Thursday, September 22, 2005

Last Minute Football Notes

Big Game

Colorado @ Miami – Last year’s Big 12 runner up will travel to Miami to face a Hurricane team that has looked both impressive and surprisingly dull this season. Last week’s triple overtime win against Clemson was a huge momentum builder for Miami and it should carry over to this week.

What does Colorado have to do to win? Make Miami beat them with the pass. Hurricanes quarterback Kyle Wright has grown up some since the Florida State game, but he is still a freshman and I think could be rattled. Points are going to be hard to come by for the Buffs so their defense will need to stop the run first and then make the freshman beat them.

If Colorado can generate at least 13 points and hold down the Miami rushing attack they should have a shot late in the game.

Bottom Line - This is a talent miss-match so Colorado will have to get creative. I think the Colorado defense might be able to slow down the Miami offense but look out if they don’t get any support from the offensive side. That South Florida humidity will seem like 1000%. This isn’t the Miami Hurricanes of three years ago, but they are still more talented than Colorado. The Miami defense will do very well against Colorado and I just don’t see the Buffs scoring enough to be close.

PredictionMiami 24/Colorado 10

Cream Puff of the Week Indiana State @ Texas Tech – You would think that Mike Leach went to the Bill Snyder School of scheduling or something, Sam Houston State last week and now Indiana State. This game will get ugly quickly. No way Tech keeps the score under 70.

PredictionTexas Tech 87/ Indiana State 10

Game No One Cares About
Texas State @ Texas A&M – Moved to Thursday night because of hurricane Rita, but no one cares. The hurricane is the bigger story here.

Possible Upset
North Texas @ Kansas State – The Wildcats play at Oklahoma next weekend and are in danger of looking ahead. North Texas was embarrassed last week by Tulsa. This looks like it could be a trap for Kansas State. It will be closer than you might think.

PredictionKansas State 20/North Texas 14

Other Big 12 Games
Iowa State @ Army – Prediction, Iowa State 31/Army 17

Teams Off This WeekBaylor – October 1 @ Texas A&M
Kansas – October 1 @ Texas Tech
Missouri – October 1 against Texas
Nebraska – October 1 against Iowa State
Oklahoma – October 1 against Kansas State
Oklahoma State – October 1 against Colorado
Texas – October 1 @ Missouri