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VIRGINA TECH (3-1) at GEORGIA TECH (3-0) I’ll be in attendance for this big Thursday night ACC matchup. The Hokies have struggled the last two weeks, escaping with a win at 15-10 win at East Carolina, and beating Marshall, at home last Saturday in triple overtime, 29-21. Logan Thomas has had a rough start behind center, completing only 48 percent of his passes and with four TDs and six interceptions.  The Hokie defense has been solid and will need stand strong if they are to leave Atlanta with a victory. Georgia Tech has gotten stellar quarterback play from sophomore Vlad Lee. He brings a passing dimension to a punishing ground game that averages 345 yards per game. So far this season, Lee has thrown for seven touchdowns.  Surprisingly, The Yellow Jackets come into this game sporting the better defense allowing only 11.3 PPG! A win here over the Hokies would move the Jackets to 3-0 in the Coastal Division with a date on deck at Miami next Saturday. My prediction – Hokies get STUNG 31-17

No.6 LSU (4-0) at No.9 GEORGIA (2-1)  It will be a homecoming of sorts for Zach Mettenberger, who returns to Georgia where he started his college career. Mettenberger was kicked off the Georgia team after he violated team rules, and then transferred to LSU.  So far this year, hhe has completed 65% of his tosses for 1,026 yards and a 10 touchdowns!  His play in recent weeks has the media talking about a possible Heisman run.  The Tigers have also gotten terrific play from Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee as the duo have 569 yards and nine scores.  The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Todd Gurley. Murray has been terrific, throwing for 1,040 yards and seven touchdowns. Gurley has 377 yards on the ground with 6.0 YPC. Georgia really needs a win here to avoid falling to 2-2 and dropping out of the BCS National Championship Game picture. The reality is, LSU has the better defense and more options on offense.  Tigers claw the Bulldogs between the hedges 33-24

No.14 OKLAHOMA (3-0) at No.22 NOTRE DAME (3-1) The “Belldozer” is now in full control of the Sooner offense. Blake Bell a 6’6″, 252-pound junior quarterback made his first start last week filling in for the injured Trevor Knight, and responded by tossing four touchdown passes in the win over Tulsa. The Sooners running game is averaging 5.4 YPC, led by Brennan Clay.  The defense has been outstanding, allowing only 9.1 PPG and ranked fifth nationally.   Tommy Rees has been solid for the Irish, throwing for 1,111 yards and eight scores. Notre Dame has yet to mount any kind of dominant running game as they average only 113 yards per game. The Irish defense seems to be suffering from an identity crisis, and the coaching staff has called out for someone to take a leadership role. I think the Sooners are just the better team at this point in the season. Revenge is sweet. Boomer Sooner 31-21

No.23 WISCONSIN (3-1) at No.4 OHIO STATE (4-0) Everyone in BIG 10 country will be watching this battle! The Badgers feature the third-best running game in the country, averaging 350 yards per game. The Duo of Melvin Gordon and James White have combined for a whopping 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Joel Stave has been consistent, hitting on 63% of his passes for six scores. The Badgers also have the tenth rated defense in the country allowing only 10.5 PPG. The Buckeyes will have a decision to make at to whom the starting quarterback will be. Braxton Miller is now healthy after sitting out the last two weeks with a knee injury. Kenny Guiton was outstanding as a fill-in, throwing 13 touchdown passes in just two games. The Buckeyes also have a premier running game featuring Jordan Hall.  Hall has 422 yards on the season with eight TDs. Both teams are solid upfront and this game could surely go to the final whistle! This games figures to come down to who can stop the run, and in the end, the Buckeyes get a home victory in a highly contested game, Buckeyes 31-Badgers 28

USC (3-1) at ARIZONA STATE (2-1) This is a huge game out west, and the loser of this game could easily be eliminated from the PAC-12 South title race.  The Trojan offense has been somewhat offensive to date. Cody Kessler has been anointed the starting quarterback, after a heated battle with Max Wittek. The Trojans have gotten solid contributions from both Tre Madden, with 455 yards rushing, and Marqise Lee who has 23 catches for 293 yards. The Trojan “D” has been solid allowing only 11 points per game. The Sun Devils enter this contest following a big loss at Stanford. The Devils were clearly outplayed by the Cardinal, but did bounce back in the second half to make a game of it. Taylor Kelly continues to impress as he has thrown for 1,019 yards and eight scores on the season. The Devils have lacked a running game thus far as Marion Grice has yet to hit stride. This game comes down to turnovers. I’ll take “Sparky” in a very close game, ASU 19-USC 17

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