Friday, October 27, 2006

Key ACC Battle; Big Party Highlight College Football

We've already seen Virginia Tech (6-2) jump back into the ACC title picture with a 24-7 victory over No. 10 Clemson (7-2) on Thursday. Hokies RB Brandon Ore led the way with 203 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Now Miami could do the same thing on Saturday against Georgia Tech in another big conference clash. Despite all their problems with the on-field brawl and the future status of head coach Larry Coker, the Hurricanes (5-2) would be right back in the thick of things with a win over the Yellowjackets (5-2), who were blown out last week by Clemson.

Also on tap is the annual World's Largest Outdoor Party when Georgia (6-2) heads to Jacksonville to take on Florida (6-1) in a key SEC matchup. The Bulldogs, 14-point underdogs, could move back into the Top 25 with a victory.

Only one game features a battle of ranked teams and that's No. 19 Oklahoma (5-2) traveling to meet No. 23 Missouri (7-1) in a key Big 12 contest.

Here's the Corners predictions for this weeks Top 25 battles:

Minnesota at Ohio State (1)
The Buckeyes 15-game winning streak is the third longest in school history and it's about to move to 16. Winner: Ohio State.

Northwestern at Michigan (2)
At least the Wildcats won't have to worry about blowing a 35-point lead in this game. Winner: Michigan.

USC (3) at Oregon State
The Trojans are rested coming off a bye week and healthier. That spells bad news for the Beavers. Winner: USC.

Texas (5) at Texas Tech
The Longhorns have been very vulnerable recently and could be primed for an upset. The Red Raiders love to pass the ball and Texas is ranked 84th in the country against the pass. No matter, the Longhorns in the end will prevail because of all their talent. Winner: Texas.

Auburn (7) at Mississippi
The Tigers have won seven straight in the Rebels' backyard. This Saturday should be no different. Winner: Auburn.

Tennessee (8) at South Carolina
The Volunteers are 4-10 against a Steve Spurrier coached team and need to be ready for this showdown in Columbia or else an upset could be brewing. Winner: Tennessee.

Florida (9) at Georgia
The last four games have been decided by seven points or less with the Gators taking three of four. Look for the same trend to continue. Winner: Florida.

Notre Dame (11) at Navy
The Irish have defeated the Midshipmen and amazing 41 straight times! How is that possible? Winner: Notre Dame.

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (13)
The Razorbacks last three games have been with SE Missouri State, Mississippi and now the Warhawks. Glad to see that Arkansas goes out of its way to play the best. Winner: Arkansas.

Illinois at Wisconsin (17)
The Illini played well in spots and QB Juice Williams is not bad, but reality sets in this week with a visit to Camp Randall and the Badgers. Wisconsin is seventh in the nation in total defense. Winner: Wisconsin.

Buffalo at Boston College (18)
The Eagles could win this game with their mascot playing quarterback. Winner: Boston College.

Oklahoma (19) at Missouri (23)
The Tigers are favored in this game for the first time since 1998 and with Adrian Peterson lost to the Sooners, Missouri just might pull it out. Winner: Missouri.

Nebraska (20) at Oklahoma State
The scoreboard should light up in this game. Winner: Nebraska.

Miami at Georgia Tech (21)
The Hurricanes almost lost to Duke, while the Yellowjackets were embarrassed by Clemson last week as Calvin Johnson had zero catches. Look for an angry, motivated Georgia Tech team to be ready at home. Winner: Georgia Tech.

Texas A&M (22) at Baylor
The Aggies like to win ugly, but win they do. Winner: Texas A&M.

Wake Forest (24) at North Carolina
My how times have changed. Who would have thought that the Demon Deacons would be the best team in the state of North Carolina? Winner: Wake Forest.

Portland State at Oregon (25)
This is one of those take your huge paycheck and get blown out games. Winner: Oregon.


Connecticut at Rutgers (16)
Why are games being played on Sunday now? Sorry guys that day is for the pros. The Scarlet Knights are ranked second in the nation in total defense. When is someone in the national media going to recognize how good a coach Greg Schiano really is? Winner: Rutgers.

The Corner Lowdown:
Last week: 17-3
Overall: 93-19

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1 comment:

Matthew C. Keegan said...

Thanks for telling it like it is regarding Rutgers and Coach Schiano. This is an amazing year for long suffering Scarlet Knights faithful and we are having the time of lives!