It is finally here the 2012 Mount Everett of college football weekends. It originally was suppose to pit the top four teams in the country with the winners setting up the National Championship games, but LSU could not move the ball in their loss at the Swamp to Florida and USC lost two games, one to Stanford after their start center Khaled Holmes and then last week got beaten by an Arizona team that battled back from a two touchdown deficit to win by 3 points.
Now tomorrow night we have three games that can shape the title game in other ways.
First at 7pm is Oregon at USC, The Trojans cannot make the title game after last week, but can play the spoiler role by berating the Ducks.
The problem will be can they slow them down Oregon on both sides of the ball. Trojan QB Matt Barkley will need to find a way to keep the ball away from the ducks and when they do get it, the USC defense will have to try and prevent the big plays, especially by De’Anthony Thomas. The Ducks have not protected the ball well against the Trojans and it cost them games the last couple of years. The Ducks hold on to the ball and pull this one out by 13 points adding to USC disappointing season.
The next game at 8pm Oklahoma State travels to Manhattan KS to play Heisman Trophy favorite QB Colin Klein and the Wildcats of K-State. Kansas State gets another team on a roll, who some feel can take them down by the pass or the run, but each time the Wildcats just give them a heavy dose of Klein, and they win. Well the Cowboys will fall here,, unless they can find out what Klein’s kryptonite is. Unfortunately like the others before them, K-State pulls another out win and can see the finish line and their dream matchup with Alabama. Wildcats win by 21 points.
Finally the LSU Tigers are looking for revenge after last year’s Championship game lose to the Tide. See below for the game of the week.
Here is this week’s look at the Top 10:
1. Alabama (8-0) – See below for prediction after last week’s win over a game Mississippi State team
2. Oregon (8-0) – The Ducks started scoring early and often and just manhandled Colorado last week 70-14. As noted above the Ducks certainly get a game this week against USC, but pull this one out without the turnovers.
3. Kansas State (8-0) – Also after winning another possible trap game against a Texas Tech team that beat West Virginia, the Wildcats easily got by the Red Raiders. This week they beat the Cowboys as noted above.
4. Notre Dame (9-0) – The Fighting Irish play a terrific game in Oklahoma last week 30-13. This week they get a chance to catch their breath against a up and down Pittsburgh team. Irish will get Freshman QB Everett Golson going in the right direction as the beat the Panthers by 17 points.
5. LSU (7-1) – The Tigers were off last week and get the game of the week, see below for the prediction
6. Ohio State (9-0) – The Buckeyes battled a Penn State team people thought would be a disaster, but has show resilience even in losing 35-23. This week Ohio State gets a underperforming Illinois team. The Buckeyes win this ugly by over 30 points as they prepare for Wisconsin next week.
7. Florida State (7-1) – The Seminoles are the benefactors of losses by Oregon State, Oklahoma and Florida last week and are back in the top 10 after winning their game against Duke. They are off this week and lining themselves up for a BCS games, but their schedule is not enough to get into the National Title game, without a lot of help.
8. Georgia (7-1) – The Bulldogs come back after losing to South Carolina a few weeks back and beat previously undefeated Florida team to get back in the SEC championship picture. This week they need to stay focused against a dangerous Ole Miss team. Possible upset alert this week, but the Bulldogs hold on and win a close on by 4 points.
9. Florida (7-1) – As noted above, Florida lost to Georgia last week 17-9, but this week they get back on track as they play Missouri at home. Gators in another ugly game as they win by 20.
10. Louisville (8-0) – As one of the final five undefeated teams left the Cardinals got by on sensational QB Teddy Bridgewater’s arm last week 34-31. This week they should keep the streak alive against Temple at home. This will be over early as they win by 30 points.
Kansas State QB Colin Klein – Klein went 19 for 26 for 233 passing yards with 2 touchdowns to go with 12 carries for 83 yards and 2 more touchdowns. It is still his to lose.
Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o – 11 tackles another diving interception and a sack. He could jump in if Klein slips.
QB AJ McCarron – 16 for 23 for 208 yards, 2 touchdowns. Still steady and able if others fall.
Game of the Week
#1 Alabama at #5 LSU – Saturday 8:00pm, November 3, 2012 at Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, LA
This has been on the calendar as soon as the schedules came out. This is the only game standing between Alabama and the title games, SEC and the National Title.
LSU will have to play a flawless game on offense to have any chance as Alabama will not beat themselves. Tide QB AJ McCarron is not flashy, but he does not make mistakes. The running game of T.J. Yeldon and Ed Lacy will keep the ball moving on offense, while LSU RB Jeremy Hill and Kenny Hilliard will need to find running lanes and prevent fumbles to keep Alabama off the field and give the Tigers any possibility of winning.
Last year’s regular season game was decided by the special teams and the kickers, as LSU won 9-6. I don’t see it being this close this year as the Tide defense will make things happen in the field position battle early and make it pay off in the end.
Prediction: The Tide is rolling right over LSU 31-14.