Friday, October 12, 2007

3 Games to Watch Outside of South Bend

I'm off to South Bend to cheer loud and proud for Boston College, so, let's keep it short and sweet.

UCF at #5 South Florida: Noon, Saturday, ESPNU. Wait, South Florida still doesn't have another Big East game? Really? So you are telling me someone in the Big East front loaded a schedule? Let me tell you how the season plays out for the Bulls. They lose in New Brunswick because Rutgers has a decent offensive line (assuming Ray Rice doesn't break by then). They lose hosting Louisville since no one ever doubted Louisville to score, just their defense to prevent it against the air. The Big East champion finishes 10-2.

#19 Wisconsin at Penn State 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC. Penn State's homecoming plus a one-dimensional Badger team (that I picked as a sleeper in the Big Ten, I'm an idiot) equals two consecutive losses Wisco. I'm beginning to think that Ohio State is going to get through the Big Ten without being tested in the slightest and I actually give them the fast track to New Orleans right now.

Washington at #14 Arizona State 10:15 p.m., Saturday, Fox Sports Net or Versus or something random like that. Remember a few weeks ago when that Washington/Ohio State game was supposed to matter? Do you think Husky fans, though, are going to run Tyrone out of town and then blame him for Notre Dame's poor recruiting? Arizona State has a great new coach and I have at least one or two hometown fans who believe that the Devils will knock off Cal when the Golden Bears come to Tempe in a few weeks. But watch, they'll still find a way to lose the Territorial Cup against U of A.

BONUS GAME
#4 Boston College at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m., Saturday, The Peacock. Something tells me that there are about 85 players and 15,000 BC alums who are going to make an appearance in South Bend ready to absolutely obliterate the Irish. I'm gonna give the ND offense a touchdown or two now that they are finally shaping up a little, but I don't think they have the guns to stop the BC pass, which will turn into a big AC running day. No score predictions, but I just don't think the ND offense will be able to hold the ball long enough to prevent BC from scoring often.

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