Friday, September 21, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Conference Showdowns Highlight Week 4

There is nothing better, then Conference Games.
Boise State's 7-6 victory over BYU, on this week's College Thursday Night Football game, literally put me to sleep. The Broncos on the "blue turf" got a defensive touchdown and held the Cougars on a 2-point conversion late to preserve the W. Three games into the season, the post-Kellen Moore era in Boise has been everything but offensive. With a new signal-caller, the Broncos have went without a offensive TD in two of their three games. Replacing the all-time winningest QB in college football, is proving to be a difficult task. Sitting at 2-1, are the Broncos in for a multiple-loss season for the 1st time since 2007 (10-3 that season). You can catch the flavor of the past week, UL-Monroe tonight, when they host Baylor (ESPN 8PM). After splitting back-to-back OT game's with SEC teams Arkansas (Win) & Auburn (Lose), what's in story for the Warhawks this week. With some teams wrapping up non-conference schedules this week (Big Ten), others are diving (or have been) into some early season conference match ups . Yes! Another, full-weekend of college football, make sure you have fresh batteries in the remote & the schedule of games with you. Turn this classic jam up to Volume 11 in the morning while you serve yourself some Saturday morning pancakes & eggs, while you watch College Game Day Live from Tallahassee, FL.

Games to keep an eye on in Week 4: (Complete Week 4 Schedule)

  • UAB at #16 Ohio State (Noon, BTN)
    • The Buckeyes final tune-up, before a trip up to Sparty Land, next week.
  • Missouri at #7 South Carolina (3:30, CBS)
    • The Tigers first SEC-road game vs. "the old ball coach", is it too late for them to rejoin the Big 12?
  • #18 Michigan at #11 Notre Dame (7:30, NBC)
    • Second year in-a-row "under the lights", the Irish look to end a three-year nightmare vs. the Wolverines.
  • #15 Kansas State at #6 Oklahoma (7:50, Fox)
    • Sooner's racked up 58 points a year ago vs. the Wildcats in Manhattan, will history repeat itself?
  • #10 Clemson at #4 Florida State (8:00, ABC) *College Game Day* Live from Tallahassee
    • The ACC Game of the Year, winner carries the ACC banner for a possible BCS Title Game run.
  • #22 Arizona at #3 Oregon (10:30, ESPN)
    • The Ducks get a chance to showcase their explosiveness vs. a equally explosive opponent.
Buckeyes Game Preview vs. UAB

The final non-conference game for the Buckeyes (3-0), before they begin conference play a week from now. Giving up 28 points a week ago and poor tackling were a bit of a concern for the Buckeyes defense. Hopefully, a week of tackling drills and refocusing will pay off for this unit, as UAB (0-2) comes in as one of the worst offenses in the nation. I'd be disappointed if this ones not all but over after the 1st quarter. Look for Braxton to get his numbers early and often, as he is relieved of his duties by Kenny early in the 2nd half. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs, and its sharping up to be a very unpleasant visit to Columbus and the Horseshoe for the Blazers. I like to see the offense run smoothly and put up 40 (in the 1st half!) and this is a big IF, I want to see a shutout put on by the defense, and maybe a pick-six, if its not too much to ask. The important thing is that the Buckeyes stay healthy during this game, as things finally get going for real, next week up in East Lansing.

Weekend Game Picks (Last Week: 3-3, Overall 12-6) Bonus Pick: 2-1

Ohio State hammers UAB

South Carolina over Missouri

Notre Dame wins a thriller against Michigan

Oklahoma scores late, beats K-State

Florida State kicks a late-FG slips past Clemson

Oregon races past Arizona

*Bonus Pick*

Monday Night Football (8:30, ESPN): Packers handle the "12th Man" breeze past the Seahawks.

  • Rodgers & Co. travel to the Emerald City, for an electric-like atmosphere showdown vs. the Seahawks on MNF.