College Football Preview Week 8
Written by Curt Popejoy on 10/23/2009
There was a part of me that was thinking that by this point in the season, I’d be dreading my Wednesday night/Thursday morning ritual of getting this preview article done. But that is never the case. For me even a weekend like this, that isn’t full of big matchups still gets me pumped for the weekend.
This weekend’s slate of games is lacking star power in terms of matchups, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of story lines to keep an eye on and some great football to see.
I’ll start with my poor Sooners. They travel to Lawrence this weekend to battle the Kansas Jayhawks. The Hawks and Sooners both came into the season with huge expectations and for different reasons, both have failed to live up to them. I read on ESPN yesterday that Sam Bradford was going to get surgery on his shoulder and be shelved for the year. I tweeted this from a source I have at OU, on Saturday. This should come as no shock to anyone. Regardless it’s Landry Jones' team now. Both these teams are battling for respect in the Big 12 and to hold onto their position in the polls, because the loser is out.
Probably the most interesting game of the week in terms of the BCS is the TCU Horned Frogs heading to BYU to play the Cougars. TCU keeps hovering around the top 10 of the polls, and their combo of dominant defense and rock solid scoring offense. One thing TCU will need is to do better in the first quarter where they only average around 4 points per game. This is a team that averages 30 more than that per game. A quick start for BYU on offense could mean they neutralize some of the TCU D. If they can get ahead, they can let running back Hary Unga and an experienced BYU oline control the clock. I expect TCU to come in and punch BYU in the mouth because they have a ton more riding on this game.
A few more quick hits in the NCAA
Battle of the underachievers as Arkansas travel to Mississippi.
Alabama invites Tennessee to town for a beatdown.
Oregon looks to stay on the winning path, as they head to Washington to take on the draft darling, Jake Locker.
My upset special is Iowa going into Michigan State and losing to the Spartans who are on a roll.
Penn State keeps rolling in a huge matchup in Michigan.
My player to watch this week is Noel Devine RB West Virginia - I realize Devine is probably too small to be a bigtime NFL player but you can't look away when West Virginia has the football.
Prospect look out - C.J. Spiller RB Clemson - The Hurricane defense is fast and Spiller is fast. This is a big game for Spiller to showcase the speed that NFL teams are going to covet.
Last Edited: 10/23/2009