Saturday, November 6, 2010

College Football Preview

Well, it's better late than never. The first games kick off in just under 7 hours, on a day where one undefeated team will see their first tally in the loss column.

Game of the Day:

TCU at Utah

Why? Well, outside of Boise State, these are the top two non-BCS teams. Both are still undefeated. TCU is ranked #3 and Utah #5, with Boise State sandwiched in between. This one kicks off at 12:30 p.m. locally here in CA, and will decided which of these Mountain West teams will likely go to a BCS bowl.

There are star/impact players left and right in this game. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, running back Ed Wesley, and wide receivers Josh Boyce and Jeremy Kerley will be critical to the Horned Frogs success offensively.

Defensively, TCU is as stout as can be, coming in as the best team in the country in terms of only allowing opponents to gain 217.3 yards per game. There are standout players all over the field. This is a well coach group that works tremendously well together.

For Utah, quarterback Jordan Wynn leads a stellar offensive attack that is statistically one of the best in the country. Running back duo Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata are key contributers running the ball. Wynn's two favorite targets are DeVonte Christopher and Jereme Brooks.

Defensively, the Utes rank sixth nationally in yards allowed at only 267.7. The pass defense is strong and will get an opportunity to shine and slow down the TCU offense.

Prediction: Utah wins 30-27. This game will come down to a defining special teams play, whether it be a kick return, special teams mistake (a.k.a. turnover) or a field goal.

Upset Alert:
My number one candidate for an upset loss is for #12 Missouri to lose at Texas Tech. I fear the Tigers may let down one week after their first loss of the season. On the road at Lubbock won't be easy.

Other potential upsets:
Texas A&M over #8 Oklahoma
Washington State over Cal

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