Saturday, September 18, 2010

What 2 Watch 4

Here are three things you might see during your College Football Saturday.

An Immovable Object vs. an Irresistible Force

Something's got to give in the No.1 Alabama at Duke game.
Typically, this isn't even a sidebar story, and it may still turn out to be an expected blowout.
But when you look at the match-up between Bama's defense and Duke's offense, you have to wonder which one will blink first.
The Crimson Tide is one of only three teams that have yet to yield a touchdown so far this season (Arizona and Baylor are the other two).
However, the Blue Devils' offense has scored 11 touchdowns in their first two games and are currently 15th in the country in scoring (averaging 44.5 points per game), including their 48 points in a losing effort against Wake Forest last week.

A Potential Lone Star Letdown

One of the more intriguing games in a week that features few major showdowns will be No.6 Texas' trip to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech and the Red Raiders' new coach Tommy Tuberville.
Tuberville made a name for himself at Auburn as the "Riverboat Gambler" by doing the unexpected to pull out big wins against teams Auburn was big underdogs to.
The Longhorns have been less than overly-impressive thus far in wins over Rice and Wyoming.
Plus, Texas head coach Mack Brown has a 3-3 record when traveling to Lubbock, including the 39-33 loss in 2008 that likely knocked the 'Horns out of the national championship game.

The Unexpected

ESPN's marketing department put their collective heads together to come up with a brilliant name for last week's awesome slate of games.
Instead, they came up with a lazy "Monster Saturday" title.
Wow, doesn't that just send chills down your spine?
Yea, me either.
Unfortunately, last week's games themselves kind of became a letdown of sorts too.
Think about it. 
If it weren't for a couple of Miami kick returns for scores, the Ohio State/Miami game wasn't even close.
Penn State/Alabama? 
Penn State never reached the end zone.
Florida State/Oklahoma? 
At one point, it was 44-7 Oklahoma in the fourth quarter.
"Monster Saturday" ended up more like "Dudster Saturday."
So, as we head into today, there are purportedly no marquee games, save No.9 Iowa at No.24 Arizona, which can only mean one thing.
There will surely be at least one game that comes out of nowhere, threatening to shake the Top-25 to its core - maybe more than one, who knows?
Will it be Iowa getting upset by Arizona?
Texas at Texas Tech?
Alabama at Duke?
Florida at Tennessee?
Nebraska at Washington?
Watch for something special on a Saturday nobody is expecting anything special to happen.

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