College Football’s Best Matchups Oct. 9

While this weekend doesn’t have the marquee showdowns that forced Kirk Herbstreit to use his extreme hair gel last Saturday, there are plenty of good matchups going down, starting tonight with a Big 12 North showdown between Big 12 lame duck Nebraska and Kansas State. Both squads are undefeated, but the Huskers are in the top ten, while the Wildcats are still on the outside of the Top 25. A win tonight in the Little Apple would be the best win of Bill Snyder’s second tenure in purple. Happy tailgating, wherever you may be on Saturday…

No, it's not dress up day at the old folks home, it's Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. The undefeated Wildcats are hosting Nebraska on Thursday night.

Michigan State at Michigan
Another battle of unbeatens in the Wolverine state, as MSU coach/frequent hospital patient Mark Dantonio will take his Spartans into the Big House for a 3:30PM date with DickRod and the Wolverines. Denard Robinson has been generating all kinds of Heisman hype with his astronomical numbers, but the Wolves defense has been like a sieve. Sparty hasn’t been 6-0 since some guy named Nick Saban was the coach in ’99.

Arkansas v. Texas A&M

For the second strait year, the former SWC foes will lock up at Cowboys Stadium, as the Hogs took A&M behind the woodshed last year with a 47-19 drubbing. Mike Sherman and company are hoping they have bridged the gap, although they are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Okie State last Thursday night. Aggie QB Jarrod Johnson seems to  be the type of quarterback that will keep you in every game, but will also keep opponents close. The Hogs have had two weeks to stew over their tough loss to Alabama in Fayetteville, so look for Bobby Petrino to dial it up something fierce. What’s the over/under on Petrino’s time left in Arky?

Alabama at South Carolina

This may be the Cocks best chance for an SEC East title in quite some time, but they’ve already dropped a game to Auburn and now have to face the #1-ranked team. Such is life in the SEC. In between game planning for the Tide, Steve Spurrier is already preparing some witty hate to drop on Cats fans next week in Lexington. Look for a slobberknocker in Columbia.

Oregon State at Arizona

The Wildcats have quietly risen to 4-0, taking out Iowa and Cal along the way. This week, the Beavers come to town, and we all know there’s nothing more dangerous than hot, sweaty beavers. All joking aside, Mike Riley’s club is always a tough out, although they have come up short against Boise State and TCU thus far 2010. Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers is a dynamite playmaker, and has one of the coolest names in college football.

Florida State at Miami (FL)
Call this ‘The Matrix’ bowl, as it was cool early in the 21st century, but is now just an afterthought. Both teams have responded well from early season drubbings, as the ‘Canes have knocked off Pitt and Clemson on the road, while FSU has taken out BYU, Wake Forest, and Virginia since getting stomped by Oklahoma. Both clubs should be contenders in the pillow fight that is the ACC conference chase.

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