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It seems that these Thursday college football games we have atleast one upset each week, this week we had the Pittsburgh Panthers stunning the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium and the Oregon State Beavers nearly made it back to back victories against ranked teams.
The game was a dramatic one between Oregon St and the Utah Utes, the Beavers scored a touchdown to go up 8 points late in the game, only to see the Utes of Utah battle back and score 11 straight, including the game winning field goal with 1 second left on the clock.
Last week we began with an upset filled Thursday, which led to an eventful Saturday, which saw 4 top tens lose. This week may be just as lucky as some games have the potential to be shockers.
Let’s look ahead at the most anticipated College Football games of the weekend.
1. Kentucky Wildcats @ Alabama Crimson Tide - The Crimson Tide are making a serious run at a National Championship, with their most impressive victory in years coming last week against a solid Georgia Bulldogs. After this huge win the Crimson Tide have proven they are a force this year. This week they play the Kentucky Wildcats, a team like themselves, that are undefeated. Since opening the season with a decisive victory against a decent Louisville team the Wildcats have faced mediocre competition and won. They may find their opening SEC game quite the challenge, Curtis Pulley will have to play the game of his life for the Wildcats to pull this one out.
2. Auburn Tigers @ Vanderbilt Commodores – Who knew the Commodores would be unbeaten this late into the season. Of all the SEC teams that remain consistent each year the Commodores are not one of them. Vanderbilt reached the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1984, this week they look to take another step forward as they host the offensively challenged Auburn Tigers. The Tigers come into the game averaging 19.9 PPG, which is not bad considering they have a very good defence, however they have been held under 15 points twice this year and the quarterback situation is a complete chaos. The Commodores may be able to start the season 5-0 for the first time since WWII.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes @ Wisconsin Badgers - The Badgers come into this game with revenge on their minds, it’s too bad they have to play the Buckeyes. Wisconsin blew a fourth quarter lead in Ann Arbor last week and may look back at the end of the season and say “what if”? As for the Buckeyes they make their first trip to Madison in nearly five years, the last time they played there they took a 19 game winning streak, only to lose it. This is an important game for both teams, the winner will be the team that is more physical and can control the line of scrimmage.
4. Oregon Ducks @ Southern California Trojans - If you like shootouts, this may be the place you want to be. Both teams feature explosive offences, however both teams have injuries at the quarterback position. With Mark Sanchez nursing a knee injury, the Ducks however, have more serious issues with their top 2 quarterbacks inactive for this game. The Ducks will now have to turn to Jeremiah Masoli. The Trojans need a bounce back game, but they know it won’t be easy against an Oregon team that beat them last year and has the ability to do it again.
5. Missouri Tigers @ Nebraska Cornhuskers - It’s been 30 years since the Tigers have won at Nebraska and their fans are wondering if it will ever happen again. They have a great opportunity this weekend as the Tigers have looked nearly unstoppable in non-conference play. The Tigers should be motivated for this game, three teams that sat above them in the power rankings last week lost and dropped down. This opens the door for the Tigers and a National Championship. The Cornhuskers on the other hand are coming of a loss at home to Virginia Tech, a team that has been playing well of late. Nebraska needs to be focused on defence, last week they forced the Hockies to kick field goals, they will have to do the same this week otherwise they may be hard pressed to keep up.
6. Connecticut Huskies @ North Carolina Tar Heels - What a great basketball game this one would make now wouldn’t it? It makes a pretty good football game as well, if you have been watching these 2 programs play this year you may have noticed that these teams are as resilient as any team out there. Both teams will enter this game without their starting quarterback, The Huskies lost Tyler Lorenzen last week, but still managed to comeback and win that game. The Tar Heels also played without their starting quarterback and made an unpredictable comeback against the Miami Hurricanes on the road. I would not be surprised if UNC hands the Huskies their first loss of the season.
Remember to check back next week with our College Football Games To Watch: Week 7.