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College Football Saturday

A look at some of the top games on this third week in October.


As the National Championship landscape starts to become a little more clear, here comes another Saturday to possibly muddy the waters a bit. There are a host of games this weekend with major BCS(this is a curse word in my house) implications, as four of the top six teams have tough match-ups this Saturday.

2 Florida(6-0, 5-0conf) vs 7 South Carolina(6-1, 4-1conf):

South Carolina is coming off a tough loss to LSU, and this week gets no easier as the Gamecocks are on the road yet again in another one of college football's most hostile environments, when they head to "The Swamp" to take on a surprising 6-0 Florida team. South Carolina will need to upset the number two Gators if they want to keep any hopes of a championship alive.

Players to watch:

OT Xavier Nixon(Florida - SR), S Matt Elam(Florida - JR), S D.J. Swearinger(S. Carolina - SR)

4 Kansas State(6-0, 3-0conf) vs 13 West Virginia(5-1, 2-1conf):

Kansas State has shocked the college football world this fall in route to an undefeated record, and a rushing attack that is averaging almost 250 yards per game. They will need to stop Heisman candidate quarterback Geno Smith and the West Virginia passing attack that averages 385 yards per game, and an offense that scores 45 points per game. West Virginia is coming off an embarrassing 49-14 loss to Texas Tech, and the grind of its new Big12 schedule may be wearing on them. Can they bounce back, and keep their slim National Championship hopes alive?

Players to Watch:

CB Nigel Malone(Kansas St. - SR), LB Arthur Brown(Kansas St. - SR)

6 LSU(6-1, 2-1conf) vs 18 Texas A&M(5-1, 2-1conf):

LSU narrowly escaped defeat at home last week against South Carolina, and they will be tested again behind the powerful offensive line of Texas A&M. A&M will have the advantage of playing at home, but the LSU defense is solid wherever they play.

Players to Watch:

S Eric Reid(LSU - JR), OT Alex Hurst(LSU - SR), OT Jake Matthews(Texas A&M - JR), OT Luke Joeckel(Texas A&M - JR)

Upset Alert:

1 Alabama(6-0, 3-0conf) vs Tennessee(3-3, 0-3conf):

Tennessee may have had one of the toughest schedules in the country thus far, and the next two games do not get any easier as they are set to host number one Alabama today, then travel to take on South Carolina the following week. Alabama's defense is good, but if Tennessee can spread the Crimson Tide out, and use All-American wide receiver Justin Hunter to exploit one-on-one coverage in the secondary, they have a shot.

Players to Watch:

S Robert Lester(Alabama - SR), CB Dee Milliner(Alabama - JR), OT D.J. Fluker(Alabama - JR), C/OT Barrett Jones(Alabama - SR), WR Justin Hunter(Tennessee - JR), S Prentiss Wagner(Tennessee - SR)

The Farmington High Indians, in Farmington CT, coached by yours truly, had a big victory Thursday evening at home against a tough Bristol Eastern team. The 43-3 victory moved us to 6-0 on the season, and sets up a huge match-up against one of the best teams in the state next friday, when we travel just north of Hartford to take on undefeated Windsor High. The winner of this game will be in the drivers seat to win the division and have a high seed in the playoffs. Keep us in your well-wishes; we are goint to need it!