College Football Preview (Week #9)

Baylor QB, Bryce Petty in action
Last week, week 8 of the 2013 NCAA Football season, there were a ton of big upsets, which saw some heavy favorites lose some close games.
The Missouri Tigers earned a massive win over their SEC foes the Florida Gators by a score of 36-17. The Auburn Tigers went into Texas A&M and upset Johnny Manziel and company by a score of 45-41. The Florida State Seminoles and freshman phenom QB Jameis Winston marched into Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina and laid an old fashioned beat down on the third ranked Clemson Tigers by a score of 51-14. The Georgia Bulldogs also fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores and the LSU Tigers were upset by the Ole Miss Rebels.
 The BCS Standings were released for the first time this year which still has Alabama sitting in the number 1 spot.
There are some marquis match-ups this week in week 9 of the 2013 NCAA Football schedule and here are a few to watch out for.
#10 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. #17 Oklahoma Sooners
Last week the Red Raiders went into Morgantown, West Virginia and handed the Mountaineers a 37-27 loss and improved their overall record to 7-0 on the season. Led by QB Davis Webb and TE Jace Amaro, the Red Raiders and coach Kliff Kingsbury have got something real good, they have developed a solid offensive attack that has been able to put up a lot of yards against opposing defenses. They will have their toughest test this weekend as they are going into Norman, Oklahoma to play the Sooners.
Last week the Oklahoma Sooners played the Kansas Jayhawks, where they earned a 34-19 victory as they improved their record to 6-1 on the year. The Sooners are led by Junior QB Blake Bell and Senior RB Brennan Clay, who have had somewhat of a mediocre season so far in terms of production.
If Oklahoma wants to win this game they will need their defense to come up big and keep the Red Raiders offense off the field. If Texas Tech wants to do the same they will need to be smart and avoid turnovers that could cost them the game.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma
#20 South Carolina vs. #5 Missouri Tigers
South Carolina Gamecocks went into Tennessee and lost a heartbreaker to the Volunteers by a score of 23-21 last weekend, which saw their record fall to 5-2 on the season.  South Carolina is led by Senior QB Connor Shaw and the ever powerful RB Mike Davis.  This week they will be looking to get that offense going early and frequently against the Tigers. If the Gamecocks cannot get their offense going and the Tigers can keep them off the field it’ll be a long day in the office for them.
Last week the Missouri Tigers played host to the Florida Gators and managed to earn an impressive 36-17 win without their starting QB James Franklin as they improved their record to 7-0 on the season. The Tigers are led by Freshman QB Maty Mauk, RB Henry Josey and WR L’Damian Washington on offense and they are all looking to come out fast and strong in order to throw South Carolina off their game.
If the Missouri Tigers can get their highly ranked offense going early they have a great shot a burying the Gamecocks and coming out of this game with the win. If South Carolina wants to be successful in this game they will need their heavy defensive front to play physical football and control the line of scrimmage and leave Missouri out of scoring positions.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri
#12 UCLA Bruins vs. #2 Oregon Ducks
Last weekend the UCLA Bruins went into Stanford, California to play their PAC-12 foes, the Stanford Cardinal, where they were handed a tough 24-10 loss as they saw their overall record fall to 5-1 on the season. The Bruins are led by Heisman candidate QB Brett Hundleyand Senior WR Shaq Evans on the offensive side of the ball. The Bruins did not have much going for them last weekend in Stanford as they went up against a very stern defense and were very limited on offense.
Last Saturday night the Oregon Ducks played host to the Washington State Cougars, where they came out on top of their PAC-12 north rivals by a score of 62-38. The Ducks are also led by a Heisman candidate; it’s Sophomore QB Marcus Mariota. He along with RB’s De’Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall, have left opposing defenders gasping for air.
 If the Bruins of UCLA want to be successful this weekend against the Ducks, they will need to come out firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. They will need Hundley and the offense to step up their game, all while having their defense try and stop the Ducks from putting up loads of points. Look for Oregon to try and get at the Bruins early as they look to run the table in the PAC-12.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
#8 Stanford Cardinal vs. Oregon State Beavers
Last weekend the Stanford Cardinal played host to the UCLA Bruins where they won their tilt by a score of 24-10 and improved their record to 6-1 on season. Stanford is led by Sophomore QB Kevin Hogan and flashy WR Ty Montgomery on the offensive side of the ball. Stanford played very well last weekend on both sides of the ball.  They looked good running the ball and on defense they played smart and made stops when they had to during the course of the game.
Last Saturday night the Oregon State Beavers went into Berkley, California and beat up the Cal Golden Bears as they won by a score of 49-17 and improved their record to 6-1 on the season. The Beavers are led by Junior QB Sean Mannion, who has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards in only 7 games, and WR Brandin Cooks on the offensive side of the ball.
If the Beavers want to be successful against Stanford and prove to the country that they are worth of a spot in the Top 25, they will need to come out fast and strong, they must play aggressively on offense and try to push the pace in order to tire out the Stanford defense. If Stanford can come up big on the defensive side of the ball and keep the Beavers off the field, they have a great shot at winning this game. This match-up has the potential for an upset, if that is to happen, the Beavers must play smart.
Game details: Kickoff on Saturday at 10:30pm at Reser Stadium in Corvalis, Oregon.
There are several other great match-ups in week 9 that will make for some great games to watch. Here are a few of those games to look out for.
Boise State Broncos vs. BYU Cougars – Kickoff on Friday at 8:00pm
#25 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers –  Kickoff on Saturday at 12:00pm
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. #14 Texas A&M Aggies – Kickoff on Saturday at 12:20pm
Tennessee Volunteers vs. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide – Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm
#6 Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks – Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm
Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs – Kickoff on Saturday at 7:30pm
Penn State Nittanay Lions vs. #4 Ohio State Buckeyes – Kickoff on Saturday at 8:00pm
Matt Kassabian
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