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Week 9 of the 2013 NCAA Football season had a lot of great games to choose from, some of which had upsets.
Oklahoma played host to Texas Tech and handed them a tough 38-30 loss. South Carolina went into Missouri and managed to upset the undefeated Tigers. The Oregon Ducks played host to the UCLA Bruins in a heated PAC-12 battle, which saw the Ducks out play the Bruins and win by a score of 42-14. Stanford marched into Corvallis, Oregon to play the Beavers, where they held off the home team and won the game by a score of 20-12.
Things are really starting to heat up in the world of NCAA Football and there are still several crucial conference games left to be played.
Week 10 is slated to have some great match ups that could make for some potential upsets. Here are some of the marquis games to look for out this week.
#23 Michigan Wolverines vs. #24 Michigan State Spartans
The Michigan Wolverines are coming off a much needed bye week after their week 8 win over Indiana, where they won a shootout by a score of 63-47. Dazzling Junior QB Devin Gardner, RB Fitz Toussaint and WR Jeremy Gallon lead the Michigan Wolverines on the offensive side of the ball. The Wolverines have looked a tad bit shaky at times this season and they really need to sharpen up their play on both sides of the ball, if they want to be successful down the home stretch of the season.
Last weekend the Michigan State Spartans went into Illinois to tango with the Fighting Illini in a classic BIG 10 match up. The Spartans came up with a massive, 42-3 win, which improved their record to 7-1 thus far on the season. QB Connor Cook and Junior RB Jeremy Langford lead the Spartans on the offensive side of the ball.
If the Spartans want to be effective in this game, they will have to try and get their passing game going because the Wolverines have one of the poorest passing defenses in the country and one of the best rushing defenses.
If the Wolverines want to be successful against a very stout Spartans team, they will have to come out with a furious tempo and try to confuse the Spartans.
This match up always makes for a great game.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.
#18 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. #15 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Last week the Cowboys of Oklahoma State played the Iowa State Cyclones where they earned a win over their BIG 12 rivals by a score of 58-27. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys are led by QB J.W. Walsh and WR Josh Stewart.
Last week the Red Raiders went into Norman, Oklahoma and were handed their first loss of the season by the Sooners, as they fell by a score of 38-30 and saw their record go to 7-1. QB Davis Webband TE Jace Amaro led Texas Tech on the offensive side of the ball.
Both of these teams match up fairly even with the potential slight edge going to Texas Tech.
If the Red Raiders want to be successful this week and prove to the critics that they are a force to be recon with in College Football by bouncing back with a big win, they must get their highly ranked passing game going early and often.
Oklahoma State’s defense has to try and come up big and make plays that keep the Red Raiders offense off the field.
This game could go either way but the winning team in this game, will be the team that makes the least amount of mistakes throughout the game.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
#7 Miami Hurricanes vs. #3 Florida State Seminoles
Last Saturday the Miami Hurricanes survived a close game against Wake Forrest as they came out with a narrow 24-21 win and improved their record to 7-0 on the season. QB Stephen Morris and Junior RB Duke Johnson lead the Miami Hurricanes on the offensive side of the ball. The Hurricanes have looked a tad bit shaky in the past two games they have played, they will need to turn that around and play their best game this week against the Seminoles.
Florida State has caught the attention of everyone so far this season, they have been blowing out teams and have looked good doing it. Freshman QB “Famous” Jameis Winston, WR Rashad Green and RB Davonta Freemanlead a very venomous Florida State offensive attack.
If Miami want to come close to winning this game, they will have to do everything right. They cannot turn the ball over and they must do their best to score on every possession in order to keep up with the Seminoles. Look for FSU to come out fast and strong and try to put the Hurricanes away early, if possible.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 8:00pm at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators
The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off a very much needed bye week after suffering two straight losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt. Senior QB Aaron Murray has done a superb job leading this injury depleted Georgia team that is also suffering on the defensive side of the ball due to the players they lost to the NFL.
The Florida Gators are also coming off of a much needed bye week after they also lost their last two games to Missouri and LSU. Since staring QB Jeff Driskel went out with a season ending injury, QB Tyler Murphy was chosen to step up and fill his shoes. Murphy hasn’t done the best job of controlling the Florida offense; however, they are hoping the bye week helped better prepare them for the Bulldogs.
Nobody would have thought that both of these teams would come into this game with identical 4-3 records and are both badly in need of a win. Look for the Gators defense to try and stop Aaron Murray and the potent Georgia passing game, if they want to be prosperous.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
Here are a few other great games to look out for in week 10 of the 2013 NCAA Football season:
#25 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Washington State Cougars – Kickoff on Thursday at 10:30pm
USC Trojans vs. Oregon State Beavers – Kickoff on Friday at 9:00pm
#22 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes – Kickoff on Saturday at 12:00pm
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Indiana Hoosiers – Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers – Kickoff on Saturday at 3:30pm
Tennessee Volunteers vs. #10 Missouri Tigers – Kickoff on Saturday at 7:00pm
Boise State Broncos vs. Colorado State Rams – Kickoff on Saturday at 8:00pm
Author: Matthew Kassabian