There were quite a few good games last week along with a few surprises. There is still a whole lot of big time/small fry type games this week, but that has pretty much been par for the course for a number of years. Things should start to sort themselves out in the next couple of weeks as most get teams get into the meat of their schedule. Time is short today so.......
1. Rutgers vs Arkansas: The Hogs are terrible. Flat out. Not the worst team in a BCS conference (Colorado wins that honor), but darn close. It is amazing that "experts" had the Hogs rated at number 8 before the ULM debacle. They rolled over for the Crimson Tide in week 3. Will they stage some sort of come back? Doubtful, but if they do Rutgers may be the team to help them get the ball rolling. Rutgers is 3-0 at this point, but no win was convincing and they have played nobody worth mentioning. Will the Knights roll down south and nail the Razorback coffin shut? They might. I will go with the Knights here in a very close game.
2. Baylor vs ULM: The Bears travel to Monroe to take on a very good (for the Sun Belt) team. ULM should have beaten Auburn last week and it took overtime for War Eagle to prevail. Are the Warhawks good enough to beat a Bear team that is without RGIII? Yes. Will they? Hard to say. This game is a toss up and I will go against my gut and put ULM in the winner circle.
3. TCU vs Virginia: TCU has not been tested yet and their last outing was a not very convincing victory over Kansas. I have watched UVA this year and they are not a very good team. TCU may not be the TCU of the last two years (or maybe they are) but they should be able to handle things here. Go with the Frogs.
4. Memphis vs Duke: Duke will likely find themselves in ACC cellar and the Tigers will do the same in CUSA. Duke is the better team here and will win. Memphis may be just about as bad as Colorado.
5. Virginia Tech vs Bowling Green: The Hokies will get healthy against this MAC squad this week but it already just a bit late for all that. Any talk of VA. Tech competing for the national championship would be much like the braying of a donkey. That being said, they should win this one.
6. NW Oklahoma State vs UTSA: UTSA is technically in D1 after apparently being rushed into the WAC as it was dissolving. However a real D1 team does not play a D2 school. That being said, the Roadrunners need to win this one. It gets somewhat harder from here on out. I would go with the team from San Antonio here.
7. LSU vs Auburn: LSU is a good team and Auburn apparently is not. Are the rather quirky Tigers really the number two team in the land. Perhaps. Perhaps not. At least LSU is playing a major opponent in this one. A conference foe at that. I would go with the Louisiana Tigers to beat the ones from Auburn, Al. It might be closer than expected.
8. FSU vs Clemson: This one is the game of the week. FSU may be the real deal and be a challenger for "national champion.' Of course they have been saying that for a while now. They have not been tested yet and will find that test this weekend. Clemson is not Alabama or LSU good, but they may be Ohio State or USC good. Who will win this one. I will go with FSU in a hard fought, close game.
9. SDSU vs San Jose State: This game is a toss up. Both schools have hard luck it seems but the team from San Jose has perfected it. I have watched only minutes of either team and I will have to go with the Aztecs.
10. Oklahoma vs KSU: This is the other "game of the week." So far not a lot is known about the Sooners. They just have not been tested at all. KSU is a good, but not great team. I would put them probably about on the same level as a Florida, Tennessee, or perhaps Texas Agriculture. Are the Sooners a dark horse in the race to be in the big game?They might be. Stoops teams do have a way of shooting themselves in the penis and ruining their chances. KSU has a knack of ruining someones season for them. If the Sooners can stop the Wildcat run game they will win. If not? There is a good possibility they will lose. KSU is fighting mad after getting embarrassed last season. I will go out on a big limb, a very big limb, here and predict a KSU upset.
So far my record stand at 26-4. Better than most "experts" if I say so myself. However, things get harder as the season gets in full swing and I have some very risky games this week. We will see how it all plays out.
Have a good week.