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Friday, September 24, 2004

College Football Weekend

This weekend does not look too promising for getting a lot of good college football games. Iowa-Michigan and Clemson-FSU appear to be the only ones really worth watching, but each of those four participants have taken turns looking really bad. This could get brutal.

The best game of the weekend might actually be tonight's game, BYU and Boise State on the blue turf at 10 pm Eastern on ESPN. BYU has beaten Notre Dame, but then lost badly to Stanford. Half of the fun will be seeing which Cougar unit shows up the the game. The Broncos on the other hand look to extend their Division I-A leading 14-game winning and 20-game home winning streaks. Both teams like offense a whole lot better than defense, so look for a shootout providing BYU doesn't mail it in like against the Cardinal.

Despite the streaks and its #21 ranking, Boise State still manages to fly under the radar somewhat, so this is an excellent opportunity to see a very good team in action. The team won't be on national TV again until October 29th's game when Hawaii visits Bronco Stadium. Don't be surprised though if the October 23 showdown against Fresno State is picked up, especially since both teams could, and should, be undefeated and the winner will be in excellent shape to go undefeated and become the first team from a "mid-major" conference to make a BCS bowl. Of course, there might be two this year with Utah looking excellent so far with a relatively easy schedule ahead. The toughest tests for these teams, aside from the Fresno at Boise game, will be Hawaii for Fresno and Boise and Air Force or BYU for Utah. Utah definitely has the inside track.

As for the game most near and dear to my heart, I am hoping for a pre-hurricane blowout win over Kentucky for the Gators. I expect at least 33 points out of UF because Indiana just put up 32 on the Wildcats last week. Ron Zook has had his troubles to say the least, being down 21-3 in the fourth quarter of last year's game before a three-touchdown comeback, but Steve Spurrier had his troubles against Kentucky too at times. The "DOERING'S GOT A TOUCHDOWN!" game is the prime example of that. Both of the afforementioned games were at Kentucky though, and last year's game was before the Gators figured out how to play together (which didn't happen until after the loss to Ole Miss. Kentucky has a better defensive line than Florida, but that's about it. I expect it to be uncomfortably close for much of the game before UF pulls away in the second half.


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