Week Two: Friday
Thoughts on who the stars of the weekend will be.
Game of the Week- Texas at Ohio State- Texas quarterback Vince Young will make a push for the Heisman Trophy, while Ohio State's wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. will try to get into the race. Troy Smith and Justin Zwick are battling for the Buckeyes quarterback job. In the Horseshoe at night...it just doesn't get much bigger than this game! The winner becomes the favorite to play USC in the Rose Bowl.
Upset of the Week- Iowa State over Iowa- The Hawkeyes and Cyclones always play close. The Cyclones though are at home, and they are really hungry to knock off the Top Ten Hawkeyes. This may be the most underrated game of the day, but if you want to see a fairly substantial upset this weekend, this may be it!
Team of the Week- Georgia Bulldogs- Look for the Bulldogs to walk all over the South Carolina Gamecocks. OK, so I'm not sold that Spurrier won't come up with something incredible and pull off the upset against Georgia, but looking at how the two team's played last week, there is no reason to expect less than a three touchdown win for the Dawgs. They should be inspired to play this one like it is a huge game.
Players of the Week-
1. Bret Meyer, Iowa State- The Cyclones quarterback will have an absolutely monster game if they beat Iowa. He probably will anyway, if he can avoid the strong Iowa linebackers, then he should have a good game.
2. Laurence Maroney, Minnesota- The Colorado Buffaloes ran the ball well on Colorado State, so I do not think there is any reason to expect fewer than 200 yards from Maroney this week against the Rams defense.
3. Drew Stanton, Michigan State- The Spartans quarterback puts up big numbers most of the time anyway, but his numbers should really shine against Hawaii's new defense. I wouldn't be surprised to see John L. Smith run up the score on the Warriors given all the excitement over the videotapes this past week.
4. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma- Maroney ran for over 200 yards on Tulsa last weekend. Peterson, despite his ankle sprain, feels like he has a lot to prove, as do all the Sooners. Expect Peterson to have a great game. This may be his best game all season when we look back on it.
5. D.J. Shockley, Georgia- The Bulldogs quarterback that absolutely lit up Boise State ought to be able to do similar things to South Carolina. He's a better quarterback than UCF's Steven Moffett, and the Golden Knights had a lot of success passing the ball in the second half. Shockley should have a great game.
Incredibly basic preview of tonight's games.
Pittsburgh at Ohio (8:00 ESPN2)- The Panthers got exposed by Notre Dame last week as needing major help on both lines. However, Ohio doesn't have the players to expose that flaw. Or is Pittsburgh that doesn't have the players to expose the Bobcats flaw of not being very physical? Pittsburgh can throw with Tyler Palko, and Ohio gave up 353 passing yards to Brett Basanez, the Northwestern quarterback, last week.
Washington State at Nevada (10:00 ESPN)- Expect a ton of big plays and with Nevada playing at home, look for them to come out very fired up. If Washington State isn't careful, this could be a very damaging loss.
Thursday in Review
Very quick recap of Thursday's games.
Oklahoma State 33, Florida Atlantic 3- In the first half, FAU was a team flying around the field, showing off their athleticism. In the second half, Oklahoma State played smash mouth football, and dominated the Owls. FAU isn't far from being a competitive Division 1-A team and may be a darkhorse in the Sun Belt this year. Oklahoma State will not be able to do this against Big Twelve teams. They need to find some better quarterback play and some more receivers (other than D'Juan Woods) to help them in the Big Twelve season.