I'm not gonna lie, last week was surprisingly entertaining despite the lack of top 25 match-ups. There were a TON of upsets:
- Michigan St. lost to Arizona St. for the 2nd straight year (or 3rd, I can't count well)
- Eastern Michigan is flying the jolly roger after beating Illinois
- Maryland was high and mighty until losing to Temple
- USC lost in OT to BYU, and there wasn't any alcohol in Provo to drown their sorrows in.
We can only hope that this week lives up to the hype. Here are my Top 5 Games of the Week:
5. Colorado @ #24 Arizona St. |9pm, PAC12| Devils -7.5
This might come as a surprise to you because 9pm on the PAC 12 network isn't exactly "prime time". But, there is a lot of intrigue here for both programs. Despite being 7.5 pt dogs, the Buffaloes aren't a bad program. They already have a signature win, defeating an overhyped 25th ranked Nebraska team at home. I'm not sold on the Buffaloes quite yet, but the Sun Devils might just be back. They're not going to compete for a coveted top 4 spot just yet, but you can't argue the success Herm Edwards has had thus far. It's one thing to beat a jet lagged Spartans team at home last year, but to have a game winning drive at the end of the game against one of the best defenses in the Country in East Lansing last week is impressive. Keep an eye on old Herm, because I have a feeling he's going to keep making noise.
4. Oklahoma St. @ #12 Texas |6:30, ABC| Horns -5
It's not exactly Bedlam or the Red River Showdown, but I think this will be a good test for the Tom Herman and the Longhorns. Mike Gundy and his Cowboys team always has a gunslinging offense that can put up monstrous pts. Last year, OK St. celebrated homecoming with a 38-35 win over the Horns. This year, they've started out 3-0, scoring no less than 40 pts. a game. The biggest hurdle is they'll have to go into Austin and stifle Heisman candidate Sam Ehlinger, who put up 38 pts. on a very good LSU defense. Look for Tom Herman and company to get revenge this year.
3. #8 Auburn @ #17 Texas A&M |3:30, CBS| Aggies -4
This line is a testament to how intimidating Kyle Field and the "12th Man" actually is. From a look at the rankings, the Aggies have no business being favorited against Auburn. The Tigers are undefeated, with a signature win in week 1 over Justin Herbert and Oregon. The Aggies only loss came against the top ranked Clemson Tigers, in South Carolina. Bo Nix was a great story in week 1 for the Tigers, but has only 545 passing yds with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Across from him, Kellen Mond has 747 yds. with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Neither of these QB's can legally buy a drink in the United States. I think this will come down to whoever plays mistake free football. Let's see if Gus Malzahn and Jimbo Fisher have anything up their sleeves...
2. #7 Notre Dame @ #3 Georgia|8, CBS| Dawgs -13.5
I know that College Gameday is highlighting this match-up, but I don't like Notre Dame's chances in this game. They have to go on the road to Athens. Their leading rusher is Quarterback Ian Book. Their defense at times looked lost against Louisville. Georgia offers a balanced attack on offense with QB1 Jake Fromm and Running Back D'Andre Swift. Fromm has passed for 601 yds. and 5 touchdowns while Swift has rushed for 290 yds. and 2 touchdowns. For what it's worth, Georgia also has had the best recruiting class in the Country the previous 2 years, and hasn't been out-recruited by Notre Dame since 2013. I think the talented play makers at Georgia will be too much for the Fighting Irish to handle. I'm not sure if this will be a game late in the 3rd quarter, but hopefully I'm wrong. For that reason, this is not the top game of the week.
1. #11 Michigan @ #13 Wisconsin |12pm, FOX| Badgers -3
Personally, I can't wait for this game. Camp Randall might be my favorite stadium I've ever been to. The walk to the stadium is a about a mile's worth of tailgates featuring the smells of brats, cheese and beer. Madison just screams "football town". Be prepared to see the Badgers try to pound the ball down the Wolverines' throats. Wisconsin Running Back, Jonathan Taylor, has 237 rushing yds. and 5 touchdowns in 2 games. The problem is, Michigan has a much more formidable defensive line than USF and Central Michigan. Last year, Michigan out-rushed Wisconsin 320 yds. to 180 in a 38-13 route in the Big House. It only gets tougher for Wisconsin this year, returning only one starter on the offensive line. Expect Michigan Defensive Coordinator, Don Brown, to have a solid game plan to stop Taylor this weekend. The biggest question is on Shea Patterson and the offense. After almost losing to Army in 2OT, I said that I would be ok if you decide to hit the panic button. This needs to be the turnaround for the Wolverines offense. Star Wide Receiver, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Starting Left Tackle, Jon Runyan, both make their triumphant return to the field this week. If the Wolverines can't figure out ball security issues, it'll be a long day in Madison.
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