Another week further into the 2012 football season is in the books. Tomorrow, another huge weekend with even bigger implications will further determine the road to the national championship. Alabama battles Texas A&M, Kansas State takes on TCU, Oregon goes to Cal, and Notre Dame will face Boston College. All four of these teams remain in the hunt for the BCS Title. Only two of these teams will play for it. The real question is, will all four of these teams still be unbeaten after Saturday?
Last week I went 3-5 in my predictions. Here are this weeks Fearless Five predictions.
1) Alabama rolls towards the SEC Championship Game
Honestly, the Crimson Tide has already faced their toughest test this season. In beating LSU in Death Valley, Alabama has a much smoother road going forward. Texas A&M will be a good challenge for Bama this weekend. Freshman Johnny Manziel is a real threat on the ground and through the air. The Aggies will put up points on Alabama, but they lack a defense able to take the pounding that the Tide will bring. With one of the most physical offensive lines in college football, Bama will wear down A&M’s defense by the end of the third quater. Roll Tide Roll!
Alabama 37 Texas A&M 21
2) Kansas State will get by TCU…barely
Kansas State has had one heck of a run in 2012. Collin Klein is atop most Heisman watch lists (not mine). Bill Snyder has probably done his best coaching job yet with these Wildcats. This weekend they take on TCU, The Horned Frogs have one of the more complex defensive schemes in the Big XII. They will vary the number of defensive lineman in different sets, and it will cause Klein some problems, assuming Klein plays. K State has not had a really tough test yet. This will be their first. I expect the Wildcats to squeak out a victory, but this one will rattle Wildcat Nation.
Kansas State 28 TCU 27
3) Notre Dame will have their best offensive game this season
We all saw the Irish struggle last week against Pitt. Coach Brian Kelley knows that for his Irish to have any chance at a BCS Championship his team needs more than the “Luck of The Irish.” Style points are going to be needed. Look for Notre Dame to open up the playbook a bit, and quarterback Everett Golson will eat the BC defense alive. The young Golson has progressed every week, and his ability to scramble and keep plays alive will play a huge part in this game. Look for the Irish to put up over 30 points, and 400 yards.
Notre Dame 35 Boston College 10
4) Oregon walks through Cal
It’s no secret that I believe that Oregon is the true number two team in the country. Their defense is not the best we have ever seen, but this Oregon offense just might be. The Ducks have had problems with Cal in the past, but Kenjon Barner will have no problem dissecting the Bears defense. Look for Barner to sit the entire second half in this one, no style points will be needed here. If Oregon wins out, they will play for the BCS Title in January.
Oregon 63 Cal 21
5) Louisville continues its march to perfection
Louisville is the fifth best team in the country. I know, they are a big east team. The fact is, they are one of only 6 undefeated teams left in FBS football. People are giving the Cardinals no love. It’s amazing how over the past few seasons programs like Boise State have climbed to the mountain top in college football while playing in The Mountain West. This weekend the Cardinals take on Syracuse. Louisville will leave them on the floor, begging for mercy. It will look more like an episode of “American Horror Story” than a football game.
Louisville 56 Syracuse 17