Friday, October 26, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Spooky surroundings in Week 9

With 11 undefeated teams remaining,
who will survive the week still undefeated?
Hint: At least one undefeated is going down.
I'm sure a number of Wake Forest students/fans woke up in the middle of the night with nightmares, following last nights, 42-13 defeat to the Clemson Tigers. With that and Halloween next Wednesday, a number of folks will be out in full costume this weekend celebrating Halloween, while the rest of us sit at home, wondering "will our team survive the scary weekend"? Eleven teams head into the weekend undefeated, and a number of them face some "tricky" opponents that are looking to "scare 'em" from the ranks of the unbeaten. We know that at least one undefeated team will go down this weekend, when 7-0 Mississippi State travels to 7-0 Alabama, for a clash between two SEC unbeatens. Other undefeated teams that face a spooky weekend include: Louisville, Florida, Ohio, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. As for the rest of the unbeatens (Kansas State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Rutgers) they will try and survive the weekend, as well, because someone always survives a scare, right? Well, while you flee from the ghost & goblins this weekend, make sure to check out a little CFB action, and see who survives the "spooky surroundings", and stay undefeated. College Gameday Live is from Norman, OK (10 am, ESPN) site of the Notre Dame/Oklahoma game (8:00, ABC). What's your favorite scary movie?

Games to keep an eye on in Week 9: (Complete Week 9 Schedule) *Rankings via BCS Standings*

Cincinnati at #16 Louisville (8:00 FRI, ESPN)
  • After being knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten a week ago, UC looks to spoil Louisville's perfect run, when two of the top three Big East schools clash on Friday Night Football.
#2 Florida vs. #10 Georgia (3:30, CBS) *Game is being played in Jacksonville, FL*
  • With a win, the Gators would lock up the SEC East for the first time since 2009. While a Dawgs win, plus wins the next two weeks, would give the Bulldogs back-to-back SEC East crowns.
#14 Texas Tech at #3 Kansas State (3:30, FOX)
  • A showcase of the Heisman trophy front-runner K State's QB Colin Klein, going up against Heisman dark-horse Texas Tech's QB Seth Doege.
Ohio State at Penn State (5:30, ESPN)
  • Both teams come into this game with combined records of 13-2 and are both undefeated in Big Ten games, its too bad neither is eligible for a bowl game this season.
#5 Notre Dame at #8 Oklahoma (8:00, ABC)
  • The Irish travel out to Norman, to take on the Sooners in a primetime matchup of Top 10 teams. The Fighting Irish are 8-1 all-time vs. OU, this being the first meeting since 1999.
#22 Michigan at Nebraska (8:00, ESPN2)
  • A matchup that will probably decide who wins the Legends divsion in the Big Ten this season, the Wolverines won last years game 45 to 17 up in the Big House. Cornhuskers will be out for some payback this time around.
Buckeyes Game Preview vs. Penn State

This game would have an even bigger impact come Saturday night, if both teams were bowl eligible at the end of this season. Due to off-the-field issues, neither team in this game will be heading to a bowl game on January 1st, making this one all about barraging rights and the potential of winning the Big Ten Leaders division trophy. Both teams have been impressive thus far this season, with a combined record of 13-2, between the two teams this one is shaping up to be a entertaining meeting between the two rivals. In this series, the road team has held the advantage in recent years, winning four out of the last five meetings, with Penn State beating the Buckeyes a season ago in Columbus, 20-14. The Buckeyes have won the last two games played in Happy Valley ('07 & '09) by a combined score of 61-24. For the Buckeyes to make it three-in-row on the road in the series, it might just depend on the status and play making ability of Heisman hopeful starting Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller. Miller, was knocked out of last weeks game vs. Purdue, and rushed to the hospital for testing. Fortunately, he was cleared to resume practice this week with the team, and despite a sore neck is 100% ready to go. If Miller is able to stay on the field (sidelined for a play or two, in each of OSU's 4 conference games) and make plays with both his arm and legs, I see the Buckeyes coming away with this one, albeit their biggest challenge to this point of the season vs. the Nittany Lions, who have ran off 5-straight wins after starting the season at 0-2. BRING THE JUICE, LETS GO BUCKEYES!

Weekend Game Picks (Last Week 4-2, Overall 35-13) Bonus Pick: 6-2

Louisville in a close one over Cincinnati

Georgia upsets Florida

Kansas State over Texas Tech

Ohio State escapes Penn State

Oklahoma storms past Notre Dame

Nebraska tops Michigan

*Bonus Pick*

Sunday Night Football (8:20, NBC): Peyton, Broncos beat Brees, Saints, in a rematch of the two starting QB's from Super Bowl XLIV.

  • Peyton, Brees on SNF, yeah...this one was a no-brainer for the NFL, should be a very entertaining game to watch.