I could probably write an article about it being a huge weekend in college football every weekend. However, this weekend seems different to me. It might be because of a massive showdown in the Big Ten or another match up of top ten teams in South Bend. The Big 12 and Pac 12 both have early season battles featuring top 25 teams. Duke and Kentucky are both ranked in the polls, wait is this football or basketball? Let’s take a look at the weekend ahead!
West Virginia is just outside of the top ten and they are playing Texas Tech at home this weekend. The computers seem to think that Texas Tech will emerge victorious, but I am not sure of that. Playing in West Virginia will not be an easy task, their offense will not be as seamless in a hostile environment, unless they jump on them early and quiet the crowd.
I mentioned that Duke and Kentucky are in the top 25. It is not too big of a surprise that one of them is ranked, however, for both of them to be ranked at the same time is quite the surprise. That is for good reason, it has not happened since 1957, over 60 years ago! Check out this article for a little context.
On Saturday night in Happy Valley, the Big Ten East could possibly be decided. This game could also decide playoff contenders. It may be too early to discuss those benchmarks, but that is what makes college football so fun and entertaining, every week matters. The game I am discussing is Ohio State visiting Penn State in a “white-out” game. Seeing that atmosphere makes me want to be there for Saturday’s game. Both teams have great offenses and very capable defenses. The game will surely be a shootout, but I have a feeling home field advantage will be hard to overcome for Ohio State. I think Penn State will end up victorious in a very close game.
The #7 Stanford Cardinal will invade South Bend on Saturday night to take on the #8 Fighting Irish. This is another huge game with National title game implications. These teams are ranked highly, but they do not seem to be juggernauts like OSU or Penn State. Stanford beat Oregon last weekend, but was flirting with disaster before a huge turnover and touchdown completely changed the game and Stanford came roaring back. Notre Dame was able to handle Michigan early on, but they seemed to struggle at home vs. Ball State and Vanderbilt. Which teams will show up on Saturday night? I think it is tough to say, but I do know that winning in South Bend at night will be a difficult chore for Stanford. The last game at Notre Dame featuring top ten teams was very memorable, the “Bush Push“. Hopefully this game can live up to the hype.
Predicting the winners of these games is very difficult, there are many factors involved. I think it is especially difficult considering the players are not professionals. Here is an article with predictions for each of the four big games this week. While I can not really predict the outcomes of the games, I can certainly enjoy them. I believe these games all have playoff implications and will go a long way in helping decide who is left standing at the end of the year.