Big Mark on Campus
NOV. 12 -- Another exciting week of college football action . . .
This season just might go down as the most unpredictable season in college football history. So much for Penn State going undefeated this season, the Nittany Lions were literally kicked out of a National Championship bid by Iowa on a last second field goal. This week there shouldn't be a big shakeup in the top 5 with #1 Alabama hosting an under .500 Mississippi St. team, #2 Texas Tech on a bye week and #3 Texas facing a subpar Kansas team. The big game takes place in two weeks between #2 Texas Tech and # 5 Oklahoma. This game should make it clear who will be battling for the BCS Championship this January.
# 11 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
Ohio State looks to avenge their only Big Ten loss of last season against Illinois this Saturday in Champaign. With just a 5-5 record this season, the Illini's chances of making a postseason bowl are slim. They would have to win their final two games to have a shot at a bowl and that appears unlikely with Ohio State and Northwestern on their schedule. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are trying to position themselves for a better bowl. Freshman QB Terrelle Pryor and Chris "Beanie" Wells will have a field day running all over the Fighting Illini. The Buckeyes win big 42-14
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines
Last week, the Wildcats were competitive against Ohio State for at least a quarter before being completely dismantled. The (7-3) Wildcats are hoping to bounce back against the (3-7) Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. These two teams have something in common both of their last victories have come off the Minnesota Golden Gophers. It's been a rough season for the Wolverines it's their first losing season since 1967. The Wildcats will pounce at the opportunity to add to the Wolverines growing pain season. Wildcats win 24-21
Norte Dame Fighting Irish vs. Navy Midshipmen
Up in South Bend, this weeks game with Navy has taken a backseat to rumors surrounding Charlie Weis' status as head coach. Notre Dame A.D. Jack Swarbrick quickly squashed those rumors saying that he looks forward to Weis being the head coach at Notre Dame for a long time to come. Now onto the game, the Midshipmen (6-3) have already accepted a bid to the first Eagle-Bank Bowl. It's Navy's sixth straight bowl appearance, that's a school record. The Irish have lost two straight but will win this week but it won't be pretty. Fighting Irish win a close one 35-28
#25 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. #4 Florida Gators
Former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier returns to the swamp to face a team many analysts believe are the best team in the nation. Current Florida coach Urban Meyer knows he has his Gators on the brink of returning to the National Championship for the 2nd time in three years. Everyone talks about Florida's offense with quarterback Tim Tebow and freshman phenom Jeffery Demps, but the Gator defense has been equally impressive allowing only 12 points a game. Spurrier and his Gamecocks roll into Gainesville winning six of their last seven games but he is 0-1 playing the Gators in the swamp. That trend will continue with Florida chomping on the Gamecocks 51-24.
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