Saturday, September 22, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
Important conference games highlight a not-so-great fourth Saturday in September. Good conference matchups include Clemson at Florida State (ACC), Kansas State at Oklahoma (Big 12) and LSU at Auburn (SEC).
Here at home, none bigger for the Mocs in several years as three-time national champion Appalachian State comes calling to Finley Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff and a Homecoming crowd of 15,000. The Mocs have not beaten the Mountaineers since 2004.
Best Day Games: Missouri at South Carolina (3:30 p.
m., CBS) and Miami at Ga. Tech (3 p.m.)
Best Night Games: Kansas State at Oklahoma (7:50 p.m., FOX) and Clemson at Fla. State (8 p.m., ESPN)
Ole Miss (2-1) at Tulane (0-2) (Noon, FSN) … Rebs bounce back after big loss to Texas … goes to Alabama next week
Winner: Ole Miss
Maryland (2-1) at West Virginia (2-0) (Noon, FX) … third of four straight at home for W.Va. … tough Big 12 schedule kicks in next week with Baylor at home.
Winner: West Virginia
Virginia (2-1) at TCU (2-0) (Noon, ESPN) … TCU should win handily at home and remain undefeated …
Kentucky (1-2) at Florida (3-0,1-0) (12:21, ESPN Game Plan) … The Swamp eats the ‘Cats for lunch … start of a long stretch of tough SEC games for UK …
Miami (2-1, 1-0) at Ga. Tech (2-1, 1-1) (3 p.m., ESPN Game Plan) … Yellow Jackets should win at home …
Winner: Ga. Tech
Missouri (2-1, 0-1) at South Carolina (3:30 p.m., CBS) … Old Ball Coach will be too much for the Mizzu Tigers …Georgia comes calling to S.C. in two weeks.
Winner: South Carolina
Oregon State (1-0, 0-0) at UCLA (3-0, 0-0) (3:30 p.m., ABC Regional) … Bruins win in PAC-12 opener for both teams …
Samford (3-0, 1-0) at Western Carolina (0-3, 0-1) (3:30 p.m.) … Big road SoCon game for Pat Sullivan’s Samford Bulldogs … Samford has not been 4-0 since 1995.
Appalachian State (1-2, 0-1) at UTC (1-2, 0-0) (6 p.m.) … Mocs have lost last two games to ASU by total of three points … must win for UTC … Appy State has won six straight in Finley Stadium (including three national championship games (2005-06-07) since losing to UTC in 2004 ...
Cal (1-2, 0-0) at USC (2-1, 0-1) (6 p.m.) … Trojans bounce back at home in LA. Coliseum
LSU (3-0, 0-0) at Auburn (1-2, 0-1) (7 p.m., ESPN) … Tigers from Bayou Country win this one … LSU is at Florida in two weeks …
Akron (1-2) at Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) (7:30 p.m., CSS … UT moves to 3-1 and is at Georgia next week and beginning of tough four-game stretch …
Michigan (2-1) at Notre Dame (3-0) (7:30 p.m., NBC) … Teams are not nearly as strong as when this modern era rivalry started again in 1978 (first played 1887-1943) and game doesn’t have strong national appeal but it’s still Michigan-Notre Dame … Michigan leads the overall series, 32-15, and has won the last three games …
Winner: Notre Dame
Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1) at Georgia (3-0, 1-0) (7:45 p.m., ESPN2) .. Dawgs win between the hedges and wait for Tennessee next week …
Kansas State (3-0) at Oklahoma (2-0) (7:50 p.m, FOX) … excellent Big 12 opener in September between two undefeated teams …
Winner: Kansas State
Clemson (3-0, 0-0) at Florida State (3-0, 1-0) (8 p.m., ESPN) … fans will be rockin’ in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium with the Seminole Chop .
Winner: Florida State
Last Week: 12-4 Season: 38-10
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