Friday, October 5, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Under the Lights in Week 6

The Horseshoe, once again goes under the lights Saturday Night.
There's nothing quite like a football game under the lights. Well, as the college football season heads into the month of October, we all are about to find out how our teams fair when the lights come on. With a number of Top 25 match-ups (five altogether) on showcase this weekend, the theme for this week seems to be "night games". With a number of ranked teams playing as the sun goes down and into the night, tomorrow night is going to be one crazy evening for college football fans all around. Seriously, what's better then an early October (the smell of fall), the chilled temperatures, and your favorite team playing "under the lights"? The answer: NOTHING! So, make sure you get to bed early tonight, grab a heavy breakfast (mmm...Saturday pancakes), and maybe take an afternoon nap. Cause when the lights turn on, the bells start ringing, Go Buckeyes! 

Games to keep an eye on in Week 6: (Complete Week 6 Schedule)

  • #24 Northwestern at Penn State (NOON, ESPN)
    • The RANKED Wildcats come into Happy Valley at 5-0. Yet, are a 2.5 point underdog?
  • #4 LSU at #10 Florida (3:30, CBS)
    • The first of two marque SEC games on the day, the Gators look to continue the Tigers slide in the polls with a upset victory.
  • #5 Georgia at #6 South Carolina (7:00, ESPN) *College Game Day, Live from Columbia, SC*
    • The only thing that needs to be said about this primetime game, Spurrier!!!!!
  • #8 West Virginia at #11 Texas (7:00, FOX)
    • Geno & Co. head to Texas, to face the Longhorns in WVU's 1st road trip in the Big 12.
  • Miami (FL) at #9 Notre Dame (7:30, NBC) *Games being played in Chicago, Soldier Field*
    • Once called, the criminals vs. the catholics, the 'Canes & Irish renew their rivalry in the confines of Solider Field in Chicago.
  • #21 Nebraska at #12 Ohio State (8:00, ABC)
    • Martinez vs. Miller. The Cornhuskers & Buckeyes under the lights for the 2nd year in a row, this time in Columbus.
Buckeyes Game Preview vs. Nebraska

The Buckeyes after facing the best defense in the conference a week ago, (17-16 win over Michigan State), now turn their focus to one of the better offenses in the Big Ten Conference. The toughest test by far this season will be how the Silver Bullets handle the Cornhuskers spread attack featuring Junior duel-threat QB Taylor Martinez and Senior RB Rex Burkhead. The Buckeyes a season ago, jumped out to a 21-point lead (27 to 6) in Lincoln vs. the Cornhuskers, only to see Martinez & Burkhead run all over 'em in the 2nd half for an eventual 34 to 27 victory. The Silver Bullets were left with a bad taste in their mouths and will look for some revenge come Saturday Night once the ball is kicked. Braxton Miller continues to be the lone ranger for the Buckeyes offensive attack, and will need some sort of supporting cast, if the Buckeyes want to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Buckeyes will be without the services of Senior RB Jordan Hall, who injured his knee in last weeks game. The game is the 1st of two in a row for the Buckeyes, that will be played under the lights, as they travel to Bloomington, IN to face the Hoosiers in a primetime game next week. The stage is always the brightest when the lights are on, will the Buckeyes be up for the test, as they continue to play imperfect football while producing a perfect record. The month of October begins a stretch of games vs. opponents that the Buckeyes went 1-3 against a season ago. Look for the Horseshoe to be "a rockin'' come 8:00 tomorrow night, as they are calling for a "Scarlet Out" for the primetime game. Bring the #juice.

Weekend Game Picks (Last Week: 5-1, Overall 22-8) Bonus Pick: 3-2

Penn State upsets Northwestern

LSU swamps Florida

Georgia knocks off South Carolina

West Virginia outguns Texas

Notre Dame over Miami (FL)

Ohio State out duels Nebraska

*Bonus Pick*

Sunday Night Football (8:20, NBC): Saints strike down the Chargers, Brees sets touchdown record.
  • Saints snag their 1st win of the season, as Drew Brees sets the record for the most-consecutive games with at least 1 passing touchdown.