For the first time in several weeks I have the opportunity to make myself a sandwich, grab a beer and sit down and enjoy some college and pro games this weekend. I so enjoy football season but it also tends to be the busiest time of year with birthdays, holidays and other stuff. I love this weekend as it is so free and there are great games on both days.
Michigan State v. Penn State
This game is going to be really good. Penn State has come down to Earth after starting the season so hot. However the big game in Pasadena is theirs for the taking. And, what a great way for Joe Pa to go out!
Michigan State looks tough but Penn State’s D is really good. They are 10th in the nation against the run and Ringer may not have much success. To keep the Nittany Lion D off balance MSU QB Brian Hoyer will have to have the game of his life.
The biggest key might be that is most likely the last game at Happy Valley for Joe Pa. This team is going to be pumped. It is Rose Bowl or Bust.
PENN STATE 23 Michigan State 7
BYU v. Utah
It is rare when you get a big game out of the Mountain West but this is indeed a big game. BYU needs the win to increase its chances for a New Years Day Bowl bid. Utah needs this win to clinch a BCS bowl bid. As if this Beehive State rivalry needed to get any bigger.
Utah has had some scares in recent weeks but pulled out some wins and then destroyed SDSU last week. They have a very well balanced team but I’m not sure they have played a very tough schedule.
BYU on the other hand has one of the top air attacks in the country and QB Max Hall will find a job in the NFL someday. If Hall can hook up with Austin Collie I think the BYU offense will have a big day.
BYU 35 Utah 26
Texas Tech v. Oklahoma
This is going to be a fantastic game. Oklahoma is on fire since the Texas game and Texas Tech is just plain awesome. Harrell and Crabtree are the Brady and Moss of college football.
Oklahoma is just as stacked and perhaps more well balanced. Sam Bradford is an NFL ready stud that averages over 300 yards per game. I think this game is won or lost with the running of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown. They are a tremendous 1-2 punch. Texas contained these two and won the game. Texas Tech can do the same they will win. However I am not so sure the Red Raider D is capable of stopping these two.
Oklahoma 45 Texas Tech 42 OT
Chicago v. St. Louis
Yes, I know this isn’t a big matchup but Chicago is my hometown team so I’ll start there. These two teams are bad but for sake of argument one is a lot worse.
St. Louis lacks Pace at LT and Steven Jackson at RB. Bulger is on the downside of his career. They have Holt (also on the downside) but an upstart WR in Donnie Avery. If Bulger gets time to pass he will hook up a few times with each.
Chicago is not good but most teams in the NFL aren’t that good. All you need these days is health, a couple of breaks and limited errors. The Bears have been making dumb mistakes on and off the field and it is costing them. This game is so very important to this team. Win and they still control their own destiny in a weak division. Lose and they may slide to 3rd place, ridicule and a new head coach in 2009.
Chicago Bears 24 St. Louis Rams 17
Carolina v. Atlanta
This could be the best game of the day. Only two teams in the NFC South will make the playoffs which means ATL, Carolina or Tampa will be on the outside looking in.
Carolina is a top this tough division currently and they should stay there. However, they are going to have to win down in ATL against Ryan and Co. to cement that lead.
Atlanta should hold their own at home and back to back losses at home are usually rare. Even with Matt Ryan’s emergence the thing that keeps the offense moving is Michael Turner. He will have a difficult time breaking free against a stingy Carolina D.
Carolina Panthers 21 Atlanta Falcons 13
Have a fun football weekend everyone!