Five Intriguing Games This Weekend – From the Bird’s Nest
Honestly, there's not a lot to choose from this week as far as intriguing games are concerned. I'm picking an SEC showdown, two league matchups in CUSA, and two games that are intriguing because of the lines involved. Let's take a look
LOUISIANA TECH AT NORTH TEXAS (-4)--Thursday, 7pm, CBS Sports Net)--North Texas, along with UTSA, are the favorites in CUSA West. Now, here comes a Louisiana Tech team that just knocked off Louisiana last week. Letdown after the big rivalry win? Or a ton of confidence heading into the Bulldogs; third straight road game. If you get a chance to watch, check out UNT's Apogee Stadium. Those folks did it right.
UCF at #20 MISSOURI (-10)--(Saturday, 11AM, SEC Network)---UCF has played once and lost a tight game (26-24) against a pretty decent Penn State team. Mizzou is 2-0 but those wins were against South Dakota State and Toledo. The Tigers are going to get a test here. I don't know if the Knights can get this done, but I guarantee they won't play scared. MIzzou better come to play.
(6) GEORGIA AT (24) SOUTH CAROLINA (+6)--Saturday, 2:30, CBS)--Well, what have we got here? After a convincing win over Clemson in the opening game, Georgia is getting as much love from the national folks as anyone in the SEC and their ranking reflects that. Then there's South Carolina, who got embarrassed opening night at home against Texas A&M. The Gamecocks go back to controlling their destiny in the SEC East with a win. This is the sort of game we've seen Steve Spurrier win...and Mark Richt lose.
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE (-1)---(Local TV)--Well, they're at it again. WKU joins CUSA and guess who their conference opener is against: yep..their old arch-rivals from the OVC and the Sun Belt days. It's the annual blackout game at Floyd Stadium, and the Conference USA TV package doesn't have room for this one. The big concern for WKU is their defense which gave up 31 points to Bowling Green and 42 to Illiniois. The Toppers are giving up 500 yards per game. Middle was very competitive against Minnesota last week. This will be fun. Too bad there's no way to watch it.
TENNESSEE AT (4) OKLAHOMA (-21)--Saturday, 7pm, ABC---21? Really? Is Oklahoma THAT good. The Vols have looked pretty good in their first two games. Now, it's not a surprise at all that the Sooners are favored. But I don't think this is the same Tennessee team we've seen since the end of Phil Fulmer's tenure. Sunday morning we might be saying "same ole Vols." But I'm not so sure we will.