GAME OF THE WEEK...
(4) Miami at NC State
Chuck Amato's team had a lot to prove coming into the season. Many said that his team was only as good as former QB Philip Rivers allowed them to be, but with returning stars like RB T.A. McLendon, Amato and the Wolfpack have kept the train in Raleigh rolling.
Miami has gotten the job done so far this season, often not in a pretty way, yet effective thus far. Most recently, the 'Canes survived a shootout last Thursday night with CUSA power Louisville and pulled out a victory in the final minutes after trailing most of the way. This is a game that Miami needs to win if they are to realize their conference and national hopes during their first year as a member of the ACC.
NC State was also successful a week ago, going on the road and becoming the second straight team to knock off Maryland at home. The Wolfpack defense has eased the transition for new QB Jay Davis. But the Pack will need a huge day from McLendon if they are to pull the upset over the Hurricanes.
Miami proved last week that even when things don't go just right, they have the knack for getting the job done just in the nick of time. Like last week's game, this one is likely to be close. It's yet another chance for QB Brock Berlin to show he's a winner, and once again, he takes advantage.
The Editor Says: Miami
THE WEEK'S OTHER TOP MATCHUPS...
Oklahoma State at Missouri
Though the Tigers lost last week, it was only by a touchdown on the road at Texas. Oklahoma State also lost last week, their first of the season to Texas A&M. The Tigers are still right in the middle of things in the Big XII North; a win here would help their situation dramatically.
The Editor Says: Missouri
(13) Michigan at (11) Purdue
Purdue slipped up late in the game against Wisconsin last week and lost their first of the season. Now the Boilers need to get the train back on the track if they want a shot at the Big Ten title. Also in that hunt is Michigan, and the Wolverines have recovered nicely from an early loss at Notre Dame.
The Editor Says: Purdue
Alabama at Tennessee
The Crimson Tide has been up and down all season long. The loss of QB Brodie Croyle has made things tougher in T-town, but last week's victory over Southern Miss has the Tide rolling in the right direction. Tennessee, since losing to Auburn, is also on a roll and returns home after two SEC road wins.
The Editor Says: Tennessee
(8) Texas at Texas Tech
The Longhorns returned home last week to knock off Missouri but can't afford to lose another game if their BCS hopes are to remain alive. Though Texas Tech has again had to replace QBs this season, the Red Raider offense is still tough to stop. The Longhorn defense better be ready to play.
The Editor Says: Texas Tech
Fresno State at Boise State
This game might have been the national game of the week had the Bulldogs not tripped up at LA Tech and against UTEP in recent weeks. That loss means this game is less significant on the national scale but still crucial in the WAC. A Boise State win here can nearly lock up the WAC title for the Broncos.
The Editor Says: Boise State
COULD BE INTERESTING...
Syracuse at (12) West Virginia
WVU got an impressive win at UConn last week and now returns home. SU is ready for hoops season.
The Editor Says: West Virginia
Maryland at Clemson
The Terps dropped consecutive home games the last two weeks and now visit a struggling Clemson team.
The Editor Says: Clemson
Northwestern at (7) Wisconsin
The Wildcats are making another bid for a bowl game, but a trip to Madison won't help that cause.
The Editor Says: Wisconsin
Iowa at Penn State
The Hawkeyes picked up a huge win last week over Ohio State but can't overlook a PSU team that almost beat Purdue.
The Editor Says: Iowa
Florida at Mississippi State
The Gators are looking for consistency. There's no place better than Starkville to get things on track.
The Editor Says: Florida
Kansas at (2) Oklahoma
The Sooners got the job done against a feisty KSU team last week and now return home to Norman.
The Editor Says: Oklahoma
Colorado at (14) Texas A&M
After a quick start, CU has fallen off the map. A&M lost their opener at Utah and hasn't been defeated since.
The Editor Says: Texas A&M
Illinois at Minnesota
The Gophers have lost back-to-back games in the state of Michigan but now get a chance to play in friendly territory.
The Editor Says: Minnesota
Nebraska at Kansas State
The Wildcats nearly took down OU last week. NU can help their North title hopes dramatically with a win.
The Editor Says: Kansas State
Boston College at Notre Dame
The Irish came up with a huge win at Navy last week, while BC fell on the road at a struggling Pitt.
The Editor Says: Notre Dame
UTEP at Louisiana Tech
If Boise State were to lose to Fresno, the winner here would be no worse than tied for the conference lead.
The Editor Says: Louisiana Tech
BYU at Air Force
The Cougars have gotten things back on track in recent weeks and venture to Colorado Springs looking for MWC win.
The Editor Says: BYU
Florida State at Wake Forest
The Seminoles picked up a monster victory over Virginia in Tallahassee last week. Wake is still trying to pick up a big win.
The Editor Says: Florida State
UCLA at Arizona State
Both of these teams came up short last week against top ten teams. Both should be bowling this winter.
The Editor Says: Arizona State
Washington State at Oregon State
It's time to get the show on the road if either of these teams are to reach the .500 mark in 2004.
The Editor Says: Oregon State
Oregon at Stanford
The Cardinal look like a very competitive team this fall, especially after winning in Pullman last Saturday.
The Editor Says: Stanford
San Diego State at New Mexico
DonTrell Moore and crew have a long way to go after a slow start this season. SDSU has been disappointing thus far.
The Editor Says: New Mexico
(6) California at Arizona
Mike Stoops can rally the UA faithful with a win in this one. Coach Jeff Tedford looks to avoid the big upset.
The Editor Says: California
Memphis at Cincinnati
Sounds like a great basketball matchup, huh? The Tigers, led by RB DeAngelo Williams, should prevail on the gridiron.
The Editor Says: Memphis
(9) Georgia at Arkansas
The Hogs were demolished on the road at Auburn last week, while UGA lost to UT in Athens two weeks ago. Both need a big win here.
The Editor Says: Georgia
Troy at LSU
The Trojans have already beaten Missouri this year but have also lost to New Mexico State and Arkansas State.
The Editor Says: LSU
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