Five Intriguing Games This Weekend – From the Bird’s Nest
All right…now it’s getting interesting.
Just about everyone is in conference play now and that means we’re going to have some great matchups week after week. Remember one week where the schedule was so bad I could only pick three games? This week it was hard to select just five. When Texas/Oklahoma doesn’t make the list, you know it could be quite a week.
TEXAS A&M AT LOUISIANA TECH (Shreveport)
This game was supposed to be played on Thursday, August 31, but was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac. As it turned out, both teams had Oct. 13 as an open date…and here we are. This could be the last game standing between Louisiana Tech and an undefeated regular season. And, fans will get to see two high powered offenses with two outstanding quarterbacks. Most people think the Aggies are better on defense and that’s why they’ll win. But Tech is among the nation’s leaders in turnover margin (+11). If that trend continues, there could be some pretty happy folks in North Louisiana tomorrow night.
Saturday, 8pm, ESPNU
SOUTH CAROLINA AT LSU
The wheels haven’t come off for LSU…but there are some who believe the lugnuts have been loosened. The Tigers are banged up on the offensive line, the quarterback can’t make a play, the receivers suffer from a bad, bad case of dropsy…and the beat goes on. The Tigers got exposed last week against Florida, a team that was good enough defensively to keep LSU from running the football. Now, here comes South Carolina, who is just as good defensively as the Gators, but with a better offense. They had a big win last week. On paper this looks good for the Gamecocks. But the Tigers are angry…and they haven’t won 21 straight at Tiger Stadium just because. Steve Spurrier can needle Clemson about “Death Valley” all he wants. Why? Because he knows Death Valley is in Baton Rouge.
Saturday, 7 pm ESPN
STANFORD AT NOTRE DAME
Had it not been for the unexplicable loss to Washington, the Cardinal and the Irish just might be the biggest game in the nation this week. But it’s still a big one. Notre Dame is still unbeaten. Notre Dame is getting lots of computer love right now and the first BCS Standings come out Monday. Notre Dame is ranked in the top ten in the polls that matter (USA Today, Harris). And Notre Dame beat a top ten ranked team earlier this season for the first time in seven years. Folks in the south can’t stand it when Notre Dame gets a lot of love. Get ready…it’s coming.
Saturday, 2:30, NBC
OREGON STATE AT BYU
Mike Riley’s team is the surprise story in the Pac-12…heck, it might be the big story in college football that no one outside of the Pac-12 is talking about. Oregon State is #14 in the USA Today poll and number 12 in the Harris Poll. They were picked last in their division before the season started. It’s a big test for them this week, traveling to take on a BYU defense that’s very, very good. OSU has been making their mark on defense as well, but they find themselves a slight underdog against the Cougars in Provo. The toughest games are ahead for the Beavers. This is one of them.
Saturday, 2:30 ABC/ESPN2
KANSAS STATE AT IOWA STATE
It’s still mind-boggling that the three oldest coaches in FBS football, KSU’s Bill Snyder, Ohio’s Frank Solich and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier are all undefeated this year. Snyder’s group has made its mark by winning in Norman. But can they win in Ames? Iowa State is a tough place to play, especially when you’re a favorite. And, after getting an emotional win against cross state rival Kansas last week and a trip to West Virginia on the horizon, is this a trap game for Snyder’s group? Don’t be surprised if this one is a lot closer than you think.
Saturday, 11 AM–FX