Worth Watching? College Football Is So Ho-Hum!


Each and every weekend there are a handful of college football games worth watching, pitting conference leaders or regional rivals against each other. But, so far this year there just doesn’t seem to be more than a handful of clashes worth taking in – though conference play is underway, the marquee matches seem few and far between.

college footballThis situation can be good for the avid college football fan who likes to take in Big Ten action during the middle of the day, tune into a Big East tilt later in the afternoon and then watch an SEC or PAC 10 clash at night. That’s a lot of football to watch, but if there is any overlap, ESPNU runs the best games again on Sunday. Oddly, there just hasn’t been much overlap yet – meetings between Top 25 teams has been infrequent thus far – blame the huge number of upsets early on with shaking things up.

What has my attention this weekend? The following games of note:

Michigan at Michigan State – Three consecutive close losses has the Spartans disheartened and with the Wolverines coming to town, things won’t be easy. Of note, Michigan QB Tate Forcier is nursing a sore shoulder – the Spartans win if his playing time is limited. This one is too difficult to call due to the uncertainty surrounding Forcier.

LSU at Georgia – The Tigers had have a pair of close scares this year with last week’s game against Mississippi State decided by mere inches. Georgia cannot afford a second loss if they want to keep their BCS drive alive. I’m going with the Bulldogs this weekend to pull the upset.

Washington at Notre Dame – Beating USC was the highlight for the Huskies who were brought down the following week by a so-so Stanford team. The Irish are still trying to show that they belong though they aren’t in the Top 25. I believe the Huskies will knock off Notre Dame in South Bend this Saturday.

Mississippi at Vanderbilt – Vandy is no longer the conference doormat, but come to think of it no school really is. After losing to South Carolina last Thursday, Ole Miss knows that every game going forward is critical for them. Vandy will put up a good fight, but finally succumb by the 4th quarter.

USC at California – Before the season began, this tilt looked like it would be a battle of the unbeatens, a Top 5 show down between two highly regarded PAC 10 teams. Washington and Oregon spoiled that dream for the Trojans and Golden Bears respectively, taking the sheen off of this Saturday’s contest. Yet, I believe that this will be a close one with USC prevailing in the end.

Oklahoma at Miami – Credit the Hurricanes with starting the season off with the toughest schedule. For the fourth consecutive week, Miami plays a ranked team with the Oklahoma Sooners coming to town. The winner of this game keeps their BCS drive alive, the loser will have to hope that they sneak into the BCS party at the end of the year by winning their conference. Miami rebounds, edges Oklahoma.

Enjoy your football watching this first weekend of October.

Adv. — If you have pinpointed the college you want to attend next fall, get prepared to apply to that school this November. If you’re still searching, do an online college search to find the schools of interest to you and print out a Summary Aid Map to help you plan your financial aid strategy.


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