Friday, September 28, 2007

Week Five of college football

Can you believe we are already into Week Five of college football?

This could possibly be a college football Upset special

Illinois over Penn State

How long is Illini coach Ron Zook’s memory? The last time Penn State visited Champaign, the Nittany Lions led 56-3 at halftime and won 63-10. Afterward, Zook told his players this was as bad as it would ever get. “Sometimes you hit rock bottom before you start coming up,” he said that day. Those who were in the program won’t forget, and the Illini are improving every week.

Also worth watching

Florida State vs. Alabama (at Jacksonville, Fla.)

Maybe for the only time this year, Nick Saban isn’t the coaching story in an Alabama game. Bobby Bowden grew up in Birmingham a fan of two programs, Alabama and Notre Dame. He enrolled at Tuscaloosa, stayed a semester before returning home to marry his high school sweetheart. “I lived and died with Alabama,” Bowden said. Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews was a football star at ‘Bama. Tide defensive coordinator Kevin Steele served at Florida State for four years.

West Virginia at South Florida (tonight)

It was one of the more stunning upsets of 2006, South Florida winning at West Virginia. The Mountaineers will try to return the favor and keep their national championship hopes alive. But it won’t be easy. The Bulls have risen to national prominence and in a season where offenses are going wild, including West Virginia’s, South Florida has one of the nation’s top defenses. Last year, the Bulls held the Mountaineers to 132 rushing yards.

Michigan State at Wisconsin

The Badgers put their nation’s best 13-game winning streak on the line against the surprising Spartans, who will break into the polls with a victory. Michigan State is getting it done like a vintage Big Ten team, with a run-first offense and defense. Wisconsin has been winning ugly and has been unconvincing in victories over The Citadel, UNLV and Iowa.

On the horizon

Don’t make plans for Oct. 6 — it’s a can’t-miss Saturday:

Florida at LSU: Should meet again in early December; Virginia Tech at Clemson: ACC title game preview?; Texas-Oklahoma (Dallas): Winner stays in national title picture; Cincinnati at Rutgers: Two ranked teams from the Big East; Nebraska at Missouri: Big 12 North showcase game; Kansas at Kansas State: Legitimacy at stake for Jayhawks; Ohio State at Purdue: Boilers get to make their case.


college football top 10

With a month of college football games played, it's time to take a realistic look at the Top 10:

1. USC

2. Oklahoma

3. Florida

4. LSU

5. Ohio State

6. West Virginia

7. California

8. Texas

9. Wisconsin

10. Boston College