Thursday, October 27, 2011

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Wyoming (4-2) at San Diego State (4-2) ~ 9:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-These two teams were both idle last weekend, and the Aztecs will actually go 16 days between their road win against Air Force and this home game against Doo-Doo Brown. SDSU still has a couple of gimme games left on their schedule that should easily get them to bowl eligibility for a second straight year, but Wyoming (with TCU and Boise still looming) needs every W they can get.

Air Force (3-4) at New Mexico (0-7) ~ 1:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Falcons actually played pretty well against Boise State on the smurf turf last Saturday, racking up 408 total yards (264 of them on the ground) and forcing the Broncos to try for a style-points touchdown at the end- though they settled for a field goal and ended up winning, 37-26. It may be surprising to see them under .500 right now, but Air Force could win the rest of their games to end the regular season 8-4.

Colorado State (3-4) at UNLV (1-5) ~ 5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-It looked like the Rams might be making some progress this season when they started the year 3-1 after pulling off a dramatic double-overtime victory at Utah State. Since then, they got brutalized by Boise State (63-13) and lost to lowly San Jose State and UTEP. Any chance they have left for a bowl game probably hinges on winning this game.

Boise State (7-0) is idle this week.

TCU non-conference opponents:

SMU (5-2) at Tulsa (4-3) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on FSN
-Following their wins against TCU and Central Florida, SMU had designs on a Top 25 ranking, a CUSA title and perhaps more. Then they went to Hattiesburg and had their dreams dashed...something TCU fans can definitely understand. Their offense was completely shut down by Southern Miss in the 27-3 loss, and now they'll be without starting linebacker Taylor Reed (suspended) as they try to corrall the dangerous Tulsa offensive attack.

Louisiana-Monroe (2-5) vs. Western Kentucky (3-4) ~ 2:30pm Saturday
-Wanna know why you felt so poopy when ULM was beating TCU after the first quarter? BECAUSE THEY JUST LOST TO NORTH TEXAS! This week they host a Western Kentucky team that, after an 0-4 start, has surged to three straight wins including a surprisingly easy victory over conference favorite Louisiana-Lafayette.

Portland State (4-3) at Eastern Washington (4-4) ~ 3:00pm Saturday
-Playing a D-II school is a good way to end a two-game skid, and that's exactly what the Vikings did last week when they beat something called Williamette, 36-10. Need a reason to root against Eastern Washington? How about the fact that they are quarterbacked by none other than Bo Levi Mitchell! Also, if you hate Boise's blue turf, check out EWU's red migraine-maker.

Baylor (4-2) at Oklahoma State (7-0) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-I've made the executive decision to permanently move Baylor into the Big 12 section from the non-conference opponents. The Bears were idle this week, so they've had plenty of time to think about what went wrong in their 55-28 loss against A&M as well as how to slow down the Cowboys' offense. OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon is questionable for this game after being injured against Missouri, so his possible absence would be huge for Baylor's chances in this one.

Oklahoma (6-1) at Kansas State (7-0) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN
-You'd have to think that the Sooners would bounce back after their loss to Tech last weekend and re-assert their authority, right? But I don't know- Tech made Landry Jones look absolutely pedestrian and K-State is playing out of their minds right now. This'll be a fun game to watch, because you know the Wildcat crowd will be rocking.

Kansas (2-5) at Texas (4-2) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on The Longhorn Network
-Wow, Longhorn Network. You're really going to gain leverage against the cable providers with this must-watch gem. My guess: Texas rolls, as they should because Kansas is turrrrrible, and ESPN pumps up the highlights making David Ash seem like he's Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and they shoot up to about #9 in the polls.

Missouri (3-4) at Texas A&M (5-2) ~ 11:00am Saturday on FX
-As the Aggies need to excorcise the demons of their two early-season losses, they'll need to get rid of one from last season, as well. Mizzou strolled in College Station last October 16th and waltzed all over the Ags to the tune of 30-9. Say hello to your future Thanksgiving weekend rival, A&M!

Iowa State (3-4) at Texas Tech (5-2) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on FSN
-So do the Red Raiders use their win in Norman last weekend as a springboard to a great late-season surge, or do they fall back to earth and lose to (or barely beat) Iowa State? I'm not sure, and to be honest, Game 6 of the World Series starts in just over 2 hours so I'm getting the fuck out of here. Go Rangers!

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