17 September 2011

College Football Week 3- 2011

In an early season matchup of potential National Championship Contenders we have Florida State hosting Oklahoma.  Oklahoma comes in to the game with one of the current front runners for the Heisman Trophy in their starting QB- Landry Jones.  Many people are picking Jones to have a huge day with over 300 passing yards and 2 TDs.  Here’s what to watch for:
                Florida State was embarrassed last year again OU and this season Jimbo and the boys are ready and looking to avenge their loss.  Watch for Florida State’s defense to be firing on all cylinders as they attack the ball carriers and get after every pass.  Look for OU to try and establish a well-balanced running game to help open up their passing game.  On the FSU side, EJ Manuel wants to prove he belongs on the field with Jones so watch for him to get open and find his playmakers down the field.  FSU will also want to establish a running game in hopes of keeping the OU defense at bay.

PREDICTION:      Jones throws for 225 yards 2 TDs, 2 INTs.  Manuel will come up big with 280 yards 2 TDs, 1 INT.  FSU defense will stifle the OU offense in Tallahassee picking off 2 passes, and causing one fumble.

                FSU 24
                OU  21

                In an unusual move, Ohio State will travel out of conference, go on the road, and play a big-conference school in Miami (FL).  Ohio State comes in ranked 16th while Miami is unranked but the rankings won’t matter in this barnyard brawl.  Watch for a physical game, full of booster benefits, and high-dollar players.

                Ohio State is looking to prove they can win without the likes of Tressell and Pryor, and Miami is looking to show everyone they can play even in the face of scandals.  Miami will have Jacory Harris back at the helm of their offense and look for a huge day from the QB.  On the OSU side, they will be led by Joe Bauserman as they travel to southern Florida for this matchup. 

PREDICTION:      Ohio State is going to try and establish an offense that isn’t there.  With players still serving suspensions and other players eligibility still in question watch for Bauserman to struggle, throwing for 145 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  The rushing game will be missing as well, as their backs combine for 92 yards with 1 rushing TDs.  On the Miami side watch for Harris to ring up the offense and deliver with 312 yards through the air 3 TDs, and Lamar Miller to deliver on the ground with 88 rushing yards and 32 out of the backfield receiving.

                Miami  32
                OSU     20

Other Notable Games:

Tennessee on the road to the Swamp.
Urban Meyer still gets calls for the Gators- even when he's not coaching them.
                Florida      28
                Tennessee  27

Texas plays UCLA after a scare last week with BYU.
Texas is ready this week.
                Texas    31
                UCLA   17

Notre Dame is looking to stop the slide against Michigan State
                Notre Dame   20
                Michigan State 15

The luck runs out for Auburn fans.
                Clemson    28
                Auburn       26


  1. Great insights LW. Hoping that my Noles will live up to your predictions. Interesting stat I heard on "Around the Horn": Landry Jones has thrown a total of 21 INTs... 20 of them were on the road.
    Only game I have picked differently than you is ND/MichSt...I'm not sure ND can pull this one off. They've gotta be tired- mentally, emotionally, and physically.

  2. I agree with most of those predictions with the expectations of two. I agree that the Oklahoma-FSU game will be close but I think Oklahoma will win 31-28. I dont trust Norte Dame, I think they go down 24-20.