After a rather uninspiring college football slate last weekend in which some of the top teams put up a 70-spot on their opposition, it's time to get back to some juicy matchups.
>> Hey Ohio State, welcome to the 2013 season. Up until this point your schedule has been cupcake city. Wisconsin comes a-calling and if this game is anything like years past, we are in for a good one.
Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton has filled in admirably for Braxton Miller, but this is Miller's team. Expect him under center and to be his magnificent self.
Success for the Badgers will depend on their ability to run the ball. The Badgers are third in the nation in rushing yards per game and if they can keep the Ohio State offense off the field, it'll slow the game down.
A victory here is an absolute must for Ohio State if it wants to be in the national title conversation; only two other ranked teams are on its schedule (Northwestern and Michigan). And you wonder why SEC fans are so pompous sometimes.
>> Times are "tough" for Alabama. They are winning by an average of 19 points per game, yet because their offense has been less than a well-oiled machine, they are seen as vulnerable.
It would be ideal if Alabama were scoring on every possession, but when you get a combined five special teams and defensive touchdowns, there's room for error. What makes Alabama so great is when one facet isn't running flawlessly, another picks up the slack. Not many teams can say that.
Alabama takes on an up-and-coming Ole Miss squad that has had an extra week to prepare for this game. In theory that's good, but it's like getting an extra week to study for the bar exam. It helps only so much.
Ole Miss can run like Forrest Gump and has a stout rushing defense, but let's get real. The Rebels are a nice story but aren't beat-Alabama-on-the-road good.
>> Congratulations to Georgia for actually competent opponents early on.
Georgia's opening four games have been harder than figuring out what was in that case in "Ronin." When the Bulldogs take on sixth-ranked LSU, it will be their third top-eight team they've faced.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray has the stigma of not coming through in big games but bucked that trend when he balled hard in a victory over South Carolina. He'll be matched by LSU's Zach Mettenberger, who is blossoming under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
LSU and Georgia might rank in the middle of the pack in the SEC in rushing, but both teams have studs in the backfield. Remember the names Jeremy Hill from LSU and Todd Gurley from Georgia.
This game has major national title implications. With a win Georgia will be sitting pretty, despite its loss to Clemson, and if all else goes well will be looking ahead to a matchup in the SEC title game against Alabama.
For LSU, this is the start of a gauntlet that still has them playing at Alabama and then back in Baton Rouge for Texas A&M.
Games like this are what make college football so fantastic.
>> Speaking of fantastic, time for your weekly propaganda on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. So far he's completed 78 percent of his passes, good for second in the nation.
This week the Seminoles head to Boston College to take on an Eagles squad that just got thrashed by a "who knows what's going on with this team" USC. Expect another Seminoles victory and more brilliance from Winston.
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