Southern Miss @ #10 Auburn (Conference USA vs SEC)
Auburn has changed QBs this week after Burns hurt his leg in the La-Monroe game last week. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how Todd performs as the starter. The defense for Southern Miss will be a step up from the La-Monroe defense for the Tigers. However, the Southern Miss offense will still be facing a very, very good Auburn defense. In the end, the Tiger defense is just too tough for the Eagles.
Southern Miss 10 Auburn 24
#16 BYU @ Washington (Mountain West vs PAC-10)
Last year the Huskies were in their first year under Willingham. He had a better defense back then. His offense will pretty much be the same this year, but his defense is much younger. The Huskie defense gave up 496 yards to the Ducks last week in a 44 – 10 loss. It won't get any easier this week as the Cougs roll in and deliver a resounding win for the BCS-Buster hopefuls.
Cougs 38 Puny Pups 17
#8 West Virginia @ East Carolina (Big East vs Conference USA)
Little Lou (Skip) Holtz has built a contender at East Carolina in a few short years. He made a huge step forward with that program last week with the "upset" of Virginia Tech. However, the ACC is just a horribly dreadful conference. So, stepping into the top tier of the Big Least conference this week should pose a more daunting task. Paul White is still at West Virginia (seems like his 10th year to me) and is obviously a trendy pick for the Heisman Trophy. The Mountaineers will prove to be too tough and the turnovers that didn't haunt them in the Va Tech game will spell disaster this weekend.
Mountaineers 45 Pirates 24
aTm @ New Mexico (Little XII vs Mountain West)
So, how bad are things going to be in College Station after this weekend when the Aggies travel to Albuquerque this weekend and lay another dud? Should they crash and burn in the desert it is going to be an 0 – 3 start for the Mike Sherman era as they will next play an improving Miami team. The Lobos aren't very good themselves, but they will have enough to edge the Aggies in this one at home.
Aggies 17 Lobos 21
Louisiana Tech @ #14 Kansas (WAC vs Little XII)
La Tech pulled off the upset last weekend at home when they bested Sylvester Croom's Mississippi State Bulldogs. However, this weekend in Lawrence Kansas, things will be COMPLETELY different for the Bulldogs. They will be without their defensive star in LB Quinn Harris, or if he plays it will be very limited, as he broke his hand in the MSU game. Kansas just seemed to show up last week against Florida International. Look for them to work on tuning things up this week.
Bulldogs 21 Jayhawks 42
Arkansas @ La-Monroe (SEC vs Sun Belt)
The Bobby Petrino era got off to a resounding, Lord thank you for the comeback, last week against Western Illinois. This week, the competition moves up considerably as a talented La Monroe team comes calling in Little Rock. Last week the DL was just abysmal for the Razorbacks. This week they have to step up and and shut down the run and get off the field on 3rd down. If they are able to do that, the Offense was beginning to click in the second half as they scored on 3 of their final 5 possessions. Look for more DeAnthony Curtis this week at RB and Michael Smith will return as well. A more balanced attack and a much improved DL will lead to a much easier win for the Hogs.
Hogs 35 La-Monroe 13
Miami @ #5 Florida (ACC vs SEC)
Next year this will be a great game. This year, it will more than likely be a Tebow coming-out party. And not coming-out that way either. He will probably rebound from his sub-part Super Tebowesque performance against the Warriors of Hawaii to have a big game. Oh yeah, and Percy Harvin is well again and will be back on the field. Those things combined, it doesn't matter how much improved the U is, they won't be on the same level as the Gators.
the U 17 Gators 49
#12 Texas Tech @ Nevada (Little XII vs WAC)
Texas Tech struggled a little against Eastern Washington last weekend. This weekend they face a tougher challenge from the Wolfpack from Nevada. The Wolfpack can put up points just like the Red Radiers can. Although last year the Radiers D made huge strides, they may have taken a step backwards in allowing 21 points to Eastern Washington. Should be an entertaining game and hopefully Graham Harrell has lots of ice, because he will probably throw it close to 80 times.
Raiders 56 Wolfpack 49
#11 Texas @ UTEP (Little XII vs Conference USA)
Texas steps up just a bit in competition this week when they travel to UTEP. While the Miners aren't anything to write home about, they are decent (compared to Florida Atlantic from last week for the Shorthorns). In a final tune up before their game against the Hogs, the Shorthorns will work more on the running game. Colt McCoy is good, but they need someone to relieve the pressure. 232 yards last week was a good start, and they should fair even better this week. The Miners, well, they are dreadful.
Shorthorns 55 Miners 14
Ole Miss @ #23 Wake Forest (SEC vs ACC)
And so the HDN era in "big games" begins in Oxford. One will have to wait and see if the same tendencies that plagued him in big games at Arkansas are still prevalent in the neighboring state. Or if someone moving across the Mississippi River has washed those things away. Will it look like a Chinese fire-drill performed by blind midgets on the Ole Miss sideline Saturday? Will the Rebels know what hit them when the Demon Deacons come out in those all black unis? Will the stars and bars be flying? After giving up 453 yards of offense to a very young Tiger team last week, Skinner and the Deacons have to be licking their chops right now. If Skinner doesn't set his personal high in yardage this weekend it will be a miracle.
Humble Pie 17 Restoring some ACC pride 41