Wednesday, November 02, 2005

#3 Virginia Tech Entertains #5 Miami in Blacksburg Showdown

Thurs., Nov. 3 -

Louisville 34, Pitt 24 - This matchup does not hold the ramifications that many though as Pitt has struggled all season and the Cards have two Big East losses.

Sat., Nov. 5 -

#3 Virginia Tech 27, #5 Miami 17 - The Hurricanes need a fast start to take the VT crowd out of the game; however, this is the best team in the Frank Beamer era and night fall in Blacksburg makes winning doubly tough on opponents.

BC 31, North Carolina 20 - The Eagles and Tar Heels met in last year's Continental Tire Bowl with BC taking a 37-24 win; Multi-talented Will Blackmon is a tough matchup for UNC.

Minnesota 33, Indiana 21 - The Hoosiers have improved but do not have the defense to stop a Minnesota offense that looks to propell its team to bowl eligibility.

Northwestern 31, Iowa 27 - Great QB matchup with NU's Brett Basenez, who looks to rebound after a tough loss to Michigan, and Iowa's Drew Tate, who has recovered after an early season injury while throwing for 1,634 yards.

Rutgers 31, South Florida 10 - The Scarlet Knights and Big East Coach of the Year candidate Greg Schiano are bowl eligible and with their offensive firepower, could improve their stock immeasurably by winning the last three.

Purdue 31, Michigan State 28 - The Boilers are the biggest disappointemnt in the Big 10 and will upset a Spartans club that has not played well since its a loss to Ohio State.

#2 Texas 41, Baylor 17 - The Bears have been good on defense all year, but Vince Young and Ramonce Young are a different challenge to anything Guy Morriss's Bears have faced.

Arkansas 14, South Carolina 13 - War Memorial Stadium is a tough venue and the reeling Razorbacks are young, improving, and 0-4 in the SEC which makes them double dangerous; USC got its signature win in the Steve Spurrier Era at Tennesse and needs a strong effort mentally to take the sixth win of the season.

Auburn 40, Kentucky 14 - Kenny Irons averages 5.6 yards per carry while QB Brandon Cox has thrown only two interceptions since the first game of the season; UK is outmanned although its mentality is better after the 13-7 win over Miss. State.

Clemson 31, Duke 7 - The Tigers could not find the end zone last week vs. Georgia Tech and if they do not take a resounding win here, the noose may tighten around Tommy Bowden's neck.

Nebraska 20, Kansas 14 - The Jayhawks are in the game with most anyone as Mizzou found out in last week's loss; the Cornhuskers continue to throw it with success although Zac Taylor has thrown six interceptions in the last four games, of which nebraska has lost three.

Georgia Tech 26, Wake Forest 23 - The Deacons are more than game for a mild upset, but GT has the studs on defense to neutralize the run and pull out a close win.

Navy 35, Tulane 28 - points should dot the board in a contrast of philosophies behind a Navy rush game that cranks out 263 ypg. and a tulane passing attack behind Lester Richard that has averged 250 per night.

Iowa State 28, Kansas State 17 - Cyclones QB Brett Meyer threw for 371 yards last week in a 42-14 win over A&M; KSU has a better pass defense, but offensively, the Cats can't match the ISU firepower.

#8 Notre Dame 27, Tennessee 10 - The Fighting Irish will score enough behind Brady Quinn to keep the lethargic tennesse offense from threatening; UT has one toudhown in its last two games.

Wyoming 34, Utah 30 - The Cowboys come off a bye week after losing three in a row while Utah snapped a three-game skid with a win over UNLV; Cowboys QB Casey Bramlett should propel them to a tough win in Salt Lake City.

BYU 34, UNLV 14 - Cougars QB John Beck is one of the nation's best kept secrets as he has completed over 70% of his passes in three of the last four games.

Rice 20, SMU 19 - A rivalry that has moved to CUSA sees Quinton Smith have a big day as the Owls pick up their first win of the season.

Boise State 63, New Mexico State 19 - The Broncos will spare no emotion for their newest WAC rival as they are focused on another WAC title.

#4 Alabama 30, Mississippi State 10 - The Tide should roll in another tuneup before next week's battle with LSU.

#9 Florida State 33, NC State 14 - The Wolfpack has been tough on the Seminoles in recent years, but they just do not have enough offense or a QB to complement Drew Weatherford, who has completed 62% of his passes and thrown for over 2,000 yards in his freshman year.

#10 Penn State 20, #14 Wisconsin 17 - This one is for sole possession of the Big 10 lead, so go with the home team.

#12 Ohio State 36, Illinois 13 - The Buckeyes have too much talent in Ted Ginn, Jr., Troy Smith, and Santonio Holmes for rebuilding Illinois.

#23 Cal 38, #15 oregon 34 - A shootout ensues as both teams average nearly 40 ppg. and have QBs in Joesph Ayoob and Kellen Clemens who can strike from anywhere on the field; Cal's ground game is a little more consistent.

#25 Colorado 31, Missouri 17 - RB Hugh Charles is a good complement for Joe Klatt while Missouri's brad Smith doesn't have the complementary player.

Virginia 42, Temple 10 - The disappointing Cavaliers sharpen their collective swords on an Owls team that is arguably the worst in I-A history.

Air Force 33, Army 16 - At 3-5, the Falcons have had consecutive losing seasons for the first time under coach Fisher DeBerry, so a win over a rival service academy should ease the pain for at least one afternoon.

Nevada 40, Hawaii 30 - Wolf Pack QB Jeff Rowe had a tough week with four interceptions in a loss to Boise State; he should rebound nicely against a Warriors defense that gives up the big play.

Arizona State 34, Washington State 31 - The Sun Devils knocked off Washington without QB Sam Keller last week, but have not been the same team since USC rallied in the fourth quarter to knock them off on Oct. 1.

#7 UCLA 30, Arizona 19 - The Bruins are this year's Cardiac kids as they have rallied in the fourth quarter of the last three games to post wins; U of A will start freshman Willie Tuitama, who rallied the Cats past Oregon State last week, at QB in relief of Richard Kovalcheck.

Central Florida 35, Houston 34 - Surprisingly, the Golden Knights continue to lead the CUSA East behind QB Stephen Moffett who has 14 Td passes against only four interceptions as George O'Leary's club has won five of its last six.

Washington 24, Oregon State 23 - UW QB Isaiah Stanbeck will outplay OSU's Matt Moore, who thre six interceptions last week against Arizona as he has 18 on the year.

#16 Texas Tech 48, Texas A&M 21 - The Aggies gave up 371 yards passing to Brett Meyer of Iowa state last week; Imagine Dennis Franchione's delimma in facing Mike Leach's offense.

#20 TCU 30, Colorado State 21 - The Frogs are tough on the ground and should be able to use Robert Merrill and Aaron Brown to grind up the Rams at home.

#13 Florida 24, Vandy 21 - Two of the best QBs in the SEC in Jay Cutler and Chris Leak; the Gators have struggled before in Nashville against Vandy teams with far less talent.

#6 LSU 48, Appalachian State 16 - The Bayou Bengals get a little rest and relaxation before the trip to Tuscaloosa, although ASU is a decent I-AA squad.

#21 Fresno State 48, San Jose State 20 - But for a loss to Oregon, the Bulldogs would be in the same position Utah was in a year ago -- a BCS party crasher!

UTEP 42, TULSA 35 - One of the season's best aerial circuses between the Miners' Jordan Palmer and the Golden Hurricane's Paul Smith.

#1 USC 45, Stanford 14 - Marching toward Pasadena on Jan. 4.

Overall - 276-96
Last week - 26-12


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