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Week-5 NCAA Football Games to Watch

Week 5 NCAA Football Games to Watch:

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.

College Football Week 1 Recap

College football season is back and week 1 saw some exciting games with nail biters and big time upsets of top ranked NCAA football teams.  In probably the most exciting game of the week the reigning BCS Champion Auburn Tigers were nearly upset by unranked Utah State.  QB Barrett Trotter marched the Tigers down the field and RB Michael Dyer finished them off with a 1-yard touchdown in the games final seconds (following a perfect onside kick) to squeak out a victory by a margin of 42-38.  Although Auburn pulled off the win, the Tigers have a long way to go if they are to contend for another national championship this season.

The game between #5 Boise State Broncos and #19 Georgia Bulldogs was one of the most anticipated games this past weekend.  However, Heisman contender Kellen Moore sliced through the Bulldogs 3-4 defense with ease racking up 261 yards on 28-34 passing and 3 touchdowns.  The Broncose win over a ranked SEC team will bolster their chances to yet again play in a BCS Bowl game if they can continue to play at a high level.  Georgia coach Mark Richt’s job could be on the line as the talented Bulldogs were expected to comepete for a SEC title this season- an opening week loss certainly sets them back in this endeavor.

In perhaps the biggest upset of the opening week of college football was the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish loss to unranked South Florida 23-20.  Notre Dame suffered through a wild and wacky first half that featured 2 fumbles, a penalty that reversed a Cierre Wood touchdown, and an interception in the end zone.  It was actually pretty remarkable the Irish were only down 16 points at halftime.    Notre Dame was able to make a game of it after halftime as they pulled quarterback Dayne Crist  in favor of Tommy Rees.  Crist ended the day with just 85 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 1 pick while Rees racked up 296 yards, 2 touchdowns but also threw to interceptions.  It looks like South Bend has itself a good ole fashioned quarterback controversy!

Last but not least, week 1 saw the #4 ranked LSU Tigers  mildly upset the #3 ranked Oregon Ducks in the Cowboy Classic at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas.  While a #4 beating a #3 is hardly shocking, the way in which it happened was.  Oregon was extremely sloppy with several dropped passes, multiple costly turnovers, and several crushing penalties.  Both teams were without key players and it showed.  Expect both teams to continue to improve as the season progresses and become BCS Bowl game contenders.

Other Week 1 Top 25 Game Scores

#20 Mississippi State over Memphis 59-14

#11 Wisconsin over UNLV 51-17

#17 Michigan State over Youngstown State 28-6

#14 TCU losses to Baylor 48-50

#18 Ohio State over Akron 42-0

#21 Missouri over Miami (Ohio) 17-6

#13 Virginia Tech over Appalachian State 66-13

#10 Nebraska over UT-Chattanooga 40-7

#22 Florida over Florida Atlantic 41-3

#9 Oklahoma State over LA-Lafayette 61-34

#1 Oklahoma over Tulsa 47-14

#24 West Virginia over Marshall 34-13

#8 Texas A&M over SMU 46-14

#12 South Carolina over ECU 56-37

#15 Arkansas over Missouri State 51-7

#7 Stanford over SJ State 57-3

#25 USC over Minnesota 19-17

#6 Florida State over LA-Monroe 34-0

#2 Alabama over Kent State 48-7

Week 2 Games to Watch

#20 Mississippi State at #23 Auburn

#16 Notre Dame at Michigan

BYU at Texas

#2 Alabama at Penn State

#12 South Carolina at #19 Georgia

 

 

 

2011 College Football Pre-Season Rankings

#1 Auburn Tigers

The Top Ranked Auburn Tigers without Cam Newton will hope to repeat in 2011.

With the NFL labor dispute threatening the 2011 NFL season, college football is gearing up and is ready to satisfy your football fix.  Although summer seemingly just begun, many college football programs are beginning their summer camps in preparation for the first game in early September.  It’s hard to believe that is only a month and a half away!

The 2011 NCAA Football season should be another exciting one as prominent football programs Nebraska and Colorado changed conferences.  The Nebraska Cornhuskers decided to leave the Big 12 and join the Big 10.  This could not have come at a better time for the Big 10 as annual BCS contenders Ohio State’s future is up in the air following the NCAA investigation of Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor deciding not to come back.  The Colorado Buffaloes also decided to join the ranks of the PAC 10 and will be sure to form some natural rivalries with schools on the west coast.

To no ones surprise, the 2010-11 BCS National Champions Auburn Tigers are the preseason favorites this year.  It will be interesting to see if they can overcome the loss of the dynamic Cam Newton and continue their unbeaten streak.  If they have trouble adjusting, the TCU Horned Frogs will have a shot at the BCS crown.  The would be quite a feat for a team from the Mountain West. PAC 10 powerhouses Oregon and Stanford, along with LSU and Alabama of the SEC also have strong teams heading into the season and could contend for a National Championship.  The rest of the Free Ticket Classifieds Blog top 10 is below:

2011 College Football Top 10

  1. Auburn Tigers
  2. TCU Horned Frogs
  3. Oregon Ducks
  4. Stanford Cardinal
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Wisconsin Badgers
  8. LSU Tigers
  9. Boise State Broncos
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide

Other programs to keep an eye on:  Nevada Wolfpack, Arkansas Razorbacks, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida State Seminoles, Missouri Tigers, Texas A&M, NC State, and Nebraska.

If the NFL labor dispute drags on much longer, expect college football tickets to be in huge demand.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out Tickifieds College Football Tickets for Sale!