Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Boise State (2-0) vs. Tulsa (1-2) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on CBS-College
-This game will serve as a measuring stick for the Broncos. Sandwiched around a 31-3 win over Tulane, Tulsa has fallen victim to two of the premiere offenses in the country- Oklahoma (who scored 47 points and tallied 663 total yards) and Oklahoma State (59 points, 543 total yards)- so look for Kellen Moore & company to light it up in this rare Saturday home game on the blue turf. Tulsa will struggle to keep up, as QB G.J. Kinne is questionable for the game with a knee injury.

San Diego State (3-0) at Michigan (3-0) ~ 11:00am Saturday on the Big Ten Network
-In their last test before TCU comes to town in two weeks, the Aztecs take on their former coach, Brady Hoke, who is now in charge in Ann Arbor. Expect SDSU to rely heavily on Ronnie Hillman, who carried the ball 32 times for 191 yards and 4 TDs in their 42-24 win over Washington State last week.

Wyoming (3-0) vs. Nebraska (3-0) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on Versus
-Kudos to Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman, who somehow got Texas to visit Laramie in 2009 and now has convinced the Cornhuskers to come play the Cowboys at home. Doo-Doo Brown is off to their first 3-0 start since 1996, but facing the #9 team in the country will be a much stiffer test than the two FCS schools and MAC team that they've faced thus far.

Colorado State (2-1) at Utah State (1-1) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on
-CSU has usually been a running team under Steve Fairchild, but the Rams only mustered 67 yards on the ground (and just 243 total yards) against in-state rival Colorado last week in a 28-14 loss. Utah State, led by true freshman (and native Texan) Chuckie Keeton, bounced back from their near-upset at Auburn by trouncing Weber State, 54-17.

Air Force (1-1) vs. Tennessee State (1-2) ~ 2:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Falcons, coming off a bye-week, will be looking to regroup from the home loss to TCU as they host the Tigers of Tennessee State this weekend. TSU has given up 93 points in the past two weeks in losses to Jackson State and Murray State, so Air Force should roll.

UNLV (1-2) vs. Southern Utah (2-1) ~ 8:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-Two weeks in a row, I've been completely wrong about UNLV. Two weeks ago, I figured they had an outside shot to upset Washington State and they lost, 59-7. Then last week, I figured they'd have a real tough time containing Hawaii's offense, especially QB Bryant Moniz- and they won, 40-20, with Moniz ending the game with -28 yards rushing. Oops.

New Mexico (0-3) vs. Sam Houston State (2-0) ~ 5:00pm Saturday
-Mike Locksley, who makes $750K a year, is now 2-25 in his career at UNM. Where do I sign up to get paid that much to do such a shitty job? We'll see if they can break into the win column against the FCS Bearkats (sic), who are led by sophomore running back Tim Flanders.

TCU non-conference opponents:

Baylor (2-0) vs Rice (1-1) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on Fox Sports Southwest
-Robert Griffin followed up his performance against the Frogs by going 20-of-22 for 265 yards and 3 TDs as Baylor beat up on SFA, three quarters last week before the game was called due to lightning. The Owls are coming off a bye week but beat Purdue two weeks ago.

SMU (2-1) at Memphis (1-2) ~ 11:00am Saturday on Fox Sports Southwest
-So far this year, the Mustangs have overcome inconsistent play by quarterbacks JJ McDermott and Kyle Padron with the outstanding play of running back Zach Line, who has already rushed for 327 yards and 8 TDs this year. about as bad as New Mexico this year (their one win came against Austin Peay, whom Cincinnati scored 72 against), so expect the Ponies to be 3-1 coming to Fort Worth next weekend.

BYU (1-2) vs. Central Florida (2-1) ~ 7:00pm Friday on ESPN
-The Cougars jumped out to a 10-7 lead over Utah in the first ever non-conference Holy War last week...and then gave up 47 unanswered points in a 54-10 loss. BYU managed just 11 rushing yards for the game and committed 7 turnovers. UCF is coming off a 17-10 loss to upstart Florida International last week.

Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) at Iowa (2-1) ~ 11:00am Saturday on The Big Ten Network
-I'm not expecting the Warhawks to go into Kinnick Stadium and upset the Hawkeyes, but it sure would be nice to see them put some points on the board against a Big Ten team, wouldn't it? Also, I fully realize that I've listed TWO games as being on The Big Ten Network at the same time (11am) on Saturday, but that's what the internetz tells me.

Cincinnati (2-1) vs NC State (2-1) ~ 7:00pm tonight on ESPN
-There hasn't been a close game yet for the 2011 Bearcats (blowout wins over Austin Peay & Akron sandwiched around a big loss at Tennessee), so perhaps the charm of being on national TV tonight will make for a good one as they host the Wolfpack.

West Virginia (3-0) vs. LSU (3-0) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on ABC
-The good folks at Disney decided, even with the big A&M-Okie State game going on down in College Station, that they just had to showcase the two rowdiest fanbases in the country going up against each other. Game Day will be in Morgantown for the first time ever, and the overrated combo of Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit will be calling this one as it goes out over the air (and not on cable) to the entire country. This is a big'un- not just for the Mountaineers, but for the entire Big East.

South Florida (3-0) vs. UTEP (2-1) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on
-The Bulls haven't been coasting off their Week 1 win in South Bend, as they've outscored Ball State and Florida A&M by a combined score of 107-24 in the past two weeks. Junior QB B.J. Daniels is having an outstanding season so far, connecting on 67% of his passes for 867 yards and 6 TDs/1 INT.

Dead-to-me Pitt (2-1) vs. Notre Dame (1-2) ~ 11:00am Saturday on ABC
-There is a rumor that Pitt and Syracuse won't be allowed to officially join the ACC until the 2014 season, in which case we should probably be cheering for them for the time being...but fuck those guys, right?

Dead-to-me Syracuse (2-1) vs. Toledo (1-2) ~ 11:00am Saturday on
-Again, a win for Syracuse is probably good for TCU in terms of BCS computer calculations for the next few years. But still, Go Rockets.

Rutgers (1-1) vs. Ohio (3-0) ~ 1:00pm Saturday on
-Two games into the season, and Rutgers has just 138 total rushing yards as a team. They'll need to find a ground game in a hurry, because the pesky Frank Solich-coached Bobcats pose a real threat to upset them this weekend.

UConn (1-2) at Buffalo (1-2) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on
-The Huskies are probably better than their 1-2 record after dropping consecutive heart breakers to Vanderbilt and Iowa State. Junior Jonny McEntee has taken a majority of the snaps at QB so far, but they need him to really take the job over this weekend against Buffalo.

Louisville (2-1) is idle this week after beating arch rival Kentucky last week, 24-17. They'll host the Thundering Herd of Marshall next week.

1 comment:

Spit Purple said...

Beer sales in the stadium, burning couches, coon asses mixed with meth heads. It'll be a wild one I'm sure in Morgantown.