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Weekend of September 25, 2004


Alabama at Arkansas

There isn't a whole lot to choose from, so for the second weekend in a row, the SEC's top matchup is also's national game of the week.

Alabama heads into Fayetteville unbeaten on the season, but the Tide will be without its main superstar. QB Brodie Croyle tore his ACL in the second half of Bama's win over Western Carolina last Saturday and will miss the rest of the season.

Arkansas, meanwhile, was projected to finish in the bottom half of the SEC West by most experts, mainly because the Hogs returned only one starter on offense. Luckily for head coach Houston Nutt, that one was the main one: star QB Matt Jones. The senior, who also plays hoops, has gotten UA off to a 2-1 start. The Razorbacks nearly knocked off Texas two weeks ago but came up just short.

With Croyle unavailable and the game in Hog country, Jones' boys should get the job done, giving the Tide its first loss of the young season.

The Editor Says: Arkansas


NC State at Virginia Tech

The Wolfpack couldn't get the job done last week at home against Ohio State, and the task gets no easier this weekend. After falling to USC to start the season, Virginia Tech has demolished both Western Michigan and Duke. The better team is playing at home, which usually translates into a win.

The Editor Says: Virginia Tech

(14) Louisville at North Carolina

The Tar Heels pulled a stunning upset of Georgia Tech last weekend in Chapel Hill and now take on a team ranked in the top fifteen. The Cardinals had no problems on the road at Army last week and should be able to pick up their second road win of the season.

The Editor Says: Louisville

Iowa at (13) Michigan

Both of these teams have underachieved so far this season. UM, picked by and others as the preseason Big Ten favorite, lost at Notre Dame two weeks ago and then just slipped past San Diego State last weekend. Iowa was demolished by Arizona State on the road last weekend as well. We'll learn a lot about both teams.

The Editor Says: Michigan

Memphis at UAB

This matchup may be overlooked by some on the national scale, but this one is huge in Conference USA. Memphis, perhaps looking ahead to this road game, had to come from behind to win at Arkansas State last weekend. It will take a much better effort to beat an often-underrated Blazer team.

The Editor Says: Memphis

Oregon State at Arizona State

The Beavers finally got on track last week with an impressive win over New Mexico in Corvallis. After two disappointing losses to open the season, any win would have done for OSU. And speaking of impressive, ASU and Andrew Walter put on a show against Iowa last Saturday. Home team wins again.

The Editor Says: Arizona State


(4) Miami at Houston

This game looked much more interesting a month ago. UH has gotten off to a rough start.

The Editor Says: Miami

Boston College at Wake Forest

BC is a win away from possibly entering the top 25. Wake almost knocked off Clemson in OT earlier this year.

The Editor Says: Wake Forest

Mississippi at Wyoming

It's a rare trip out West for the SEC. The Rebels aren't very good, but neither is Wyoming.

The Editor Says: Mississippi

Clemson at Florida State

The Tigers are an OT away from being 0-3. They'll likely get that third loss this weekend.

The Editor Says: Florida State

Syracuse over Virginia

The last time SU went on the road (to Purdue), it was ugly. UVA has made all their opponents look ugly so far.

The Editor Says: Virginia

Washington at Notre Dame

After an early loss at BYU, Notre Dame has turned things around. A third straight win should come this weekend.

The Editor Says: Notre Dame

Washington State at Arizona

The Wildcats almost upset Wisconsin last weekend. The injury to WSU QB Josh Swogger is key.

The Editor Says: Washington State

Texas Tech at Kansas

The Tech offense showed back up last weekend. KU, meanwhile, missed a big chance at Northwestern.

The Editor Says: Texas Tech

Penn State at Wisconsin

The Badgers won't live up to potential as long as Anthony Davis is hurt. However, PSU isn't very good.

The Editor Says: Wisconsin

Kentucky at Florida

The Wildcat offense exploded on Indiana last week. How will the Gators respond after the loss at UT?

The Editor Says: Florida

Troy at South Carolina

USC battled injuries last week but spanked South Florida. Troy lost at New Mexico State. Yes, New Mexico State.

The Editor Says: South Carolina

Northwestern at Minnesota

The Wildcats picked up a big win over Kansas last week. Minnesota has fared well so far; now the Big Ten play begins.

The Editor Says: Minnesota

The Editor's Records:
    Last Week: 18 - 9 (.667)
    To Date: 48 - 22 (.686)

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