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


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