Both of these teams have been tested this season, but still stand with no losses. Will those streaks end this week?
New Heisman front runner, Kansas State QB Colin Klein showed the college football world last week they need to take the Wildcats seriously after they dispatched former Heisman front runner QB Geno Smith and the WV Mountaineers handedly in Morgantown 55-14. The Wildcats had better treat this week’s foe Texas Tech the same way, because if not, they will not be undefeated very long. People may have forgotten they were the first to do to West Virginia what the Wildcats did last week as two weeks ago as they won 49-14.
Tech, which is tied for average points scored with the Wildcats (both are #10 at 42.9 points/game), has the ability to score and they do it fast and in bunches. The test will be which defense can find ways to stop the others offense. Red Raiders vs. the Wildcats rushing offense (14th with 234 yards/game) and Kansas State against the Tech offense passing attack (4th with 362 yards/game).
While the high scoring game will be played at Bill Synder Stadium in Manhattan, KS, the defensive battle will be going on in Norman, OK in my game of the week between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The prediction for this game is below.
Here is this week’s look at the Top 10:
1. Alabama (7-0) – Another week gone by, another blow out. This time they get #11 Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa in what should be a strong defensive battle. Too much Tide as the Bulldogs keep it close for a half, while the Tide are looking ahead to LSU, but they wake up winning by 21.
2. Oregon (7-0) – Here is another team who needs to be careful and not look ahead to their match up with USC next week. They passed their latest test beating ASU 43-21 in Tempe. This week the Ducks starters should be done by mid 3rd quarter as they win by 40.
3. Kansas State (7-0) – As mentioned above they ran up the score on an over matched Mountaineer team and now get another explosive passing team in Texas Tech. This will be high scoring, but Wildcats survive 48-42
4. Florida (7-0) – The Gators finally get to the final of their 3 out of 4 tough stretch in which they have come through unscathed. They took advantage of a mistake and error-proned South Carolina team 44-11 as they were ahead at one point 270-3 on 29 yards of offense. Florida now get the Bulldogs at the largest outdoor cocktail party, which in the end will be closer than they hoped, but Gators win by 6.
5. Notre Dame (7-0) – The Irish got by a stubborn BYU team like I mentioned in last week’s article 17-14. This week they are in the game of the week, see below for the prediction.
6. Ohio State (8-0) – The Buckeyes dodged two bullets last week. The first when star QB Braxton Miller left in an ambulance, but is cleared to play this week against a born again Penn State team. The second they survived a gallant effort by the Boilermakers, with a 29-22 OT win. Ohio State had better play better or they will lose in Beaver Stadium. Buckeyes dodge one more bullet with this wakeup call by 10.
7. LSU (6-1) – The Tigers got another scare from a very tough Aggie team last week as LSU won 24-19, which is good as they now get a week off before they play “The Game” of this year next week in Death Valley against #1 Alabama. Get some rest between nightmares LSU.
8. Oregon State (6-0) – The Beavers started off slow but kept Utah at bay 21-7. Now they get Washington in one of the noisiest stadium CenturyLink Stadium this week. The Huskies need more than noise against the Beavers as Oregon State rolls by three touchdowns.
9. USC (6-1) – The Trojans had a chance to shake off some rust and hopefully jump start their stretch run, especially with Oregon next week. They had better not look past Arizona as they look toward the Ducks. Upset alert here as the Wildcats get up early and hold off the Trojans winning by 4. Sorry Matt Barkley.
10. Oklahoma (5-1) – The Sooners are fresh off a thrashing of the Kansas Jayhawks 52-7 as they prep for stretch run which could get them back in the title or at least BCS run. See below for the prediction.
1. Kansas State QB Collin Klein – Klein passed 19 for 21 for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for 12 carries for 41 yards and 4 more touchdowns. New frontrunner and his to lose.
2. Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o – 10 tackles and an interception. Inspiration leader for undefeated team
3. Alabama QB AJ McCarron – New comer in the hunt. McCarron went 17 for 22 for 306 yards and 4 touchdowns
Game of the Week
#5 Notre Dame at #10 Oklahoma – Saturday 8:00pm, October 27, 2012
The first match since 1999 and tenth match overall of these two storied programs that has been dominated by the Irish winning six straight and eight of the nine games, but today it will be very different.
Sooner have fifth year Senior Landry Jones who needs lead Oklahoma back to the title hunt and nothing would help more than beating the undefeated Irish. The Sooner are 10th in scoring average (44.7 points/game), but also is 12th in defensive points scored (15.3/game), which is tough combination to beat.
The Irish have half of this combination as their defense is 2nd in points allowed (9.4 points/game) led by Heisman candidate Manti Te’o with his four interceptions and double digit tackles in five of the seven games. The question mark is on the offense where they are 100th in passing (194 yards/game) and 38th in running (193.9 yards/game) led by Freshman Everett Golson, who has had an up and down season with 58.5 completion percentage with only four touchdowns and three interceptions could be the difference maker. Golson along with Senior RB Theo Reddick will have to have great games to beat the Sooners.
Prediction: Oklahoma is just little faster and being at home is the difference 24-14