Friday, September 28, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Road Warriors in Week 5

You're bound to run into a few unique characters, on the road.
Saturday's in the fall, there's nothing quite like 'em. This week 12 ranked teams take to the road, with the ultimate goal to become road warriors. Last night, unranked Washington (Dub-U) in front of a wild "blacked out" crowd defeated #8 Stanford 17-13. That makes one ranked team already, fail to become road warriors. Ranked teams with road trips this week include: #2 Oregon, #4 Florida State, #6 South Carolina, #12 Texas, #15 TCU, #17 Clemson, #18 Oregon State, #19 Louisville, and #24 Boise State. All those teams face unranked home dogs. Who's on Upset Alert? It will be interesting at the end of Saturday night, to see how many of those teams survived their road test. Two Top 25 match ups this week as well, when #14 Ohio State travels to #20 Michigan State & #25 Baylor goes on the road to play #9 West Virginia. It looks like another fun weekend in college football, so make sure you get up early have some breakfast (I prefer pancakes, for my pregame meal), and catch College Game Day Live from East Lansing, MI.

Games to keep an eye on in Week 5: (Complete Week 5 Schedule)

  • #25 Baylor at #9 West Virginia (NOON, FX)
    • WVU's 1st-Big 12 Conference game pits them against an explosive Baylor attack.
  • #14 Ohio State at #20 Michigan State (3:30, ABC) *College Game Day* Live from E. Lansing.
    • How will Braxton & Co. look in Urban's first Big Ten road game?
  • #4 Florida State at USF (6:00, ESPN)
    • Will the Seminoles have any sort of letdown, after last weeks victory over Clemson? USF pulled off a 17-7 upset back in 2009 vs. FSU in Tallahassee. 
  • #12 Texas at Oklahoma State (7:50, FOX)
    • After beating the Horns in Austin the past two seasons, the Cowboys get 'em in Stillwater this time. Problem? Yeah, the Cowboys have only beaten Texas once in Stillwater in the school's history (1997). That season Texas went 4-7.
  • Wisconsin at #22 Nebraska (8:00, ABC)
    • The Badgers gave Nebraska a rude welcome to the Big Ten a season ago, with a 48 to 17 victory. Hey Bielema! Paybacks a bitch.
  • #2 Oregon at Washington State (10:30, ESPN2)
    • This games being played in Seattle (CenturyLink Stadium), is there any magic powder left in that stadium after this week. Mike Leach & Co. are going to need it, if they want to pull off the upset vs. Chip Kelly's Quack Attack.
Buckeyes Game Preview vs. MSU

It's finally here. After a so-so non-conference slate of games, in which the Buckeyes managed to go 4 for 4 in, they get their 1st true test tomorrow afternoon. Urban's first road game in the Big Ten is against one of the toughest defenses in the nation, the past couple of seasons. The top defense in the Big Ten, the Spartans will try and slow down, Braxton & Co. Ha, good luck. After feeling really uneasy after last weeks close-call vs. UAB, as the week has went along, I have really started to feel confident about this match up. Now, I know the defense has been picked apart the past couple of weeks for their poor tackling and overall play, I think the MSU offense is just what they need. Number 1 propriety will be to stop, MSU Junior running back Le'Veon Bell, who has already topped 200+ yards in two of the teams four games already this season. Notre Dame did a really nice job a couple weeks ago, stopping Bell and basically making him a non-factor. I'd like to think the Buckeyes "Silver Bullets" can do the same, and come up with some timely turnovers during the game. In a game, where points will probably be at a premium, it will be critical for the Buckeyes offense attack to finish off drives. They have done a really nice job of doing just that so far this season, only attempting one FG in their 1st four games. How the Buckeyes handle adversity especially on the road, will determine how this one goes. Oh boy, as I've been writing this preview, I'm getting #juiced for this one, should be a goodie. Let's Go Buckeyes!

Weekend Game Picks (Last Week: 5-1, Overall 17-7) Bonus Pick: 2-2

WVU in a shootout over Baylor

Ohio State sneaks past Michigan State

Florida State routs South Florida

Oklahoma State upsets Texas

Nebraska beats Wisconsin

Oregon races past Washington State

*Bonus Pick*

Sunday Night Football (8:20, NBC): Eagles soar past Giants in a clash of NFC East rivals.

  • Dare I say, Vick goes turnover-free in this one, sends the Giants to 0-2 in the NFC East.