Last week was a blast, except if you were one of top 25 teams that were upset, then it was a less than stellar weekend. I do hope that trend continues this week, exceptfor Virginia Tech’s game. I can do without an upset there.
Now, let’s get into the games that I will paying attention to and I think you should do the same.
Boston College vs UVA
Both of these teams are coming into this game with a win from last weekend. BC’s win was a bit more impressive, even if it was against an under performing Louisville. UVA is poised to surprise people this year, and I am one of them. 2-0 in the ACC is not a bad start for the Wahoos. As much as I want to pick Boston College in this one, I do think UVA will be ending week 8 being 3-0 in the conference.
Syracuse vs #8 Miami
Syracuse pulled off the biggest upset of the season last week in beating Clemson. They are feeling pretty good about themselves. Miami is feeling pretty good about them selves as well. They are undefeated and ranked in the top 10. Not to mention they pulled off two amazing finishes two weekends in a row. Now, the Virginia Tech fan that I am would love to see the Syracuse wave continue but I just don’t see it. Miami will win this one and I will have to see that “U” in the ESPN highlights for a few more weeks.
North Carolina vs #14 Virginia Tech
I am actually worried about this game. UNC is hungry for a conference win and they are looking for some retribution for last year's game. In years past, this was when Virginia Tech would play poorly and down to their competition. Before I come across as too much doom and gloom, the Hokies are coming off of their bye week. I do feel they will be better prepared. Also, I do have confidence that Head Coach Justin Fuente will keep them focused on this game and not the games later in the schedule. Of course I have Virginia Tech winning this game, but I might be nervous if they have a slow start.
Tennessee vs #1 Alabama
Winning this game will be Butch Jones only hope for keeping his job. If they can pull of the biggest upset of year, maybe he has a chance to keep his job. Who am I kidding? He is done. Alabama will win this. It will not be close and Tennessee will be putting up the job ad soon for Head Coach. (Butch, you should be happy I gave such a strong and confident pick, it usually backfires on me. There is hope for the Vols.)
#11 USCvs #13 Notre Dame
Honestly, I haven’t really been paying attention to either of these teams this year, which is funny because normally all the sports networks go nuts about these two. I do know that Brian Kelly is on the hot seat in South Bend. They haven’t been in the national conversation for the past few seasons, which is pretty much a losing season for that program. USC is still in the hunt for the playoff spot. The loser of this game will be eliminated from playoff contention as no two loss team will make it into the playoff this year. I have USC winning this game.
#19 Michigan vs #2 Penn State
This to me is the biggest game of the weekend. This is the start of a three game stretch that will make or break the season for Penn State. Penn State needs to win at least two of the next three to stay in consideration for the playoffs. The only way, of course is for them to take it one game at a time. Michigan wants to keep their playoff hopes alive as well. A win against Penn State will be huge for them. A loss will keep them out of the playoff. With it being home and a “White Out” game for Penn State I do feel they will survive this week with a Win.
There are the games that I will be keeping an eye on this weekend. Hope everybody has a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the games!