Inside The Helmets Of Florida-Georgia, USC-Cal, Ole Miss-Auburn And Other Key Contests
This is college football’s catch-your-breath weekend.
The sport is taking a power nap, the kind everyone needs on occasion. But then again, it could wake up and provide us with another dramatic finish the way it’s done all year – a Hail Mary, a miracle game-winning touchdown on a field goal or punt on the last play or perhaps some other thrill.
That’s why we watch the games!
Onto this week’s key games. All times Pacific Time.
WEST VIRGINIA at TCU (4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1)
If the Couch Burners can light a fire under their defense, they might have a chance to spike the Horned Frogs. They key is not pulling a Texas and falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter. TCU’s defense is as vulnerable as a group of teenagers huddled in a room in a horror flick. But unlike those teenagers the Horned Frogs will find a way to escape. Winner: TCU
OREGON at ARIZONA STATE (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
If nothing else, this should be entertaining. You never know what you’ll get with Arizona State – not just this year but every year which is why it was foolish of people to predict the Sun Devils as a College Football Playoff contender – and the Ducks are more waddling than running this year. Oregon does have a key receiver back from injury and that could prove to be the difference in another whacky but fun-to-watch Pac-12 game. Winner: Oregon
OLE MISS at AUBURN (9 a.m., SEC Network)
The Prognosticator is so desperate to have key games this week, he’s including this one. It does, however, have the potential to affect the SEC championship. Colonel Rebel woke up last week and now heads to the Plains with Hottie Toddie in hand. Then again with such an early start it may be a Bloody Mary. It’s High Noon on the Plains, the Tigers’ once-promising season on the brink of collapse. Aubie is DFL in the SEC in the standings, in defense and in disappointment among the fools who picked this team to win the league and contend for the National Championship. Yet Auburn keeps being Auburn. This week, a DB said Ole Miss star receiver Laquon Treadwell is a “regular receiver.” Before the LSU game another DB said Leonard Fournette is nothing special. Furnette ran for 250 yards. Winner: Ole Miss
USC at CAL (Noon, Fox 11)
Watch for Troy to go on the same kind of run it did when Coach O was in temporary charge. This team is the Rocky Balboa of college football; no matter how much you knock it down, it keeps coming back for more, and just when you think it’s beaten, it throws some heavy punches. Troy is proud, confident and eager to find a punching bag. It has a good target in the Bears who can’t stop a noseblead, tho its QB can get hot and may make a game effort of making a game of this one. Winner: USC
COLORADO at UCLA (Noon, Pac-12 Network)
The Trampolines bounced back up last week to destroy Cal and continue their aerobatics against the hapless Buffalos from the Rocky Mountain state. The Buffs have actually improved to the point where they are not getting blown out anymore so the point difference may come down to how comfortable UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is entering the game. He’s had a rough week – UCLA took away the Jacuzzi he had in his dorm room. Officials learned of it when he bragged about it by putting it on social media. Hey the guy is a freshman, he makes mistakes! Winner: UCLA
FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA (12:30 p.m., CBS)
This game, held in Jacksonville, is known as The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. The sportswriter who coined that phrase had obviously never been to a Jimmy Buffett concert but none-the-less, about 100,000 people go to it just for the party scene. On the field, it’s been the Gators and not the Dawgs who have shown the biggest bite this year. And except for the occasional fluke, Georgia doesn’t best Florida. Winner: Florida
NOTRE DAME at TEMPLE (5 p.m., ABC)
Here’s how desperate the networks are for college football this weekend – this is the prime-time affair and ESPN’s College GameDay is at this event. When it comes to Temple you might be tempted to ask “whooo, whoooo,” but the Owls did whip Penn State earlier this year. They will not, however, swoop down and scoop up the Irish. Winner: Notre Dame.