GAME OF THE WEEK...
(2) LSU at Auburn
Two groups of Tigers get together on the Plains for what should be a fantastic matchup. Auburn and LSU have grown to hate each other more and more over the past few years, but the games really haven't been that close. The five most recent matchups have been decided by at least thirteen points each. One would think this year would be different though. Auburn has destroyed their first two opponents, Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi State. Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown should be able to get their yards, but LSU's offense seemed to find itself last week as well. Though the opponent was Arkansas State, a two quarterback system (Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell) was shown last week and could be very productive. From their first game against OSU, it was obvious LSU would not be as dominant this season. With the homefield advantage, Auburn is able to win the game and take an early lead in the SEC West race.
The Editor Says: Auburn
THE WEEK'S OTHER TOP MATCHUPS...
(10) California at Southern Miss
The Golden Bears were many experts' pick as a team that could surprise in 2004, while Southern Miss, as usual, was overlooked in the preseason. But the Golden Eagles grabbed the nation's attention with a win at Nebraska last week. The problem is, Cal is better than the Huskers.
The Editor Says: California
UPDATE: Cal / USM Postponed Due to Hurricane Ivan
Maryland at (6) West Virginia
The Terrapins struggled in Week One but came away with a win over Northern Illinois before cruising last week. WVU is supposed to be the class of the Big East and has shown they are worthy of such talk so far this season. The Mountaineers are clearly the better team and will win this intriguing non-conference matchup in Morgantown.
The Editor Says: West Virginia
(11) Ohio State at NC State
The Buckeyes survived a scare last weekend against Marshall but won't be able to overcome the Wolfpack of NC State. Many have overlooked Chuck Amato's team after the departure of Philip Rivers to the NFL, but NCSU still remembers last year's crushing OT defeat in Columbus. Revenge is in the works.
The Editor Says: NC State
Florida at Tennessee
After a one-week delay, the Gators finally got their 2004 campaign underway last weekend, coming away with an easy win over Eastern Michigan. Tennessee looked very impressive against UNLV, but the freshman QBs in orange will be facing a tougher defense this week. Winner hangs with UGA atop the East.
The Editor Says: Tennessee
(13) Iowa at Arizona State
The Sun Devils have been fairly impressive in the first two weeks of the season, coming away with a big win over UTEP to start the year and then knocking off Northwestern on the road. Iowa, who seems to continually replace star players like Brad Banks and Fred Russell, just keeps on winning.
The Editor Says: Iowa
COULD BE INTERESTING...
Connecticut at Boston College
This is the first major Big East conference game of the year. UConn is looking to step it up in 2004.
The Editor Says: Connecticut
Cincinnati at Syracuse
Bearcats got a big win over Miami (Ohio) last week; Syracuse and Reyes need to get on track.
The Editor Says: Syracuse
Nebraska at Pittsburgh
Pitt has some things to prove, as does Nebraska after being embarrassed last weekend.
The Editor Says: Pittsburgh
San Diego State at (9) Michigan
SDSU has been hyped as a MWC contender. The Wolves should be fired up after last weekend's loss.
The Editor Says: Michigan
UCF at Penn State
Both of these teams need a confidence boost. At least JoePa is at home.
The Editor Says: Penn State
Northern Illinois at Iowa State
The Cyclones, surprisingly, hung close with Iowa. Both teams feel like this game is very winnable.
The Editor Says: Northern Illinois
TCU at Texas Tech
This is a good ol' Texas throwdown. TCU always likes to upset the big boys. How good is the Tech offense?
The Editor Says: Texas Tech
Marshall at (4) Georgia
The Herd has lost two heartbreakers so far, while UGA escaped with a win at USC last weekend.
The Editor Says: Georgia
Kansas at Northwestern
The Jayhawks put a whooping on Toledo last week. These are two bowl teams from '03. Remember that?
The Editor Says: Kansas
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee
FAU has already beaten both Hawaii and North Texas. MTSU, come on down!
The Editor Says: Florida Atlantic
Oregon at (3) Oklahoma
This one looked promising before the Ducks fell apart last weekend.
The Editor Says: Oklahoma
Wisconsin at Arizona
Mr. Injury - Anthony Davis - is out again. Can Mike Stoops get his first big win at UA?
The Editor Says: Arizona
New Mexico at Oregon State
The Beavers seem to have fallen apart, and UNM, with RB DonTrell Moore, is no push-over.
The Editor Says: Oregon State
Georgia Tech at North Carolina
Tech should win this game, but will they still be thinking of last week's dramatic victory over Clemson?
The Editor Says: Georgia Tech
UAB at Florida State
The Blazers are a team to watch for in CUSA. It's time for Rix to get down to business.
The Editor Says: Florida State
Clemson at Texas A&M
The Tigers should win this game, but a loss like last week's can destroy a team.
The Editor Says: Clemson
Indiana at Kentucky
The Hoosiers pulled a stunning upset at Oregon last week. Can they follow it up with another win?
The Editor Says: Kentucky
Notre Dame at Michigan State
If Michigan State was any good, I'd pick the Spartans. Maybe Ty Willingham is turning things around.
The Editor Says: Notre Dame
North Texas at Colorado
These teams are headed in opposite directions. The Buffs may be the best team in the Big XII North.
The Editor Says: Colorado
Boise State at UTEP
The Broncos are riding high after last week's win over Oregon State. Can Mike Price pull the upset?
The Editor Says: Boise State
(1) Southern Cal at BYU
Stanford knocked off BYU last week, so one would think the Trojans would have little trouble.
The Editor Says: Southern Cal
Minnesota at Colorado State
The Rams were humiliated at USC last weekend and will have more trouble with the UM offense.
The Editor Says: Minnesota
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