This is, by far, the most exciting weekend college football has had in a long time. Three possible upsets of top five teams, America's most storied program finally getting a blow-out win, and a coaching battle sure to raise eyebrows. Grab your popcorn, enough beer to kill a small horse, and get ready to gamble away your illegitimate children's lunch money on five exciting games.
Georgia at (1) Florida
There’s no love lost between these two SEC rivals thanks to a recent history of heated battles and the Mean Girls-style feud between head coaches Urban Meyer and Mark Richt. Earlier this week, Heisman hopeful Tim Tebow (who spent a lot of time watching film and Golden Girls reruns with good friend Jesus Christ over the week) told reporters that he has been disappointed by the complete lack of imagination of the Gators’ offense and promised to make the necessary adjustments this week. This is bad news for pretty much anybody outside of Gainesville. The last time Tebow had a press conference/televised temper tantrum, the Gators won 10 straight games, a national championship, and the University of Florida made a plaque commemorating his ramblings outside of the school’s athletics center. The Bulldogs may have a tremendous amount of young talent, but this is going to be the world’s first glance of Superman again.
Prediction: Florida wins big, thanks to Tim Tebow's four touchdown passes. Gators 41-7
(3) Texas at (14) Oklahoma State
Earlier this week, All-American wide receiver Dez Bryant learned what the Washington Redskins, ESPN, and any stripper in the Dallas/Fort Worth area already knew – stay the hell away from Deion Sanders. The future first round pick was officially suspended for the year earlier for inappropriate contact with Neon Deion, effectively ending his college career. Though he won’t be allowed to contribute on the field, much like Greg Oden at a Trailblazers game, Bryant will have an excellent view of the talented team from the sidelines. And even with their best player on out for months, the Cowboys have won five straight games and are making a conference championship run thanks to the superb play of quarterback Zac Robinson. If the Longhorns are going to lose a game before the end of the season, this is going to be it. By the end of the fourth quarter, the national title picture will get a lot clearer.
Texas wins in the fourth quarter 34-31
(5) USC at (10) Oregon
The Road to the Rose Bowl runs straight through Niketown this weekend, when the one-loss Trojans and some of the most “endearing” fans in the country drive their luxury cars north to take on a streaking Ducks team that recently dismantled the Washington Huskies (who beat the Trojans) 43-19. Pete Carroll usually has no problem getting his teams up for big games, but playing at Autzen Stadium is something that many of his young starters may find a tad overwhelming. If the Ducks can get on the board early and get the boisterous crowd into the game, it may be difficult for Matt Barkley to find his rhythm and avoid losing their second straight contest in Eugene.
Oregon pulls the upset 27-24, thanks to a strong performance by their rushing attack
(22) South Carolina at Tennessee
Not only will this game boast two SEC up-and-comers that have had flashes of fleeting brilliance against national title contenders this year, but it will also feature Lane Kiffin’s one-of-a-kind antics taking on Steve Spurrier (the man who invented running up the score and smug sideline smiles). The Volunteers were a blocked field goal away from taking down the second-ranked Crimson Tide last weekend and are 14 days removed from handing the Georgia Bulldogs a 26-point loss. If Kiffin and company want to avoid a bowl game that starts with Monistat 7 or Meineke Car Care, they’re going to need to win the remainder of their games – which may happen if they’re able to take Spurrier’s Gamecocks out on Saturday.
Prediction: The Volunteers continue to make statements with a 20-7 victory.
Washington State at Notre Dame
One of two things is going to happen here. Either Jimmy Clausen is going to have the game of his life, put up nine touchdown passes, look like an ostrich, and get his third alcohol-related offense while celebrating the most lopsided Notre Dame win in recent memory. Or Charlie Weis will find a way to lose this game, and give one of the most irritating fanbases in the country a nationally televised humiliation that will set the program back even further. Whichever one happens, it’s worth nursing a hangover while watching.
Prediction: Notre Dame wins 59-0 and immediately schedules games against the Cougars for seven more seasons.
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