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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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Unlike many of the expected big college football matchups in 2010, the Alabama-Arkansas game lived up to the hype.  The Razorbacks played quite well in the first half, but a very determined Crimson Tide came out after halftime ready to win.  They gave the ball to Mark Ingram and let him do work.  Meanwhile the defense stepped up and made the plays they needed to win the game.

As we enter the portion of the season where conference play is now the rule instead of the exception, the games become bigger and wins and losses mean more.  The neat thing is that the five games I chose to focus on in week five represent five different conferences.  Here are the five questions I’m looking forward to getting the answers to on Saturday:

Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio

Will Mark Dantonio lead the Spartans to a victory over the Badgers?

5.  Will the return of coach Mark Dantonio inspire Michigan State to beat Wisconsin at home?

Michigan State is 4-0 after four home games with one good win over Notre Dame.  Less than two weeks after a heart attack, their head coach Mark Dantonio will return, likely coaching from the Spartan Stadium coaching box against Wisconsin.  The Badgers are also 4-0 against a pretty weak slate.  This is an important game for the Spartans if they are going to have a successful season, as they will play Michigan, Iowa and Penn State all on the road.

4.  Is North Carolina State for real?

The Wolfpack looks like they may be the cream of the crop in the ACC.  But that may just mean they are the least rotten egg in the carton.  They have a 4-0 record and are 19th in the nation in passing yardage and scoring.  There’s even been whispers about quarterback Russell Wilson joining the Heisman race.  We’ll have a much better idea of how good N.C. State is when they take on Virginia Tech on Saturday.  Although the Hokies suffered a terrible loss to James Madison, they still may be the most talented program in the conference.

3.  Will Texas make up for last week’s loss by beating Oklahoma?

 Texas football suffered a major reality check last weekend, playing very poorly in losing to UCLA at home.  Now they have to get ready for the Red River Rivalry game with Oklahoma before heading to Nebraska the following week.  The Longhorns should have no trouble getting up for this big rivalry game against the Sooners.  Texas can pay the favor of having their national championship hopes ruined forward by doing the same to Oklahoma.  The Sooners are coming off a way to close two point win over Cincinnati that was proceeded by a three point win over Air Force.  Oklahoma was considered a sleeper national championship contender before the season but they will clearly have to pick their game up to get there.

2.  Can Stanford take control of the Pac-10 by beating the Ducks at Autzen Stadium?

The Cardinal have come out of nowhere and look like a very serious challenger for the Pac-10 crown.  Potential #1 NFL draft pick Andrew Luck has orchestrated the Stanford offense brilliantly, they are fourth in the country in scoring.  On the other side of the ball the defense has been much better than expected and is 12th in points allowed.  But the road to the Pac-10 title goes through Oregon and Stanford will visit Autzen Stadium on Saturday night.  The Ducks have been just as impressive as the Cardinal, leading the nation in scoring and ranking third in points allowed.  Stanford beat Oregon at home last year behind a 223-yard, three touchdown effort by Toby Gerhart.  This could be the game of the year.

1.  Is Florida capable of taking down Alabama?

The Gators started the season on questionable ground but have seemed to settle down over the last two weeks, scoring SEC wins over Tennessee and Kentucky.  Neither of those contests can really be counted as big tests, certainly not to the level of Alabama.  The Crimson Tide have picked up right where they left off last year and are coming off a strong win over Arkansas.  Mark Ingram was back in Heisman form racking up 157 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against the Razorbacks.  Florida and Alabama have met in the last two SEC Championship Games, with each school getting a win and then going on to win the National Championship.

What matchup are you most looking forward to this weekend?  Who do you like to win the big games?  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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