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College football bowl season is nearly upon us.  It’s always a fun time and there are a number of matchups I’m excited to see.  Here are my top five:

5.  New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Kansas State vs. Syracuse
December 30

Okay, okay, so I’m a little biased here.  Sure the football may be near unwatchable but the Orange are back in a bowl!  Kudos to Coach Marrone for the job he’s done in turning around the program.  I look forward to watching the future progress.

4.  Capital One Bowl – Alabama vs. Michigan St.
January 1

It’s hard to believe that the Crimson Tide lost three games this season.  I expected their running game to dominate everybody but it certainly did not.  The Spartans are a great surprise story who really rallied around their coach.

3.  Allstate Sugar Bowl – Ohio St. vs. Arkansas
January 4

Two of the best college quarterbacks face off in this one with Terrelle Pryor leading the Buckeyes against Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks.

2.  Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. TCU
January 1

TCU takes the Pac-10’s spot in the granddaddy of them all.  This will be the Horned Frogs chance to prove they belong in the discussion about the best teams in college football.  It certainly won’t be easy.  Wisconsin has destroyed their opponents in the last month of the season.

University of Phoenix Stadium

The biggest game of the college football season will take place here at University of Phoenix Stadium

1.  National Championship Game – Oregon vs. Auburn
January 10

This should be a very exciting, fast-paced game.  Soon-to-be Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton looks to continue his dream season against the Ducks.  Oregon is first in scoring and Auburn is sixth – I hope the scoreboard operator is ready.

What bowl games are you most looking forward to?  Post a comment below and let’s discuss.

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Week four of the college football season has the potential to be huge.  There are a couple of games with national championship implications, as well as several conference battles. 

No more setup is needed.  Let’s get right to the five college football questions I am looking forward to getting the answers to in week four:

Andrew Luck Takes the Snap

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5.  Will Andrew Luck solidify his NFL Draft footing on the national stage?

Stanford’s quarterback has worked his way up to the top spot on Mel Kiper’s big board.  In the first three games of the season Luck has thrown for 674 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.  This weekend he and the Cardinal head to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on national television.  Last year he was a solid 14 of 20 for 198 yards but did not throw a touchdown pass against the Irish. 

4.  Can West Virginia earn the Big East some respect in Death Valley?

How daunting is the task for the Mountaineers?  LSU is 52-5 in night games at Tiger Stadium since 2000.  Since bringing on head coach Les Miles the Bayou Bengals are 25-1 in that situation.  Both teams come into the game at 3-0.  If West Virginia can steal a win it will go a long way in earning the Big East respect, but the likelihood of that happening is extremely slim.

3.  Which of the two trendy SEC teams, South Carolina or Auburn, will continue their joy ride?

It may not be the biggest battle in the SEC on Saturday, but make no mistake, the South Carolina-Auburn games is a big one.  The Gamecocks have been riding freshman running back Marcus Lattimore to a 3-0 record and many mentions as a challenger to Florida in the SEC East.  Auburn is coming off a big win over Clemson, bumping their record up to 3-0.  The Tigers are being held up as a challenger to their hated rival, Alabama, in the SEC West.  Whoever wins this game will make a big statement about their intentions.

2.  Will Oregon State derail Boise State’s slim hopes for national championship consideration?

Virginia Tech’s loss to James Madison all but booted the Broncos from national championship contention.  They now need a lot of things to go in their favor to get back into that conversation.  Oregon State has already had a chance to ruin the national championship hopes of a non-BCS contender.  They lost that game on opening weekend to TCU.  Will the outcome be different on Saturday night in Boise?

1.  Can Arkansas end Alabama’s 16 game SEC regular season winning streak?

This is an appointment game – so clear your schedule right now for 3:30 Saturday afternoon.  The Razorbacks have lived up to expectations so far this season going 3-0 on the arm of Heisman front runner Ryan Mallett.  Now comes the ultimate test, #1 ranked Alabama.  Arkansas hopes to rely on Mallett and the home field advantage to get a win over the Crimson Tide.  Alabama got reigning Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram back last week and he looked stellar.  Arkansas is going to have to play their best defensive game of the year to get the win. 

Did I miss the game you are most looking forward to this weekend?  Do you see these matchups in a different light?  Let me know in the comments section below.

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Well, college football’s Monster Saturday ended up being much more like skittering hamster Saturday.  The ACC teams proved to be not up to the task and Alabama handled Penn State easily.  Thankfully, the Michigan-Notre Dame game had a lot of fireworks and an outstanding performance by Denard Robinson.

There is much less hype in the air as we head into week three of the college football season, with only one matchup between ranked teams.  Maybe that means we’ll end up with a weekend full of competitive and exciting games.  Here are the five college football questions I am looking forward to getting the answers to in week three:

Oregon Ducks Autzen Stadium

How many points will this guy score?

5.  Can Oregon score 100 points against Portland State?

I really think this might be possible.  Oregon scored 72 against New Mexico in week one and 35 in the second half at Tennessee.  The Ducks will be at home in Autzen Stadium and ready to spend a lot of time in the end zone in this intrastate rivalry game. (Obviously tongue in cheek)

4.  Can Alabama rush for more than 500 yards at Duke?

A theme is starting to develop here.  With the return of Mark Ingram and the continued growth of Trent Richardson the Crimson Tide promises to tear up the turf at Wallace Wade Stadium.  The Blue Devils gave up 229 yards on the ground last weekend to Wake Forest.  Alabama could come close to that 500 number.

3.  What type of Tiger is more vicious in 2010?

Auburn hosts Clemson in the battle of the felines.  Auburn is coming off a solid SEC West win at Mississippi State on Thursday night.  Led by Florida transfer Cameron Newton, Auburn is being mentioned as a contender to knock off ‘Bama in the West.  There’s really no way of knowing what to expect from Clemson right now.  They’ve opened the season with two joke games.  Now we’ll get to see what Colorado Rockie Kyle Parker can bring to the quarterback position in 2010.

2.  How good can the Iowa Hawkeyes be this year?

Iowa heads to the west coast to take on Arizona in the only matchup of ranked teams this weekend.  The Hawkeyes beat the Wildcats last year 27-17 in Kinnick Stadium behind Adam Robinson’s 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  That game was part of a very strong 2009 Iowa campaign in which they finished 11-2 and beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl 24-14.  They’ve looked real good in their two games this year but neither was a real test.  Taking on the Wildcats in Arizona Stadium will be just that.  Arizona will be looking for revenge from last year and will also want to score some respect point for the PAC-10(12).

1.  Will Ryan Mallett solidify his Heisman campaign with a solid outing at Georgia?

ESPN’s Heisman Predictor has Mallett in the driver’s seat after the second week of the college football season.  Arkansas has two wins against subpar competition while Georgia is coming off a tough loss at South Carolina.  It was the Gamecocks running game that really hurt the Bulldogs.  After that loss the Bulldogs will be supremely motivated to beat the Razorbacks in Sanford Stadium in the first big SEC battle of the season.

What games are you most looking forward to this week?  What questions do you hope to get answers to?

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