There will be three parts and different sections of this article, so feel free to take a look at all of this week’s top action of games that you cannot miss!
20. Colorado (1-6) at No. 4 Oregon (7-0), 3 p.m. Eastern (Pac-12 Network)
Why Watch: This just happens to be the most electrifying team in America, why wouldn’t you want to watch them hang half a hundred against poor Ralphie and the Buffs?
Danny V’s Pick: Oregon 59, Colorado 10
19. No. 21 Boise State (6-1) at Wyoming (1-6), 3:30 p.m. Eastern (CBS Network)
Why Watch: The Broncos have already been labeled as a team that has ZERO chance to play in a BCS bowl if they run the table by many experts, but they just need to crack the top 16. That is more than possible if they do manage to run the table. Find out for yourselves if this team is anywhere near as good as the former Bronco teams in the past.
Danny V’s Pick: Boise State 31, Wyoming 13
18. No. 20 Texas A&M (5-2) at Auburn (1-6), 7 p.m. Eastern (ESPN U)
Why Watch: Gene Chizik had a tough last week and it doesn’t get any worse for the 2010-2011 BCS National Championship coach than right now. Losing every single SEC game may him his job, but losing your mother is certainly a whole different level that you cannot draw up. Can Auburn rally around its team and pull off the upset over one of the more entertaining quarterbacks in the country?
Danny V’s Pick: Texas A&M 31, Auburn 24
17. Iowa (4-3) at Northwestern (6-2), Noon eastern (ESPN 2)
Why Watch: Northwestern has owned the Hawkeyes having won three of the last four games, but Iowa did take care of them last season. Kirk Ferentz has had a disappointing season (they need fully healthy Weisman, FEED HIM MORE!) since they now have to fight for their postseason eligibility whereas Northwestern is still fighting to prove they are worthy of playing in a New Year’s bowl.
Danny V’s Pick: Northwestern 24, Iowa 17
16. No. 7 Oregon State (6-0) at Washington (3-4), 10:15 p.m. Eastern (Pac-12 Network)
Why Watch: This Beavers offense is unstoppable these days regardless of who their signal-caller is (Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion). The reason being is because they have a legit defense and their skill players have been filthy all season long (Markus Wheaton, Brandin Cooks, Storm Woods). The Huskies have been sadly inconsistent with a tough slate that has included beatdowns to Arizona, USC and Oregon. For a team that upset Stanford and that is coming off a drubbing by Arizona, I look for Keith Price to play a mistake free game thanks to a defense that puts its best performance together. Plus, with the musical chair of quarterbacks going on, will it ever mess up the rhythm of a Beaver offense?
Danny V’s Pick: Washington 24, Oregon State 21
15. TCU (5-2) at Oklahoma State (4-2), 3:30 p.m. Eastern (FSN)
Why Watch: The Horned Frogs will attempt to bounce back after a devastating loss to Texas Tech at home, which has put a hold on their attempt to run supremacy in the Big 12 after coming over from the Mountain West. Even without Casey Pachall they are putting up solid numbers, but they still lack the consistency to close out teams. Oklahoma State has also lost their starting quarterback in J.D. Walsh (knee) and they will turn to either Wes Lunt (likely to start if ready to go, leg) or Clint Chelf. Expect a ton of points (not as many as TCU-TXTCH) in what could be one of the more entertaining and under the radar games of the day.
Danny V’s Pick: Oklahoma State 37, TCU 34 (Overtime)
14. Duke (6-2) at No. 12 Florida State (7-1), 3:30 p.m. Eastern (ESPN U)
Why Watch: Yes, that record is not incorrect as the Dukies are bowl eligible for the first time since the 1994 Hall of Fame bowl! The Noles bounced back from their loss to NC State by hammering Boston College and taking care of business for the fourth consecutive road victory over the Canes. FSU needs a ton of help to get a crack at a potential BCS title game and while crazier things have happened, they are still improving as a team. Losing star tailback Chris Thompson (torn ACL) is a bit depressing for a kid that has worked so hard, but this team has battled through injuries all season long and they are still eyeing on an ACC title and an Orange Bowl berth on New Year’s night.
Danny V’s Pick: Florida State 44, Duke 14
Note: The following rankings are from the current BCS Standings