NCAA Football Game Thread: Week 9

Last weekend, No. 3 Oklahoma was upset by the unranked Texas Tech Red Raiders which shook up the national BCS rankings slightly. Teams moved up and of course some of them slid as they do every week. However, there are still several teams that are undefeated. Some of these teams may go undefeated for the remainder of the year. By seasons end, there could be four or five teams in the Top 10 that have flawless records and did it by beating some quality teams.

Having a playoff bracket of some sort has been talked about for a while now. By merging a playoff system and the BCS Bowl Games, it could surmount all obstacles and make all parties involved happy for the most part. In fact, it could wind up doubling the amount of money that the teams and programs that appear in the playoff system if done right.

Regardless, it could be a while before any kind of system like that is implemented; but then again you never know. If multiple solid teams make a case for being considered as the No. 1 team in the nation, it could create a dilemma. That dilemma could in turn make the case for an urgency of having a playoff system.

The players that were featured in the hypothetical playoff picture would receive quite a bit more exposure and this in turn could do wonders for their draft stock.

In the meantime, we are all stuck with the current flawed system in which is in place.

Follow after the jump to get the few remaining games of today that could wind up being of interest and feature some possible prospects for the 49ers in next years draft. 

Baylor vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State

Robert Griffin III has blossomed in to something potentially great so far this season. There may not be another quarterback better in college football once it's all said and done. Of course there will be heavy static against this statement here because of Andrew Luck (who still has trouble throwing an accurate deep ball). However, imagine for one moment what Michael Vick would have been early in his career if he had been very accurate like Griffin has been and will be due to his flawless footwork and mechanics. I believe that about Griffin. I think he will be the best mobile quarterback the NFL will have ever seen when he gets his shot. He really has a great chance to shine against Brandon Weeden, a quarterback who shares the same age as our very own Alex Smith. I think there needs to be an age limit on college players personally but it is what it is.

I believe that Baylor has a decent shot at upsetting No. 3 Oklahoma State if they can hit the ground running early. So I am picking the Baylor Bears to upset in this one today to earn themselves a spot back in the Top 25.

 

No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Kansas State

Kansas State has played excellent football all year. The best they have in many years prior. The Wildcats will have their hands full against a very fueled Sooners team who managed to let a game they should have won last week against the Red Raiders. The defense will have a lot to prove. However, Texas Tech may have laid out the blue print in how to beat the Sooners. Kansas State's best shot at beating Oklahoma would be best suited to spread them out again. Dominique Whaley should be back for the Sooners though and that should help boost Oklahoma's offense. And of course, Heisman candidate Landry Jones can make the difference too if he gets things back in to gear. He really hurt his case by having a horrible game last week.

If Travis Lewis can fire up that defense, then the Wildcats could have their hands full. I pick the Sooners in this one, and it could be early fast if the Sooners come out this week with something to prove fueled by a bit of anger from last weeks poor outing.

 

No. 22 Georgia vs. Florida

So last week was Tim Tebow week and he didn't let down his following. While Tebow is two years removed from Florida, they have had ups and downs. In particular this season. Quarterback John Brantley suffered and injury a couple weeks ago and since, things have not been the same for the Gators. But as always, the Gators will bring the heat on defense. They have some young talent on that side of the ball that could blossom in to something fantastic.

Georgia has also had their fair share of ups and downs this year. But it appears that the Bulldogs have some bright spots on both sides of the ball. Aaron Murray is one of college footballs most accurate passers and on the ground Isaiah Crowell is as explosive as they come. Defensively, the Bulldogs have a pair of hogs in the middle in Jonathon Jenkins and Kwame Geathers while Brandon Boykin and Baccari Rambo hold down their own in the secondary.

I expect this game to be close fought but in the end, I think Georgia will have too much to keep up with on offense for the Gators (yes, even in the swamp).

 

No. 6 Stanford vs. USC

Last but not least, this Pac-12 match up has all the makings for an upset. And if the Trojans had a better coach, I believe that they would have the talent to do so. But they don't and Andrew Luck should start the surgery on the Trojans defense sometime before halftime. USC has trouble stopping the run, so not a whole lot will be put on the shoulders of Luck if Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney can get it rolling early. But in the case that Luck has to pick up any slack, he has the capability. Matt Barkley will most likely have a decent game but I am not sure it will be enough to persevere even though this game will be played in front of a home crowd.

I am picking the Cardinal to win and win big in this one staking claim closer and closer to where they want to get in playing for a National Championship.

Saturday, October 29
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV MOBILE TICKETS
12:00 PM ET No. 11 Michigan State at No. 14 Nebraska  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET Missouri at No. 16 Texas A&M FX Tickets
12:00 PM ET Purdue at No. 18 Michigan  ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET North Carolina State at Florida State Tickets
12:00 PM ET Northwestern at Indiana Big Ten Network Tickets
12:00 PM ET Syracuse at Louisville ESPN 3 Tickets
12:00 PM ET UAB at Marshall Tickets
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan at Akron ESPN 3 Tickets
12:21 PM ET No. 10 Arkansas at Vanderbilt SEC Network ESPN 3 Tickets
12:30 PM ET No. 12 Virginia Tech at Duke ESPN 3 Tickets
1:00 PM ET Bowling Green at Kent State Tickets
2:00 PM ET Air Force at New Mexico Tickets
2:00 PM ET Ball State at Western Michigan NeuLion Webcast Tickets
3:00 PM ET Washington State at No. 7 Oregon Tickets
3:00 PM ET Boston College at Maryland ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Baylor at No. 3 Oklahoma State
Coverage map »
  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 8 Kansas State  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Illinois at No. 19 Penn State
Coverage map »
  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 22 Georgia vs. Florida* CBS Tickets
3:30 PM ET No. 25 West Virginia at Rutgers  ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Navy at Notre Dame NBC Tickets
3:30 PM ET Iowa at Minnesota Big Ten Network Tickets
3:30 PM ET Tulane at East Carolina Tickets
3:30 PM ET Wake Forest at North Carolina Tickets
3:30 PM ET Buffalo at Miami (OH) ESPN 3 Tickets
3:30 PM ET Southern Methodist at Tulsa Tickets
3:30 PM ET Fordham at Army Tickets
3:30 PM ET Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Monroe NeuLion Webcast Tickets
4:00 PM ET Memphis at UCF Tickets
4:00 PM ET San Jose State at Louisiana Tech Tickets
5:00 PM ET Hawaii at Idaho ESPN 3 Tickets
6:00 PM ET Colorado State at UNLV Tickets
6:30 PM ET Colorado at No. 21 Arizona State Tickets
7:00 PM ET Iowa State at No. 20 Texas Tech Tickets
7:00 PM ET Ole Miss at No. 23 Auburn Tickets
7:00 PM ET Kansas at No. 24 Texas Longhorn Network Tickets
7:00 PM ET California at UCLA Tickets
7:00 PM ET Mississippi State at Kentucky ESPN 3 Tickets
7:00 PM ET Oregon State at Utah Tickets
7:00 PM ET North Texas at Arkansas State Tickets
7:15 PM ET No. 13 South Carolina at Tennessee  ESPN 3 Tickets
7:30 PM ET Louisiana-Lafayette at Middle Tennessee ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 5 Clemson at Georgia Tech  ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 6 Stanford at USC  ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET No. 15 Wisconsin at Ohio State  ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET Nevada at New Mexico State ESPN 3 Tickets
8:00 PM ET Southern Miss at UTEP Tickets
10:00 PM ET Wyoming at San Diego State Tickets
10:30 PM ET Arizona at Washington Tickets

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