College Football: Week 5 Preview
Total Pro Sports – College Football: Week 5 Preview– For the second time in three years the Oregon St. Beavers knocked off an undefeated USC Trojans team. In 2006 the USC Trojans carried a 27 game winning streak against PAC-10 opponents only to be defeated by the Beavers in Corvallis, Oregon. This time around things were a little different as USC came into the game ranked virtually no. 1 in every poll in America. The Beavers controlled the time of possession in the first half thanks to the 5’6″, 180lb running back they call “Quiz”, Jacquizz Rodgers was able to find the gaps between the tackles all game long. He rushed for an impressive 186 yards on 37 carries and also scored 2 touchdowns against one of the best defences in the country. These setbacks are nothing new for the Trojans, the past few years have been disappointing in terms of letdowns following emotional wins.
Now that we know we will have a new no. 1 the question is who will that be. Let’s take a look at the upcoming games this Saturday.
1. Conneticut Huskies @ Louisville Cardinals: This game features a 4-0 Husky team led by Junior sensation and Heisman candidate Donald Brown. On the other side of the ball we have a Louisville team that is winners of 2 straight and has scored 89 points in its last two games. The key to the game is Tyler Lorenzen, if he can minimize his mistakes UConn has a chance to win. He has thrown 1 touchdown to 6 interception this year, after throwing 6 interceptions all of last year.
2. Minnesota Golden Gophers @ Ohio State Buckeyes: This is an interesting game because the Gophers were not supposed to be 4-0, however they are, in large part to the combo of Weber and Decker. They have not faced a team with the calibre of talent that Ohio St. possess however, it will be a challenge for the gophers to score points. Highly touted freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a good game in his debut, that coupled with the fact that the Buckeyes are expected to have Chris “Beanie” Wells in the lineup may pose problems for that Gopher defence.
3. Wisconsin Badgers @ Michigan Wolverines: The battle at the big house! This week Michigan welcomes a Badger team that has not won in Ann Arbor in 14 years. Wisconsin can take note that this Michigan team is not as experienced as years past, they start freshmen in all three major offensive positions, but that does not mean they can take the Wolverines lightly. This is a division game and from our experience of last night we should never count an underdog out especially on their home field.
4. TCU Horned Frogs @ Oklahoma Sooners: The Horned Frogs are not strangers to the big game, they have beaten the Sooners in their last two visits to Norman. Both teams have been dominant this season, Oklahoma has an average margin of victory of 40.7, which is not a huge distinction from TCU’s 35.3 points. The Sooners enter the game as 18 1/2 point favorites, but don’t be surprised if the game is a lot closer than that.
5. Illinois Fighting Illini @ Penn State Nittany Lions : The Nittany Lions have been the most dominant team in college football this year. On Saturday they will receive their toughest challenge yet as Juice Williams and the Illini travel to Beaver Stadium. The Illini were able to knock off the Lions last year, but this is a Penn St. team that features a new, electric quarterback in Daryl Clark. Clark can get it done through the air as well as with his feet, the Illini defence has to be aware of Clark’s presence otherwise this could turn into another Penn State rout.
6. Alabama Crimson Tide @ Georgia Bulldogs : In the most anticipated game of the week 5 schedule, the Crimson Tide travel to Athens, Georgia to play the third ranked Bulldogs. Georgia is no surprise thusfar this season they have won the games they were suppossed to win. The Tide however, have shocked the the football world, climbing to 8 on the power rankings. This will be a clash of two teams with very stingy defences and dominant running games. The key to this game will be which quarterback does more to lift his team to victory. If that question could be answered you will likely have your winner.
Make sure you check back next week with our College Football: Week 6 Preview.�