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Weekend of October 9, 2004


(2) Oklahoma vs (6) Texas

Once again, it looks like this game will determine the winner of the Big XII South. The Sooners have gotten the best of Mac Brown's Longhorns four consecutive seasons, and like all the years before, the UT fans believe that this year may be theirs.

And maybe with good reason. Star RB Cedric Benson is off to a fabulous start. The senior is the nation's third-leading rusher so far this season, accumulating over 550 yards on the ground so far and scoring five TDs, four of those on the ground. QB Vince Young has seen most of the action and performed well. Young is completing 63% of his passes and has thrown for 8 TDs and only 2 INTs so far. Throw in the eighth ranked defense in the land, and it looks like Mac Brown may have a recipe for success. The Horns have already proven they can win a big game this year, traveling to Arkansas and knocking off the Hogs.

On the other side of the ball you find Stoops and Co. OU has been one of the nation's elite teams since Stoops arrived in Norman, and this year is no different. Heisman-winning QB Jason White is completing almost 70% of his passes and has thrown 9 TDs and just 1 INT on the year. Freshman RB Adrian Peterson is all the Sooner faithful had hoped for. The high school all-American has already run for 6 TDs this season and is "backed up" by Kejuan Jones, who has run for 3 scores himself. Toss in preseason all-America WR Mark Clayton, and it's hard to find much wrong with the Sooners either. By the way, OU claims a top 20 national defense as well.

So, now that it's obvious both teams are BCS material and either could win this game, who is the editor going to take? It's hard to bet against Stoops. After all, he's gotten the best of UT and Mac Brown over and over again. But at some point, Texas has to come out of this OU slump and get the job done, right? Right. But not this year.

The Editor Says: Oklahoma


(15) Minnesota at (13) Michigan

The Gophers bring in an offense, rated among the nation's ten best, that is led by RBs Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney. Those guys are hard to stop, to say the least. It was obvious Minnesota was looking ahead to this week's game when they played Penn State last week. They'll be ready for the Big House.

The Editor Says: Minnesota

(7) California at (1) Southern Cal

The Bears picked up another impressive win at Oregon State this past weekend and now look to take home an even bigger victory this week. USC remembers their loss at Cal last year, a defeat that cost the Trojans full possession of the national title. Cal is good, but USC is better and gets the job done this time.

The Editor Says: Southern Cal

Tennessee at (3) Georgia

Both of these teams played in games that were almost over before they got started good last week. UGA put a whooping on Nick Saban's LSU Tigers in Athens, and then later in the day, Auburn went into Knoxville and spanked the Vols. UT needs to get back on track, but it won't happen against UGA's stingy defense.

The Editor Says: Georgia

Wisconsin at (12) Ohio State

The Badgers have quietly gotten off to a great start this season and could gain some real attention if they become the second team to upset Ohio State in as many weeks. The key will be the health of UW RB Anthony Davis. If he plays and plays well, UW has a shot. Ohio State never blows out anyone.

The Editor Says: Ohio State

Oklahoma State at Colorado

The Cowboys are another example of a team that has quietly gotten off to a great start in 2004. Colorado had their momentum deadened a little last week with a defeat at Missouri. Whoever wins this one gains a lot of respect from their conference foes, so expect a close, hard-fought contest down to the wire.

The Editor Says: Colorado


Clemson at Virginia

UVA is rolling, while Clemson has not lived up to the preseason hype. A win here would get the Tigers on track.

The Editor Says: Virginia

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

VT is coming off a big high last week, while Wake lost a heartbreaker. The Hokies get another big win.

The Editor Says: Virginia Tech

Stanford at Notre Dame

Both teams have played above their preseason expectations so far. However, only the Irish are in the bowl hunt.

The Editor Says: Notre Dame

UAB at Mississippi State

The Blazers have had consecutive big wins over Memphis and Cincinnati. They could sleep-walk through Starkville.

The Editor Says: UAB

San Diego State at Wyoming

Wyoming has been a tough code to crack at home this year. SDSU won't find it any easier than Mississippi did a few weeks ago.

The Editor Says: Wyoming

Louisiana Tech at (9) Auburn

LA Tech pulled a huge upset over Fresno State last week. Auburn better pay attention, and they probably will.

The Editor Says: Auburn

Georgia Tech at Maryland

Tech was hammered at home by Miami and now gets no break before heading to Maryland. Not good.

The Editor Says: Maryland

(8) Purdue at Penn State

PSU has been able to get nothing going this fall, but could they catch the Boilers napping?

The Editor Says: Purdue

NC State at North Carolina

UNC hammered GT at home a few weeks ago and now welcomes NCSU. Chuck Amato's gang is much better than Tech.

The Editor Says: NC State

New Mexico at Air Force

Both of these teams fell to unbeatens last week and now match up in Colorado Springs. DonTrell Moore's health is an issue.

The Editor Says: Air Force

Nebraska at Texas Tech

Tech's defense played surprisingly well at OU last week. You know the offense will always be good in Lubbock.

The Editor Says: Texas Tech

Kansas State at Kansas

The Jayhawks may actually be the better team this year, but something tells me they won't be able to win the big one.

The Editor Says: Kansas State

LSU at Florida

Both of these teams have struggled at times. Nick Saban will not allow his team to play bad two weeks in a row.

The Editor Says: LSU

Oregon at Washington State

The Ducks couldn't handle Arizona State at home last week. WSU on the road won't be easy either.

The Editor Says: Washington State

The Editor's Records:
    Last Week: 17 - 9 (.654)
    To Date: 80 - 34 (.702)
    Game of the Week: 3 - 1 (.750)

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