Matchups to Watch: Week 8 (real week 8)

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  1. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Matchups to Watch: Week 8 (real week 8)


    Last week the predictions were 1-1. The Penn State win was correct but Nevada fell to UNLV. This week will hopefully be better and it features 3 huge division matchups. All the matchups feature teams with an undefeated conference record.

    #3 Penn State (Hokie) at #20 Minnesota (Beazus)

    The teams will duke it out for the Governor's Victory Bell and a chance at the Big 10 title. This match is one of the many matches in coming weeks that will impact that title. On paper Penn State appears to be the favorite but Minnesota has played tough all season. The teams come in 6th and 7th in the nation in points per game. For Minnesota to win they need to stop Royster and Newsome. No team has done so this season, as Penn State leads the nation in rushing yards. If the Gophers can stop the run and force Newsome to pass the game may be winnable.

    Prediction: Newsome and Royster are too much for the Minnesota defense. I think the Gophers will get some points but not enough to get the win in this game.

    Penn State 38
    Minnesota 28

    #11 Oklahoma (Twist) at #2 Texas (Slick)

    The Red River Rivalry loses a bit of luster with the teams in opposite divisions. It is likely there will be a rematch between these teams in the conference championship. Setting that aside this has to be the matchup of the week. Both teams are ranked in top 15 and Texas comes in undefeated at #2 overall. The offenses can both score points as each team averages more than 33 points per game. Texas has been a bit lax on defense so they will need to improve in that area to win, they currently are #115 in total yards allowed.

    Prediction: Oklahoma needs a big game from Murray to keep it close. Texas D has been better against the run than pass but they are still ranked outside top 25 in that category. I think Murray gets that big game and Oklahoma pulls the upset.

    Oklahoma 41
    Texas 38

    #13 Houston (Dru) at #14 Fresno State (BDS)

    The Mountain West brought in these teams in the offseason and they are now battling for the conference title. Both teams are also ranked in the top 15 and Houston has yet to lose a game. Houston likes to pass and Keenum is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The Cougars also can score and they currently lead the nation in points per game. Fresno State plays a slower pace game led by HB Rouse. He needs to eat up yards and clock to keep Houston's offense on the sidelines. Fresno State also needs to get QB Colburn back at full strength.

    Prediction: This is Fresno's second straight big time matchup. Like the Penn State game they are facing a top offense. I think they will fare better against Houston but Fresno loses a close game.

    Houston 28
    Fresno State 24
  2. Jman

    Jman It's a Flying Circus!

    Jun 28, 2009
    Good stuff Brave
  3. vBIG SLICKv

    vBIG SLICKv Varsity Baby !!!

    Mar 21, 2010
    The Texas Defense will absolutely have to come up big to win this game. We are going to try and hook it up today or tonight

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