Could we have the week of the upsets Part Two. Last week, the numer 1,3, and 4 teams went down. This week should weed out some other wannabees while solidifying other teams for national prominence. There is more than 5 matchups this week that are important to the national scene.
1) Missouri at Nebraska- Missouri has done a good job winning at Columbia in recent history, but have not won in Lincoln since the mid-60's. If they want to consider themselves a national title contender, they need to do something they haven't done in 40 years. Expect Missouri to finally break the curse and possibly move up in the polls.
2) Auburn at Vanderbilt- How do you put the Gameday game at #2?? Very simple. As people in Nashville would say, it just ain't as important. Auburn is still looking for an offensive identity while Vanderbilt will be looking to get to 5 wins, one away from bowl eligibility.
3) Oregon at USC- another battle of two top 25 teams. USC is hoping not to lose two in a row this season like they did last season. 2nd game of the two in a row last season-at Oregon. Oregon will be down to their 4th string QB but the Ducks could still pull off the upset. Don't expect it. USC wins by a touchdown.
4) Ohio State at Wisconsin- both teams were thought to be going into this game undefeated. Neither are. Wisconsin will be ready to hurt someone after last week's collapse. Expect another blowout to go against the Buckeyes.
5) Texas at Colorado- Colorado has played spoiler twice in 3 years already in this situation. Oklahoma goes up to Boulder last season, loss. West Virginia goes up to Boulder earlier this season, loss. Texas goes up to Boulder Saturday.....................we'll see.
Other important matchups for the national scene are: Penn State at Purdue, Stanford at Notre Dame, Kentucky at Alabama, Texas Tech at Kansas State, UConn at North Carolina, and Texas A&M at Oklahoma State. What a great weekend for some football. I fully expect to be talking more upsets on Sunday.