NCAA college football Saturday preview

Florida St. vs. Clemson, Stanford vs. UCLA, Texas A&M v. Auburn, USC vs. Notre Dame, and more. Photo: Notre Dame hosts the USC Trojans in a great rivalry game between downtrodden teams/AP

Birmingham, Ala., October 17, 2013 — It is now halfway through the 2013 NCAA college football season and a few things have changed since week one. 

The mighty Notre Dame Fighting Irish have taken a beating from its opponents this season and as predicted, they were way overrated coming into the season. They have earned a 4-2 record, so far, by the skin of their teeth. Notre Dame had close wins against Purdue, a team that is nearly last in every category for teams in FBS, a field goal win against a mediocre Michigan State team and a win against a pretty good Arizona State team are the highlights of the Lucky Leprechaun’s season this year. Notre Dame faced a tough loss against Michigan, who just lost to the ghost of what used to be Penn State. Also, big game Bob and the Oklahoma Sooners shredded Notre Dame. Overall, it has been a pitiful season for the Fighting Irish. They face a Kiffin-less USC team this week that should be a good game to watch. Either way, maybe the luck of the Irish will be greater next year.

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The Big 10 has earned little respect from voters as Ohio State continues to pull off narrow victories against mediocre teams and the AP poll respectively places them at number four. Meanwhile, the Oregon Ducks have been spinning heads all season and have earned the respect of the entire nation. The Ducks steadily hold the number two spot in the AP poll. The Oregon offense, led by Heisman hopeful quarterback Marcus Mariota, has been racking up yards and points this season that rival video game statistics.

A big game to watch this weekend in Pac 12 play is between the Stanford Cardinals and the UCLA Bruins. Stanford looks to keep its Pac 12 title hopes alive while UCLA is looking to sink its claws into a spot in the BCS Championship, as well as a second consecutive spot in the Pac 12 championship game this year.

The biggest game this weekend and perhaps the entire season, so far, is between Florida State and Clemson. This game is a potential battle for the Heisman Trophy and a BCS Title berth. The number five Seminoles are led by freshman sensation, quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston is a native of Birmingham, Alabama who has lived up to the enormous hype that has surrounded him. He was highly recruited by dozens of the nation’s top programs to play football and baseball. Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and elite wide receiver Sammy Watkins lead the number three Clemson Tigers. This should be a game full of offensive fireworks and big plays. Clemson seems to have an edge in the match, with a much more battle tested group of veterans and a tougher defense. This game should be dazzling to watch.

Finally, the SEC broke an all time record this week as the Auburn Tigers joined the AP top 25. With the inclusion of Auburn in the AP poll, the SEC now has an all time record breaking eight teams in the top 25. The AP poll is part of the formula that determines the BCS rankings. The BCS rankings come out for the first time this season on this coming Sunday. Alabama sits at the top of the AP poll with six other SEC schools sandwiched between the Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers in the top 25.

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A big game this week in the SEC is between the number seven Texas A&M Aggies and the number 24 Auburn Tigers. A&M barely survived against Ole Miss this past Saturday and now must face a much tougher offense and defense in Auburn. The game is being played in College Station, Texas and reigning Heisman, Johnny Manziel will have the “12th man” playing on his side with the home field advantage at Kyle Field. The Tigers’ defense will have its hands full, but Auburn leads the SEC in rushing and the Aggies are on upset alert. This should be a great game no matter the winner.

Good luck to everyone as the BCS rankings are released this Sunday. It has been an exciting season so far this year. If the second half turns out to be nearly as exciting as it promises, college football fans are all in for some great football. Life is good, but football is great.

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Billy Beene

Billy was born and raised in the deep south suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. He is a lifelong sports fan and played football and baseball at the high school level. Billy attended Auburn University and attempted to walk on to the Tigers football team in 2003, however he was turned away. He remains a huge Auburn Tigers fan still today. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a bachelor of science in political science, focus in American government. And a minor in health education.

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