The Bulldogs Face a Cupcake on Homecoming
Georgia’s homecoming date with the Appalachian State Mountaineers leaves many college football fans looking elsewhere for a Saturday gridiron fix. The Mountaineers are a long way from the squad that shocked the college football world by beating Michigan six years ago.
App State has won two games in 2013. For UGA, the key to success this weekend is to focus on beating the Mountaineers and not look ahead to Auburn next week.
Prediction: Georgia 45, Appalachian State 17. Now, on to more exciting games.
Oregon travels to Stanford Stadium to take on the Cardinal on Thursday night. The Ducks are favored by 10.5 on the road. New Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has helped make the transition from former head man Chip Kelly seamless. The Ducks are quacking like a well-oiled machine.
Oregon ranks in the top twenty in the nation in passing yards, they average 55.6 points per game, boasting a ground attack averaging more than 300 yards per contest. The Ducks are 8-0 with no signs of slowing down.
As for Stanford, the Tree has fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Cardinal has been inconsistent on offense as a result of their struggle to develop a reliable aerial attack. Stanford is currently 96th in the nation in passing, and they lost to an unranked Utah team.
All signs point to Oregon’s speed killing Stanford in week eleven. The quack attack is out for revenge. Their loss to Stanford in 2012 knocked them out of national championship contention.
Prediction: Oregon 35, Stanford 24.
Alabama Faces LSU – Nick Saban Too Damn Old to Coach Anywhere Else
Despite the rumors of Nick Saban’s interest in coaching Texas, the Crimson Tide football program remains focused on their showdown with LSU. The Bayou Bengals are wounded, having already lost two games. LSU’s most recent stumble came on the road in Oxford against an Ole Miss team the Tide had already rolled over. Still, the Tigers would love to spoil Alabama’s undefeated season.
Bama is the two-time defending national champion and the Tide are the number one team in the country. Even so, the LSU tigers have won two of their last four meetings against coach Saban and company.
The last time a team won three straight national championships was over 80 years ago. Nick Saban has four national titles to his credit, and is in the conversation of greatest college football coaches ever. Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron is the leader on the field for the Crimson Tide. A third BCS title would certainly etch his name in Alabama lure.
Prediction: Alabama 28, LSU 17.