FinishLine » NCAA Games http://blog.finishline.com Finish Line's Blog Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:54:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 College Football Rivalry: Week 9 http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/21/college-football-rivalry-week-9/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/21/college-football-rivalry-week-9/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:13:39 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=13205 [Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images]

Week after week, teams are standing strong and others are being weeded out, in the college football world where only the strongest survive. With a National Championship playoff just a year away, only the top two spots ensure a berth in the BCS title game. If you are near a TV set on Saturday, check out some of the games we will be keeping an eye on below.

1. Clemson vs Maryland

Can Clemson rebound? That will be the question every one will look for answers to following the Tigers dismal performance against Florida State. Maryland has been an up and down football team all year but playing at home in College Park should allow them to stay in this game into the 2nd half.

2. UCLA vs Oregon

Arguably, there isn’t a tougher place to play than Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The Bruins will have their hands full with an Oregon team that is second in the nation in scoring, averaging 57.6 points per game. After a tough game in Palo Alto last week, it might be too tall of a task to try and get by the Ducks. Bruin QB Brett Hundley will have to put the team on his shoulders and provide a career best performance if they have any shot of walking out with a W.

3. South Carolina vs Missouri

On the road against Georgia. At home against Florida. The last two weeks have been unimaginable for the folks in Columbia as two program changing wins have vaulted the Tigers to #5 in the BCS rankings. South Carolina got beat up last week in a loss against the Vols and with starting QB Connor Shaw, a game time decision. Look for the Tigers to keep on rolling as they eye locking-up SEC East title.

4. Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

The Red Raiders have surpassed nearly everyones expectations en route to a 7-0 start. Ranking 2nd in the nation in passing yards, they have carved up some great defenses and impressed through the first seven games. The real tests begin Saturday however with a trip to Norman to play #15 Oklahoma. Three of the next four games for the Red Raiders include ranked opponents. Oklahoma is certainly a great team with their only defeat coming to an inspired Longhorn team. Look for this game to stay tight deep into the fourth quarter.

5. Penn St. vs Ohio State

The Big 10 is clearly in another down year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t provide some exciting games. Penn St and Michigan played a 4 OT thriller a couple weeks ago, and hopefully the Nittany Lions bring the same intensity and focus to Michigan’s biggest rival, the Buckeyes of Ohio State. True Freshman sensation QB Christian Hackenberg of the Nittany Lions will have to play to the level that made him one of the nations top high school recruits if they are to go into Columbus and pull of the upset.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RIVALRY: WEEK 8 http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/16/college-football-rivalry-week-8-2/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/16/college-football-rivalry-week-8-2/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:28:31 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=13140 [Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images]

We’re in week 8 of the NCAA Football season and contenders for the national title picture are beginning to separate themselves. Last week saw the Stanford Cardinal go down to the Utes in Salt Lake City and severely dash their BCS Championship game aspirations. Georgia also saw its chances of a potential national title and BCS bowl take a hit with a home loss to a much improved Missouri team.  Oregon continues to shine with one of the most impressive wins of the season over a then ranked #16 Washington. Heisman leading candidate Marcus Mariota is a big reason for the Ducks success as he has still yet to throw a pick on the season. The SEC is still king of the mountain in college football however with the last seven national titles and currently having eight teams ranked in the AP Top 25.

1. Georgia vs Vanderbilt

With no wins in the SEC, the Vanderbilt Commodores have performed far below expectations. Despite that, Vandy is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and WR Jordan Matthews is an game breaker who can change the course of any game. This will be Vanderbilt’s opportunity to move in and steal a conference win from a Georgia team that is still reeling after losing last week against Mizzou and who lost star running back Kendall Marshall the week prior at Tennessee.

2. LSU vs. Ole Miss

Yes, another SEC matchup because the conference is just that strong. While we don’t expect Ole Miss to pull off the upset by a long shot, LSU cannot afford to slip up in their quest to take the SEC East. Ole Miss and their stable of young talent proved last week they can play with anyone on their home turf as they nearly stole one late from Johnny Football and the Aggies. 

3. Auburn vs Texas A&M

Love him or hate him, any game with Johnny Football makes it that much more exciting. Gus Malzahn has returned to The Plains and has the Auburn program in the best shape it has been in since their BCS title in 2010. The Aggies however have one of the biggest home crowd advantages in college football and the 12th man will definitely play a role in their attempt to keep pace in the national title race.  

4. Florida St vs Clemson

ESPN College GameDay will head back to Clemson this week for this exciting Top 5 match-up. Clemson escaped last week at Boston College to remain unbeaten and avoid the mind boggling loss that have plagued them in previous years. FSU star QB Jameis Winston is playing at an exceptional level completing over 73% of his passes and gaining Heisman consideration in the process. The winner of this game will take a giant step in their quest to make it to Pasadena for this years BCS Championship game.

5. UCLA vs Stanford

The character of the Cardinal and QB Kevin Hogan will be tested this week as they return home to The Farm to take on the #9 ranked Bruins. With only a week to correct the errors and miscues that plagued them against Utah, a loss here would eliminate the Cardinal from BCS Championship consideration. Last year Stanford beat the Bruins in consecutive weeks and the players at UCLA are anxious to avenge those losses. 

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College Football Rivalry: Week 7 http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/07/college-football-rivalry-week-7/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/07/college-football-rivalry-week-7/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:21:59 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=12884 [Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images]

Here are the games this week you don’t want to miss, and we’re giving them to you every Monday.

Just a few weeks into the college football season, and expectedly things are heating up. So far, no major upsets have occurred, so there’s still much to be expected in the coming months.

1. Arizona at USC

This should be an interesting matchup, given the fact that USC just lost their head coach, Lane Kiffin. In the past, this may not have been a situation where Arizona would have a chance, but given the recent events, this one should prove to be quite a game.

2. Oklahoma/Texas

The Red River Shootout is back again this year, as Texas and Oklahoma will meet halfway to battle it out in Dallas. Oklahoma has dominated things lately, but this game will nonetheless be a barn burner.

3. Nebraska at Purdue

Big Ten rivals clash this weekend as they try to position themselves in the conference. The top spot is accounted for, but there’s still much football to be played. Should be interesting to see how things all play out.

4. Florida at LSU

This is the SEC matchup of the week, and it’s sure to be one to watch. Aside from Bama and Georgia, the SEC stills possesses quite a few powerhouses and its always interesting to see their big programs go up against each other.

5. Oregon at Washington

As the #2 team in college football, Oregon pretty much has a clear path to the national championship, especially since they’ve had no problem steamrolling opponents. Washington won’t be a cakewalk though, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Ducks perform.

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