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Week 9 Preview

by Big Al

Things are getting interesting this weekend, with another top-10 matchup and a lot of ranked teams playing each other besides. It's gonna be sweet.

Oklahoma State at West Virginia

West Virginia's last chance to get back into the conference race. I think they do it at home.

Minnesota at Iowa

Floyd of Rosedale! Anyway, I have no idea who's going to win. Oh heck, let's just say Iowa.

Tennessee at Kentucky

This used to be for the Bourbon Barrel, then some football player for one of these schools got into a drunk-driving accident and killed a couple of people. The trophy seemed rather tasteless after that. It also used to be the season-ending rivalry game for both teams, but that's no longer the case either. Tennessee now plays Vanderbilt, which is actually a step down in competition (traditionally speaking). Kentucky, meanwhile, finishes the season with Louisville, which has been an upgrade in competition (as of the last few years). Anyway, I keep picking Tennessee, and they keep losing. So I'll go with Kentucky and see if that works any better.

Georgia vs. Florida

This used to be called the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, until that also became politically distasteful. It will also be distasteful what Florida fans will be saying about Jim McElwain after this game.

Cal at Colorado.

Now that it is politically smiled upon, they should start calling this the World's Largest Outdoor Weed Party. I know there are better terms for that, but I'm in a rush and I want something obvious. Anyway, I'll just pick Colorado and move on.

TCU at Iowa State

Who would have thought this would be a big game? Not me. Not anybody else prior to ISU beating Oklahoma. Anyway, expect TCU to keep Iowa State on the outside of the conference race.

NC State at Notre Dame

Also in the surprising column is this game between two teams that are still just on the outside of the national race, but climbing quickly. Whichever team wins this game will get even farther into it. Expect that to be Notre Dame.

Penn State at Ohio State

Rumor has it that Ohio State is favored in this game. A team that got annihilated by the only good team they played so far this season is favored over a team that annihilated the only good team they played so far this season. I appreciate that Ohio State is at home and has looked good in the last few games, but Penn State plays defense and Ohio State is the only decent team Oklahoma played that couldn't score on their defense. Penn State wins.

Columns

Week 12 Preview

There's only one big game and the national race is clear only insofar as the top 5 teams keep winning. That's the gist of the article. Wish I had more to say on a weekend without a lot of hype.

Week 11 Recap

It may have been the biggest weekend of the year so far. Tons of big games... that didn't quite live up to the billing. But some of the teams did.

Week 11 Preview

It's another big weekend and we have a lot of games to talk about. So let's start talking.

Week 10 Recap

Things in the national race just got a lot clearer thanks to one small upset and one huge one.

Week 10 Preview

After last weekend's insanity, we are back into the games for more. I have learned not to sleep on any weekend this year, so hold onto your hats, folks.

Week 9 Recap

This week lived up to billing and then some. Yeah, there was a big game, but there were a lot of other games that kept everybody glued to their seats. A truly epic weekend.