Tag Archives: ncaa
Miami of Florida has moved into the Top 25 for the first time in more than two years but to stay there they will have to win at Georgia Tech on Thursday. If the Hurricanes can upset the Yellow Jackets they would virtually clinch the ACC Coastal Division since all they would then need is a win against last place NC State next week. Miami is not getting ahead of themselves though.
Top Ranked Alabama will look to remain unbeaten as they host Mississippi State on Saturday. The Tide did not play well against the Bulldogs last year but the two teams are vastly different this season. Mississippi State is just playing out the string while the Crimson Tide are playing for a national title.
The Florida Gators will look to continue their march to the National Championship game as they host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday. Florida is ranked #3 in the country but if they win their remaining games this season and then the SEC Championship game against Alabama they will play in the BCS Championship game. Florida will be facing a South Carolina team on Saturday that has won six of their last seven.
Florida State will look to stay atop the ACC standings as they host Boston College on Saturday. The Seminoles have been winning because of their strong running attack that is averaging 205.2 yards per game. “It’s amazed me that we’ve been able to run the numbers we have,” coach Bobby Bowden said. “It’s amazed me. But I sure hope we keep it up because it’s probably a very big key on that offense, no doubt about it.”
The battle for the top spot in the ACC Coastal Division is on the line Thursday as Miami of Florida hosts Virginia Tech. Both teams come into the game at 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. ESPN will televise what should be an excellent Thursday night matchup.
Florida will look to clinch the SEC East Division and keep impressing pollsters as they travel to Nashville on Saturday to play Vanderbilt. The Gators have defeated Vanderbilt the last 17 times the two teams have played and they are heavily favored to do so again on Saturday.
The two top teams in the Pac-10 get together on Saturday when #21 California visits #7 USC. The Trojans have won a share of the last six Pac-10 titles. Since getting upset by Oregon State, the Trojans have rolled over opponents including shutting out three of the last four. That may not be saying much though considering Washington and Washington State are not much better than high school teams this season.
The Big 12 gets the spotlight again on Saturday night as #2 Texas Tech hosts #8 Oklahoma State in a game televised on ABC. The Red Raiders defeated Texas last week and soared in the polls and now they are #2 in the BCS standings. They can’t afford a letdown though as a very talented Oklahoma State team comes to town.
Alabama will try and clinch the West Division title of the SEC and a spot in the championship game as they travel to face LSU on Saturday. The Crimson Tide is ranked #1 in the nation but they face a serious test at LSU in what should be a wild atmosphere. Alabama head coach Nick Saban returns to LSU for the first time.
The biggest matchup of the season for teams outside BCS conferences takes place on Saturday as #8 Utah hosts #12 TCU. Only one team outside of the BCS is guaranteed a spot in the BCS bowl games if they are in the top 12 in the country so the loser of this game is out. “You always want to play in the big arena,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Utah is a good football team – lot better at home. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We have to get everyone healed up and ready to go.”