Friday, October 20, 2006

THE WORD -- Week 8

**NOTE: Because of space limits, the images in this post have been removed.**

And now it’s time for the weekly word -- a summary of the Saturday games and how they’ll turn out. Granted, this week isn’t exactly what you would call a marquee week.

I see two games that match up ranked teams (using C&F’s Top 25), and a couple of other interesting games. Otherwise, this would be the week to miss CFB, if you were so inclined to do. Why, I wouldn’t know, but if there a week you were going to miss, this would be it.

Indiana at No. 1 Ohio State, 12 p.m.
Ah, Indiana must be on top of the world after beating Iowa. But they had a huge advantage in that game.

The Hoosiers get hosed.

Ohio State 36, Indiana 7

No. 7 Texas at No. 21 Nebraska, 12 p.m.
Of course, the biggest reason for Texas’ success this year is Colt McCoy.

And Nebraska is decent this year. But decent won’t be good enough.

Texas 21, Nebraska 14

No. 8 Louisville at Syracuse, 12 p.m.
The Carrier Dome isn’t what it used to be. Not because of anything to do with home field advantage; it's just that there really is no such thing as home field advantage when you’re as bad as Syracuse has been in recent years.

Louisville rolls.

Louisville 42, Syracuse 0

No. 17 Wisconsin at Purdue, 12 p.m.
The Badgers are actually putting together a good year this year. Purdue is, well, Purdue is …

… working on it. More work is needed.

Wisconsin 35, Purdue 24

Ole Miss at No. 14 Arkansas, 12:30 p.m.
One of these days, Ed Orgeron will win a big game. One of these days, Ole Miss will win a big game.

This isn’t the day.

Arkansas 24, Ole Miss 14

Kansas State at No. 23 Missouri, 2 p.m.
Can we say rebound game?

Missouri got hit with their first loss last, and they’re not going to lose two in a row.

Missouri 36, Kansas State 6

Tulane at No. 4 Auburn, 2:30 p.m.
Pity Tulane. Last year, they got hit by the hurricane named Katrina. This week, they get hit by the hurricane named Auburn.

The Tigers need to win this game convincingly, along with many of their other remaining matches, to keep themselves in the pollsters’ minds.

Auburn 56, Tulane 3

UCLA at No. 9 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.
Charlie Weis reaffirmed today that he will stay at the Dome until he a) dies or b) is fired. This is the first team from L.A. that ND will face. One has a chance at winning.

But it isn’t UCLA.

Notre Dame 34, UCLA 13

Iowa at No. 2 Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Over at Mzone, they have been engaged in this wicked practice known as history. Apparently, there were things that happened before most of us were born. We have our own history with Iowa: The most consistently underperforming program in recent memory not located in the ACC or Florida.

And, as their recent slide has shown, Iowa is not disappointing in the disappointment department.

Michigan 28, Iowa 13

Alabama at No. 6 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.
The third Saturday in October is here, and that can only mean one thing.

The classic matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers is here. Given the way Alabama has been playing lately, Mike Shula better be burning up that special phone Daddy gave him. Closer than you might think, but still a Tennessee (gag gag, cough cough) win.

Tennessee 21, Alabama 14

Washington at No. 12 California, 3:30 p.m.
To some extent, you have to feel sorry for Tyrone Willingham, always coming so close to tasting prominence but just falling short.

The Huskies are off to a strong start, but now they’re in trouble. This year’s Cal team is not the best team to play when you’re trying to catch your breath.

California 38, Washington 10

No. 24 Boston College at Florida State, 3:30 p.m.
This game will feature two teams that will be offensively hobbled: BC, because their QB will probably miss the game; Florida State, because Jeff Bowden will probably not miss the game.

It won’t be easy for Boston College to win in Tallahassee, but it’s all too easy for FSU to lose.

Boston College 17, Florida State 3

No. 18 Oregon at Washington State, 5 p.m.
Normally, a match between Ducks and Cougars would look bad for the Ducks. But this is Pac-10 football, so the Ducks look good.

Those thinking this is a possible Washington State upset? I’ll talk to you when I’m done laughing. In three days.

Oregon 38, Washington State 13

No. 20 Boise State at Idaho, 5:05 p.m.
This is one of those games where I look at it and go, “What, exactly, do I say?”

There’s really not a word for what Boise State’s going to do to Idaho. Not one I’d feel comfortable using here, anyway.

Boise State 62, Idaho 3

!UPSET SPECIAL! No. 19 Rutgers at Pittsburgh, 5:45 p.m.
This is one of the few intriguing games of the week. One reason is because the teams, offensively, are good at different aspects of the game. Ray Rice is just unbelievable running. Tyler Palko is one of the better QBs in the league. This game could be a nip and tuck.

But in the end, I just have a feeling that Pittsburgh will pull a close upset.

Pittsburgh 31, Rutgers 30

Colorado at No. 16 Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
Oh, Dan Hawkins. Oh, Dan Hawkins. Oh, Dan Hawkins.

For Colorado, this has been the most disappointing season you could imagine. Oklahoma, meanwhile, is trying to put together a resurgence. They need this one.

Oklahoma 34, Colorado 10

No. 22 Texas A&M at Oklahoma State, 7:05 p.m.
Texas A&M has quietly put together a decent season. Granted, they’re in the Big XII in a year that has been very un-Big XII-like.

Move along, citizens. This game is less interesting than the prediction looks.

Texas A&M 24, Oklahoma State 13

No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 11 Clemson, 7:45 p.m.
Wake up! A good game! The Jackets head to Dearth Valley to take on the Clemson Tiggers. (Misspellings intentional.) If Calvin Johnson were thrown to as he should be, he’d pick up a lot more yards.

Alas, he won’t be used properly, because this is Reggie Ball and Chan Gailey we’re talking about. Again, as nauseous as it makes me, my gut tells me this is Clemson’s game to win -- narrowly. I hope I’m wrong.

Clemson 21, Georgia Tech 17

Fresno State at No. 13 LSU, 9 p.m.
Ah, remember when Fresno State was the team that was upsetting BCS-league teams left and right? When they were in the Top 25? Remember?

This isn't an SEC game, so the LSU offense will act like an offense.

LSU 46, Fresno 0

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