Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Week 4: High-Powered Trojans Travel to Undefeated Oregon

Wed., Sept. 21 –

Boise State 38, Bowling Green 31 – The 0-2 Broncos return to the blue field against a more than formidable opponent in the high-powered Falcons.

Thurs., Sept. 22 –

Utah 27, Air Force 26 – The Utes gave up 228 yards rushing in last week’s loss to TCU; the Air Force triple option beckons after a tough 29-28 defeat at the hands of Wyoming.

Fri., Sept. 23 –

#22 Iowa State 34, Army 12 – Cyclones QB Bret Meyer should pick apart the Cadets as he is completing 67.7% of his passes in the Storm’s 2-0 start.

#13 Cal 55, New Mexico State 14 – Jeff Tedford’s transitioning Bears haven’t missed a beat and will roll against an Aggies squad that is trying to run Hal Mumme’s pass offense with players recruited for the triple option.

Sat., Sept. 24 –

#1 Southern Cal 42, #24 Oregon 24 –Matt Leinart and Kellen Clemens are two of the top QBs in the nation, but Trojans have more weaponry and stingier defense.

#3 LSU 24, #10 Tennessee 13 – Vols need to figure out ways to put ball in the end zone against diversified Tigers offense.

#8 Ohio State 26, #22 Iowa 16 – Hawkeyes are short-handed without QB Drew Tate although their rushing game has improved over last season, yielding 5.5 yards per carry.

Minnesota 28, #11 Purdue 26 – The Gophers’ first test as the Boilers; physicality on defense will be tested by Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney, who averages 7.2 yards per carry.

#12 Miami 33, Colorado 14 – Hurricanes step out of conference with easier matchup that anticipated.

#17 Michigan State 34, Illinois 17 – Spartans need to mentally rebuild after grueling OT win at Notre Dame; Illini seem improved after playing Cal tough for three quarters.

#23 Virginia 38, Duke 7 – Confidence building win for UVa at Syracuse comes on last second FG.

South Carolina 30, Troy 10 – Trojans are the panacea USC needs after being ravaged for over 300 yards by Alabama’s rush offense.

Northwestern 28, Penn State 24 - NU QB Brett Basanez and PSU’s Michael Robinson could pull off an intriguing aerial show.

NC State 20, North Carolina 9 – Struggling Tar Heels offense finds no sympathy from Wolfpack defense.

Boston College 24, Clemson 20 – Eagles miscues handed Florida State a 28-17 victory last week; BC’s rushing defense should make Clemson one-dimensional.

West Virginia 34, East Carolina 14 – Mounties rushed for 301 in win over Maryland while ECU gave up 407 yards rushing in loss at Wake Forest.

Ole Miss 30, Wyoming 27 – Rebels overcame a 21-point deficit at Vandy only to lose; Wyoming could be in the MWC driver’s seat.

Kansas State 37, North Texas 20 – The Purple Cats get a reprieve against a UNT team many thought would be stronger on the ground than they have shown.

#4 Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 14 – GT QB Reggie Ball should be ready to go, but the Jackets will get a huge dose of reality against balanced Hokies.

Auburn 49, Western Kentucky 7 – Tigers are still getting ablutions for the loss to GT with their second inferior opponent in a row.

TCU 34, BYU 19 – Cougars have no answer for TCU’s rush offense.

#5 Florida 37, Kentucky 14 – Gators hit the road after impressive defensive showing in 16-7 win vs. Tennessee.

#16 Notre Dame 31, Washington 17 – Ironically, UW coach Tyrone Willingham faces his former suitor and in time, he will have the Dawgs in position to compete in these types of matchups.

#20 Alabama 34, Arkansas 16 – The Tide should control the line of scrimmage again this week.

Wake Forest 28, Maryland 17 – What would Ralph Friedgen give to have Chris Barclay or Micah Andrews as his feature back?

#14 Michigan 24, Wisconsin 14 – The Badgers need to come up with another weapon on offense that Brian Calhoun to have a shot vs. balanced Wolverines.

Marshall 26, Central Florida 17 – The Herd needs to find a rushing attack to go with WRs Wilbur Hargrove and Hiram Moore.

#9 Louisville 45, South Florida 20 – Brian Brohm and Michael Bush of the Cards are too much for a Bulls offense that must ride RB Andre Hall to whatever opportunities they can muster.

#19 Texas Tech 70, Indiana State 14 – Red Raiders rung up 80 on inferior Sam Houston State; their second I-AA opponent in as many weeks tests the patience of those wanting to respect this high-powered squad.

Tulsa 33, Memphis 30 – Tulsa’s Brandon Diles and Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams make up one of the better backfield matchups of the week.

Vandy 35, Richmond 10 – QB Jay Cutler is pushing the ‘Dores toward a bowl bid.

Houston 30, So. Miss 26 – UH has enough firepower at home to edge Jeff Bower’s defense.

#7 Georgia 24, Mississippi State 6 – Georgia RBs Thomas Brown and Danny Ware are each averaging over 6 yards per carry.

San Diego State 31, San Jose State 28 – Aztecs RB Lynell Hamilton should provide enough of a boost; otherwise, SDSU is looking at a long season.

Navy 41, Rice 17 – What is the over/under on the number of forward passes thrown in this game?

UNLV 30, Utah State 17 – Rebs’ passing attack only accounted for 58 yards vs. Nevada; there should be no follow up problems as the Aggies gave up 510 total yards in week 2 loss at Utah.

Tulane 37, SMU 17 – Wave QB Lester Richard should have a field day.

New Mexico 35, UTEP 28 – Lobos RB Dontrell Moore could have a field day against a Miners defense that gave up 183 yards on the ground in OT win over Houston.

Arizona State 40, Oregon State 21 – Sun Devils QB Sam Keller could pick up where
U of L’s Brian Brohm left off in torching the Beavers’ secondary.


Hawaii 44, Idaho 17 – Warriors pick up first win against rebuilding Vandals.

Week 3 - 29-8 - 78.4%
Overall - 85-32 - 73%

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