Another full Saturday ahead of us as conference races begin to take shape…
USF @ Pittsburgh – 12:00 – Is Pittsburgh as good as their 6-1 record makes them out to be? They are 3-0 in the Big East, but two of those wins are over teams who have yet to notch a conference victory. They have a quarterback with a 14-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a running back averaging over 131 yards on the ground per game, but lost to an NC State team that hasn’t won since. It’s hard to get a good read on the Panthers, but we’ll see them in action first thing on Saturday.
UConn @ West Virginia – 12:00 – While you watch USF play, get a look at their next opponent – West Virginia. The Bulls and Mountaineers face off on Friday, October 30th. See what WVU can bring against the Huskies.
Arkansas @ Ole Miss – 12:21 – The Razorbacks are talked about as a team on the rise. One week after taking down previously undefeated Auburn, Arkansas went down to the wire with the #1 team in the country. BUT, we still have to remember that on the rise or not, the Hogs currently sit at the bottom of the SEC West. A win over Ole Miss would be a huge step in the right direction.
Tennessee @ Alabama – 3:30 – The debate over who should be #1 will continue for the rest of the season, but we’ll gain a little more insight after Saturday. Alabama and Florida have faced two common opponents, but Tennessee adds another. If the Crimson Tide have their way with the Vols, we could see a switch in the BCS standings. Not that it really matters, Bama and Florida will get their shot at one another soon enough.
Clemson @ Miami – 3:30 – The Tigers might just be better than you think. Their three losses are by a combined 10 points and two of those defeats were at the hands of teams ranked in the top 12. That isn’t to say they’ll get by the Hurricanes on Saturday, but they might stand more of a chance than many believe.
Penn State @ Michigan – 3:30 – Michigan has a big chance to take a leap forward in their progression with a win over Penn State. If the Wolverines can pull off the upset (although I’m not sure if it really can be considered too much of one) they will put themselves in a great position to rejoin the rankings.
Iowa @ Michigan State – 7:00 – Could this be the upset special of the weekend?
Florida @ Mississippi State – 7:30 – The Gators square off against their former offensive coordinator. The Bulldogs – like Clemson – are better than you think. Florida needs a big victory to prove its place atop the standings. Many are labeling the Arkansas game as this season’s version of the 2008 Ole Miss game. If true, Mississippi State could be in for a world of hurt, but we’ll have to see it to believe it.
TCU @ BYU – 7:30 – Warrants mention because One Eyed Willy accurately picked this as this weekend’s College Gameday location. He was very happy to point out to me how right he was and how wrong I was.
Auburn @ LSU – 7:30 – Not too happy this game is on at the same time Florida plays, but that’s what multiple televisions are for. Pick the Tigers. You can’t lose. (How old is that joke?)