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Two teams that have fallen out of the national spotlight meet on Thursday night as West Virginia hosts Auburn. The Tigers have a solid defense but no offense while West Virginia has a solid offense but no defense. It should be an interesting contrast.
Unbeaten Boise State will look to keep their perfect record intact as they host Hawaii on Friday night. Last year Hawaii was able to defeat the Broncos for the WAC title but it is a much different Hawaii team this season without Colt Brennan and head coach June Jones. The Warriors are not without talent though.
Florida State and NC State are getting used to meeting on Thursday nights. It is the third time in the last four Thursday games that Florida State has played at NC State. The Wolfpack won the last Thursday night meeting between the teams in Carter-Finley Stadium in 2006. The game will be the 73rd appearance on an ESPN network for Florida State. They are 56-16 in the previous 72 games. FSU is 2-3 in their last five games played at Carter Finley Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers will try and avoid starting 0-3 in the Big 10 as they host 6th ranked Penn State on Saturday night. To get the win the Badgers will have to slow down the Big Ten’s best offense. The Nittany Lions are averaging almost 500 yards per game, 9th best in the nation. They are scoring 44.8 points per game which ranks 7th in the country. Quarterback Daryll Clark has thrown 9 touchdowns with only one interception this season while running back Evan Royster has eight touchdowns this season.
An intense SEC rivalry game is on tap Saturday night in Florida as the Gators host the LSU Tigers. It is a matchup of the last two national champions and features last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. It is the first time in 18 years that the National Champs from the previous two seasons will meet in a regular season game. LSU has won four of the last six meetings against Florida including two of the last three in Gainesville.
The biggest game of the college football season so far takes place on Saturday in Dallas as Oklahoma and Texas get together. The Sooners are ranked #1 in the country while the Longhorns are ranked #5. Both teams have been excellent this season but Oklahoma has been a little more impressive. The Sooners have outscored opponents 248-69 this season. Texas is not far behind and with a win could take over the #1 spot.
Two teams looking to move above the .500 mark will meet Friday as Memphis hosts Louisville in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The Cardinals enter the game at 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big East after losing to Connecticut almost two weeks ago by a score of 26-21. Memphis has won three straight games after losing their first three of the season. Last week they defeated UAB 33-30.
The Clemson Tigers were thought of as possible National title contenders before the season began but entering Thursday’s game at Wake Forest they are just trying to stay above .500. Year after year it seems that everyone anoints Clemson as the favorite in the ACC and a team that could make a splash in the National title race, yet every year they disappoint. This year could be the biggest disappointment yet. The Tigers have already lost twice this season and if they lose on Thursday at Wake Forest, they could see their season slip away.
The season is already on the line for Florida Atlantic as they host Troy on Tuesday night. The Owls are 1-4 but still in the Sun Belt Conference race if they can get a win against the Trojans. “This of course is a very important game for us, as they all were last year in our run towards the championship of the Sun Belt conference.” Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger said, “We’re in a playoff situation against Troy. In all likelihood, the Sun Belt champion will have them all.
Revenge will be on the mind of ninth-ranked USC on Saturday as they host #23 Oregon. The Trojans rarely lose any games but they were beaten last year by the Ducks 27-21 and they are coming off a loss to the other Oregon team, the Beavers that knocked them from #1 in the polls. With the volatility in college football it still could be possible that the Trojans could move up the rankings and regain that spot before the year is out, but not if they lose on Saturday.