College Football Preview: Week 9
In a relatively weak college football schedule this week, a couple of my teams face big challenges.
With only two game between ranked teams – #3 Ole Miss v. #24 LSU and #19 Utah v. #20 USC – there aren’t a lot of games to look forward to. Lets tackle this week’s potential impactful moments before getting into my team previews.
This Week’s 3 Big Things
1. I was wrong about the Ole Miss game last week. I put faith in Tennessee to keep the game close, which I have again learned that you can never do (unless the 2nd coming of Peyton Manning graces the field). This weeks #3 v. #24 matchup will be closer than last week’s game. I promise. It’s in Death Valley, a place LSU does not lose very often. There one home loss this year was against now #1 Mississippi State. I do not believe that 2 Mississippi teams will be successful in Death Valley this season. It will be an ugly game, if you are into high-powered offenses, but LSU will use some late trickery to win the game, 20-17.
2. #22 WVU will win in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. Their two losses have come against Alabama in a neutral site game and Oklahoma, but they have a 14-point win over Baylor on their resume. Not only a 14-point win, but kept the high-powered Baylor offense to only 27 points (they were averaging over 50 PPG before the WVU game). However, WVU may not win another game after this week. They have #10 TCU and #11 Kansas State still on the schedule, and have to travel to Iowa State and Texas. They should beat Texas and Iowa State, but both of those teams are capable of big upsets. Look for WVU to finish the season on a 3-2 mark.
3. Either Arizona or Arizona State will be upset by a university from Washington this week. My money would be on Washington over ASU, but it could be either game (if not both). Both Arizona schools travel to Washington, and away games in college football seem to be the hardest in any sport to win. Those willing to stay up until 2am EDT to see the conclusion of ASU-Washington, please let me know how that game turns out. There’s a reason I don’t get to watch too many PAC-12 games.
My 4 Teams:
1. Alabama should win comfortably at Tennessee this week. I only fear for Lane Kiffin’s safety. Tennessee fans have been desperate for a good season for SEVERAL years and are upset over how Lane Kiffin left Tennessee. Big deal. Get over it. Things happen. That is no reason to resort to violence against a man or his family. If you really want to make an impact, stop crying over spilt milk, get a head coach that can recruit like other coaches in the SEC, and win a few games. Also, give the coach a few years to be successful. It’s not going to happen over night. Patience is a virtue. Alabama wins 38-10.
2. BIGGEST GAME OF THE WEEK! #1 Mississippi travels to Big Blue Nation to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. I have dreams of a UK victory and will believe it until MSU takes a lead in the 1st quarter. UK plays very well at home, but I don’t know if the home boost will be enough. The only hope may be catching MSU on a bad week, but with only Arkansas and UT Martin in the near future, that doesn’t look too promising. MSU wins 48-28.
3. UNC has a tough game against UVA this week. UNC has been playing well the last two weeks, but still rank close to dead last in defensive PPG. Giving up an average of 43.3 PPG is not good, unless you are a basketball team. Fortunately for UNC, Virginia does not have a potent offense. Look for UNC to try to out score the Cavaliers. My heart is saying UNC wins 45-34, but my head is saying UVA wins 35-31. The difference will be the play of Marquise Williams. Will he continue his good form, or slide back into his form for the start of the season?
4. Gardner Webb has its first Big South Conference game this week against Liberty. It’s an away game, which scares me about GWU’s chances. Furthermore, GWU needed 2OT to win at 1-7 VMI and Liberty just won at App State. GWU will struggle on defense and will lose 40-27.
If you think that there are any upsets that I missed or have any comments on any of my thoughts, please express yourself down below.