Rambling commentary delivered on-time this week.
Boise State @ Fresno State (Thursday)
This game decides the WAC champion. The excitement is dampened because Boise State has not been the contender some (ahem, CFR) expected it would be. Both teams have more or less crushed conference peers this season, though. Fresno's put together a nice season and is a field goal's loss at Oregon away from being undefeated. The easy choice is Fresno here as Boise's not home and not particularly good.
Northwestern @ Ohio State
The Buckeyes are on a major roll (since Penn State loss beat Michigan State 35-24, Indiana 41-10, Minnesota 45-31 and Illinois 40-2). It looks like they've found a way to hide Troy Smith back there and just let him make really safe, touchdown type throws on play action. It's working, because his passer rating is an impressive 165.1 right now. I think the Wildcats have peaked, falling fairly easily to Michigan and almost losing to Iowa last week. This game could resemble the NW/Penn State game where Northwestern dinks and dunks their way to a few first half scores then goes quiet for the rest of the game. Ohio State shouldn't have a problem scoring here, as the run and pass games have found some juice against similarly soft defenses. The Buckeyes are my choice.
Florida State @ Clemson
Bowden Bowl XXXXVIII yada yada yada. We got it already. Who cares? Next.
Indiana @ Michigan
Indiana's been crushed all season by Big Ten foes. But Michigan may be a touch distracted here in preparation for the big Ohio State tilt. I doubt an upset has much of a shot of happening here, but Indiana's due for at least a halfway decent performance. Think something like 27-17 Michigan.
Texas A&M @ Oklahoma
Sloppy. I miss late afternoon score breaks interrupting whatever game to bring me Adrian Peterson highlight runs. Wherefore art thou, Adrian? I'm going with the Sooners. The complete derailment of the Aggies' season is something the pundits need to be examining.
Florida @ South Carolina
Yes we all know the storyline, and it's nonsense. Save it for when Spurrier has a contending squad. If nothing else we at least have the hope of a few offensive fireworks from the SEC with this game, but hope is hope and I'm skeptical about the reality.
Navy @ Notre Dame
Baylor @ Missouri
Think the Bears will score some points on Saturday? A third straight shutout would be horrific.
Memphis @ Tennessee
The Vols finally find a pond they can swim in.
USC @ California
I know Cal's problems, but until I see it happen, this thing will be a close game. This one is potentially a great watch if the coaches are on. Remember USC has not been at its best in front of hostile crowds this year (Oregon, Arizona State, Notre Dame) and Cal's fans are among the more rowdy you'll find if there's something to cheer for. USC is the choice here, but it's likely another close game.
Kansas @ Texas
LSU @ Alabama
Ew. LSU has the tools to win this one, but I think Alabama prevails again. LSU is just such a mess sometimes they'll probably make all their own mistakes and hand this one to the tide the same way Mississippi State did last week.
Arizona State @ UCLA
If only to see whether UCLA rebounds from the Arizona loss or not. I'll go with regular commenter Stephen and go with the Sun Devils here.
Auburn @ Georgia
Auburn's starting to find their way and Georgia's middling after a loss, a quarterback injury and some time off. This is the recipe for a close game if you ask me. Georgia is the better football team, but you can throw that all out the window when teams decide its time for one of those boxing "clutch maneuver" matches. I'm going with Georgia but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised by a different outcome.
Oregon @ Washington State
I'm sorry, but its hard to have faith in Oregon's backup quarterbacks. They're still in the first year of that new offense and now working with second and third string signal callers. Not good when you're in a late season Pac-10 road swing. Can Oregon score enough to keep the Cougars at bay? I have my doubts. CFR says Washington State wins this one. Pullman's a bad place to be in November.