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Weekend of September 18, 2004


(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


(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


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

The Editor's Records:
    Last Week: 15 - 8 (.652)
    To Date: 30 - 13 (.698)

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