I have to admit that I'm not too pumped about our game with Rice on Saturday. I love Texas football but this one doesn't quite have the same feeling as Ohio State. For you BON readers in Houston, maybe, but not for me.
Saturday poses a couple of problems. For those of you who don't know, this weekend is the Austin City Limits music festival at Zilker Park. If you enjoy live music, it is a must attend. I purchased my three day wristband, like I always do, months ago and long before I realized that this weekend would be the best of the year for college football. College football or ACL? I can't decide. I will probably go to the festival all day on Friday and Sunday and spend most of Saturday in front of the TV. The second problem is finding enough TVs to take in all the games.
#13 Michigan at #3 Notre Dame 2:30 PM NBC
I have always rooted passively for the maize and blue and actively against the Fighting Irish, so this one is easy. Chad Henne and Mike Hart present dual threats for the always questionable ND defense. If Brady Quinn wants to win the Heisman, having a big game and beating Michigan for the second year in row would point him in the right direction. ND is tough at God's House but if Michigan is able to run the ball effectively, look out.
#7 LSU at #4 Auburn 2:30 PM CBS
Auburn was my preseason pick to win the national championship, and there is no turning back now. Both teams have been impressive in the first two weeks. Auburn destroyed Washington State and held Mississippi State scoreless in Starkville. LSU has taken down Louisiana Lafayette and Arizona by identical 45-3 margins. Look for another big game from Kenny Irons. The winner of this game becomes the clear favorite in the SEC West and a serious national contender.
#15 Miami at #12 Louisville 2:30 PM ABC Regional
My second favorite team my whole life has been the Miami Hurricanes. Some of you may be thinking that I want to throw Larry Coker under the bus along with a certain offensive coordinator. You are wrong on both accounts. Miami lost to FSU to open last season before reeling off seven straight. Their schedule sets up for a similar run this year if they can get past Louisville. The Canes rushing attack rebounded from a horrendous start to the season. Tyrone Moss will be looking for a breakout performance after missing the opener. Louisville and Brian Brohm are without tailback Michael Bush. Without the same running threat, will Brohm be able to score against the Miami D?
#11 Oklahoma at #18 Oregon 2:30 PM ABC Regional
Oregon survived another wild game with Fresno State last weekend and will be looking to exact some revenge from the Sooners who have beaten the Ducks in each of the last two years. Will Adrian Peterson alone be enough? How will Paul Thompson react in his first start at quarterback on the road? Oregon's underrated tailback, Jonathan Stewart, might out rush Peterson on his home turf. Win this one and the Sooners will be undefeated in Dallas and could be ranked higher than the Horns.
Clemson at #10 Florida State 6:45 PM ESPN
This one looked a lot more exciting before FSU struggled at home against Troy and Clemson missed an extra point to lose in OT at Boston College. This is the eighth Bowden Bowl matching father, Bobby, and son, Tommy. Tommy probably saved his job last season with an upset 35-14 victory. The most important Bowden in this matchup might be FSU offensive coordinator, Jeff Bowden. The Seminoles are averaging just 23 yards per game on the ground. If FSU can't run the ball, daddy might be the one crying.
#19 Nebraska at #2 USC 7:00 PM ABC
The Cornhuskers will meet a challenge for the first time this season after wins over Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State. Southern Cal started the season impressively with a road win over Arkansas but had an off week last week. They gave Pete Carroll an extra week to prepare new QB John David Booty and it's a night game at home before a national TV audience. Bill Callahan's west coast offense on the plains might get exposed.
#6 Florida at #17 Tennessee 7:00 PM CBS
Some thought the ugly shade of orange was back after whooping Cal in the opener. Then Air Force came to Knoxville. The Volunteers needed a stop on a two-point conversion to ensure a one point victory. They got the stop and both teams enter 2-0. The Gators have beaten up on Southern Miss and Central Florida. This marks Urban Meyer's first trip to Neyland Stadium. In his first year, all he did was beat Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida St. Not bad. Whoever's sharper, Eric Ainge or Chris Leak, will transform his team into the team to beat in the SEC East. Meet the toughest player in college football, Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Herrell. He is postponing season ending surgery on his torn bicep to suit up for this one. WOW!
Picks from PB and I and a special guest coming soon.