Like the series finale of "Breaking Bad," last weekend's college football slate was fantastic. With its victory over LSU, Georgia firmly planted its flag in the national title hunt. Alabama rolled Ole Miss, Notre Dame disappointed, Ohio State balled hard and Oklahoma State laid a major egg versus West Virginia.
This week there are numerous matchups featuring ranked teams, including one right in our backyard between 16th-ranked Northwestern and fourth-ranked Ohio State.
Ladies, get all primped because dreamboat Kirk Herbstreit and "College GameDay" are in Evanston for the first time since the 1995 Rose Bowl season. On top of that it's homecoming, so the Wildcats faithful should be going nuts like Oprah just gave them a car.
Northwestern has taken care of the schedule in front of them, even if it hasn't been daunting. Ohio State is coming off an emotionally charged victory against Wisconsin in which everyone remembered how good Braxton Miller really is.
Will there be any letdown for the Buckeyes, or will Urban Meyer have them ready?
If the Wildcats have any chance, they are going to have to stop Miller and Ohio State's offense, and that is no small task. Ohio State is second in the nation in passing touchdowns and Northwestern ranks 117th out of 123 teams in passing yards allowed per game. Ohio State also ranks 12th in the nation in rushing yards per game. Rut ro.
>> Another team that has plenty of offense is Northern Illinois. The 4-0 Huskies are averaging 43.3 points per game and are the homecoming matchup this week for Kent State.
Good luck with that, Golden Flashes.
NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch has been phenomenal yet again and is going to leave Kent State alumni not so happy. At least they'll get to see a lot of points.
>> Maryland Terrapins fans are very happy right now. Their squad is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2008. They head to Tallahassee to take on "Famous Jameis" Winston and the Florida State Seminoles.
Winston went HAM again last week to the tune of 330 yards passing and four TDs. The Seminoles offense drops it like it's hot and even though Maryland is winning with defense, it hasn't seen an offense like this.
Florida State plays Clemson next in a matchup that reminds me of the ACC version of Hulk Hogan taking on Macho Man Randy Savage. The Mega Powers collide. Florida State had better be careful to not look past Maryland, as a loss at home to an inferior opponent will crush their national title hopes.
>> If not for "GameDay" being in Evanston, the game I'm most excited about is 15th-ranked Washington taking on fifth-ranked Stanford.
Last year an unranked Huskies squad shocked eighth-ranked Stanford, so you know revenge is on the mind of the Cardinal.
I've been high on Washington this year and this will be a gigantic test. Running back Bishop Sankey leads the nation in rushing. Last week he carried 40 times for 161 yards, so you know the Cardinal will gett a healthy dose of him.
Stanford is 1B to Oregon's 1A and is seen as the cream of the Pac-12 crop. Quarterback Kevin Hogan is 9-0 as a starter and leads a well-rounded Stanford offense that hasn't had a problem scoring. It's national title or bust for Stanford, so this is just one of many key victories they need to accomplish their goal.
The Pac-12 is getting some love as being the conference that could rival the SEC for supremacy this year. The outcome of this game will tell us a lot about the makeup of the conference and if it really is as solid as people think.
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