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Outstanding Games – – What to watch this weekend

Purdue 3-5 at Iowa 4-5    The Big 10 has eight spots to fill in the post season.   As of this writing, only four teams have become bowl eligible.   At 3-5, Purdue will need to run the table to get to the required 6-6.   The Boilers have struggled, losing the last five contests due to a porous defense that has allowed 38 PPG during the streak.  The motivation for the Boilermakers is getting to a bowl is still a realistic goal.  But it has to start with a win over the Hawkeyes this weekend, followed by victories in games against Illinois and Indiana.   The Hawkeyes traditionally finish the season strong, but that hasn’t been the case this year.  Iowa has lost its last three games, and Quarterback James Vandenberg has been disappointing throwing for only 4 touchdowns this year, compared to 25 last year.  A win on Saturday gets the Hawkeyes to five wins, leaving them needing an upset either at Michigan or at home against Nebraska to just to get to a bowl game.   The Boilermakers haven’t won in Iowa City since 1992, and I predict the  Hawkeyes get this one 31-17.

Missouri 4-5 at Tennessee 4-5    This is another huge game for both clubs as far as bowl implications!   Each club will have to win two of three remaining games  to make it to a bowl game.  For Missouri, the Tigers first season in the SEC has been disappointing  Injuries have been a big part of the Tigers season, as they lost their top tailback Henry Josey prior to the season and Quarterback James Franklin has also missed a few games.    The Tigers offense has been absent most of the year as they rank 98th in passing yards and 101st in rushing yards.   At Tennessee, the offense has been solid as Quarterback Tyler Bray has thrown for 2,812 yards and 25 TDs.   The defense has been the problem as they give up 35 PPG.   After breaking a four-game losing streak Saturday, with a 55-48 win against Troy, the Vols are looking to close out the season with a four-game winning streak.  The Vols have games left at Vanderbilt and then close at home against a Kentucky squad that has only one victory.   This should be a fun game to watch, as both teams will score in bunches.   Quarterback play is the difference here, as I predict a Volunteer win —   Vols 41  Tigers 40.

    No. 11 Oregon State 7-1 at No.14 Stanford 7-2    This is a huge game out west because the winner of this game could wind up in the Rose Bowl!  Oregon Sate has been a huge surprise this year.  The Beavers have a physical defense that keeps them in games, and a very opportunistic offense.   Cody Vaz has taken over as the starting quarterback after Sean Mannion started the season.  Tailback Storm Woods and Wideout Markus Wheaton are bigtime playmakers.   Stanford comes into this game having won three straight.   The strength of the Cardinal has been a defense that only allows 16.6 PPG.  On offense, the Cardinal have elected to make a quarterback change this week as Freshman Kevin Hogan will get the nod over Josh Nunes.   Hogan should provide a spark to a Cardinal offense as he is more of a dual-threat behind center.    I expect a hard-fought defensive battle here, as points will be at a premium!   I’ll side with the home team, Stanford 20 – Oregon State 17.

#15 Texas A-M  7-2   at #1 Alabama 9-0   How good is Johnny Football?   We are all about to find out, in this, the must see game of the week!  So far this season, Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel has rushed for 922 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he has passed for 2,527 yards and 16 touchdowns, while completing 66% of his passes.   Did I mention he is a Freshman?  But the Aggies have faced two teams with big-time defenses and both times have come up short on the scoreboard as both Florida and LSU were able to keep the talented youngster in-check.   Alabama comes in off their dramatic come from behind victory over LSU.    Quarterback A. J. McCarron was simply incredible when it counted, as he led the Crimson Tide on a game winning drive in the final minutes.  So far this year, McCarron has 19 touchdowns on the year and ZERO interceptions.    I am a bit concerned of an emotional letdown following last weeks game against LSU, but believe the smothering Tide defense will be too much to over come for A&M.    Manziel will make a few big plays, but not enough as the Tide Rolls 38-17

My upset of the week…………..Auburn 22 Georgia 20!

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