College Football Preview (Week #8)

Last week in the seventh week of the 2013 NCAA Football season, we saw some tremendous games that made for some big upsets!
 
The AP Top 25 Standings were really shaken up this week, after some very big upsets in week seven.
Last Saturday the #25 Ranked Missouri Tigers handed the #7 ranked Georgia Bulldogs a 41-26 loss at home. The #18 ranked Michigan Wolverines suffered a heartbreaking 4-Overtime loss at the hands of unranked Penn State by a score of 43-40. The biggest upset of the weekend could have been #5 ranked Stanford losing to unranked PAC-12 foes, the Utah Utes by a score of 27-21.
 
We’ve reached the middle point of the season and have witnessed some great games; it’s exciting to think that we still have another half to go, where the games become more important and the possibility of upsets look more and more likely.
 
Week 8 of the 2013 NCAA Football has some great match ups with several ranked teams competing against each other. Here are some great games to watch for this weekend.
#22 Florida Gators vs. #14 Missouri Tigers
Last Saturday the Florida Gators went into Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lost a hard fought battle to the LSU Tigers by a score of 17-6, which saw their record fall to 4-2 on the year. Led by Junior QB Tyler Murphy who is filling in for injured starting QB Jeff Driskel, and junior RB Mack Brown, the Gators have to find a way to get that offence going and put some points on the board. Murphy only threw the ball for a total of 115 yards in last week’s game against LSU and that amount simply won’t be enough to compete against the Missouri offence.
 
Last weekend the Missouri Tigers were one of the most talked about teams, after they had gone into Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia and crushed the highly ranked Bulldogs 41-26. Missouri’s record improved to 6-0 and they went from being ranked 25th to 14th. During their win last weekend, the Tigers lost their starting QB James Franklin, who is slated to be out for a minimum of 6 games. Missouri will most likely turn the ball over to Freshman QB Maty Mauk as he will look to lead the Tigers to victory over Florida. Mauk will look for help from his talented running backs, Henry Josey, Russell Hansborough and Marcus Murphy, as he steps in to fill the spot of the injured Franklin.
 
Look for Missouri to try and come at Florida with everything they have offensively, in order to tire out that highly ranked Florida defense.
Game Details: Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 12:21pm at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.
#24 Auburn Tigers vs. #7 Texas A&M Aggies
The Auburn Tigers have flown somewhat under the radar this year, as they improved their record to 5-1 with a hefty 62-3 win last weekend at home against Western Carolina. With that win, Auburn has earned a spot in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. Led by Junior QB Nick Marshall and Junior RB Tre Mason, the Tigers have established a solid offensive attack with a great running game.
 
Last week the Aggies of Texas A&M survived a scare in Mississippi, where they narrowly edged out the Rebels by a score of 31-28 and improved their record to 5-1 on the season. Led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Johnny Manziel, Senior RB Ben Malena and WR Mike Evans, the Aggies have a great offensive attack which often times leaves defenses gasping for air.
 
 If the Auburn Tigers want to be successful in this game, they will have to get their offence going early and push the pace in order to leave the Aggies playing catch up. Look for Manziel and company to spread the ball around on offence and try to tire out the defense.
Game Details: Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 3:30pm at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
#9 UCLA Bruins vs. #13 Stanford Cardinal
The UCLA Bruins improved their record to 5-0 after they beat their PAC-12 foes, the California Golden Bears last weekend, by a score of 37-10. The Bruins are led by Sophomore QB Brett Hundley and Senior WR Shaquelle Evans who have led their team to some big victories so far this season and will need them to put together a great game this weekend and try to give that stern Stanford defense a tough time.
 
Last weekend Stanford went into Utah and was stunned by the unranked Utah Utes by a score of 27-21. Utah surprised the nation and proved to everyone that Stanford is a beatable team. Stanford is led by QB Kevin Hogan and explosive WR Ty Montgomery, who often connect for big plays downfield. This Stanford football team is now working with a 5-1 record after their crushing loss to Utah. They are looking to bounce back with a big win this week against the UCLA Bruins, where they will need not only their passing game to be nearly perfect, but their running game to heat up by RB Tyler Gaffney having a great game on the ground.
 
This game could be a close one with the winning team being the team that makes the least amount of mistakes and capitalizing when they need to.
Game Details: Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19that 3:30pm at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.
#5 Florida State vs. #3 Clemson Tigers
This is a marquee matchup between two ACC rivals that have made their way into the AP Top 25 Rankings.
 
The Florida State Seminoles are coming off of a bye week last week, however two weeks ago they played host to the Maryland Terrapins and laid a 63-0 beating on them. The Seminoles have improved their record to 5-0 and are ranked 5th in the AP Top 25 national rankings. Led by eye-opening freshman QB Jameis Winston, WR’s Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene, the Seminoles have established a seriously dangerous offensive attack and making opposing defenses look horrible.
 
Last Saturday the Clemson Tigers played host to the Boston College Eagles, where they earned themselves a 24-14 win en route to improving their record to 6-0. Led by Heisman Trophy Candidate, Senior QB Tajh Boyd and Junior WR Sammy Watkins, the Tigers have established a very well balanced offensive attack where Tajh Boyd can either stand up and deliver great passes from the pocket or take off for a designed run.
This game could be a close one and it may come down to a defense making a big stop late in a high scoring game to seal it for the winning team. Look out for Clemson Defensive End, Vic Beasley to led the Clemson defense and help them make big stops as they try to contain the high powered Florida State attack.
Game Details: Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 8:00pm at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.
Week 8 of the 2013 NCAA Football season has some other great games on the docket, here are some of them.
#10 Miami Hurricanes vs. North Carolina Tar Heels – Kickoff on Thurs. Oct. 17th at 7:45pm
#11 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 12:00pm
#15 Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 12:00pm
#20 Washington Huskies vs. Arizona State Sun Devils – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 6:00pm
#6 LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 7:00pm
Southern California Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 7:30pm
Utah Utes vs. Arizona Wildcats – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 10:00pm
Washington State Cougars vs. #2 Oregon Ducks – Kickoff on Sat. Oct. 19th at 10:00pm
Matt Kassabian
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Author: Matthew Kassabian

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