GAME OF THE WEEK...
(2) Oklahoma at Texas A&M
For the second straight week, the unbeaten Sooners go on the road in the Big XII South. After knocking off in-state rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater last Saturday when the Cowboys missed a last-second field goal, OU heads to Texas A&M and is again involved in college football's best game of the weekend.
The Sooners continue to be led by the nation's best freshman, RB Adrian Peterson. The Texas native has now moved himself into position as one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy this season. He has rushed for 100 yards or more in all eight games he has played in, including a 249-yard performance last week at OSU. With last year's Heisman Trophy winner at QB and possibly this year's winner starting at RB, it's no wonder this team has yet to lose and is ranked #2 in all the polls.
Texas A&M started the season off with a road loss to Utah but was rolling until last week's trip to Waco. That's when the Aggies were forced into overtime by Baylor. The teams traded TDs in the extra period, but when the Bears scored, coach Guy Morris decided to go for two points and got it, giving BU a one-point OT victory. That loss had to be demoralizing for A&M, but at least this week's game is at home. If that loss doesn't get them focused, then nothing will. The Aggie nation should be ready to roll by the time Saturday rolls around.
The homefield advantage at Kyle Field is like none else in all of college football. The Aggie faithful are arguably the most passionate and loyal of any fans anywhere. However, the Aggie football team, even with impressive wins like a few weeks ago at Oklahoma State, is not nearly as talented or well-rounded as OU's. The Aggies have a shot to de-throne another unbeaten, but it will take a mammoth effort and mistake-free football by A&M.
The Editor Says: Oklahoma
THE WEEK'S OTHER TOP MATCHUPS...
(10) Louisville at Memphis
The Cardinals' only loss of the season came last month on the road at Miami. Memphis has been disappointing this season, dropping road games at UAB and at Cincinnati. UL takes a huge step towards the conference title with a win in Memphis.
The Editor Says: Louisville
Purdue at Iowa
The Boilermakers have totally and completely fallen apart in the last three weeks, losing consecutive home games to Wisconsin and Michigan before losing on the road at Northwestern last week. With the Hawkeyes' season moving in the opposite direction, expect Iowa to grab the home victory.
The Editor Says: Iowa
Notre Dame at (13) Tennessee
The Irish have fared better than this writer once thought as it looks like Ty Willingham will definitely be around at least one more season. Meanwhile, it's Tennessee who has nearly wrapped up the SEC East title this season. The Vols are on their way to Atlanta and will take down ND on the way.
The Editor Says: Tennessee
Minnesota at (6) Wisconsin
This game lost a lot of it's luster last week when the Gophers were upset on the road at Indiana. Wisconsin continues to roll on and can take a big step towards a possible Big Ten title with a home win this week. It's a shame the Badgers and Michigan do not meet on the field this year.
The Editor Says: Wisconsin
Oklahoma State at (7) Texas
The Cowboys nearly got the huge upset win over rival Oklahoma last weekend, so it will be interesting to see how Les Miles' team responds this week. Texas continues to roll after their own loss to OU. The Longhorns are a candidate for a possible BCS berth even without winning the Big XII South.
The Editor Says: Texas
COULD BE INTERESTING...
Toledo at Miami (Ohio)
Neither of these teams has played up to expectations this year, but the home team prevails.
The Editor Says: Miami (Ohio)
South Florida at UAB
The Blazers have hopes of hanging in the CUSA race. To do that, a win over inferior USF is crucial.
The Editor Says: UAB
Pittsburgh at Syracuse
The Orange came up with a nice win over UConn last week, but SU can't hang with the Panthers yet.
The Editor Says: Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech at NC State
GT has to be reeling after giving away their game against VT last week. A road game doesn't help things.
The Editor Says: NC State
Ohio State at Michigan State
The Spartans nearly got the best of UM last week, while OSU finally got back on track with a win over Penn State.
The Editor Says: Michigan State
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
UNC over Miami last week was one of the biggest upsets all season in college football. What will they do now?
The Editor Says: Virginia Tech
Northwestern at Penn State
PSU is falling apart, while NU grabbed a huge win over Purdue last week. Can the 'Cats win on the road?
The Editor Says: Northwestern
Kansas State at Missouri
These are two of the six teams in the horrible Big XII North. Home team should come away with the victory.
The Editor Says: Missouri
Arkansas at South Carolina
The Hogs need a win to stay in the bowl hunt; USC is guaranteed a winning season with a victory.
The Editor Says: South Carolina
Air Force at Army
This game doesn't mean a whole lot, but it will be interesting to see how Bobby Ross fares.
The Editor Says: Army
Colorado at Kansas
Both teams are fighting for a bowl spot. CU needs a couple more wins, while the Jayhawks need three.
The Editor Says: Colorado
Nebraska at Iowa State
The Huskers are leading the Big XII North at the moment and must grab this road win to stay in front.
The Editor Says: Nebraska
Washington State at UCLA
The Cougars have struggled all season, while the Bruins have been led by a high-scoring offense.
The Editor Says: UCLA
Florida Atlantic at Troy
FAU will join the Sun Belt next season, but Troy gets a shot to knock off Atlantic in 2004.
The Editor Says: Troy
Oregon at (5) California
The Bears are rolling and are just a few plays away from being undefeated and leading the PAC 10.
The Editor Says: California
Maryland at Virginia
The Terps finally got things back on track last week with a win over FSU. This week's test is even tougher.
The Editor Says: Virginia
Stanford at Arizona State
Both of these teams fell pretty hard last week. Who gets back on track? The Cardinal are two wins away from six.
The Editor Says: Arizona State
Mississippi State at Alabama
The Bulldogs are rolling, and now Sylvester Croom heads back home. Bama has the better team and is at home.
The Editor Says: Alabama
Clemson at (8) Miami
The Hurricanes are out of the national title hunt now. Can Clemson catch them sulking?
The Editor Says: Miami
Colorado State at Utah
Only a few more tests remain for the Utes. This may be their easiest game left on the schedule.
The Editor Says: Utah
(1) Southern Cal at Oregon State
The Beavers are finally getting back on their feet after a terrible start. If UNC can beat Miami....
The Editor Says: Southern Cal
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