- Josh Adams - October 26, 2012
It’s quite a weekend of good matchups in college football. In the Big 12 K-State vs. Texas Tech, the SEC has Georgia vs. Florida and Alabama vs. Mississippi State, the Big Ten features Ohio State vs. Penn State and in the ACC, the surprising Duke Blue Devils and Florida State face off with first place at stake.
What sticks out though is the odd October non-conference matchup between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The teams agreed to a home and home matchup for 2012 and 2013, and the Fighting Irish travel to Norman, OK for their toughest test of the season. It’ll be a battle of two historic programs who both field top 10 teams. If Notre Dame wins, their national championship hopes stay alive in 2012, and they bring a tough as nails defense to face QB Landry Jones and an experienced Oklahoma team that is determined not to lose twice at home this season. Here’s what to look for between these two teams in Norman on Saturday:
- Josh Adams - October 22, 2012
NCAA football can be the most frustrating sport to watch in the world. What can look like an even, intriguing match-up going into the game can quickly progress into a blowout. Last Friday, most people would have given West Virginia and South Carolina a fighting chance in their games with Kansas State and Florida. Instead both teams were blown out of the water despite the considerable amount of talent each has on their rosters.
The common denominator that both the Gamecocks and the Mountaineers had were losing the previous week. It’s tough for a team of 18-23 year-olds to rebound and get mentally together in a week. The best coaches can coax and inspire the players to set a different goal when the national championship is out of the picture. What’s unfortunate for the SC and WVU fans is their coaches failed to get their message across. The hangover lasted two weeks, and might just last the rest of the season.
- Josh Adams - October 19, 2012
The 4th-ranked and undefeated Kansas State Wildcats visit the 13th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday night in a big time Big 12 battle. Both of these teams reflect their two quarterback strengths. K-State relies on a ground and pound type offense led by QB Collin Klein. West Virginia has used the precision passing of QB Geno Smith to lead a high powered offensive game plan that has put eye popping numbers on the scoreboard.
The Mountaineers offense was derailed last week in Lubbock by Texas Tech and looks to rebound quickly at home. K-State was challenged at Iowa State last weekend, but emerged with a victory over an inspired Cyclones team. The challenge for both WVU and K-State is to play their type of game and not play into the others strength. It should be a fascinating contrast of styles, and a huge Big 12 victory for the winner. Here’s what to look for between the lines in Morgantown.
- Josh Adams - October 15, 2012
It’s amazing to me the amount of talent that is spread around college football in 2012. It almost makes ranking recruiting classes irrelevant. The fact that a school like Kansas State, located in Manhattan, KS, can field a more competitive team than USC, located in Los Angeles, CA, shows that there is no substitute for good old fashioned coaching players up.
It is much more apparent in NCAA football than the NFL how much coaching matters. There’s such a difference that more times than not, a successful NCAA coach can’t hack it in the NFL (Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier etc.). College coaches have the opportunity to turn a raw talent into a NFL draft pick.
- Josh Adams - October 12, 2012
The nation’s eyes will once again be treated to images of Touchdown Jesus and fighting leprechauns as #17 Stanford comes to South Bend to tangle with the #7 Fighting Irish. Stanford won a shootout last week with Arizona 54-48, while Notre Dame drubbed the Hurricanes 41-3 in Chicago last Saturday. The last three match ups in this rivalry resulted in wins for Stanford, but Notre Dame is firing on all cylinders and ready to out muscle the Cardinal and keep their national championship hopes alive. This series has been dominated as of late with Stanford pushing around Notre Dame in the trenches. The Fighting Irish have put together a string of stingy defensive performances with only giving up six or less in the past three games. Here’s what to look for Saturday in South Bend:
- Josh Adams - October 8, 2012
Every year in college football there’s always a weekend that separates the contenders from the pretenders. This past weekend seemed to be 2012’s nominee.
LSU took it’s perfect record and #4 ranking into the swamp in Gainesville and was bruised and battered by the Gators defense. Third ranked Florida State went into Raleigh and were shocked by a gritty NC State team in the fourth quarter. Fifth ranked Georgia visited sixth ranked South Carolina and quickly fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter, and proceeded to get it’s doors blown off by the Gamecocks.
- Josh Adams - October 5, 2012
On Saturday, Penn State hosts Northwestern in the Big Ten Game of the Week (12 p.m. ET, ESPN).
This is a pivotal game for each team. Northwestern has gotten of to a great start, but holes in their defense could be their downfall. Penn State had early struggles against Ohio and Virginia, but regained their sea legs with a convincing win at Illinois last week. While Penn State has dominated the win-loss record for the series, most of the recent games have been back and forth. Here’s what to look for Saturday…