There are a lot of great games to pick from this weekend. Here’s what I’ll be watching.– Mike
No. 4 Kansas St at No. 13 West Virginia A classic run vs. pass matchup! Both Quarterbacks, Collin Klein and Geno Smith should be in New York for the Heisman ceremony! The Wildcats will keep it on the ground, with Klein and John Hubert, who have combined for 1,116 on the ground. Klein has also thrown for 1,074 yards and 7 TDs, and is the heart and soul of K-State. The Mountaineers will go to the air with Geno Smith leading the nation’s third ranked passing offense. Smith has thrown for an incredible 2,271 yards, 25 TDs and without an interception! The Mounties return home after a 49-14 road loss to Texas Tech, while the Wildcats are a perfect 6-0 with a signature win over Oklahoma. Bill Snyder‘s bunch will try a ball control approach to eat clock and keep Smith off the field. That approach really only works with a big lead, which I don’t think happens here. West Virginia 37 – KSU 27
No. 7 South Carolina at No. 2 Florida Simply put, these teams are mirror images of one another. They have the 5th and 6th ranked defenses in the country. Both have solid quarterback play and each has a dominant running game. The Gamecocks come into this game off a tough 23-21 loss at LSU, while the Gators are a perfect 6-0. The winner of this contest will have control on a berth in the SEC Championship Game. This one will come down to who doesn’t turn the ball over. The “Swamp” is a tough place to play, but I predict a South Carolina victory, Gamecocks 18-16.
Washington at Arizona This is a very big game for post-season aspirations! The Huskies have a much improved defense, but suddenly are struggling on offense averaging only 21 PPG, after losing two top running backs and offensive linemen to injury. QB Keith Price will have to step up his performance going forward! The Wildcats started 3-0, but have since dropped three straight, including an overtime loss to Stanford, and a three-point loss to No. 8 Oregon State, both games they could have won. Wildcat QB Matt Scott is fifth in the country in passing at 368 yards per game, and Ka’Deem Carey has added 670 yards and 10 TDs on the ground. I predict the Wildcats offense bounces back big in the desert 41-20.
Louisiana-Monroe at Western Kentucky Your all asking, why this game? Both these teams enter this contest at 2-0 tied for the conference lead, and neither of these teams have ever been to a bowl game. The Warhawks are led by Quarterback Kolten Browning, who has thrown for 1,606 and rushed for another 292. The Hilltoppers are promoting this game as one of the biggest in school history. The offense is directed by Quarterback Kawaun Jakes who has completed 68% of his tosses this season. Antonio Andrews has been a beast out of the backfield, rushing for 655 yards and 5 touchdowns. The WKU defense will need a maximum effort to contain Browning! I think the defense does its job here, and the Hilltoppers get a 27-24 win.