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


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