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Nebraska and Ohio State are both coming off big wins in their Big Ten openers. The Cornhuskers scored 20 straight points to come from behind to beat Wisconsin last Saturday night. Ohio State won Urban Meyer’s Big Ten debut in East Lansing in a defensive struggle 17-16. The Horseshoe will be rocking this Saturday night when these two meet in a battle of two of the Big Ten’s best.
Bo Pelini actually played football for Ohio State, so this game might mean a little more to him than an average game. Pelini’s Cornhuskers had a disappointing early season loss to UCLA,
West Virginia is coming off a game where they allowed 63 points and still won. Texas allowed 36 points in Stillwater last week, but they edged out Oklahoma State 41-36. Will either of the defenses show up for this one? It’s a battle of two teams who look like serious contenders in the highly competitive Big 12 Conference.
The West Virginia Mountaineers arguably have the most high-powered offense in the nation this year.
After a 3-0 start, the Arizona Wildcats have lost two straight. Stanford was 3-0 after a huge victory over USC, but they stumbled last Thursday in Seattle. Both of these teams really need to get back on track in the PAC 12 Conference race. Which team will have the upper hand this Saturday afternoon?
Rich Rodriguez has brought his spread offense to Arizona, and this unit is having a lot of success so far this season.
Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks are all the way up to number six in this week’s college football rankings. The Gamecocks looked shaky in the season opener at Vanderbilt, but they have gotten stronger each game and last week’s 31-10 win over Missouri was impressive. Kentucky is just 1-3 so far this year, but they have given South Carolina and some other big SEC schools trouble at home over the past few seasons.
The non-conference schedule has been brutal for the Big Ten. The Big Ten has been the media’s punching bad, and for good reason, all through the first four weeks of the season. This is the week where the Big Ten starts to play against each other. Someone has to get off to a hot start inside conference play. Penn State travels to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini this Saturday.
Bill O’Brien has an extremely difficult job this year. The Penn State Nittany Lions offseason was the toughest any football program has gone through in years.
The Missouri Tigers are finding out very quickly that life in the SEC is extremely tough. Georgia put it on them in their first SEC game, and now the Tigers must travel to eighth ranked South Carolina this weekend. Steve Spurrier’s team will likely be in contention for the SEC East crown this season. Let’s take a look at this interesting SEC matchup for Saturday afternoon.
It’s a battle of the ACC vs. the Big 12 as Virginia takes on TCU this weekend in Texas. TCU comes into this one 2-0, while Virginia is 2-1. The Cavaliers beat Penn State two weeks ago, but they were throttled by Georgia Tech in their ACC opener last weekend. Can Virginia hang around in this one or will TCU run away with it at home?
Virginia has made quite a bit of progress in the last couple years. Mike London is trying to turn this team into a perennial contender. The Cavaliers went 8-5 last year in what was a major turnaround season.
They aren’t many rivalries as bitter as the BYU vs. Utah rivalry in college football. These two teams definitely have respect for each other, but they also love nothing more than beating each other. Both teams have good young coaches and they appear to be on the rise. Last year, Utah thumped BYU 54-10 as a four-point road underdog. It was a result that very few people saw coming. BYU looks for some serious revenge this Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
The USC Trojans started the season at the top of the polls, but the amazing play of Alabama has bumped them back to number two. USC has showed their offensive firepower in both of their first two victories this year. Stanford lost their star quarterback, and there are a lot of questions about how good this team can be in 2012. The Cardinal host the Trojans this weekend in a huge PAC 12 Conference matchup.
Matt Barkley came into the season as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and he hasn’t done anything to hurt that status in his first two games.
The Texas Longhorns are bouncing back from their brutal season a couple years ago. Texas went 8-5 last year, and the Longhorns have been impressive in consecutive wins to start the 2012 season. Mississippi has a new coach in Hugh Freeze. The Rebels have started the season 2-0, but it has been against subpar competition. This is the team’s first real test of the 2012 season.
Texas has primarily gone with David Ash as their quarterback this year. Case McCoy has seen limited action as well, but it seems the coaches are most comfortable with Ash under center.