This is the weekend college football fans have circled on their calenders. Games against rivals, some with BCS Championship implications, some are just for bragging rights.
I grew up in an era of The Big 8. Every year, my family would get together and watch the battle of The Big Red’s. Oklahoma and Nebraska would usually be playing for a trip to the Orange Bowl. Then it was an annual showdown with Colorado. That one was not nearly as strong of a rivalry. Now it is Nebraska and Iowa. Yeah, I know, it lacks star power and importance.
Everyone has that game each year that means more than just football. It’s a battle of fan bases, and in some cases, a battle for state bragging rights. This week we focus on those games. Ohio State and Michigan, Oregon State and Oregon, Notre Dame and USC, Florida State and Florida, and Stanford at UCLA
The Fearless Five: Bold Predictions for This Weekend In Sports
1) Ohio State will go undefeated with a win over Michigan:
Will it be Devin Gardner or Denard Robinson at quarterback for the Wolverines? It doesn’t matter. Buckeye coach Urban Meyer know how to win, and he wants his team to have something to build on next year, when they will be eligible to play for The BCS Title. Braxton Miller will be able to navigate a Michigan defense that has been inconsistent all season long. Look for Ohio State to make a statement, and possibly earn themselves the AP National Championship.
Ohio State 28 Michigan 21
2) Oregon will prove that Oregon State is little brother, again:
Unless UCLA can find a way to beat Stanford, this will be Oregon’s last chance to make an impression to the computers and coaches. Expect Chip Kelly to have his team ready to play with anger. This has shootout written all over it. The problem for Oregon State is that they don’t have the ammo to keep up with the Ducks. Kenjon Barner will run free, and should be able to put up big numbers against the Beaver defense.
Oregon 50 Oregon State 24
3) USC will upset Notre Dame:
Let the real confusion begin. Notre Dame has beaten a few good teams this year. Oklahoma on the road was by far their most impressive victory of the year. USC has had once of their worst seasons in over a decade. Matt Barkley, the Trojans starting quarterback is out with bad arm. Insert redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek. Trojan coach Lane Kiffin has said that the young signal caller is handling himself very well. With all the luck that the Irish have been blessed with this season, something tells me that Saturday night is the end of their magical run. Look for Wittek to give USC fans something to look forward to next year.
USC 31 Notre Dame 17
4) Florida beats Florida State and creates real chaos:
Last weekend I wrote an article outlining a scenario that would have the winner of the SEC Title Game against Florida in the BCS Championship Game. Since I have already predicted Notre Dame losing, I might as well make this pic too. Florida only has Florida State remaining in their way. Although Jimbo Fisher has already let it be known how unhappy he is with the BCS process and ranking system. He has good reason to be mad, the computers do not seem to like his Seminoles much. It won’t matter though. Florida can smell the title game, and will find a way to beat the hated ‘Noles late in the fourth quarter.
Florida 13 Florida State 10
5) Stanford will beat UCLA, and win The PAC 12 North in the process:
Stanford did the unthinkable last week in beating Oregon. They will take another step towards the Rose bowl on Saturday. UCLA is a solid football team, but Stanford is playing some physical football and will push the Bruins around. Look for a heavyweight fight, with Stanford on top.
Stanford 17 UCLA 14