What To Watch This Weekend

Oregon State at UCLA Both teams enter the game undefeated, though that might be misleading as the Beavers have only played one game. The Beavers did handle Big 10 power Wisconsin at home. Quarterback Sean Mannion played well in that game, giving the Beaver Nation hope for a bowl game. The Beaver defense also played well shutting down Wisconsin’s running game and allowing only 7 points.  On the other side, UCLA has been downright dominant, starting 3-0 with wins over Rice, Houston and Nebraska. Freshman Quarterback Brett Hundley has already thrown for 827 yards and 8 TD’s, while Johnathan Franklin has rushed for 541 yards!  The explosive offense combined with a solid “D” featuring nine returning starters has the Bruins firing on all cylinders.

Michigan at Notre Dame This is my must see game of the week! Michigan comes in 2-1, losing only to top-ranked Alabama. Notre Dame is 3-0 with impressive wins over Navy, Purdue and at Michigan State, but the Wolverines have won the last three games in this series, including a dazzling 35-31 effort last year.  In that game, Michigan Quarterback Denard Robinson passed for 338 yards, and the question is, “Can he do that again?”  The Irish have allowed only 10 points per game this season, but the secondary is banged up.  They got an offensive boost last week with the return of leading rusher Cierre Wood.

Kansas State fans await Bill Snyder at a pep rally before the Cotton Bowl

Kansas State at OklahomaThe big question here is just how good are these two clubs? The Wildcats are 3-0 and have beat up on the opposition averaging 46.0 PPG. KSU Quarterback Collin Klein has thrown for 609 yards and rushed for another 210, and I wonder if he’ll have that kind of success against an outstanding Sooner front. The Sooners are 2-0 with victories over Texas-El Paso and Florida A&M, and this will be their first major test.

Clemson at Florida State The Clemson Tigers come to Doak Campbell Stadium with a 3-0 record and a No. 10 national ranking.  The Tigers offense has been lights out with Quarterback Taj Boyd throwing for 747 yards and 6 TDs. DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins form what could be the top duo of receivers in the country, and Running Back Andre Ellington has chipped in with 328 yards on the ground!. They’ll face the Seminole defense, one of the best in the country. The Seminoles come in ranked No.4 and have allowed only three points on the season!My predictions:

  • I look for a big victory for the Bruins 37-13.
  • The Wolverines will score just enough, and leave South Bend with a 31-28 victory.
  • Last year the Wildcats entered this game 7-0, and the result was a 58-17 home loss. I see more of the same this year — Sooners 34 Wildcats 20.
  • This figures to be one of the bigger tests of the season for the Seminoles. I think they pass this test with a 38-27 win at home!

 Michael Leese

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