Washington at Stanford, October 5th
Stanford remains a PAC-12 conference favorite to many experts. The Cardinal managed to defeat a #23 ranked Arizona State squad on September 21st, proving that so far, they’re the team that all the hype is lived up to. Kevin Hogan calls the shots at quarterback and is quite good at it. However, a constant Washington Huskie team is always lingering around during conference play, and with a top ten defense (only allowing ten points per game) paired with running back Bishop Sankey (averaging 7.0 yards per carry), the winner of this game could potentially play for the conference title game.
Georgia at Tennessee, October 5th
Aaron Murray is often pushed out of the spotlight, sharing a conference with A.J. McCarron and Johnny Manziel. Make no mistake about it,Murray is a top quarterback to watch. Along side top tier running back Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs will venture up north to a less then friendly Volunteer environment. While Tennessee has their work cut out for them, Rocky Top is always ready for an upset to happen. If Georgia isn’t careful, they could find themselves in a fight to the finish.
Arizona State vs Notre Dame, October 5th
Arizona State and Notre Dame will meet up at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the neutral site clash. With Notre Dame reestablishing itself in the college football world, Tommy Rees is the gun slinging man who will try to right the ship as they face a feisty Sun Devil team. After upsetting Wisconsin and nearly upsetting Stanford, ASU is still underrated heading into the meeting with Notre Dame. With the number eight passing offense in the country, the Sun Devils know how to put points on the scoreboard. With the weakened defense of the Fighting Irish, Arizona State could easily see another upset.
Oregon at Washington, October 12th
Highly regarded as a favorite to put an end to the SEC’s reign of terror, the Ducks of Oregon are the nations most explosive team. With two potential Heisman Trophy candidates in Marcus Mariota and DeAnthony Thomas, the up-tempo, scoreboard-shattering offense has yet to be slowed down this season. The defense has built its share of recognition as well, allowing only nine points a game. Facing another top defense in Washington, the Ducks will travel up north in hopes of not being stopped just yet. Expect a slow start for both teams, but when these offenses warm up, all systems are a go.
Florida at LSU, October 12th
With quarterback Jeff Driskel out for the season with a broken fibula, Tyler Murphy emerged as a better then advertised threat and led the Florida Gators to a 31-17 win over Tennessee. Murphy, who excels at extending plays and shifting around in the pocket, will take his new Gator team into the dark depths of Death Valley for a highly anticipated matchup with the Tigers of Louisiana State University. Zach Mettenberger and the spread out air attack of LSU will take on the challenge of staying a contender in the race for the conference title as they run into a defense that only concedes two touchdowns a game. Whoever loses this game could possibly kiss all hope for a BCS bowl berth goodbye.
Oklahoma vs Texas, October 12th
The Red River Shootout is alive as ever with both Oklahoma and Texas fighting to regain national prominence in these both historic gridiron schools. Oklahoma thumped the Longhorns in last year’s game 63-21 thanks in part to the spectacular performance from Blake Bell. However with a Texas team hungry to turn around their season, this rivalry game has potential to be a down to the wire game.
Texas A&M vs Ole Miss, October 12th
Johnny Manziel and the Aggies head to Mississippi to take on a rushing built team in Ole Miss. Jeff Scott anchors the backfield averaging 9.4 yards per touch and this Aggies defense is prone to allowing big plays and not finishing games. However you cannot count out Manziel and his play making abilities. Expect a shootout from both offenses.
Florida State at Clemson, October 19th
Tajh Boyd and the Tigers play host to a dangerous Florida State Seminole team. Jameis Winston is the latest dual threat quarterback to emerge on the scene, and it appears he won’t be going anywhere, any time soon. Clemson has a threat in wide receiver Sammy Watkins, however a top three defense looks to slow down the Tiger’s aerial assault. “I’m taking Clemson” said Richie Bradshaw, football fanatic who follows the game religiously. This game promises to be a spectacular show, and might just decide who wins the ACC this year.
Texas Tech at West Virginia, October 19th
In the post Geno Smith era, the Mountaineers of West Virginia will face Texas Tech after a tough battle with Baylor the previous week. The Red Raiders rank fourth in passing offense and 15th in defense, giving WVU a tough task ahead of them. With a double quarterback system, Mountaineer coaches look to right the ship and pull the upset.
UCLA at Oregon, October 26th
Sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley leads the new and improved Bruin squad up to Euguene, Oregon to take on the powerhouse that are the Oregon Ducks. A dark horse in the race for the PAC 12 title, the Bruins seem to have talent all over the depth chart. On the Ducks side of the ball, offensive weapons Mariota and Thomas will continue their quest for a national title. This game will be offensively overloaded, so if you like scoring, take a seat and enjoy.