great football – he leads the SEC with 16 TD passes. Look for him to continue to spread the ball around early to try to get a lead, then pound the ball inside with freshman running back Isaiah Crowell.
Other games to watch:
Oklahoma @ Kansas State (3:30pm ET)
Baylor @ Oklahoma State (3:30pm ET)
Illinois @ Penn State (3:30pm ET)
Late Game to Watch: Clemson @ Georgia Tech (8:00pm ET)
The Clemson Tigers are looking to go 9-0 for the first time since their national championship winning team in 1981. Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense have been hanging big numbers on the scoreboard week after week. But the Tigers have struggled historically against the triple option offense of Georgia Tech, having lost 3 or the last 4 games against the Yellow Jackets. Expect both teams to move the ball up and down the field in this shootout. The team that’s able to get a late stop on defense could decide this game, as 14 of the last 16 meetings have yielded an average margin of victory of only 5 points.
Due to regional coverage by ABC, this game is only available on TV for customers in Florida and Alabama. For customers in Indiana, California and Michigan, ABC will be airing the Stanford @ USC game. Both games will be available on ESPN3, which is free for Bright House customers with a My Services account. Register now.
Other games to Watch:
Wisconsin @ Ohio State (8:00pm ET)
Stanford @ USC (8:00pm ET)
South Carolina @ Tennessee (7:15pm ET)
What are you watching this week?
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