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14 October 2010

Ohio State Football Player

Here are the games that college football fans will be discussing around the water cooler on Thursday and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s big schedule:

Biggest Game: 

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (7pm, ESPN).  Don’t get me wrong, Ohio State is a good team.  We’ve been here before though.  Let me explain…Ohio State plays in the Big 10 which is not as tough of a conference as the Big 12 or the SEC.  So typically they have a very good record but struggle at the end of the season when they have to play a Big 12 or SEC team in a Bowl Game.  So I find it hard to think about this team in national championship terms, but they are No. 1.  Ohio State does have tough games against Iowa State and Michigan at the end of this season, but this game against Wisconsin may be their biggest test all season.  This game will be played at Wisconsin where the Badgers are 40-4 since 2004.  They have a senior quarterback named Scott Tolzien and a good tailback named John Clay as well as an excellent defense.  Ohio State has their own stud quarterback in Terrelle Pryor who beat the Badgers on their home turf as a freshman two years ago.  Expect a tough, physical game which will come down to which quarterback can make the fewest errors.  If Ohio State can pull this one out, expect them to remain No. 1 for quite a few weeks.

Good one-liner:  “If Ohio State loses, can you believe Oregon would be No. 1?” (Quote references the fact that Oregon is surprisingly ranked #2 and would naturally move up if Ohio State lost).

Is Nebraska for real? 

Texas Longhorns vs. No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN).  The Huskers have been a good surprise while the Longhorns have been a surprise in the other direction.  Nebraska’s program is returning to national prominence behind a strong defense and an excellent running and throwing quarterback, redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez.  Nebraska won a couple of national championships in the 1990s with dynamic quarterbacks and big corn-fed country boys on the offensive and defensive lines and looks to be rekindling some of that old magic.  On the other hand, Texas has lost consecutive games and is out of the top 25 for the first time since 2000.  This game has several compelling subplots—Texas beat Nebraska on a last second field goal last year, and Nebraska will be leaving the Big 12 conference after this season for the Big 10 and would love to leave with a conference championship.  Texas will play better than they have in the last couple of weeks, but Nebraska is just too powerful on offense for them right now.

Good one-liner:  “It’s going to be a kick in the pants to the other teams in the Big 12 if Nebraska wins the Big 12 championship during their last year in the conference.”


Is Auburn for real? 

No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 7 Auburn Tigers (3:30pm, CBS).  This is a huge game in the SEC as Auburn surprisingly remains undefeated after winning three of their games by only three points.  Arkansas’s only loss this year was to then-No. 1 Alabama in a close contest, so they are looking for a big win this Saturday at Auburn.  The players to watch in this game are the opposing quarterbacks.  Arkansas’s Ryan Mallett could be the first quarterback taken in this year’s NFL draft.  He has thrown for a lot of yards lately, but his team has struggled to put up points.  He has almost equaled his interception totals from last year just five games into this season (he has six after only throwing seven all last year).  Asked about the interceptions, he remarked “You know, you can't do nothing about that, it's going to happen. Last year, I was fortunate enough to not throw very many. Obviously, that's not my goal, to throw interceptions.”  Thanks Captain Obvious.  On the other sideline, Auburn’s Cam Newton is a huge threat running the ball, as he rushed for almost 200 yards and accounted for 4 touchdowns last week against Kentucky.  Arkansas usually plays pretty well against the Tigers, so expect for Auburn’s luck to run out on Saturday.

Good one-liner:  “The Arkansas-Auburn game should be fun to watch since the two quarterbacks are so different.”

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BCS: Bowl Championship Series, the post season system developed to pit the #1 and #2 teams in the nation against each other in a national championship game.  It determines this through a ranking system that is a combination of two polls where individuals vote on the rankings and a third set of rankings comprised of a number of computer generated polls.  The BCS as a system for college football has been very controversial. 
 
FBS: Football Bowl Subdivision – a subset of Division I football where the largest football colleges are grouped.  These are the ones you traditionally see on TV.  It is named the Bowl Subdivision because the post season for these teams are the bowl games.
 
FCS: Football Championship Subdivision – the next level down from FBS where the teams play a play-off to determine their national champion

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