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October 24, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week Nine

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Tennessee vs. Alabama
Noon Says: Tennessee has made a lot of strides under Butch Jones and even pulled off a big upset against South Carolina and came within a play or two of knocking off UGA before the bottom dropped out in Athens. I also am of the mindset that this Alabama team is not as unbeatable as past Alabama teams and if it didn't start off as the preseason No. 1 it might be No. 3 in the rankings behind FSU and Oregon. If this game were in Knoxville, I would give UT a chance but being a home game and coming off the emotion of a big upset, the Vols just won't have enough in the tank to do it on back-to-back weeks. Alabama 34 Tennessee 24
UCLA vs. Oregon
Marc Says: The Ducks have cruised in pretty much every game they have played to this point but now enter their toughest stretch of the schedule, starting with a home game against UCLA. The Bruins are coming off their first loss of the season but provide plenty of challenges to Oregon, most notably star quarterback Brett Hundley who leads a UCLA passing attack that is averaging over 300 yards per game. While I think the Bruins will put up points on the Oregon defense, no team has come close to slowing down the offense and I don't see that changing this weekend. Oregon 52 UCLA 27
NC State vs. Florida St.
AndyMac Says: We all know the history and tradition of an unranked NC State spoiling a Florida State season. They did it last year, in 2010 and have won five of the last 11 against the Seminoles. So despite the discrepancy in talent, this is a game Jameis Winston and his teammates do not want to take lightly. The Wolfpack enter Saturday's game winless in conference play and will likely bring a "nothing-to-lose" mentality to Doak Campbell Stadium. I expect the Noles to come out a little slow in the first half, then settle in and take care of business at home before their showdown against the Hurricanes. Florida State 52 NC State 17
South Carolina vs. Missouri
Patrick Says: Raise your hand if thought Missouri would crack the top 5 of the year's first BCS standings? Me neither. But the Tigers -- just in their second year in the SEC -- find themselves in a very real hunt for their conference's championship. With wins against traditional powers in Georgia and Florida, Mizzou is for real and should be treated as such. The SEC is the best conference in the country and the Tigers are currently thriving in it. On the other hand, South Carolina -- which seems to perennially underachieve -- is looking to bounce back after losing to unranked Tennessee last weekend. Steve Spurrier's squad will come to play Saturday, but I'm riding the hot hand. Missouri 38 South Carolina 31
Stanford vs. Oregon State
Andrew Says: On ESPN's BCS standings revealing show, analyst Jesse Palmer said that Stanford would be more deserving of a national title berth than Ohio State. I'm no homer (I'm not, but I do have to say that anyway), but Jesse Palmer: Stop. Stanford lost to Utah. Not Oregon (yet). Not UCLA (they beat them). Not even USC. Utah. That type of loss expels you from any type of discussion with an undefeated team in a major conference. Anyway...Stanford will win this week. David Shaw is too good of a coach to let his team have another letdown. Stanford 31 Oregon State 24
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma
Tom Says: The 10th Ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders travel to Norman Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in what will be a great ballgame. Despite being 7-0, Texas Tech, led offensively by Davis Webb and Jordan Davis will succumb to the stronger Oklahoma defensive line and be pressure more that anytime this season. The Sooner Defense led by Geneo Grissom will dominate the Tech offensive line and Oklahoma offensive stars, Trevor Knight, Brennan Clay and LaColton Bester will "light it up" against the Raiders. Oklahoma 42 Texas Tech 28
Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Northwestern vs. Iowa
Michigan St. vs. Illinois
Boise State vs. BYU

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