Dan Hawkins Farewell Tour at Toledo - The Buffaloes travel to Ohio to play the Rockets. Last week the Rockets surrendered 8.1 yards per carry and 535 total yards to Pur-ue, but gained 493 against the Boilermakers. Colorado hopes to get 535 yards this season. Colorado is favored by 4, which means a) more bettors follow Colorado; or b) gamblers believe last Sunday was an anomaly. Considering Colorado is playing on a short week, I'll take the Rockets here.
1100 am Saturday:
Iowa at Iowa State - The Hawkeyes the Cyclones for the Corncob Cup in Ames. With Iowa already beating Northern Iowa, the winner will win the championship of Iowa, and proceed to go somewhere between 3-8 and 7-4. Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes
230 pm Saturday - this is a tough time slot to pick from. Throw in the season opener of the 10U CYSA season at 3, and there's a lot going on in this time slot.
Horned Lizards at William and Mary's b**** - TCU travels to Charlottesville to take on the Wahoos. Will Mountain West pride overwhelm the wounded feelers of the Wahoos, who lost to William and Mary last week? Inquiring minds want to know. I'm expecting a Frogs victory here.
Houston at Boone State - the Pokes are vying for a Houston city championship the next two weeks by hosting the Cougars and the Owls. Boone State is rated in the top 5 for the fifth time in history. They finished the season in 1945 ranked fifth, had two weeks in 1984 in the top 5 (fell out after losing to OU), and had one week in the top 5 in 1985, then promptly lost to Nebraska. The Houston is a bit more powerful and diverse than what Georgia offered up last week. Then again, the D is probably a bit more porous. Prediction: Boone State
FishEaters at FC Dickrod - Notre Dame-Michigan is somewhere between train wreck and clash of the titans this year. Both won handily against mid-majors last week. Can the Irish have their first three game winning streak since they mowed through Duke, Stanford, San Diego State and Michigan at spanning the 07-08 seasons? Will Michigan have it's first two game winning streak of the Dickrod era? I'm going with the Wolverines.
6pm, Big 10 network:
Illinois State at Illinois - the Battle of Illinois happens this week. The Redbirds are coming off a tough loss to Tony Romo U, their first to Eastern Illinois in Normal since 1997. The illini are smarting from what has become an annual butt-whooping by the Missouri Tigers to start the season. Which team will climb to 1-1, and which will fall to 0-2? All I know is the Redbirds haven't been the same since Sooner great Justin Fuentes bailed on Normal and headed for Ft worth. Prediction: Illinois
Ohio State vs USC-West - The Trojans are 12-9-1 against Ohio State. The last time the Buckeyes beat the Men of Troy? 1974. Pete Carroll is 6-0 against Big 10 schools. Prediction: Buckeyes.