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If you thought we had some great college football match-ups last week, you better brace yourself as this week is even better. In the Week 7 Game of the Week (GOTW) we have the #13 Oklahoma Sooners facing the #15 Texas Longhorns. It’s no secret that this is one of the biggest rivalries in college football. However, this year the game is even bigger as both teams are in the running for the Big 12 title and a berth in a BCS Bowl game.
Another huge game this week features two of the top teams in the SEC, if not the country. Ninth ranked LSU will look to rebound after a tough loss to the Florida Gators against the #3 South Carolina Gamecocks. Last week the Gamecocks absolutely destroyed the #5 Georgia Bulldogs last week. Baton Rouge will be rocking this weekend!
College Football Top 10 Games Week 7 (2012)
1. #13 Oklahoma Sooners vs #15 Texas Longhorns
One of the best rivalries in college football…..enough said!
2. #9 LSU Tigers vs #3 South Carolina Gamecocks
Huge game for these 2 SEC powerhouse programs. A win for either will solidify their case for a shot at the BCS title game. A loss and that chance is gone!
3. #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #17 Stanford Cardinal
Notre Dame has a chance to further pad their resume with a win over another nationally ranked team. The question is would they sneak into the top 5?
4. #23 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs #22 Texas A&M Aggies
The undefeated LA Tech Bulldogs will look to add another notch in their belt. Do we have another Boise State program in the making?
5. BYU Cougars vs #10 Oregon State Beavers
The surprising 10th ranked Beavers will have a tough test in Provo, UT. BYU is undefeated at home and is 4-2 overall. Watch out for an upset here!!
6. Texas Tech Red Raiders vs #5 West Virginia Mountaineers
WVU will be tested against the 4-1 Texas Tech. Tech only loss of the season came at the hands of #17 Oklahoma. Should be a great game with a lot on the line!
7. Iowa State Cyclones vs #6 Kansas State Wildcats
The undefeated K State Wildcats will have their hands full with the 4-1 ISU Cyclones in Ames, IA. Could be a big upset in the making!
8. Missouri Tigers vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide
Though Alabama should have no problem defeating Mizzou, they come in at #8 just for being the #1 team in the country.
9. Virginia Tech Hokies vs Duke Blue Devils
The 5-1 Duke Blue Devils have been a surprise in the ACC. VA Tech will look to right the ship after 2 straight games to North Carolina and Cincinnati.
10. #24 Boise State Broncos vs Fresno State Bulldogs
The Mountain West Conference lead is up for grabs as Fresno State will look for an upset of the 24th ranked BSU Broncos.
After another weekend filled with some incredible college football action, it’s time to take a look ahead and see what is on the schedule for Week 5. With over a 100+ college football games on the schedule each week, it can be a difficult task determining which games warrant both your attention as a fan, and as a marketer of event tickets. That is why each week we bring you our list of our top 10 college football games- so you can laser focus your attention on only the games that matter.
Although the season is still relatively young, we still have many undefeated teams jockeying for position in the top 25. Our game of the week is no exception as two undefeated Big 12 teams will be looking to move up the ranks with a big win over a conference foe. This game is even more important as neither team has really been tested. The winner will likely secure their spot in the top 10, the loser will fall back to the pack. There is no doubt that Mountaineers fans are anixously awaiting Saturday to prove to the rest of the Nation that WVU belongs in the Big 12 and is deserving of their #9 rank.
College Football Top 10 Games Week 5 (2012)
1. #9 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) vs #25 Baylor Bears (3-0)
The Big 12 is shaping up to be a heck of a conference this year. Two of the 7 undefeated Big 12 teams will go head to head this week in our Week 5 game of the week. Fan interest is BIG in this game as both teams will be looking to prove that they are for real.
2. #14 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) vs #20 Michigan State Spartans (3-1)
Ohio State has looked a little shaky thus far but it’s hard to argue with 4-0. MSU on the other hand was expected to have a big year but lost to Notre Dame. If Notre Dame turns of to be the real deal than Michigan State could get back into the BCS Bowl game picture if they can beat OSU.
3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1) vs #12 Texas Longhorns (3-0)
The Texas Longhorns are on the cusp of returning to national prominence. However, there is nothing more the OK State Cowboys would like to do than to deflate UT’s chance at a BCS Bowl.
4. #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1) vs Wisconsin Badgers (3-1)
Two of the Big 10’s best will go head to head in Lincoln this weekend. Both teams are off to slows starts (relatively speaking) and need a win over a quality opponent.
5. Tennessee Volunteers (3-1) vs #5 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)
The surprising Tennessee Volunteers will have a chance to get in the national spotlight with a game against the top 5 Georgia Bulldogs. There only loss came at the hands of #18 Florida.
6. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) vs Ole Miss Rebels (3-1)
The top ranked Crimson Tide will face a tough Ole Miss squad in Tuscaloosa. If Bama doesn’t take this game seriously, there could be a major upset…
7. Washington Huskies (2-1) vs #8 Stanford Cardinal (3-0)
The Washington Huskies will face a tough test against one of the best teams in the PAC 12, if not the nation in Stanford. Seattle will be rocking for this game!
8. Miami Hurricanes (3-1) vs NC State Wolf Pack (3-1)
Two of the better teams in the ACC will go head to head this week in Miami. A win for the home Hurricanes will ensure the lead in the ACC Coastal Division.
9. Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) vs Louisana Tech Bulldogs (3-0)
Louisiana Tech will look to put up another win against a solid team from a solid conference. LA Tech beat up on the Big 10’s Illinois putting up an impressive 52 points. In fact LA Tech has score over 50 in every game so far. A win over Virginia and the Bulldogs might crack the top 25!
10. Iowa State Cyclones (3-0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0)
These may not be two of the more storied football programs in the Big 12 but both teams are sitting at 3-0. Should be a great game for some hillside seats!
The Big 12 Conference narrowly avoided a complete collapse following the 2011-12 football season as rumors quickly spread of schools changing affiliations. Big 12 football as we know it would have been devasted had tradional powerhouse football programs like the Texas Longhorns or the Oklahoma Sooners had bolted for greener pastures as many had feared. Fortunately for Big 12 fans both decided to stay. However, that is not to say the conference has not undergone some major changes since last season. The Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers both bolted for the SEC amid rumors of the conference folding. While those programs leaving certainly hurt the national competitiveness of the conference, two new school will hope to fill the void. The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas-Christian University Horned Frogs will both join the Big 12 this season and both are expected to make an immediate impact.
So how will the new-look Big 12 shape up in 2012-13? Well, below we will break down and rank each of football teams in the Big 12.
2012 Big 12 Football Rankings
The Oklahoma Sooners were the preseason #1 team in the country last season. However, injuries plagued the team and they fell short of their lofty expectations. The Sooners should be a much stronger and deeper team this year as many underclassmen should benefit from being thrust into action ahead of schedule last season. Oklahoma will return a strong core of players that include quarterback Landry Jones , running back Dom Whaley, defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, corner back Javon Harris, and safetly Demontre Hurst.
It is a bit of a mystery as to how WVU will fare in the Big 12 especially considering the Run-and-Shoot spread offense run by coach Dana Holgorsen. However, its hard to see the Mountaineers struggle much on offense with QB Geno Smith and wide recievers Tavon Austin and Stedmon Bailey all returning. If their defense can improve they have an outside shot of challenging OU for the Big 12 Championship.
The Longhorns have certainly had a rough couple of years. However, the Texas defense appears to be back in full force (#1 in the Big 12 last season) and should keep them in every game. The running game should also be strong with Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, and freshman Jonathan Gray carrying the load. The big question is at quarterback. If David Ash can become a legitimate threat in the passing game this team could compete for a Big 12 title.
OK State had an amazing run last season but they have been somewhat depleted on offense with Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, and Josh Cooper all gone. With a ton of questions on offense and a pedestrian defense its hard to imagine they will be able to reload on the fly. That said, they are still talented and deep and should be competitive.
TCU is coming off a disappointing season in a weak conference. It’s hard to imagine things will get any easier for them in their first season in the Big 12. However, the TCU defense should be very good and could compete with the longhorns for the top squad. If they can keep their players out of trouble (ahheem drug dealing) they could sneak past OK State.
K State is pretty average across the board but they do play sound fundamental football. Throw in the fact that Collin Klein will be returning with his core running backs and wide receivers and the Wildcats could surprise some people.
The Baylor offense will be severely depleted after losing 9 starters (most notably Robert Griffin III). Throw in the fact that there defense was pretty terrible and the Bears likely have little chance at having a successful season. They do have some talent coming in so if things pan out they could finish at .500 or so.
Iowa State always seems plagued by inconsistency. They will play great one week only to live up to low expectations the next. ISU has a nice pair of quarterbacks with Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett returning but they will be hard pressed to find wins if a decent wide receiver fails to emerge.
The Red Raiders appear to be in rebuilding mode as they look to establish an offensive identity all while rolling out an entirely new defensive scheme. They do have some talent but it is unknown how the team will gel following all these changes. If things turn out well they could be a huge sleeper but don’t bank on it.
Charlie Weis will be taking over as head coach but he won’t have much to work with in his first season. It will likely take a few years before Weis can field a respectable team in Lexington but expect them to show improvement as the season progresses.
No matter who wins the Big 12 in 2012-13, it should be another exciting season. There is not much better than taking in a Big 12 college football game. If you are looking for tickets for any of these matchups be sure to check out our Big 12 Football Classifieds!
Nebraska at Wisconsin – This will be a well matched game take place at Camp Randall this Saturday. The ninth-ranked Cornhuskers will take their first swing at the eighth-ranked Badgers.
The Cornhusker’s offense coach, Bo Pelini, focuses on two key things when on the field: 1) running the ball 2) running the ball some more. Their rushing offense is very impressive. The Huskers are led by mobile quarterback Taylor Martinez who has an impressive 63 carries for 421 yards AND seven touchdowns.
While Nebraska has the impressive running game, Wisconsin is still expected to be the victor of this game as they have the best offense in college football with Russell Wilson’s arm.
Clemson at Virginia Tech – This will be a hot game. This will be the third week in a row that the Tigers will face a Top 25 team. Clemson has come out victories in every one of these games which include Florida State, Auburn, Wofford and Troy. The Hokies have not faced such tough hurdles yet. They’ve only been paired with Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall thus far. Clemson is expected to come out as the victor by a narrow margin.
Northwestern at Illinois – Two very competitive Big 10 Illinois teams will face off on Champaign campus. The Illini are expected to narrowly beat out the Wildcats.
Utah State at BYU – These teams have a strong rivalry and will make for an exciting Friday night game. Utah has been getting progressively stronger and better as a team; expect them to give BYU a run for their money.
Iowa State at Texas – While the Cyclones have a perfect record thus far, the Longhorns should make quick work of that.
Navy at Air Force - Two military teams pitted against each other always makes for exciting game watching. Navy is expected to easily take down Air Force.
Nevada at Boise State – The Broncos are still miffed about missing their chance at the Rose Bowl last year. Boise State is on a quest this year, they won’t be rolling over for anyone.
Michigan State at Ohio State – OSU seems to be like a lost puppy without Terrelle Pryor. MSU should easily sweep last year’s Champion team.
LSU at Kentucky – LSU is expected to continue to dominate all other teams for good long while.
Arkansas at Texas A&M – As the Aggies officially join the SEC Conference this week, their out to prove themselves. This game is critical for both teams who want to bounce back after their tough loses last week.
Alabama at Florida - Both teams have very strong defensive games, but Alabama could face some big problems as they encounter Florida’s two dominant running backs, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. The Crimson Tide and the Gators have previously shown their strength against formidable teams; Arkansas and Kentucky.