Big Games Galore this weekend!

BY MICHAEL LEESE

I can’t remember the last Thursday night game that featured two Top-10 teams, but this Thursday there are TWO GAMES WITH TWO TOP-10 TEAMS.   Grab your favorite beverage, and lock the door on your man-or-woman-cave, you’re not going to want to be interrupted.   Oklahoma at Baylor and Oregon at Stanford, both are must see TV for any college football fan!  Besides featuring some of the nation’s best offenses and defenses, these match-ups will give us a much clearer view of the BCS picture. No.10 OKLAHOMA  (4-1/7-1) at  No.6 BAYLOR (4-0/7-0)  I’ll be at this contest and can’t wait to see just how good the Baylor offense is against the best defense they will have faced. The Sooners will need to rely on a running game that ranks 17th in the country.  “We need to control the clock and force a couple of turnovers” said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. Blake Bell, Brennan Clay and Damian Williams will attempt to do just that against a Baylor defense that is much improved over the past few years, coming in with as the sixth ranked unit in the nation, giving up only 15.9 PPG. Baylor’s Bryce Petty leads the No.1 offense in the country! The Bears average a jaw-dropping 63.9 PPG, and lead the FBS with 417 passing yards per game. Petty has a remarkable 18 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio on the season. Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood give some balance to the Bear attack, as they have added 18 touchdowns on the ground. Baylor is billing this game as the biggest in school history, and I think it will be.  I think Baylor has to many weapons for the Sooners, and if they get a double-digit lead, this game could get out of hand, and I think eventually it does! Bears win going away 44-24. No. 3 OREGON (5-0/8-0) AT  No.5 STANFORD (5-1/7-1)  I’m not sure if he realizes that the Stanford defense only surrender 19 points per game, but Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas  said, “We can score 40 on Stanford.”  The Cardinal will have to rely on a ball control offense and running back Tyler Gaffney to keep the ball away from a high-flying Oregon offense that averages 55.6 PPG.  Since a 27-21 loss at Utah, the Cardinal have shut down both UCLA and Oregon State allowing only 22 points in those contests. Marcus Mariota leads the Ducks “Quack Attack.”  He has thrown for 2,281 yards and 20 touchdowns, while NOT throwing an interception!   The Ducks feature the No.2 rushing attack averaging 331 per game.  Running backs Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner, and De’Anthony Thomas along with Mariota have combined to score 36 touchdowns on the ground!   Last year, the Cardinal won in Eugene in overtime, 17-14, grounding the Ducks BCS Championship plans.  This should provide the Ducks with a big emotional edge. The loss of defensive end Ben Gardner will also hurt the Stanford defense. Revenge is sweet. DUCK DYNASTY ROLLS ON 40-31

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