Thursday, September 29, 2011

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Boise State (3-0) vs. Nevada (1-2) ~ 1:30pm Saturday on Versus
-Nevada nearly beat Tech in Lubbock last week, now they'll take a shot at Blue Tech on the blue turf. I'd love to say I think the Wolfpack have a chance to knock off the Broncos for a second straight year, but watch for Kellen Moore & company play as motivated as they will all season in this one.

Colorado State (3-1) vs. San Jose State (3-0) ~ 3:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Rams took advantage of four turnovers by Utah State as they came back from being down eight with under a minute left in regulation to win, 35-34, in double OT. SJSU broke into the win column for the first time this fall with a 34-24 win over New Mexico State (who previously beat Minnesota- way to go, Big Ten!) last week.

Air Force (2-1) at Navy (2-1) ~ 11:00am Saturday on CBS
-The Falcons bounced back from their loss to TCU by beating up on Tennessee State last week, 63-24, in a game where they rolled up nearly 800 yards of total offense. This weekend, they take dead aim on the Commander in Chief's Trophy (which is a HUGE deal to the academies) when they travel to Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. Navy is coming off of a tough 24-21 loss at South Carolina in which they actually led the Gamecocks in the fourth quarter.

New Mexico (0-4) vs. New Mexico State (1-3) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-I can't lie, I was really looking forward to bringing up Mike Lockley's $750,000 salary every week leading up to the Lobos' October 22nd trip to Fort Worth, at which time I'd post something longer about the complete absurdity of that figure. Apparently his 2-25 record at UNM, the sexual harrassment suit filed against him by an athletic department employee and his punching of an assistant coach in the face was still worthy of keeping the job. But losing to Sam Houston and having a recruit arrested for DWI in a car he owned last Saturday finally did it. Nowhere to go but up for them, now.

San Diego State (3-1), Wyoming (3-1), and UNLV (1-3) are idle this week.



TCU non-conference opponents:

Baylor (3-0) at Kansas State (3-0) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-Robert Griffin has just been ridiculous so far this year, and is deservedly getting some legitimate Heisman consideration. This week he takes his show up to the Little Apple to take on a Wildcats squad that beat Miami with a last-minute goal-line stand last week.

BYU (2-2) vs. Utah State (1-2) ~ 7:00pm Friday on ESPN
-I actually watched most of BYU's win over Central Florida last week and had previously watched most of their loss to Texas. Combined with the 44-point loss they suffered to Utah, I have to say I'm really not all that impressed with the Scientologists. They'll be looking for revenge in this one after their 31-16 loss to the Aggies last year.

Portland State (2-1) at Idaho State (2-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday
-The Vikings will look to regroup from their loss in Fort Worth last weekend against the Bengals of ISU, who lost to Northern Arizona last weekend 20-3.

Louisiana-Monroe (1-3) is idle this weekend.



South Florida (4-0) at Dead-to-me Pitt (2-2) ~ 7:00pm tonight on ESPN
-I'm sure many of you will be busy watching the only decent night of network television, but this game is pretty big for the teams left in the Big East once Pitt & Syracuse leave...whenever that might be. If you go by both of these teams' results against Notre Dame (USF won 23-20 in South Bend and Pitt lost 15-12 at home), it should be a good night for the good guys.

West Virginia (3-1) vs. Bowling Green (3-1) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-Did you know that the Mountaineers actually outgained LSU by nearly 170 total yards last week? Yet they still lost by four touchdowns- go figure. They ought to get back to winning this week, although Bowling Green is probably one of the better teams in the MAC.

Cincinnati (3-1) at Miami-Ohio (0-3) ~ 12:00noon Saturday on ESPN3.com
-If you'd told me a month ago how much of a beatdown the Bearcats would put on NC State in Week 4, I would've been pretty excited. But I guess the whole Big East/ACC thing is moot now, huh? Either way, Cincy looked good- led by running back Isaiah Pead's 167 yards.

Rutgers (2-1) at Dead-to-me Syracuse (3-1) ~ 11:00am Saturday on ESPN3.com
-In case you've missed the fuss, Syracuse beat Toledo in overtime last week with the help of a "how did you miss that" call by the officials. All tinfoil hat "they're trying to prop up Syracuse before they move to the ACC" conspiracy theories aside, my guess is their luck runs out and the Scarlet Knights win this one in the un-air conditioned dome named for an air conditioning company.

Louisville (2-1) vs. Marshall (1-3) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-The Cardinals have had two weeks to celebrate their win over Kentucky, but return to action this week against the Thundering Herd- who lost 30-10 at Virginia Tech last weekend.

UConn (2-2) vs. Western Michigan (2-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-You'll probably be following this one on your phone during the TCU game on Saturday, but...I'm sorry, I'm so uninterested in this game that I don't even feel like finishing the sarcastic comment.