Welcome back to another week of College Football. It is just over two weeks since the demoralizing loss against Stanford and three weeks since the unredeemable loss to ASU. And, while Stanford sits atop the Pac 12 North, and ranked in the Top 10 nationally, ASU sits at 5th in the Pac 12 South. While they took Oregon to triple overtime last night, eventually falling 61-55, we must remember there are no moral victories in College Football. What does this mean for us? The same thing it always does, we must handle our business if we want to claw our way back into the Pac 12 Championship game. There is a zero margin of error for us with Utah and Southern California looming ahead.
Luckily, we are in the "easy" part of our schedule, facing Colorado (last in the P12 South) today, and Oregon State (last in the P12 North) next week. This is as good a time as any to sit and rest players like Paul Perkins, Isaako Savaiinaea, and Devin Fuller. There are those who would like to see them play this weekend. But, I have to believe this is a golden opportunity to get healthy, and give the youngers some meaningful playing time. Last time I checked Eldridge Massington was still on the team. He's not exactly lacking in game experience. But, the really big question will be the RB position.All of which is to say, we don't know what we're going to get. Or who. And, that is one of CFB's greatest attractions. The uncertainty.
Take a look below for various storylines being played out in games across the country today.
USC at California - 12pm, FOX
~ USC climbed out of a two game loss streak. California comes in with a two game loss streak, but they play at home. You gotta figure the Trogans are the favorites in this one. But, stranger things have happened.
Colorado at UCLA - 12pm, PAC12
~ It will be good to get back to normality; that is, football on Saturday. It's homecoming, so if you're in the area, you might consider heading out to the Rose Bowl. I know I will.
Georgia at #11 Florida - 12:30pm, CBS
~ The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is one for the bucket list. It's on mine, that's for sure. Quite possibly the only rivalry game being played this weekend. Florida is ranked and sits on top of the SEC East and Georgia is squarely behind them. Winner gets fast tracked to the SEC Championship game.
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech - 12:30pm, ESPN
~ The Cowboys are undefeated and climbing the polls. Texas Tech has only quality losses on it's resume, and they pushed TCU to the very end.
Michigan at Minnesota - 4pm, ESPN
~ How will Michigan handle that demoralizing and odds defying loss against Sparty? My guess is they will steam roll the Gophers. The real reason to watch is Jim Harbaugh. He did it at Stanford. He did it with the 49ers. And, here he goes again. Ahead of schedule, even.
#9 Notre Dame at #21 Temple - 5pm, ABC
~ The only match up this weekend featuring two ranked teams. Notre Dame needs to keep the winning streak going if they hope to knock on the playoff door. Temple wants to play the role of spoiler, not to mention they won't want to let down the home crowd.
#8 Stanford at Washington State - 7:30pm, ESPN
~ Stanford sits atop the Pac 12 North. The surprise of the conference, Washington State is right behind them. Watching Wazzu will be a first for me this season. I'll be interested in seeing what the Pirate Mike Leach has done in Pullman.
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