Well most of the college football world is focused on the huge match up a week away. But don't forget about the game of this week. You wont find it featured in a BCS conference. In fact it's not even on the radar of most college fans. But it's here and it's big. The Fargodome. It's the 3rd ranked Bison hosting the 2nd ranked Panthers. It's Missouri Valley Football, yeah its not just a basketball conference, and it's a potential championship preview. It's crazy but at 3pm we"ll be tuning in a a game that not many in the Bible Belt cares about. Thank you Internet. Go Panthers!
Last week we struggled through a 4-4 weekend. We didn't lose, but we didn't add to the pot for the Bowl Week Extravaganza. That's O.K. Most people are focused on the Big 12, cough cough, this week and they have a great tilt featuring Mizzou-A&M, Oklahoma-K State, Baylor-Okie St, and the Cyclowns-Texas Tech. Sorry added that last game as a joke. The smart money has us looking at the Big 10.
Here's the 6 Pack O' Pix Legends and Leaders style. Really hope the Big 10 brass decide on a name change, it's...lame.
Michigan St had a ridiculous hail mary TD catch last week and they are apparently much better that we gave them credit for. Sparty has knocked off Ohio St, Michigan, and Wisconsin in their last three games and a win in Lincoln wraps up most tiebreakers for the trip in Indy. Nebraska has a glaring weakness, it's called Martinez Passing. Everything I see points to the Spartans, so I'm going with the Huskers at home. Crazy, just f*ckin crazy.
Northwestern is the most dangerous 0-4 conference team around. Every game has been close. Persa is probable it looks like. Indiana's defense is bad, allowing 33 points a game. They'll surprise someone this season, just not the Wildcats.
Purdue has surprised folks during the conference games after completely stinking up their non-conference schedule. The Boilermakers need to contain DenardX, not sure if that's still his Twitter handle or not, as he's racked up 700 yards on the ground already this season. Michigan's defense is better under Hoke, Purdue won't be able to keep pace.
Bucky Badger is pissed. They lost on a fluke play. Brutus Buckeye is licking his wounds after an abrasive off season. We're looking at a night game at the Shoe, on Halloween no doubt, it's gonna be good. The Badgers ride their running game and run the Buckeyes out of gas. The Badgers cover the points with some late game scoring runs.
Honestly, not sure how the Hogs keep winning this year. They came in under our radar but have climbed up to a top 10 ranking. Vandy has looked good in non-conference games but not so well in the SEC. The Razorbacks like to toss the rock and they do it well. Looks like a double digit win for the Hogs
The Dawg Special. Did we forget about the Trojans? Just because they're on probation? The Trojans kept most of their skilled players but somehow fell off the map. It's still USC, they still have Barkley and all their 5 star recruits. Don't get me wrong, Luck is a stud and Stanford is good. But USC is looking for revenge for the huge upset loss to Stanford a few years ago and they just might repay the favor today.
And the 2 Homers...
Umm, Minnesota has struggled. Really struggled. They even lost to a FCS team. The Gopher defense ranks among the worse in Division I football. Not good when you are looking at a Marcus Coker value meal. Look for the Hawks to pound Coker again and again to open up the passing game. The Hawkeye defense has been miserable this year. They bend and bend and bend; and then break under Norm Parker's no blitz defense. Eventually that defense scheme or Ferentz lack of knowing when to use timeouts will bite the Hawks in the ass. It wont be this week though, as a 45-0 score wont surprise me.
Texas A&M -11
Unfortunately we trying to adapt the Tigers this year with the relocation. And they have continuously disappointed and cost us. But A&M has disappointed more often. Mizzou needs to get T.J. Moe the ball...time out folks, it wont matter. The Tigers have some problems. Why do they line up in shotgun on 1st and goal inside the 5. Tiger's QB Franklin has been inconsistent. We don't expect big things from the Aggies but this week they do enough.
Enjoy the games, enjoy the drinks. Take care, spike your hair. Woo Woo Woo, Broski. Haha.