Thursday, October 27, 2005

#3 Hokies Face First Stern Test in BC

Thurs., Oct. 27 –

#3 Virginia Tech 31, #13 Boston College 17 – The Eagles have the mentality and physical capability to go to Blacksburg and pull the upset, but in the end, the Hokies have more depth and speed.

Fri., Oct. 28 –

Colorado State 31, New Mexico 30 – If anyone is to catch TCU in the MWC, it would appear to be one of these clubs; CSU QB Justin Holland has 18 TD passes while UNM QB Kole McCamey has 12 and Lobos RB Dontrell Moore has found the end zone on 10 occasions.

Sat., Oct. 29 –

#6 Miami 35, North Carolina 10 – The Hurricanes were upset in Chapel Hill last year and lightning will not strike twice as QB Kyle Wright has improved with each game.

Minnesota 24, #12 Ohio State 20 – Penn State held Gophers RB Laurence Maroney to 48 yards rushing in Happy Valley and this is not likely to happen again this season; OSU will have to win this one with offense.

#15 Wisconsin 44, Illinois 13 – The Illini have given up 46 points per game in their last five outings while the Badgers have kept pace for the Big 10 title.

Michigan State 30, Indiana 14 – The Spartans are reeling after back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Northwestern and need a quick start to keep Indiana from gaining any confidence.

Wake Forest 34, Duke 14 – Both teams are steered by their ground games as WFU has too much in the backfield for Duke’s defensive front.

Southern Miss 24, NCST 17 – The quarterback position will dictate the winner of this game as USM’s Dustin Almond, 14 TD passes and a 56.8% completion rate, is head and shoulders above anyone the Wolfpack ahs to call signals.

Nebraska 20, Oklahoma 17 – OU’s struggles make this game more competitive than it has been in several years.

Syracuse 16, Cincinnati 10 – RB Damien Rhodes should be able to key the Syracuse attack at home.

#17 Texas Tech 41, Baylor 20 – The Red Raiders’ passing attack features four receivers with 36 receptions or more against a Baylor team that yielded 37 points to offensively challenged Oklahoma.

#19 Auburn 27, Ole Miss – 10 – This one will not come down to the kicking game which cost AU against LSU as John Vaughn missed five, count’em five FGs, in last week’s 20-17 loss in Baton Rouge.

Miami (OH) 42, Temple 12 – Red Hawks QB Josh Betts and RB Brandon Murphy should have big days.

Missouri 34, Kansas 12 – The Tigers are streaking to next week’s big 12 North showdown against Colorado behind QB Brad Smith who had 480 total yards in last week’s 41-24 win over Nebraska.

East Carolina 24, Central Florida 21 – Great coaching jobs by Skip Holtz and George O’Leary as the Golden Knight still share the CUSA East lead with Southern Miss while ECU is one game back.

Colorado 42, Kansas State 14 – The Buffaloes are getting prolific passing performances from QB Joe Klatt as he has 10 TD passes against only one interception in the last four games.

#5 Alabama 45, Utah State 7 – Tune ups against the Aggies and Mississippi State set Alabama up for a Nov. 12 showdown with LSU in Tuscaloosa.

Boise State 45, Nevada 34 – Reno has won three in a row behind a running attack spurred by B.J. Mitchell and a consistent passing game, led by Jeff Rowe, but BSU has too many weapons on the blue field.

#1 USC 48, Washington State 23 – As if the Trojans needed any extra motivation, falling to second on the BCS computer will improve their focus even more against a WSU team that has lost its last three games by a combined 10 points.

#16 Florida 23, #4 Georgia 16 – No D.J. Shockley could mean a little extra cocktail action for the Georgia faithful.

#10 Florida State 41, Maryland 17 – The Seminoles know that their ACC championship game hopes rest on every matchup after their debacle in Charlottesville; Look for a nasty Seminole defense and a refocused Drew Weatherford at QB.

#11 Penn State 34, Purdue 17 – Michael Robinson’s athletic prowess is the last thing the defensively challenged Boilermakers, who have lost their last five, need to see.

Georgia Tech 21, Clemson 17 – The Jackets should be able to control this one on the ground with P.J. Daniels and Tashad Choice.

Rutgers 34, Navy 20 – The Knights could be looking at an 8-3 season with three remaining home games around a tough trip to Louisville.

Texas A&M 28, Iowa State 20 – QB Reggie McNeal is more of a threat on the run than in the passing game as he has quietly led A&M to a 5-2 record.

Oregon State 27, Arizona 17 – Matt Moore has already thrown for over 2,000 yards and the beavers eagerly await the last part of the season where they see four winnable games that would give them eight wins.

UTEP 51, Rice 19 – The Miners could see an avalanche of points against the lame-duck Owls.

#8 UCLA 48, Stanford 14 – The undefeated Bruins total 440 yards and 44.4 ppg. as they seem to be on a collision course with USC on Dec. 3.

Arizona State 42, Washington 17 - The Sun Devils have not recovered since their more than respectable loss to USC, but Sam Keller should regain his composure an offensive ways against a weak huskies secondary.

#2 Texas 59, Oklahoma State 10 - The Longhorns may stampede offenseless OSU with a ground game that averages nearly 300 yards per outing.

#21 Northwestern 34, #25 Michigan 31 - Wildcats QB Brett Basanez has thrown himself into Heisman conversations as he has completed 87 of 121 passes with 8 TDs and 0 interceptions in the Cats' three-game winning streak.

#22 Fresno State 48, Hawaii 24 - The Warriors have no answers for the balanced Bulldogs' offense.

Kentucky 17, Mississippi State 16 - The Wildcats have to win one game against D-1 competion.....don't they?

Louisiana Tech 41, San Jose State 30 - The Bulldogs have a winnable three-game stretch against SJSU, Utah State, and Idaho before finishing with Boise State and Fresno State.

#23 Tennessee 23, South Carolina 17 - The Gamecocks have the defense to take this game to the third quarter, especially since UT stillhasn't discovered a "go-to niche" in its offensive attack.

#7 LSU 55, North Texas 14 - The Bayou Bengals enjoy their first tune up before a Nov. 12 showdown with Alabama.

#20 TCU 41, San Diego State 23 - The Horned Frogs boast one of the most efficient offenses in the nation, led by the RB Tandem of Robert Merrill and Aaron Brown.

New Mexico State 20, Idaho 16 - Aggies coach Hal Mumme should get his first win as the Vandals are ourscored by nearly 20 ppg. while the Aggies are outscored by 24.6 ppg.

Overall - 250-84
Last week - 36-5

Thursday, October 20, 2005

LSU-Auburn; Tennessee-Bama Give Perspective to SEC

Thurs., Oct. 20 –

#3 Virginia Tech 28, Maryland 13 – This is a revenge game for Terps’ coach Ralph Friedgen as he remembers the 55-6 drubbing that Tech handed the Terps in Blacksburg last season.

Fri., Oct. 21 –

So. Miss 28, UAB 21 – The Blazers are reeling after back-to-back one point losses to SMU and Marshall and they need this one to cast themselves back in the CUSA South race.

Sat., Oct. 22 –

#4 Georgia 34, Arkansas 19 – The Bulldogs could be on a collision course with Alabama to be the first undefeated pair to meet in the SEC title game.

#14 Ohio State 23, Indiana 14 – Any less offensive production and the Bucks could be sweating in the fourth quarter against the improved Hoosiers.

#22 Michigan State 35, Northwestern 27 – The offensive-minded Spartans have the running game behind Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick to control the clock, put points on the board, and outlast gutty Brett Basanez and the Wildcats.

Virginia 24, North Carolina 17 – The Cavaliers should not be living on last week’s upset of Florida State as Carolina has had two weeks to prepare after an embarrassing 69-14 loss at Louisville.

Iowa 20, Michigan 17 – Hawks QB Drew Tate has 7 TD passes against 1 interception in their three game winning streak.

Missouri 28, Nebraska 23 – The homefield could be the difference in an even battle for first place in the Big 12 North.

Clemson 44, Temple 6 – Rookie RB James Davis is out for a month with a wrist injury for Clemson, but that will not matter against the worst team in the Division I-A ranks.

Iowa State 31, Oklahoma State 17 – The underachieving Cyclones finally get a big 12 win.

Ole Miss 19, Kentucky 16 – The Rebels’ defense should be able to hold down the mistake prone Wildcats.

Kansas State 27, Texas A&M 26 – The two biggest enigmas in Big 12 play should stage in interesting confrontation.

#9 Notre Dame 38, BYU 17 – The Irish offense is clicking on all cylinders behind QB Brady Quinn, who has completed 63.6% of his throws with 14 TD tosses; BYU QB John Beck has rallied the Cougars to two wins after a 1-3 start.

Houston 34, Mississippi State 20 – The Cougars had major problems with the Memphis rushing game last week, but should be able to score enough for a win over an SEC opponent on the road.

TCU 33, Air Force 23 – The Frogs have won five in a row since their embarrassing loss to SMU as they are the one undefeated team in MWC play.

Wyoming 27, Colorado State 24 – The Pokes have had problems against the run in loss to New Mexico and TCU in the last two weeks and will have to stop CSU’s Kyle Bell to pick up the ‘W’.

Rutgers 27, UConn 14 – The Huskies have lots of QB injury problems and will start a third stringer in freshman Dennis Brown this week.

Tulsa 33, SMU 21 – The Golden Hurricane have designs on the first ever CUSA title game and sophomore QB Paul Smith should be able to riddle the Ponies’ pass defense.

#1 USC 45, Washington 17 – No let down for "America’s Team" after the last second victory in South Bend.

#2 Texas 38, #10 Texas Tech 21 – A battle of the Longhorns’ physical rush offense and the Red Raiders high flying pass offense.

#5 Alabama 26, #17 Tennessee 13 – The Philip Fulmer Bowl sees the Vols at Alabama for the first time since Crimson Tide faithful objected mightily to Fulmer’s NCAA depositions concerning the Tide.

#11 Florida State 48, Duke 7 – A tough spot for the overmatched Blue Devils after FSU’s first loss of the season came last week at Virginia.

#19 Wisconsin 28, Purdue 20 – Surprisingly the Boilers are 0-3 and on the bottm of the Big 10 while UW is riding high, tied atop the league after blocking a punt inside of 30 seconds to defeat Minnesota.

Wake Forest 23, NC State 20 – The Deacons should be able to run on the undisciplined Wolfpack and eek out a close win.

Memphis 34, East Carolina 23 – CUSA East has lots of parity and at 6.9 yards per carry on average, DeAngelo Williams and the Tigers rushing game should push them up further in the standings.

South Carolina 28, Vandy 24 – The winner here has a good shot at six wins and a bowl bid.

#24 Fresno State 59, Idaho 17 – In their first season in the WAC, the Vandals do not have the studs to compete with Pat Hill’s club.

Arizona State 37, Stanford 20 – The Sun Devils desperately need this road win as they were outplayed in last week’s 31-17 home loss to Oregon.

Hawaii 34, San Jose State 30 – The Spartans have lost five in a row and cannot stop anybody while Hawaii was thoroughly embarrassed in last week’s loss at Louisiana Tech.

Navy 30, Rice 19 – the Mids take a three-game winning streak on the road in less than hostile territory against the 0-5 Owls.

Boise State 44, Utah State 14 – This may be Boise State’s most balanced offense as the Aggies are way overmatched.

#8 UCLA 38, Oregon State 28 – The Bruins came from behind for the third week in a row as they erased a 21-point lead to stop Washington State 44-41 in OT last week.

#12 Penn State 34, Illinois 13 – Losing WR Derrick Williams for the season may eventually hurt JoePa, but this week against challenged Illinois, the Lions should continue tied for the Big 10 lead.

#15 Oregon 28, Arizona 14 – Cats offense is no match for the high-flying Ducks.

Colorado 31, Kansas 20 – The Buffs have a good chance to run the table, finish 9-2, win the Big 12 North, and rematch with…ugh, Texas (who pounded them 42-17 last week) in the big 12 title game.

Oklahoma 30, Baylor 13 – Injuries to Adrian Petersen have compounded a trying year for Sooners coach Bob Stoops.

Utah 27, UNLV 12 – The 3-4 Utes are light years away from last year’s BCS appearance.

#7 LSU 24, #16 Auburn 23 – Easily the game of the weekend and if Auburn can establish a running game and take the Bayou Bengals crowd out of the contest, Tommy Tuberville can start thinking about a possible showdown with Alabama for a berth in Atlanta at the SEC title game.

UTEP 38, Marshall 17 – The Miners are in a dogfight with Tulsa for CUSA West supremacy and a berth in the first ever title game.

New Mexico 24, San Diego State 21 – The winner could get a shot at a minor bowl.

#25 Cal 31, Washington State 21 – Both teams are struggling as Cal has not lost three in a row since 2001.

OVERALL - 214-79
LAST WEEK - 30-14

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Trojans' Latest Challenge Involves Trip to South Bend

Thurs., Oct. 13 -

NCST 20, Clemson 17 - Both of these teams need a win to keep their seasons from being a wash.

Fri., Oct. 14 -

UTEP 45, Tulane 17 - The Miners have had two weeks to get over their 27-20 loss at Memphis where they had six turnovers, four in the red zone.

Sat., Oct. 15 -

Alabama 27, Ole Miss 10 - The Crimson Tide is too physical up front on both sides of the ball to expect the Rebels to suddenly find offensive continuity.

Texas Tech 44, Kansas State 17 - The Red Raiders are atop the nation's offensive charts while K-State in ninth in the nation in pass defense at only 151 per game; both of these numbers were aided against inferior competion.

BC 34, Wake 17 - Too much balance in an Eagles offense to lose to a WFU squad that lives and dies with the run.

#16 Ohio State 23, #15 Michigan State 17 - With this game at the Horseshoe, it pits MSU's top rated pass offense, led by QB Drew Stanton's 314 passing yards per game, against an OSU defense that gives up only 13.6 ppg and 182 passing yards, second in the Big 10.

#23 Wisconsin 34, #22 Minnesota 31 - Although these are two of the top rushing teams in the country, this could be a high-soaring affair that will come down to whether Minnesota QB Bryan Cupito or UW's John Stocco has the best day.

Rutgers 30, Syracuse 17 - It is doubtful that the offensively challenged Orange have enough to keep up with improving Rutgers.

Air Force 27, UNLV 16 - Rebels are improving, but the falcons have their yes on the MWC title, even after the loss to Colorado State.

#7 Miami 55, Temple 10 - Miami has lots of tuneups on the way to the Nov. 5 showdown at Virginia Tech.
Purdue 42, Northwestern 27 - Boilermakers QB Brandon Kirsch should have afield day against a Northwestern defense that gives up 308 passing yards per outing.


Missouri 35, Iowa State 20 - The Tigers are seventh in the nation in total offense while QB Brad Smith has rebounded nicely from last season, averaging 340.4 total yards per games.

South Florida 27, Pitt 23 - The Bulls are thinking bowl and a win at Pitt would go a long way to solidifying their goals.

SMU 21, East Carolina 20 - The Mustangs took a 28-27 win on a Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game while ECU plucked the Rice Owls, 41-28; both teams are showing promise.

Wyoming 33, New Mexico 24 - The Pokes should be able to dictate this one with the pass and get back into MWC title conversations.

#1 USC 41, #9 Notre Dame 27 - The Trojans have outscored ND 130-37 in the last three meetings and again, they have too much speed and athleticism to lose to the Irish.

#2 Texas 35, #24 Colorado 17 - The Longhorns need a fast start as they rush for an average of 288 yards per game while CU's run-stop is sixth in the nation, allowing only 77.6 yards per game.

Michigan 24, #8 Penn State 20 - The 3-3 Wolverines are due a big win and Penn State might be resting on the laurels of the win over Ohio State last week at home.

#10 LSU 28, #11 Florida 17 - The Tigers will try to create physical mismatches with their running game against the Gator's defensive front, which will dictate the game altogether UF is one in the SEC in passing and LSU is 12th against the pass on defense.

#18 Cal 48, Oregon State 21 - The Bears and QB Joesph Ayoob will feats on the Beavers' last place pass defense which gives up 349.2 yards per game.

#19 Louisville 31, West Virginia 20 - With the game in Morgantown, the Mountaineers would have had a shot at an upset if South Florida hadn't gotten U of L's attention two weeks ago.

#20 Oregon 38, Washington 16 - The Ducks' Kellen Clemens and UW's Isaiah Stanback have been strong all season; Clemens just has more weapons to work with.

Georgia Tech 34, Duke 6 - Jackets WR Calvin Johnson should have a huge day.

Texas A&M 28, Oklahoma State 20 - OSU is last in the Big 12 against the run while the underachieving Aggies register 206.4 yards on the ground per night.

Tulsa 34, Rice 14 - The Golden Hurricanes are one of CUSA's surprises and QB Paul Smith should have a field day against a week Owls secondary.

UConn 38, Cincinnati 14 - The Huskies should be able to use their balance to take advantage of a young Cincinnati defense that has not gained any consistency all year.

Florida Atlantic 27, Middle Tenn. State 16 - FAU catches the Blue Raiders at home and without much of a scoring offense.

Nevada 45, La. Tech 34 - A third WAC bowl team could evolve out of this matchup.

Houston 35, Memphis 24 - Tigers RB DeAngelo Williams averages 177 yards rushing , but the UH offense behind QB Kevin Kolb will have the upper hand in one of the weekend's more intriguing games.

UAB 35, Marshall 19 - The Blazers need to rebound after last week's surprising last second loss to SMU.

#12 UCLA 31, Washington State 17- The Coogs give up only 2.8 yards per carry, but that will be tested by UCLA RB Maurice Drew.

#4 Florida State 37, Virginia 17 - Cavaliers' season is on the line as they have lost their last two; FSU QB Drew Weatherford has improved each week and could riddle a Virginia defense that gives up 378.2 yards per game, 11th in the ACC.

#21 Auburn 31, Arkansas 14 - Tigers continue to fly under the radar after their embarrassing week one loss to Ga. Tech.

Arizona 24, Stanford 14 - The Wildcats are last in the Pac 10 in rush offense and rush defense, but QB Richard Kovalcheck will should be able to pass on a Stanford defense that gives up 8.1 yards per pass play, ninth in the Pac 10.

#25 TCU 45, Army 14 - The Frogs are having great success in year one of their MWC tenure.

Nebraska 20, Baylor 13 - Bill Callahan's squad must be on guard for a possible upset against the surprising 4-1 Bears.

Utah 31, San Diego State 13 - The Utes are unaccustomed to being 1-2 after three in the MWC.

Oklahoma 26, Kansas 21 - Jayhawks QB Brian Luke could have a shot at an upset as OU is 11th in the Big 12 against the pass.

So. Miss 23, Central Florida 13 - Nice QB matchup in USM's Dustin Almond and UCF's Stephen Moffett; The Golden Knights are a surprising 2-0 in CUSA wars.

#5 Georgia 30, Vandy 10 - The Bulldogs need a quick start to take any ideas Vandy has about an upset out of the equation.

Boise State 48, San Jose State 14 - The Broncos have won three in a row after an 0-2 start as they have been able to dominate the line of scrimmage with RBs Ian Johnson and Lee Marks.

Colorado State 45, BYU 38 - QBs Justin Holland and John Beck should stage a shootout.

Fresno State 52, Utah State 14 - The Bulldogs are rolling toward the WAC title behind a balanced offense from QBPaul Pinegar and RB Bryson Summerlin.

Hawaii 44, New Mexico State 13 - Hal Mumme's rebuilding continues while June Jones and the Warriors try to get back into the WAC race.

Last week - 33-15
Overall - 184-65

Thursday, October 06, 2005

CFB, Week 6: Can Mack Brown Finally Lead Texas Past OU?

Thursday, Oct. 6 –

#24 Georgia Tech 23, NCST 14 – Tech WR Calvin Johnson should win his matchups vs. the Wolfpack secondary although they only give up 155 passing yards per game.

Friday, Oct. 7 –

UConn 31, Syracuse 21 – Orange are having problems putting points on the board and may have to outscore UConn to win.

Saturday, Oct. 8-

SEC-

#13 Florida 27, Mississippi State 10 – No hang over for Gators from 31-3 loss to Alabama as this game comes at the right time.

South Carolina 24, Kentucky 21 – Steve Spurrier says this is an even matchup; if SC QB Blake Mitchell isn’t able to play, Cats could sneak out of town with a win.


Ole Miss 31, Citadel 12 – An impressive victory, even over a I-AA team, is what Ed Orgeron’s struggling offense needs.


#8 Tennessee 23, #5 Georgia 17 – Whoever controls the ground game will win this epic battle.

#11 LSU 30, Vandy 17 – Commodores were upset by Middle Tennessee last week and will see a tremendous talent differential between the Tigers and their first five opponents.

Arkansas 51, UL Monroe 10 – Razorbacks need a break from league play and should flatten the outmanned Indians with their running attack.

ACC –

#3 Virginia Tech 49, Marshall 10 – This could be a TKO in the first as Marcus Vick has 9 TDs vs. 1 int. and averages 202 total yards per game.

#4 Florida State 35, Wake Forest 13 – Seminoles allow only 73 yards rushing per game which could stymie Wake backs Micah Andrews and Chris Barclay.

#18 BC 28, Virginia 14 – Stopping the run will be BC’s objective as they are number one in the league, allowing only 53 yards on the ground while UVa rushes at a 176 yards rushing per game clip.

Maryland 45, Temple 7 – Terps found offense in last week’s win over Virginia and that success should carry over.

#9 Miami 41, Duke 10 – Good opportunity for the ‘Canes to pad their stats.

Big East –

Pitt 31, Cincinnati 7 – Even the underachieving Panthers should be able to finally ring up a big win against league’s worst offense and defense.

West Va. 28, Rutgers 21 – Mountaineers’ QBs should be able to mature against a Rutgers pass defense that gives up 397 yards per game.

#24 Louisville 33, North Carolina 21 – Cardinals allow only 2.4 yards per carry which should help them stop Barrington Edwards and UNC’s offense.

Big 12 –

#2 Texas 24, Oklahoma 7 – If the Sooners are to have a shot, they need to clean up their (-2) turnover ratio and win this with defense.

Kansas 27, Kansas State 21 – Slowing down KSU RB Thomas Clayton is a must for the Jayhawks.

Iowa State 26, Baylor 12 – Both teams are coming off close losses, but ISU has more options than the Bears.

Missouri 31, Oklahoma State 10 – Pokes have trouble scoring and stopping the run, which is good news for Mizzou QB Brad Smith.

Nebraska 27, Texas Tech 24 – The Cornhuskers remember last year’s 70-10 drubbing in Lubbock and they seem to have the defense to pressure the Red Raiders’ offensive repertoire.

Colorado 30, Texas A&M 20 – Colorado leads the Big 12 in time of possession and should be able to dominate up front with physical RB Hugh Charles.

Big 10 –

Wisconsin 37, Northwestern 20 – Badgers RB Brian Calhoun should see many holes as the Wildcats give up 204 yards rushing per game.

Indiana 21, Illinois 20 – In Bloomington, the Hoosiers should eek out win number four.

Michigan 31, Minnesota 24 – Will the Gophers’ ground attack or the Wolverines’ passing attack rule the afternoon?

Purdue 34, Iowa 27 – Brandon Kirsch should be able to lead Purdue as the Boilermakers’ defense looks for an identity after giving up 49 points at home to Notre Dame last week.

#16 Penn State 19, #6 Ohio State 14 – Nittany Lions’ QB Michael Robinson is a huge challenge for the Buckeyes D as he averages 253 total yards per outing.

PAC 10 –


#1 USC 38, Arizona 6 – The Trojans, who pulled the Houdini Act in wins over Oregon and Arizona State, will need no such theatrics this Saturday.

Washington State 34, Stanford 13 – Wazzu has too much offensive firepower as Cougars RB Jerome Harrison leads the league at 130 yards rushing per game while WR Jason Hill is second in receiving yards at 130.2 per night.

#20 UCLA 28, #10 Cal 24 – One of the week’s top matchups as Cal’s running game has an advantage over UCLA’s run-stop; however, the Bruins are at home and will be focused with the opportunity to knock off a league opponent with a higher ranking.

#17 Arizona State 45, #25 Oregon 31 – Sun Devils QB Sam Keller averages 358 passing yards per game and the Ducks have already given up 11 TDs through the air.

CUSA -

East Carolina 24, Rice 16 - Pirates have improved under Skip Holtz as last week's 33-7 loss is the only contest in which they have been dominated.

Memphis 31, Central Fla. 14 - The Tigers' win over UTEP last week put them back in title conversations.

Houston 33, Tulane 30 - Kevin Kolb and Lester Richard should be fun to watch as the winner gets an early share of first in the CUSA South.

UAB 44, SMU 14 - Blazers should be able to flex muscle with QB Darrell Hackney throwing to receivers Reggie Lindsay and Norris Drinkard.

USM 31, Tulsa 21 - The Golden Eagles' Dustin Almond could be a tough matchup for the Golden Hurricanes.

MWC -

New Mexico 27, BYU 24 - Lobos' RB DonTrell Moore will be the key against improving BYU.

Colorado State 30, Utah 24 - Rams have rebounded nicely from early losses to Colorado and Minnesota.

San Diego State 28, UNLV 17 - Aztecs QB Kevin O'Connel is 44 of 60 with 4 TD passes in the last two SDSU games, both wins.

Wyoming 35, TCU 31 - Winner of this game is in the MWC driver's seat.

Key Matchups from the WAC, MAC, and SBC -

Air Force 34, Navy 20 - Falcons will regroup and take a much needed win in an academy matchup.

Nevada 45, Idaho 14 - Wolf Pack has too many offensive weapons for rebuilding Vandals.

Utah State 31, San Jose State 20 - Spartans hit the road and must gameplan against Aggies dual QB threat Leon Jackson.

Hawaii 34, La. Tech 27 - This is a risky pick with the Warriors traveling so far into the mainland, but the Bulldogs have no running game to establish against UH whiuch should allow the Warriors lots of blitz oppotunities.

Toledo 34, Eastern Mich 21 - Both teams are undefeated in MAC play as the Rockets were wiped out at Fresno State and now must gameplan for another dual threat QB in the Eagles' Matt Bohnet.

Bowling Green 41, Ohio U. 24 - Another pair of undefeated MAC competitors as BGSU should ride Omar Jacobs' arm to an easy win as he already has 17 TD passes in four games.

Fresno State 55, New Mexico State 21 - Aggies will not always be the heavy underdog in this league, but for now FSU has too much speed and too many
weapons.

Last week - 37-8


Overall 151-50