This is simply a great weekend of quality games to look forward to. There are still 31 teams vying for bowl eligibility. Many can reach the magic six needed with wins on Saturday!
DUKE (6–4) at GEORGIA TECH (5–5) Congrats go out to the Blue Devils who will go bowling for the first time since 1994! The Devils have had a nice season led by quarterback Sean Renfree, who has thrown for 2,125 yards and 12 TDs. The Devils averaged 30.7 PPG yet gave up 32.6 PPG. The Devils enter this game losing three of the last four contests after starting the season 5–1. This is a MUST-win game for the Yellow Jackets as the team hits the road next week to face rival Georgia. Tech has gome to a share at the quarterback position as of late with both Tevin Washington and Vad Lee. Tech comes in with the 4th best rushing offense in the nation averaging 324 yards per game. Orwin Smith and Washington have combined for 22 rushing touchdowns. Tech has won the last eight meetings at home against the Dukies, by an average of 23 points! Duke has problems stopping the run, and that won’t change here. Georgia Tech gets bowl eligible with a big 38–17 win!
VIRGINIA TECH (4–6) at BOSTON COLLEGE (2–8) It’s hard to believe that the Hokies have struggled so bad this season. Quarterback Logan Thomas has been inconsistent all year, completing just 53 percent of his passes while having a 14–14 touchdown to interception ratio. Simply not good enough in the tough ACC. In his defense, the Hokies have not had a running back step up to fill the void left by the departure of David Wilson. Two losses to Big East teams Cincinnatti and Pitt have put the Hokies in a must win situation. The good news is that at 4-6, they still have a shot at a bowl game if they defeat Boston College and then win at home versus Virginia. Boston College is in rebuild mode in what has been a tough season. Coach Frank Spaziani has turned to several young players to gain experience for next season. Quarterback Chase Rettig has had a nice season throwing for 2,803 yards and 16 scores. His efforts won’t be enough here, as a hungry Hokie team wins their 5th straight against the Eagles 31-10.
CENTRAL FLORIDA (8–2) at TULSA (8–2) Both teams come into this game at 6-0 and lead their respective divisions of CUSA. There is also a very good chance these teams will meet again in a few weeks for the Conference championship and the right to go to the Liberty Bowl. The Knights come in averaging 36.1 PPG. Quarterback Blake Bortles has tossed 17 touchdowns and thrown for 2,199 yards. Latavius Murray has added 810 yards on the ground and 11 TDs to balance the offense. Tulsa scores at the rate of 37.2 per game and features a powerful running game. The Hurricane average 244 yards per game on the ground, good for 11th in the country. Ja’ Terian Douglas and Trey Watts have combined for 1,453 yards and 9 touchdowns. This game should be decided on how well Tulsa can control the clock with their ground game. Tulsa gets the win here at home in a nail-biter 28-27.
SYRACUSE (5–5) at MISSOURI (5–5) Huge game here for bowl implications! Syracuse, comes to SEC country off a bigtime home win over previously undefeated Louisville 45-26. Quarterback Ryan Nassib has simply had an outstanding season. The senior has tossed for 3,019 yards good for 10th in the nation. Running backs Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith have combined for 1,356 yards and seven TDs to balance the offense. The Tigers return home after winning a four overtime classic in Knoxville. The return of James Franklin at quarterback from injury has sparked the offense. This games really turns into a must win game for the Tigers as they travel to Texas A&M next week. I give the defensive edge to Missouri here, and with the return of Franklin the Tigers should win at home on Senior day. Missouri 33 Syracuse 21
No. 13 Stanford (8–2) at No. 2 Oregon (10–0) The Cardinal fly into Eugene winners of four straight. A physical defense allowing 17.2 PPG has been the Cardinal calling card. They are going to need it to have a chance at upsetting the Ducks. The Cardinal have turned to Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan as the starter. Hogan took over for Josh Nunes last week as he made his debut against Oregon St. in a 27-23 victory. Stepfan Taylor will be the big weapon for the Cardinal offense. The running back has 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns and is a receiving threat out of the backfield as well. The loss of Alabama this past week has the Ducks in a prime position to reach the National Championship game if they can stay unblemished. The Ducks are No. 1 in scoring offense at 54.8 per game! Marcus Mariota is now completing 73% of his passes good for 2,164 yards and 28 TDs. It’s the rushing offense that does most of the damage however as they are ranked No. 3 in the country churning out 325 per game. I sense a bigtime victory here, as coach Kelly will want to make a statement! Oregon 53 Stanford 24
UTAH ST. (8–2) at No. 20 LOUISIANA TECH (9–1) If you’re a college football junkie, you got to watch this game! This could easily be one of the best games this weekend. This game features two of the best quarterbacks in the country that you may not know much about. Sophomore Chuckie Keaton has accounted for 3,077 yards and 27 touchdowns. Kerwynn Williams balances the offense with his 1,005 yards on the ground and nine scores. The Aggies allow only 13.5 PPG good for 6th in the country. It should be noted that the Aggies two losses on the season are by a combined 5 points in road games at Wisconsin and BYU. The Bulldogs are a 2 point loss to Texas A&M away from being undefeated and knocking on the BCS door. The possibility remains they can sneak into the BCS picture if things fall their way. A look at the offensive explosion this year and we see the Bulldogs rank 8th in passing at 333 per game, 12th in rushing at 243 per game, and 2nd in points per game at 53.4. Quarterback Colby Cameron has thrown for an amazing 27 touchdowns without an interception! His favorite target, wide receiver Quinton Patton, has 83 receptions and 11 touchdowns. The rushing duo of Kenneth Dixon and Ray Holley have combined for 1,683 yards and 31 touchdowns! Fireworks galore in this one! Defense in the end will prevail………Aggies 48 Bulldogs 41
UPSET OF THE WEEK……………Arkansas over Mississippi St.