Friday, November 2, 2007

Three Games to Watch Outside of Chestnut Hill

The one thing I've noticed, this season has had so many great story lines that picking three games has actually been pretty difficult. In fact, I make take some East Coast Bias Crap from this, but I'm actually leaving off the big showdown in Eugene. Why? I wonder about the Pac-10, that's all. I like the style of football, I enjoy the high scoring games but I think that the interconference match ups this year have been timely mismatches (Oregon-Michigan, USC-Nebraska, USC-ND). Those stompings over "traditionals" have made the Pac-10 look better, even though at the time Michigan was reeling and Nebraska and ND are way down.

Anyway, watch it if you want, and I may try to catch the first half, but here's some other games to pay attention to:

#21 Wisconsin at #1 Ohio State Noon, Big Ten Network. Back a few months ago, I labeled this as Wisconsin's chance to steal the conference championship. Since losing two straight at the beginning of October, the Badgers have had two wins over at N. Illinois and Indiana which are basically unimpressive (how did they get back into the top 25?). Here's the difference between Wisco and last week's opponent for the Buckeyes, though: PJ Hill. Wisconsin actually has a chance to control the game clock, and that's really the only way that they will be able to win in Columbus.

#24 Wake Forest at #23 UVA Noon, Gameplan. Who is really surprised that Tom O'Brien got that "How did you win that game?" happened this year...again? Here's why this game matters: UVA still has a chance in the Coastal and Wake still has a chance in the Atlantic. Whoever loses is probably eliminated from Jacksonville. Riley Skinner has gotten back on track, but a swarming Hoos defense is going to be vicious. Could be one helluva game.

#3 LSU at #17 Alabama 5 p.m., CBS. Saban Bowl. LSU's last SoS test, well, forever. The clusterfrick that is the SEC East has made the SEC Championship less than exciting and a possible detriment to the computer rankings. I don't think that LSU can leap an undefeated team because of the way the schedule drops off. This game is also probably the last chance the Bayou Bengals have to be tested until the first week of December. Does the Tide have a chance?

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