Games to Watch Today
While there aren’t the big matchups of last weekend there is still plenty of good college football to watch today.
(6) Texas vs. Texas Tech: The Longhorns might be ranked 6th, but they haven’t been tested yet and have shown that their offense is still a work in progress. Their top secondary will get challenged in a big way today with Tech’s spread offense. For the Longhorns to win they will have to stop or at least slow down Texas Tech’s high powered offense. The Longhorns aren’t good enough to win in a shootout so defense is key today. 35-24 Texas.
(10) Florida vs. Tennessee: There is little doubt that Florida is the better team in this game and they should be able to win, but Tennessee is known to surprise. It is never easy playing in Knoxville, and just last week the Volunteers played the Oregon Ducks to a tie in the first half (and actually outplayed them). They came back to earth in the 2nd half, but if a few big plays didn’t happen it could have been a different outcome. Florida hasn’t looked as sharp as Oregon this year, as that offense is still figuring itself out. To make matters worse some off the field distractions could have the Gators not taking Tennessee seriously. In the end Florida wins 24-13.
Clemson vs. (16) Auburn: Even though Clemson is unranked they stand as a major challenge to the Auburn Tigers. While their offense may have lost two of its playmakers last season Clemson can still move the ball on offense. On defense Clemson has a couple extremely good young players that should give the Auburn offense fits all day. Auburn though is a good team in their own right and has the best advantage of all, home field. I see the matchup of the two Tigers a close one, but think Auburn pulls it out 28-24.
(9) Iowa vs (24) Arizona: Not only is this the game of the week, but its the only match up of Top 25 teams this week. Despite the appearance of one team being ranked 15 spots higher than the other one, this should be a very good close game. Both Iowa and Arizona are impressive young teams with good offensive and defensive balance. The Wildcats do have the great home field advantage equalizer and are capable of winning this game, but I think Iowas is too balanced for their defense to stop. The Hawkeyes can beat you both through the air and on the ground, and I don’t think Arizona can contain both. In addition that Iowa defense gets after that quarterback with the best of them, if they put the pressure on Nick Foles then the Hawkeyes will win 27-21.