College Football: What To Watch This Saturday
With the BCS rankings hot off the press, including a top ten team in Lubbock, the match-ups coming up this week are shaping up to be some bloodbaths and hell-raisers. Which should you watch and why? Here are the answers.
I'm going to give you the "Key Three" to keep your TV locked on this Saturday, and yes, one of them is the showdown between Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
In fact, let's start with that match-up. I'm not just saying this because we're in West Texas; this game is simply the best game on paper this week. A #10 Texas Tech team traveling up to Norman to take on some sour #15 Sooners eager and hungry for a win? We got ourselves some classic backyard brawling on our hands, folks. This game should be a knockdown drag-out type of game, depending upon which Texas Tech team shows up in Norman. If Tech jumps on the board early and applies the right amount of pressure, you could easily see an 8-0 Texas Tech team coming back to host Oklahoma State next week. If Tech comes out stale and flat, well, it'll probably be a long day for Kliff and Co. Prediction for this one: Texas Tech has to rely on a stingy defense and holds on to a 31-28 victory.
Now that we have the first major game of the day complete, let's move over to Columbia, Missouri where the now #5 Missouri Tigers will host the #21 South Carolina Gamecocks. The Old Ballcoach leads a 5-2 SEC contender into possibly some of the most hostile territory in the country. The black and yellow will be loud and proud this weekend, as Missouri is high-flying and aiming for the Crystal Ball. I don't expect a major upset here, I think Missouri handles business and proves they belong in the Championship talks this week. Score: 24-13 Missouri.
Now, to the final major game of the evening, out in Eugene, Oregon where the Marcus Mariota and the Ducks will look to handle a visiting #12 UCLA Bruins team fresh off a bitter loss to Stanford in Palo Alto. There's reason to believe that some of the best football in the country is being played on the West Coast and these two teams are a huge part of that. Let's be real here, however, can anyone stop Oregon especially in Eugene? I don't think so. Frankly, this offense is just too damn good. Score: 38-27 Oregon.
There you have it, my "Key Three" for this week. Hope you enjoy your Saturday, ladies and gentlemen.