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Here's my ballot for this week's CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by—as you might imagine—CBS Sports.

Preseason Prognostications


Through 20 August 2009

College Football on Gate21.net

Stromectol For Sale, Well, it’s been almost nine months since last I posted a BlogPoll ballot, and let me tell you that it feels mighty good to be back in the saddle again.  This does not, however, mean that I have suddenly gained any sense or am any more reliable.


As a general rule, I consider preseason ballots to be dubious at best.  They are based upon little more than rumor and innuendo.  There is little to no basis for selecting one team over the other.  Thus, as Hooper has pointed out, this is little more than a turkey shoot.  That said, here’s my preseason Top 25 for everyone to attack:

My Ballot for the Week















































































































Rank Team
1 Florida
2 Oklahoma
3 Southern Cal
4 Texas
5 Penn State
6 Ole Miss
7 Alabama
8 California
9 Ohio State
10 Notre Dame
11 Georgia
12 LSU
13 Oklahoma State
14 Boise State
15 TCU
16 Virginia Tech
17 Illinois
18 Rutgers
19 Miami (Florida)
20 Nebraska
21 Iowa
22 Brigham Young
23 Pittsburgh
24 Clemson
25 UCLA

Explanations after the jump...


Comments, Explanations, and Excuses


So, how did I approached my preseason selections?  If nothing else, there is a slight method to my madness.  Here are the high-points:

bullet General Principles:

First of all, I am not going to tell you that I can irrefutably defend the precise ranking of every team in my Top 25.  Given there are still wide-ranging differences of opinion as to the rankings in November, it stands to reason that there is even less certainty in August.  I have no fancy system of metrics which uses the slope of a line tangent to the parabolic curve (bet you didn’t think I even knew what a derivative was—Ha!) of the passes thrown by the quarterback to divine how that team will perform over the course of the season.  I do, however, have a spreadsheet in Excel with many exciting and stimulating colors which sometimes cause me to lose focus and think of the rainbow on the front of a box of Lucky Charms.


I digress…


There is a fair amount of “gut-factor” included in my rankings especially at this point in the season.  That is, I attempt to look at the various teams objectively in the first instance, but I still often have little more than instinct, a bit of pocket fuzz, and a note from my mother with which to defend my ultimate choices.  It’s not rocket science but it is also far from exact.  You have been warned.

bullet You have to play somebody:

At this early stage, I do place a heavy emphasis on strength of schedule and on overall chances each team winning all of its games.  Given the fact that half of the teams in my Top 25 play one another over the course of the season, it is fair to assume that I did not find many teams that I felt were likely to accomplish this task.  Still, playing a quality schedule with some likelihood of actually winning most of the games on that schedule goes a long way with me in the preseason.  Thus, this poll is more relative in that each team is judged—to some extent—by the teams it plays and my half-cocked conclusions about how those contests will be decided.  In other words, any team needs help at this point in time…


…except for a select few.

bullet The Juggernauts:

My top three selections—the Florida Gators (#1), Oklahoma Sooners (#2), and USC Trojans (#3)—are in a class all their own in my mind.  Some may doubt me on this, especially when it comes to Oklahoma.  I think it is altogether possible for each of these three teams to win all of their games and run the tables.  I know that this is not likely, but I do think it is possible.  The ordering of these teams is based upon the following key considerations, assumptions, and delusions on my part:



  1. I believe that Oklahoma will win over the Texas Longhorns (#4) due to Mack Brown’s epic struggle to pluck defeat from the jaws of victory in another exciting installment of the Red River Classic.  The Big XII is not the SEC, but the Big XII is a solid conference—this matters.


  2. USC will mop up every single team they play with the exception of the California Golden Bears (#8), whom I predict they will barely beat.  USC has also shown a nasty habit of playing down to their opponents over the past three-to-five years and thus I think they are slightly more likely to lose a game than Florida or Oklahoma.


  3. Florida defeated the the Pittsburgh Steelers in a preseason scrimmage last week** and is a 73 point favorite over their first opponent, Charleston Southern.


bullet Struggling with those “outside the money:

I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I struggled with ranking a number of teams.  In particular, I had a hard time with (and am still not completely satisfied with) the following:



  • The Ole Miss Rebels (#6) and the Alabama Crimson Tide (#7) were a tough call for me.  Ole Miss comes in with an extremely experienced team.  Thanks in no small part to Ed Orgeron who recruited the lights out for Rebels while head coach, the Right Reverend Houston Nutt has an impressive stable of talent.  What’s more, the Rebels improved every week last year and managed to knock off the mighty Gators in an upset of prodigious importance.  Alabama, on the other hand, has a stellar defense but only five returners on offense which raises questions in my mind.  This, along with the fact that Ole Miss avoids playing Florida and Georgia, gives the Rebels the advantage.  Ultimately, these two teams will likely battle it out to determine the SEC West champion in Oxford in early October.


  • I have questions about both the Penn State Nittany Lions (#5) and the Texas Longhorns (#4) which are essentially the same—namely, coaching.  Joe Paterno’s age is a factor, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Having played in the very first college football game ever played, in 1875,** Joe is on the older side of completely indeterminate and it has been obvious that he is not truly running the program fully, but rather is simply along for the ride.  That said, the White-out brigade has a fairly weak schedule and has a lot of defensive power, enough, I think, to overcome the Joe Pa factor.
    Mack Brown, get Stromectol, Buy Stromectol without prescription, on the other hand is not particularly old and in many ways seems to be playing out a storyline which is somewhat similar to that experienced by another team in orange around 2001 (I’ll give you a hint: it starts with a “T” ends with an “e” and has “ennesse” in the middle).  Mack Brown is a fabulous recruiter, but does “less with more” with almost amazing regularity.  In all honesty, my Stromectol experience, Stromectol brand name, I would say he is the 3rd or 4th best coach in the Big XII.  Thus, I am a little suspicious of the Longhorns chances of breakout success this year.  Still, online buy Stromectol without a prescription, Online buying Stromectol, Texas has a ton of talent and has the ability to win a lot of games, therefore they are still in my Top 5.  I just personally feel that Oklahoma and Bob Stoops get the best of him this year.


  • The California Golden Bears (#8) are not flashy, Stromectol natural, Stromectol forum, but they are good and they are efficient.  With top 10 offensive and defensive lines, the Bears look to own the line of scrimmage—which is always a huge advantage.  All of this said, order Stromectol online overnight delivery no prescription, Stromectol results, their schedule is a bit on the weak side on the whole, but they do face the Trojans of USC early in the season.  While I am not willing to say that they win that game, effects of Stromectol, Is Stromectol safe, they definitely have a chance.  If they do, then they should be able to coast home to win the PAC-10, canada, mexico, india. Stromectol reviews, I considered dropping them a few spots, but ultimately felt that there is a ton of potential for Cal, Stromectol pictures, Buying Stromectol online over the counter, and decided they deserved to be in my Top 10.


  • The Illinois Illini (#17) are another team I had real struggles with.  Last year the Illini finished at 5-7 and generally underperformed.  That said, they have a lot of great talent and proved in 2007—when they went to the Rose Bowl—that they can win.  I think they lose to Penn State at home and probably to the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Stromectol price, Stromectol mg, but aside from that they have the ability to win the rest if they can just find a bit of consistency.


  • The LSU Tigers (#12) are really tough for me to assess at present.  LSU had a strong core unit in 2008, but simply gave up too many big plays and lacked consistency.  I continue to believe that the Tigers are an extremely tough team and have the ability to compete with any team in the country, kjøpe Stromectol på nett, köpa Stromectol online, Where can i cheapest Stromectol online, the question remains, will they?  With games against Florida, cheap Stromectol no rx, Stromectol dose, Ole Miss, and Alabama, Stromectol dangers, Stromectol wiki, I don’t see them being a contender for the SEC West, but stranger things have happened, fast shipping Stromectol. Stromectol blogs, The Georgia Bulldogs (#11) are similarly difficult to size up.  Last year everyone in the world felt that Georgia would win the SEC and likely play for a BCS Championship.  Obviously, that did not happen.  This year their schedule is still tough, herbal Stromectol, Stromectol street price, but not nearly as daunting as in 2008.  They also return their defensive core, but will be breaking in a new quarterback and will sorely miss phenom Knowshon Moreno.  I think the Dawgs have a chance at the SEC East, real brand Stromectol online, Stromectol without a prescription, but they are going to have to find some consistency and prove that they can score.  Still, I like the Dawgs chances of mixing things up.


Parting Thoughts

Having taken the time to consider my feeble attempt at ranking the powers in college football, Stromectol schedule, Stromectol steet value, feel free to try and convince me that I am wrong -- which is part of the way the BlogPoll is supposed to work.  I promise that I will consider all insults comments.


You can view the final results of this week's poll over at CBS Sports later this week and check out an analysis of how the collective blogging brain-trust arrived at this week's result. If you're craving even more BlogPoll goodness, no prescription Stromectol online, Order Stromectol online c.o.d, you can also check out how other bloggers voted and see how your team fared across the Blogosphere.


And that’s the way it is (Godspeed, Walter Cronkite)...


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2009 SEC Football Previews | Gate 21



This time last year everybody Buy Prozac Without Prescription, was pimping Georgia as the preseason SEC and national champion. They had Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno on offense, purchase Prozac online, Online buying Prozac hcl, but had a summer of off-the-field problems and some preseason injuries to key players.


A year later, things are obviously different in Athens, online buying Prozac. Prozac pictures, Stafford’s in Detroit, Moreno’s in Denver and preseason expectations are much, order Prozac online c.o.d, Prozac recreational, much lower. In fact, after Prozac, Prozac description, some of the most recent buzz surrounding the Bulldog football program has been on the recruiting trail, where Georgia's received commitments from four of Rivals’ top 50 prospects.


While Stafford and Moreno didn’t disappoint last year, Prozac maximum dosage, Buy Prozac from canada, it was the defense that was Georgia’s biggest flaw last year. UGA gave up 24 points per game last year, Prozac dangers, Prozac forum, and five teams (Alabama, Florida, my Prozac experience, Low dose Prozac, LSU, Kentucky and Georgia Tech) scored 38 points or more on Georgia, taking Prozac. That’s almost hard to believe.


Now Georgia may have to rely on that defense, as fifth-year senior Joe Cox (or possibly a younger quarterback) steps in to take the reins of the offense and a stable of young backs step in for the dazzling Moreno, Buy Prozac Without Prescription. Prozac without a prescription, One thing that isn’t different from last year. Georgia’s playing another tough schedule.


Many think they take a step back this year, cheap Prozac no rx. Prozac class, But Mark Richt’s won 10 games every year except for 2001 (his first year) and 2006. Will this year break that trend?


Schedule Breakdown



    Assumed wins:

  • Arizona State (the Sun Devils went just 5-7 last year and lost to Georgia 27-10 in Tempe)

  • at Vanderbilt

  • Tennessee Tech

  • Kentucky

  • Assumed losses:

  • Florida (in Jacksonville)

  • Toss-ups:

  • at Oklahoma State (Can Georgia handle the Cowboys' offense in this opening weekend showdown?)

  • South Carolina

  • at Arkansas

  • LSU

  • at Tennessee

  • Auburn

  • at Georgia Tech (Tech ran for 409 yards in Athens in a 45-42 win last year)


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="217" caption="LB Rennie Curran was second in the SEC in tackles in 2008"][/caption]

Studs


WR A.J, real brand Prozac online. Green (So.): Buy Prozac Without Prescription, Green was the first-team all-SEC receiver last year as a true freshman. Prozac pharmacy, He had a better year statistically than Alabama’s Julio Jones (slightly more yards and twice as many touchdowns). Green’s undoubtedly Georgia’s best skilled player back this year, Prozac no rx, Prozac images, and he’s going to be a huge help to Cox as he settles in as the starter.


LB Rennie Curran (Jr.): Another first-team all-SEC player, Curran led Georgia in tackles by a large margin last year, cheap Prozac. Prozac street price, Curran might be the best defensive player Georgia has, and will likely be starting on Sundays before too long.


Defensive tackles: A problem for many teams are the big guys up front on the defensive line, buy generic Prozac, Buy cheap Prozac, but it’s not that way in Athens. Senior Jeff Owens returns this year after being lost for the season in last year’s opener (knee), Prozac natural. Geno Atkins, another senior, was a first team all-SEC player and led Georgia in tackles for loss last season, and fellow senior Kade Weston’s there as well, Buy Prozac Without Prescription. Buy Prozac no prescription, Sophomore DeAngelo Tyson was a highly-touted prospect as well, so this is one of best DT groups in the conference.

X-Factors


QB Joe Cox (Sr.): After waiting behind Matthew Stafford, discount Prozac, No prescription Prozac online, Cox finally gets his turn as Georgia’s starting quarterback. Cox’s most memorable so far in his career came in 2006, Prozac cost, Is Prozac addictive, when he led a fourth-quarter Dawg comeback over Colorado. Richt spoke glowingly of his confidence in Cox and his ability to lead, online buy Prozac without a prescription. Prozac price, If Cox struggles, sophomore Logan Gray and a pair of true freshman (Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger) could emerge.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="233" caption="Can sophomore A.J, Prozac schedule. Green match the production from his exceptional freshman season even with a new quarterback?"][/caption]

Buy Prozac Without Prescription, Something Cox will have to help him out is his offensive line. Where can i cheapest Prozac online, Georgia lost a couple of starters to injury last year, so they return a bunch that’s got experience and averaged 148 yards rushing per game last year and 4.5 yards a carry (how of much that is attributable to Moreno is debatable), where can i order Prozac without prescription. Prozac blogs, Not only are they good, but the experience young guys got gives UGA pretty good depth as well.


Wide receivers not named A.J, order Prozac from United States pharmacy. Prozac steet value, Green: Opposite of Green last year was Mohamed Massaquoi, who’s now departed. The reliable senior Kris Durham will miss the entire season due a shoulder injury that requires surgery. That leaves a couple of question marks in terms of taking away attention from Green, Buy Prozac Without Prescription. Senior Michael Moore and junior Tony Wilson is the upperclassmen who will have to step up (special thanks to Gate reader gnargnar for pointing out that I missed the dismissal of junior Tony Wilson), and redshirt freshman Tavarres King and true freshman Marlon Brown may be able to help as well.


Defense: As I mentioned earlier, Georgia’s defense last year was not up to typical Georgia standards, and coordinator Willie Martinez has come under some scrutiny for the struggles, especially after Georgia Tech ran over, through and around the Dawgs in the regular season finale.


Statistical proof: when Martinez was promoted to coordinator in 2005, Georgia’s defense gave up just around 15 points per game the 3 years prior. The Dawg defense stayed that course in ’05, giving up just 16.5 ppg. However, that number has increased each of the following three years: 17.6 in 2006, 20.2 in 2007 and 24.5 last year. It’s not like Georgia’s recruiting of defensive players has declined. Buy Prozac Without Prescription, Again, Georgia’s defense is going to have to be good while the new pieces on offense get acclimated – and the schedule stresses that both of those happen rather quickly.

What's New, but Maybe Not Improved


DT Jeff Owens (Sr.): I already mentioned Owens, and his impact in the middle of the Bulldog defense should be as big as he is (he’s listed at 306 lbs). Also returning from injuries are sophomore offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, a full-time starter as a true freshman, and senior offensive tackle Vince Vance, who was hurt in the middle of last year.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Georgia gets this scary dude Jeff Owens back from a knee injury"][/caption]

Running back by committee?: Knowshon Moreno carried the load from the running back position last year, obviously, and unless someone emerges, you might see a two- or three-back rotation. The bunch is young, but it’s talented. The candidates: sophomores Caleb King and Richard Samuel are the frontrunners, along with redshirt freshmen Carlton Thomas and Dontavius Jackson, junior Kalvin Daniels and true freshman Washaun Easley. The only thing for sure is they’ll have a quality line leading their ways.


Lower expectations: I wouldn’t say Georgia is flying completely under the radar, but they are very much in the shadow of Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss (every East team is in Florida’s shadow) and compared to last year the Dawgs are flying low. Coach Richt said at Media Days last week that last year that his team seemed to rely almost too much on Stafford and Moreno, and although losing those two is obviously going to be difficult to overcome, this is still a talented team, returning most everybody but those two NFL first-rounders.

HSH's Bold Prediction


Continuing the thoughts from that last point, the general consensus about this 2009 Georgia team is mixed, Buy Prozac Without Prescription. Some think Georgia’s going to be fine; others see problems and some losses in the face of a front-heavy schedule. What do I think. I think Georgia’s going to be fine. This is still a talented team in just about every spot, and arguably the strength of this team is along the offensive and defensive lines. Buy Prozac Without Prescription, The subtle key – because Cox taking over and finding a main guy to run the ball are the obvious ones – is the defense. They struggled at times last year, but the talent and the experience are certainly there. Can they play up to it each week. I think they’ll be better and I’ll go ahead and call them winning 9 games (10 with a bowl).


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"Separation" Saturday?

Last week? Weak. This week? Matchup-wise, it's the opposite. I have yet to hear to cliche that ESPN has dubbed this coming week. "Separation Saturday" sounds typical enough...

That's really what this weekend is, particularly in the SEC East and the Big XII XI. In the East, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee all face "must-wins" according to CBS analyst Gary Danielson. The Vols and Dawgs go at it head-to-head, while Florida hosts LSU in their yearly grudge match.

In the Big XI (inspiration from Pat Forde on ESPN), you of course have the Texas-Oklahoma Cotton Bowl showdown, but also Missouri plays host to the surprisingly unbeaten, chest-bumping Oklahoma State Cowboys.

These three games form quite the nice triple-header for your viewing pleasure. There's some other quality football on, and as always that's where I come in. I should say now that this will be the longest "On Remote" preview to this point. Don't worry, it's alllllllllllll worth it!


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South Carolina at Kentucky (12:30, RayCom): I was wrong on South Carolina last week, as Chris Smelley threw all over Ole Miss' defense in the Chickens' 31-24 win in Oxford. The question is can a Carolina QB put together two straight consistent weeks? Kentucky has a better D than Ole Miss, and the Cats' strength is their front seven.

Despite coming off their first loss of the year, Kentucky should have gained confidence from last week's game at Alabama. If the Cats offense improves a little, or even limits its mistakes, this team could be dangerous down the road this year. These two always seem to play pretty close games, and Kentucky shot themselves in the foot both last week and in Columbia last year. Still I think Carolina's QB inconsistency will be the difference in a Kentucky win.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (2:30, ESPN GamePlan): So I was wrong on Vandy too. A win in Starkville would put the Dores at 6-0 for the first time since 1928. Yes, 1928. It's that kind of year. Last year, State was the Alabama State Champions. They have a chance to claim Tennessee the next two weeks.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="190" caption="Bobby Johnson has Vandy on the verge of bowl eligibility"][/caption]

As fundamentally strong as Vanderbilt is and as bad as Mississippi State's offense is (ie, worse than Auburn's), Vandy should SHOULD continue their historic year. Oh yeah, a sixth win would mean the Dores' first non-losing season since 1982.

Tennessee at Georgia (3:30, CBS): Last time we saw Georgia, they were getting smacked at home by Alabama. The Vols are trying to avoid an 0-3 start in the SEC. Basically, it's an SEC East elimination game, but isn't every week?

As everyone knows, Tennessee has won three of the last four, the last two in Athens, and the last two years by a combined 86-47. The revenge factor comes into play, but Georgia's banged up and the Vols have no offense. How healthy is Knowshon Moreno? The Dawg defense took a hit with the loss of Dannell Ellerbe, and appears to have a weakness along the offensive line. Tennessee just plain likes to shoot their toes off in the most frustrating of ways I won't go into. Nick Stephens, meet the fire.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="325" caption="Yet another reason to miss Mr. Ainge: he was 3-0 against Georgia"][/caption]

I have low expectations. Very low. Tennessee seemingly matches up pretty well, but most reasonable Dawg fans (an oxymoron, I know) will remind you of David Cutcliffe's absence. Coach Fulmer has struggled - mightily - against Mark Richt without Cut (two wins against UGA without Cut: '99 and '04). He doesn't have Cut anymore. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Not just this week, but this entire season for the Vols.

Tennessee's defense keeps it close, but I just don't see Tennessee getting enough offense to win Saturday. Think Auburn. I'm expecting another frustrating Saturday...

Arkansas at Auburn (5:00, ESPN GamePlan): So much for the Spread Eagle. Probably using the fan's vote, Auburn fired Tony Franklin Wednesday, probably meaning the beginning of the Kodi Burns era and Chris Todd and the bench and headphones/clipboard becoming best of friends. Playing Arkansas should also help, as the Hogs are bad enough that even Tennessee could score on them (I think). Though they are bad, they played Florida much, much tougher than the 38-7 final showed, and I expect Petrino to get an upset at some point...

LSU at Florida (8:00, CBS): Personally, this is one of my favorite SEC games each year. The athletic ability on the field between these two is ridiculous. The coaches (and their egos) are a great match-up. And it's always a game Florida could very well lose - and I could watch Florida lose every day.

That said, I like LSU in this game, and here's why: I've said it before and I'll say it again - LSU has the SEC's best lines (Bammer is a close second). Florida's lines? Probably their weakest aspect, due to the athletes everywhere else. While LSU has some questions in the secondary, they should be able to keep it close and be able to wear down Florida with Craig Scott and that offensive line, much like they did at Auburn. If you haven't figured it out yet, I really like this LSU team - as in I think they're the best in the SEC.


OH THERE'S MORE!

Tonight's game has some intrigue. For Vols fans, fellow underachiever/coach-on-the-hot-seat Clemson/Tommy Bowden travel to Wake Forest in an important game in the ACC Atlantic, where Florida State is also in the mix (the Noles are off this week after beating Miami).

The NEW Weekly Duke Update: After being shutout by Georgia Tech last week, Duke has granted Cut a one-week release to be Tennessee's offensive coordinator for the Georgia game. UGA is screwed and there are rumors of a forfeit. Yeah, WE WISH. Duke hosts Miami next week. Meanwhile, Lawvol's Tar Heels, fresh into the rankings, host Notre Dame. C'mon, UNC...

Throwing conference affiliations aside, here are the other great games in chronological order...

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="100" caption="Colt McCoy"][/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="90" caption="Sam Bradford"][/caption]

Texas vs. Oklahoma in Dallas (12:00, ABC): Ah yes, the battle of the two outstanding QBs who look like they are still in middle school - Texas' Colt McCoy and OU's Sam Bradford. My deal with Texas is that they are generally underachieving. They are in Texas. They have recruits fall into their lap from Texas, and Louisiana, where LSU is the only competition. Yet Mack Brown hasn't won much without Vince Young. OU has the edge defensively, and the Texas secondary is ripe for Bradford and his seemingly countless receiving targets.

And Bob Stoops has Mack's number. While the QB matchup is essentially a push and the athletes on the field are also at a high level like the LSU-Florida matchup, I like OU. Also, why is this game being played at 11am local time? I know they have the Texas State Fair, but that's too early for such a big football game....

Michigan State at Northwestern (3:30, ESPN2): Don't laugh. MSU is ranked and Northwestern is unbeaten. Both have zero Big Ten losses. A State win puts them firmly into the mix heading into mid-October. A Wildcat win continues the "Revenge of the Nerds" theme dominating the season's first six weeks. I like Sparty...

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="101" caption="Mmm...53.4 ppg"][/caption]

Oklahoma State at Missouri (8:00, ESPN2): Quietly, Okie State is 5-0. Missouri is just sick on offense. The 'Boys aren't too shabby on offense either, so first to 60 wins. That would be Mizzou. Missouri is second in the nation in points. Oklahoma State is third. Hello fireworks...

I've been all "over" the Tigers these past weeks, and as you know by now I almost went there. Obviously the offense is unstoppable with Jeremy Maclin, Chase Coffman, and runnings back are always productive (Tony Temple last year, Derrick Washington this year). Defense was the issue, but there was improvement as the Tigers held Nebraska, who scored 30 on Virginia Tech, to just 10 measly points. Not gonna be much chest-bumping on the OSU sidelines Saturday...

Penn State at Wisconsin (8:00, ESPN): Is Penn State the best team in the Big Ten? So far, it's almost a certainty. Big Test #1 is Saturday night in Madison, where band-less Wisconsin is coming off a heart-breaking late loss to Ohio State. I like the Lions to continue their roll, though I'm not very confident in Wisky losing two straight home games after a two-pus year streak of never losing. The Lions are in Columbus the 25th.

Whew! That was quite a bit. College football = awesome.


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