It is Transition Time for the College Football Season

It is Transition Time for the College Football Season
  • Opening Intro -

    After weeks of playing non conference games, the college football season is transitioning to what everyone has been waiting for: the conference schedule.

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Certainly, some conferences such as the SEC have been playing games all along, while others won’t get that portion of the schedule launched until the first Saturday of October.

Regardless, the next eight to nine weeks of action will give college football fans a taste of what league play is all about and help separate the pretenders from the contenders, especially where the all-important post season lines up. Without further ado we’ll take a look at some of the key match ups this weekend.

UCLA at Arizona State — One of the most important games of the weekend was played last night. That score came in too late for our press deadline. Both teams entered the contest at 3-0, with UCLA ranked No. 11 and Arizona State ranked No. 15. The winner should contend with Arizona for the Pac 12 South, although Utah appears to be stronger than anyone thought and may make a run for the title too.

Florida State at North Carolina State — The Seminoles remain the top-ranked team in the nation, but it took overtime to beat the Clemson Tigers 23 to 17 last week. Some analysts contend that Clemson and Notre Dame are its two toughest opponents this season, but it dare not overlook the unranked, but 4-0 NC State Wolfpack or they may be in for an upset. Other than last week’s pasting of FCS Presbyterian, the Wolfpack have not been dominate. Even so, junior quarterback Jacoby Brisset has been bright thus far, throwing for 1,005 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has two go-to guys in Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes, the latter well versed in both receiving and rushing. Upset alert? We shall see.

Missouri at South Carolina — The Tigers were stunned at home by Indiana last week, tossing the team out of the Top 25. Although this Saturday’s game against South Carolina isn’t a “must win” there is every incentive for the Tigers to bounce back following the upset. That’s bad news for the Gamecocks, who are already 2-1 in conference play as Missouri opens its SEC run. Should South Carolina lose, they’ll fall to 2-2 and most likely won’t play for the SEC championship this December.

Oregon State at USC — The Beavers are 3-0 and unranked, while USC is 2-1 and ranked No. 18 following a bitter 37 to 31 loss to Boston College two weeks ago. That loss is still fresh in the Trojans’ psyche, thus it will be doing everything that it can to stay focused. Oregon State hasn’t show signs of greatness yet, barely holding off Hawaii in the second game of the season 38 to 30. A USC loss doesn’t knock them out of contention, but there will be three other teams in the Pac 12 South that may move up.

Gridiron Buzz

The season is still young, but there are two trends worth noting. First, Florida State is beatable and could lose on most any given Saturday. Second, the Big Ten is showing improvement, going 12-1 last weekend. The notable exception was Michigan’s home loss to Utah. That game showed how vulnerable Michigan is. It also revealed that Utah may be more of a threat this season, with its own designs on Pac 12 South supremacy.

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