BY MICHAEL LEESE
AIR FORCE 1-4 at NAVY 2-1 The government shutdown put this game on hold for a few days, until the Secretary of Defense stepped up, and decided the military academies should play. The Falcons turned to Sophomore quarterback Karson Roberts this past weekend, after Jaleel Awini was suspended from the team. Roberts, a better runner, paid immediate dividends rushing for 161 yards on 23 carries, and throwing a touchdown pass in his debut.. The defense has been a big issue, allowing 41.6 PPG. Navy comes in 2-1 after a loss last week at Western Kentucky. The Midshipmen are rolling up 301 rushing yards per game, good for sixth in the country, and quarterback Keenan Reynolds has attempted only 21 passes in three starts. He has completed 67 percent of those good for 324 yards and two touchdowns, and he is the leading rusher with 259 yards and four TDs. This game is a must-win for the Falcons, as a loss would almost assuredly keep them out of a bowl, but home cooking and the better defense give Navy the win 33-27.
No. 24 MISSISSIPPI 3-1 at AUBURN 3-1 Before last week’s game at Alabama, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said, “We can score on anyone.” The Rebels actually couldn’t score on Alabama, being shut-out 25-0. This week they face the team from the other Alabama school, Auburn. The Rebels are an up-and-coming team. However, they have NOT played up to their expectations so far this season, averaging 28.5 PPG and allowing 24 PPG. Wallace has good numbers as he has thrown for 807 yards and four touchdowns, without throwing a pick. The Tigers are also averaging 28 PPG, while the defense it a bit stronger allowing 22 PPG. Tre Mason and Corey Grant have been solid, providing the Tigers with a solid rushing attack. Coach Malzahn has the Tigers believing! They had a week off to prep for this game and should take full advantage. The Rebels could be in a tough spot coming off last weeks loss and with games against LSU and Texas A&M on-deck. A War Eagle upset special, as the Tigers take a bite out of the Rebels, 27-24.
No.15 WASHINGTON 4-0 at No.5 STANFORD 4-0 This is the big match-up out on the left coast this weekend. Last year, the Huskies handed the Cardinal their only conference defeat. This year, both teams are 4-0 and nationally ranked. A look at the numbers and it seems see the Huskies have all the edges:
- Passing Yards…..Washington 285 Stanford 221
- Rushing yards…..Washington 288 Stanford 218
- Points allowed…Washington 10.8 (4th in country) Stanford 19.5
- Rushing yard….. Bishop Sankey 607 yards, Tyler Gaffney 377 yards
- Passing …Keith Price 72-percent, 1046 yards nine Tds. Kevin Hogan 63-percent, 832 yards, 10 TDs
The problem for the Huskies is that the Cardinal have be a bigger, faster defensive front. The Huskies are coming off a big home win over Arizona, and have Oregon and Arizona State on deck. Stanford is 19-1 in the last 20 homes games. Revenge is sweet, Stanford 36 – Washington 24
No.25 MARYLAND 4-0 at No.8 FLORIDA STATE 4-0 The Terrapins are 4-0, but they have played a soft schedule to this point. Quarterback C.J. Brown has the Maryland offense firing on all cylinders. He has completed 67-percent of his passes for 1,043 yards and seven scores, and he has combined with tailback Brandon Ross for over 600 rushing yards. Stefan Diggs and Deon Long have given Brown have emerged as weapons in the passing game. The defense has been outstanding, allowing only 10.3 PPG, good for third in the country! They’ll face a Seminole team led by Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston has been dynamic, completing 74-percent of his passes for 1,048 yards with 12 TDs and only two picks. The Seminoles will test the Terrapins defense, as they average 51.8 PPG. Florida State has won six straight in this series, with the average win coming by 19 points. More of the same here, Seminoles 44 Terps 17
No. 4 OHIO STATE 5-0 at No.16 NORTHWESTERN 4-0 This is the biggest game in the BiG 10 this week, and ESPN Gameday will be in Evanston for the first time since 1995. Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller returned last week, and threw four touchdown passes en-route to a big win over Wisconsin. The Buckeyes feature a balanced offense, scoring 48.2 per game. Tailback Jordan Hall has been solid rushing for 427 yards and eight touchdowns, and Carlos Hyde returned last week. The Wildcats are a very good football team, and have weapons to counter the Buckeye attack. Dual-threat quarterback Kain Colter will likely also play running back, and even line up at receiver. Running back and return man Venric Mack returns for this game, joining Treyvon Green in the backfield. The Wildcats have had a week off to prep for this big game, and I believe that the Wildcats will hang tough. This should go down to the wire, but remember this: The Buckeyes have won 28 out of the last 29. Ohio State 41-Northwestern 38