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Fourth-ranked Missouri will try and avoid the upset bug that has bitten many teams in the Top 10 this season as they travel to Nebraska on Saturday. The Tigers are solid favorites to win the game but history could be against them. They have not won at Nebraska in 30 years but with quarterback Chase Daniel and a high-powered offense they have a good chance to end the drought on Saturday.
The Boise State Broncos take the national spotlight on Wednesday as they host Louisiana Tech on ESPN. The Broncos are ranked 17th in the country and have won their last 45 regular season home games. That streak is likely to continue as they host Louisiana Tech.
Two teams trying to make a mark in the Sun Belt Conference take the field on Tuesday night as Middle Tennessee State hosts Florida Atlantic. Both teams really need a win and that should make for a very good game. “Middle Tennessee has the same record we have. They’ve defeated a major Division I team, in Maryland. We’ve beaten what for us is a major Division I team in UAB. And we haven’t won any of the rest and they haven’t won any of the rest.”
The West Virginia Mountaineers will try and get back to basics on Thursday night as they travel to Colorado to face the Buffaloes. The Mountaineers played badly in their 24-3 loss to East Carolina on September 6th and head coach Bill Stewart has said the team will get back to running the ball on Thursday. Quarterback Pat White is 334 yards of becoming only the second quarterback in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 yards in his career.
Two teams looking for the national spotlight hook up on Thursday night as Rutgers hosts North Carolina. The Tar Heels are looking for a rebirth under head coach Butch Davis while Rutgers wants to stay on the national stage with head coach Greg Schiano. Davis and Schiano are good friends as Schiano was the defensive coordinator under Davis at Miami. The game is being played on September 11th in New York so there will be a moment of silence before the game.
Two teams going in opposite directions meet on Saturday as 19th ranked Penn State hosts Oregon State. The Nittany Lions routed Coastal Carolina last week while the Beavers were upset by Stanford. Penn State played very well last week against an overmatched Coastal Carolina club but this week they will get a much stiffer test from Oregon State.
South Carolina and Vanderbilt open up the SEC part of their schedules on Thursday as the Commodores host the Gamecocks on ESPN. Vanderbilt has had very little success in SEC openers in the past as they are just 4-21 in their last 25 conference openers.
Fresno State always wants to play a tough schedule and this year is no exception as they start the 2008 season on Monday at Rutgers against the Scarlet Knights. Last year Fresno had a difficult non-conference schedule as they lost to Oregon in a blowout and in three overtimes to Texas A&M. The Bulldogs still finished 9-4 and won their bowl game.
This year Third-ranked USC begins the 2008 regular season with a bit of a chip on their shoulder after not making the National Championship game last season. The Trojans have set an NCAA record with six straight 11-win seasons but last year was considered a failure because they did not even make the title game. they must avoid looking past Virginia to the game against Ohio State in two weeks.