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2008 Matchup Previews - Week 7

Achieved Previews for the week 7 (October 9th to 11th) college football top 25 games

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Clemson Tigers (3-2) @ # 21 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-1)
Time: 7:30pm ET
Spread: Wake Forest – 3
Preview: Clemson, who started the season ranked as high as # 13 will play a conference road game on Saturday, with the potential of falling to .500 on the season. The Tigers, coming off a 20-17 loss to Maryland, have now taken games on the chin to Alabama, and Maryland. Their three wins were over Citadel, North Carolina State, and South Carolina State. The Tigers have scored 153 points, and allowed 80. This will be the first road game of the season for Clemson. Wake Forest, with three wins to start the season; over Baylor, Mississippi State and Florida State. The sole loss on the season was in week five, a 24-17 loss to Navy. The Demon Deacons have scored just 100 points in four games, while allowing 68. Wake Forest is 2-0 on the season. Wake Forest leads the ACC Atlantic, 1-0, while Clemson is tied in second, with three other teams; at 1-1.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

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# 5 Texas Longhorns (5-0) @ # 1 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0)
Time: 12:00pm ET
Spread: Oklahoma – 7
Preview: This, along with the other big showdown in the Big 12, along with the tussle in Gainesville appear to be the obvious games of the week. Texas and Oklahoma have long been powerhouses, and rugged rivals in the Big 12. This year is no difference. Two teams in the top five, both teams undefeated. A possible Big Twelve South title could be on the line Saturday. Texas, coming in 5-0 with wins over Florida Atlantic, UTEP, Arkansas, Rice and Colorado have scored 236 points, and allowed 57. The Longhorns are 2-0 on the road thus far. Quarterback Colt McCoy has thrown for 1280 yards and 16 touchdowns in the first five games. For Oklahoma, coming in as the nations number one team will look to improve their headlock on the # 1 slot. The Sooners have won their first five games over Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Washington, TCU and Baylor. In those five games, Oklahoma is averaging 49.7 points a game, while yielding just 14.7. Quarterback Sam Bradford has been just as impressive, or more, as McCoy, throwing for 1665 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Sooners and the Longhorns are tied in first with a 1-0 conference record. This will be the first of two straight games for both Oklahoma and Texas against top five teams; as Texas battles Missouri, and Oklahoma will tangle with Kansas.

# 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0) @ # 3 Missouri Tigers (5-0)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Missouri – 13.5
Preview: Another Big Twelve prime time game on Saturday night. Oklahoma State, who has been one of the surprise teams thus far, will travel to Columbia to battle with the high powered offense of the Missouri Tigers. The Cowboys would like to see some attention put on their offense as well scoring just four less than Missouri, with 263 on the year. Their defense has allowed 115 points on the year, but in the five wins, the Cowboys have won by an average of 29.2. Cowboys quarterback Zac Robinson has completed 62 of 86 passes for 1035 yards, and 10 touchdowns. His top receiver Dez Bryant, has caught 9 of those 10 touchdown passes. Running back Kendall Hunter has rushed for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns in the first five games. For Missouri, so much attention has been put on their offense; led by quarterback Chase Daniel. Daniel has thrown 156 passes, completing 119 of them for 1665 yards, and 15 touchdowns. His top receiver has been Derrick Washington. Washington has caught 67 passes for 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Running back Jeremy Maclin has ran for five touchdowns, and 480 yards on the year. Missouri and Oklahoma State are both leading their division within the Big 12. Missouri is 1-0 within the North, while Oklahoma State 1-0 in the South.

# 4 LSU Tigers (4-0) @ # 11 Florida Gators (4-1)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Florida -4
Preview: Almost every year in the SEC, these two powerhouse squads always seem to be playing championship caliber games against each other, with NCAA Football National Championship implications on the line. This year, Gainesville will be the location. Gainesville was not pleasant to the home Gators in week five, as Mississippi left town with a 31-30 upset win. The Tigers are 4-0 on the season, with wins over Appalachian State, North Texas, Auburn, and Mississippi State. In those four games, the Tigers have scored 142 points, and allowed only 61. LSU is coming off a week six victory over Mississippi State, in which the Tigers garnered 427 yards of total offense, led by 261 passing yards from quarterback Jarrett Lee. The Gators, feel they must win this game in order to still have a chance at a SEC title. Sitting at 2-1, one full game behind Vanderbilt in the SEC East, the Gators will be looking back to that September 27th loss for weeks. Tim Tebow, last years Heisman winner and a Heisman Trophy candidate entering the 2008 season has thrown for 1025 yards and eight touchdowns to start the season. The defense has been the key for Urban Meyer’s crew, allowing just 57 points in five games.

# 6 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0) @ Wisconsin Badgers (3-2)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Penn State – 5
Preview: Wisconsin, losers of two straight, must feel they have to win this Big 10 battle. The Badgers currently sit in dead last in the conference after two straight losses, to Michigan and Ohio State. Camp Randall in Madison Wisconsin will see a Penn State team that has ranked among the top in offensive numbers. The Nittany Lions have six straight wins; with their best being a week five win over Illinois. In those six games, Penn State has put up 269 points, and the defense has allowed just 70. The Nittany Lions are averaging 507.2 yards per game, which averages 9th in the nation. Their 256.7 rushing yards puts them fourth in the nation as well. Evan Royster, running back, has put up Heisman like numbers rushing 84 times for 659 yards and eight touchdowns. For Wisconsin, after meltdown in Ann Arbor, the Badgers played nip and tuck with the Buckeyes of Ohio State, only to fall late in the game 20-17. Quarterback Allan Evridge, and running back P.J. Hill lead the Badgers. The Badgers have had some difficulty scoring points, putting up just 144 points in five games.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-2) @ # 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-0)
Time: 3:00pm ET
Spread: Texas Tech – 21
Preview: The Texas Tech Red Raiders continue to climb up the BCS ladder, and look to continue that trend Saturday in Lubbock. This week the Red Raiders will battle with the Cornhuskers of Nebraska. Nebraska is currently 0-1 in the Big 12 North, and trails Missouri, and Kansas. They started the season with three straight wins; over Western Michigan, San Jose State, and New Mexico State. In the last two weeks, Nebraska has come up short, with losses to Virginia Tech, and Missouri. On Saturday, Missouri put up 52 points on Nebraska in a 52-17 rout. The schedule for Nebraska is not kind with back to back weeks at Columbia, and Lubbock, followed by a later trip to Norman, OK. Texas Tech has put up gaudy numbers, like other members of the Big 12.  Quarterback Graham Harrell, who has thrown for 2,027 yards and 18 touchdowns, has anchored their 241 total points. Graham’s top receiver has been Michael Crabtree, who has caught 38 passes for 8 touchdowns. The Red Raiders have this game and one more, before four straight games with ranked opponents.

Arizona State Sun Devils (2-3) @ # 8 USC Trojans (3-1)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: USC – 26.5
Preview: The Sun Devils will have a tough task at hand on Saturday. Traveling to Los Angeles, for a game at the Coliseum is never easy, and as Oregon found out on Saturday, facing a ticked off Trojan team is never fun. The Sun Devils, have been a disappointment in the early going, out of the Pac Ten.  Wins over Northern Arizona and Stanford, were then followed by three straight losses to UNLV, Georgia, and California. The Sun Devils have squandered 104 points, and scored 115. On Saturday, in the 24-14 loss to California ASU turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions from quarterback Rudy Carpenter. The Sun Devils, are currently tied in fifth in the Pac Ten, with a 1-1 record. USC is coming off a blowout win over then ranked Oregon. The Trojans trailed briefly, 7-0, but then outscored the Ducks 44-3 after that in the win. USC put up 597 total yards of offense against Oregon. Mark Sanchez has completed 80 of 120 passes for 1069 yards and 13 touchdowns. USC also is tied in fifth place within the Pac Ten with a 1-1 record. Both teams are trailing 2-0 Arizona, and California.

New Mexico Lobos (3-3) @ # 9 Brigham Young Cougars (5-0)
Time: 6:00pm ET
Spread: BYU – 23
Preview: New Mexico will look to get above .500, for the first time all season on Saturday when they travel to Provo to face the BYU Cougars. The Lobos have won three of their last four games, including wins over Arizona, New Mexico State, and Wyoming. The 24-0 win on Saturday over Wyoming was a game in which the Lobos only allowed 201 total yards, including just 71 via the air. The Lobos also forced three Wyoming turnovers. Brigham Young is coming into the game 5-0, and with one of the top win differential in the nation. The Cougars have outscored opponents 206-58, with just one week being close, that was in week two, in which the Cougars beat Washington 28-27. Quarterback Max Hall leads the Cougars, who are 3-0 at home. Hall has thrown for 1587 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year. The 333.8 yards per game passing for BYU ranks the Cougars 8th in the nation. Their 41.2 points per game also ranks them 10th in the nation as well. After Saturday’s game the Cougars will play a tough Mountain West Conference game at Texas Christian University on Thursday evening.

Tennessee Volunteers (2-3) @ # 10 Georgia Bulldogs (4-1)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: Georgia – 12
Preview: The Tennessee Volunteers continue to struggle to start the 2008 season. This week will not be any easier for Phillip Fulmer’s squad. If you ever want to play the Georgia Bulldogs, it is definitely NOT after a big time loss. The Bulldogs were embarrassed in Athens in week give by Alabama. Now, coming off a bye week, the Dawgs will be ready, and out for blood. Tennessee has lost three of their first five games, and are coming off a win, albeit over Northern Illinois, 13-9. The Volunteers have scored just 90 points in five games. Quarterback Jonathan Crompton has completed just 64 of 123 passes for 658 yards and just two touchdowns, to four interceptions. For Georgia, starting the season as the # 1 team in the land, fighting for respect has been a struggle. The 41-30 defeat, to then # 8 Alabama did not help their cause. In that loss, the Bulldogs trailed 31-0 at halftime, only to score 30 second half points. Georgia has not had an easy way thus far, and the brutal schedule will continue throughout the season. The Bulldogs have wins over Georgia Southern, Central Michigan, South Carolina and Arizona State. After Tennessee leaves town, Georgia will face Vanderbilt, LSU and Florida in consecutive weeks.  

Purdue Boilermakers (2-3) @ # 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: Ohio State – 18.5
Preview: Purdue, losers of three of their last four games will take a week seven trip to Columbus Ohio to take on the Buckeyes. The Boilermakers held tight with Penn State on Saturday, only to fall 20-6. In week five Purdue was beat at South Bend 38-21 by Notre Dame. Purdue’s other loss was September 13th at home, to Oregon 32-26. The Boilermakers have scored 127 points, and allowed 125 on the year. Purdue currently is in 8th place in the Big Ten, with a 0-1 record. They trail Penn State, Michigan State, and Ohio State, with 2-0 records. The Buckeyes after their embarrassing loss at USC have won three straight games, averaging 27.33 per game. On Saturday, the Buckeyes were 20-17 winners at Wisconsin. On Saturday Terrelle Pryor ran for 11 yards late in the game to put Ohio State ahead. Ohio State is currently tied in first in the Big Ten with Michigan State and Penn State.

# 13 Vanderbilt Commodores (5-0) @ Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-4)
Time: 2:30pm ET
Spread: Vanderbilt - 3
Preview: The Commodores continue to be one of a few major surprises during the first half of the NCAA football season. Winners of five straight games, Vanderbilt will make the trek to Mississippi State to look for win # 6. Vanderbilt has won both games they have played thus far on the road. In the five games they have played, Vanderbilt has scored 133 points, and allowed 81. Wins over Miami OH, South Carolina, Rice, Mississippi and Auburn have catapulted Vanderbilt to a 3-0 start within the SEC East. Every other team within the East has lost a game, including 2-1 Florida, and 1-1 Georgia. The Commodores will travel to Athens next week to face the ‘Dawgs’. For Mississippi State, the 2008 season has been a struggle, which will certainly continue as the Bulldogs finish their SEC slate. Their lone win came in week two, in which they knocked off Southeastern Louisiana 34-10. The Bulldogs are famous this season for their 3-2 loss at home to Auburn in week three. Mississippi State is coming off a 34-24 at the hands of LSU in Baton Rouge.

# 14 Utah Utes (6-0) @ Wyoming Cowboys (2-4)
Time: 2:00pm ET
Spread: Utah – 23.5
Preview: The Utah Utes have climbed up to # 14 in the Associated Press poll. Escaping this week, over the upstart Oregon State Beavers, the Utes will travel to Laramie and take on Wyoming in a Mountain West Conference tilt. Utah’s prime win came in week one, when they came away from Ann Arbor Michigan with a 25-23 win over the Wolverines. On September 20th, Utah knocked off Air Force 20-13. In six games played Utah has put up 223 yards, including 430 total yards. For Wyoming, scoring just 56 points in six games has not helped the Cowboys cause in their attempt to win games. Their two wins have been over Ohio and North Dakota State. They have played one ranked team this season, coming away with a 44-0 loss to then # 14 BYU on September 20th. The Cowboys offense ranks 119th in the nation, averaging just 270 yards of total offense. Cowboys quarterback Dax Crum has thrown for six interceptions, and just two touchdowns to start the year.

# 15 Boise State Broncos (4-0) @ So. Mississippi Golden Eagles (2-3)
Time: 8:00pm ET
Spread: Boise State – 11.5
Preview: Staying with the theme of non power conference teams climbing up the ranks, enter the Boise State Broncos. The Broncos are 4-0 to start the year. Wins over Idaho State, Bowling Green, Oregon, and Louisiana Tech, the Broncos have scored 144 points and allowed 49. The Broncos currently lead the WAC conference with a 1-0 record; currently tied with San Jose State, Nevada, and Utah State. The Broncos will go out of conference to take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles have lost their lost two games; both at home to Marshall, and UTEP. USM has scored 155 points, and allowed 146. In three games played at home, USM has won just 1 of those 3. Quarterback Kellen Moore has thrown for 1165 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.

Colorado Buffaloes (3-2) @ # 16 Kansas Jay hawks (4-1)
Time: 12:30pm ET
Spread: Kansas - 14
Preview: The Buffaloes and Jay hawks understand they are not one of the top two games on Saturday, but are most likely okay with that. They do not need a prime time TV slate to know the importance of this Big 12 tilt. The Buffaloes have dropped two straight, to Florida State, and Texas after winning their first three; Colorado State, Eastern Washington, and West Virginia. Colorado is averaging 24.2 points per game, and allowing 26.3 per game. Coach Dan Hawkins son, quarterback Cody Hawkins has thrown for 926 yards on 100 for 169 passing, for 926 yards, 10 touchdowns and an interception. The Jay hawks come in 4-1, and 1-0 in the Big 12 North. That 1-0 record puts them in a tie at the top with Missouri. The Jay hawks are led by quarterback Todd Reesing, who has completed 144 of 205 passes for 1724 yards and 14 touchdowns. Kansas has won all three games they have played at home this season.

Arkansas Razorbacks (2-3) @ # 20 Auburn Tigers (4-2)
Time: 5:00pm ET
Spread: Auburn – 19.5
Preview: Bobby Petrino’s squad has had a rough go of it thus far.  After narrowly escaping week one and week two over Western Illinois, and Louisiana Monroe, the Razorbacks have been outscored 139-31 in their last three games. The three losses have been to Alabama, Texas and Florida. Week seven does not get any easier for Petrino and his crew, as they travel to another ranked opponent. Auburn, is 4-2, and coming off a 14-13 loss at the hands of Vanderbilt. The Tigers offense has struggled thus far, scoring just 112 points in six games. Auburn is currently 2-2 in the SEC West, while Arkansas is in last in the West with a 0-2 record.  

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) @ # 22 North Carolina Tar heels (4-1)
Time: 5:00pm ET
Spread: North Carolina – 7.5
Preview: The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are slowly creeping back to the old days where they were more than a force to reckon with inside college football. Notre Dame has won four of their first five games, and are on the outside looking into the Top 25. The four wins for Notre Dame have been over San Diego State, Michigan, Purdue and Stanford. The lone loss for the Golden ‘Domers was on the road in East Lansing to # 23 Michigan State. The Irish have scored 129 points, and allowed 95. Notre Dame has only played one road game thus far, the before mentioned loss at Michigan State.  The Fighting Irish offense is averaging 353.2 yards per game. North Carolina has entered the Top 25 after two straight wins over Miami, and Connecticut. The Tar heels are in third place in the ACC Coastal Division, trailing 2-0 Virginia Tech, which is the only team to beat UNC this far. Quarterback T.J. Yates has completed 40 of 66 passes for 623 yards and a touchdown. The go to man thus far for the Tar heels has been Greg Little, who has scampered for 223 yards.

# 23 Michigan State Spartans (5-1) @ # Northwestern Wildcats (5-0)
Time: 5:00pm ET
Spread: Michigan State – 3
Preview: Look at these two Big Ten contenders! The Michigan State Spartans and the Northwestern Wildcats. Both teams are undefeated within the conference, and the Wildcats have yet to drop a game this season. This 3:30pm EST game in Evanston will include two teams who have been impressive defensively. The Spartans have allowed just 16.2 points per game, while Northwestern has allowed just 15.3. Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer has thrown for over 1100 yards and passed for four touchdowns. Northwestern has got productive numbers from quarterback C.J. Bacher, throwing for six touchdowns.

# 25 Ball State Cardinals (6-0) @ Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-4)
Time: 3:30pm ET
Spread: N/A
Preview: The Ball State Cardinals have entered the top 25 for the first time in school history. The Cardinals have scored 238 points, and allowed 101 points in their six games. They are currently 3-0 on the road, with wins at Akron, Indiana, and Toledo. The other three wins for BSU were at home, over Northeastern, Navy, and Kent State. Quarterback Nate Davis, and running back MiQuale Lewis have been the offensive leaders, with Davis throwing 11 touchdowns, and Lewis running for 12 others. Ball State currently leads the MAC West with a 3-0 record. Western Kentucky is 2-4, with wins over Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. The Hilltoppers have lost games to Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky and Virginia Tech.


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