College Football Saturday Preview
#20 Oklahoma vs #3 Texas (9a PT ABC) – The Red River Shootout should be as eventful as ever with last year’s Heisman Sam Bradford’s Sooners battling Colt McCoy’s Longhorns. These QB’s met last season to much fanfare with Texas pulling out the 45-35 win. This time it is McCoy who is in prime position to win the Heisman, if he can put up big numbers in the game. Oklahoma already has 2 losses this season but are undefeated in Big 12 South play (1-0) trailing Texas by one game. If the Sooners can pull off the upset they can keep a very slim hope of reaching the natty should they win out and snag the Big 12 Championship. Texas has been hitting on all cylinders this year though so Oklahoma’s chances of pulling out the win might be slim like Baby’s brother.
#4 Virginia Tech vs #19 Georgia Tech (3p PT ESPN2) – This meeting pits 2 of the most high powered offenses in the nation against each other with ACC Championship implications on the line. Va Tech has looked solid this season, defeating 2 ranked opponents (Nebraska, The U) and putting up more than 34 ppg to lead the conference. Georgia Tech’s only loss this season came against Miami and the Yellow Jackets are coming off of an impressive win at Florida State last weekend. They easily have the sickest offense in the country and need this win to create a log jam in the ACC Coastal division (once Virginia losses).
#6 USC vs #25 Notre Dame (12:30p PT NBC) – The battle of California QB’s should take center stage as Matt Barkley (Mater Dei – Santa Ana) and Jimmy Clausen (Oaks Christian – Thousand Oaks) do battle at historic Notre Dame Stadium, with the eyes of the nation watching. Both programs desperately need a victory, with the Trojans knocking right on the door of a natty berth and the Irish trying to put together one of the best seasons that they’ve had in a few years. If Charlie Weis can get this win, he will convert a lot of his critics to believers.
#22 South Carolina vs #2 Alabama (4:45p PT ESPN) – With Alabama jumping Texas after an impressive victory over Ole Miss last weekend, the Gamecocks come in with a golden opportunity to gain some ground in the SEC. But Alabama might be a little too much for South Carolina to handle as their offense (37 ppg) and defense (#2 in the nation) can both control the game.
Arkansas vs #1 Florida (12:30p PT CBS) – Urban Meyer’s squad should easily dispose of the Razorbacks, who are coming off a solid win against Auburn and rely on a solid run game to propel their offense. Unfortunately the Gators strength (of which they have many) is in their rush defense so they should be able to lock up Arkansas.