Five Intriguing Games This Weekend – From the Bird’s Nest
This is the weekend many college football fans have been waiting for. Three undefeated teams put their season and BCS hopes on the line against ranked foes. This could be a lot of fun. Here are the ones I’m keeping an eye on.
OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR (Thursday, 6:30/Fox Sports 1) – Oklahoma’s defense will be the toughest Baylor has faced this year. But, what does that mean in relative terms. The Bears’ offense is still going to score points, which could make this a shootout. OU is playing better since that loss to Texas, but it won’t be easy in Waco.
OREGON AT STANFORD – (Thursday, 8pm, ESPN) – This is the showdown that cost Oregon dearly last year and the Ducks look for revenge. But the Cardinal is at home and except for the hiccup against Utah, they’ve been one of the best defenses in the country. This one could be the best game of the weekend. Or, Oregon could score fifty.
TULANE AT UTSA (Saturday, 1pm) – The Green Wave managed to lose to a team whose coach resigned just two days earlier. And, they weren’t a very good team to begin with. That dropped the Wave into a three way tie in CUSA’s Western Division. They’ve got another tough draw against a UTSA club (4-5) that needs this game in order to have a shot a bowl eligiblity. A Roadrunner win makes the Wave an even bigger possibility to play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
HOUSTON AT UCF (Saturday, 6pm, ESPN2) – Has anyone noticed what the Cougars have done this season. Well, they’ve lost one game. to BYU. By one point. They’ve probably been the quietest 7-1 team in America. They’ll get to prove their mettle with back to back road games in Orlando and Louisville. Houston is capable of putting up some points. With the stage on national television, can they pull the upset against a Knights team that also has only one loss.
LSU AT ALABAMA (Saturday, 7pm CBS) -Again, CBS has chosen this one for prime time and that shouldn’t be a surprise. Everyone wants to talk about Alabama’s defense, but their offense has, at times, just flattened people. Expect them to have a good day against LSU’s defense. I think in order for the Tigers to win this game, Alabama has to make some mistakes. The only problem with that is, Alabama doesn’t make many mistakes. I’ll take A. J. McCarron to run my team over anyone else in the SEC, including Mr. Football.