Tuesday, September 18

Games of the Week

The ones James forgot:

Illinois @ Indiana - the battle for the Big 10 middle of the pack is on. It's Kellen Lewis vs The Juice. Two young, fast quarterbacks with big arms to boot. Illinois, with Juice and the addition of 5 star recruit Arrelious Benn, have the potential to be a breakout offense with youth and speed. Indiana, with the loss of Hoeppner, have a lot to play for but still have a while to become strong enough to compete against yearly favorites in the Big 10. Both are likely bowl-bound teams, and this win would be a big step towards a 7-10 win season.

GT @ Virginia - the Yellowjackets come off of a disheartening loss to Matt Ryan and BC - creamed for over 400 yards in the air. The defense looks to stiffen up as it heads towards the bulk of their conference play. Virginia escaped with a win over North Carolina, and will have a lot ahead of them to stop Tashard Choice. However all they need to do is to look at the tape from the BC game - Choice was limited to 31 yards. GT needs to pull this one out and prep themselves for Clemson.

Texas A&M @ Miami (FL) - the same Miami that got blown to bits by Oklahoma... well, that's Oklahoma for you. They have a chance to reclaim their fame if they can stop McGee and Lane and win against another Big 12 foe. However, the change in the level of play that is needed for that to happen is huge, but you can never write out the Miami team. Too much talent, need more discipline...

Oregon State vs Arizona State - Pac 10 opening weekend, and a contest between two mid-conference teams. Oregon State lost to a very good Cincinnati team, and looks better with a win over Utah - the team that beat UCLA to a pulp last week. ASU needs a defining win in conference to have a chance to be 7-0 by the time they meet up with Cal on 10/27 (or Washington the week before). If ASU can prove its mettle against Oregon State, WaSt, and Stanford, they could be in the top 25 before they face the meat of their schedule for the five following weeks (Washington, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, USC).

Blowout watch:

Oklahoma vs Tulsa
Florida vs Mississippi
WVU vs E Carolina
TT vs Oklahoma State
Oregon vs Stanford