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4 Down Territory: Buckeyes, Badgers, Tigers & Tigers..Plus Amazing Football History

1st Down: Badgering the Buckeyes: #13 Wisconsin at #3 Ohio State:A clash of styles between ball control Wisconsin and hyper-speed Ohio State. Three main questions to watch on Saturday. Question #1: Can Wisconsin's defense handle the explosive speed of Ohio State's skill players? Question #2: Can Ohio State's defense handle their first real test against a power running attack and big time back? If they can make Wisconsin have to win by passing it will be a long day throwing into a big-time secondary. Question #3: Can Wisconsin eliminate the turnovers that killed them against Illinois? If not, this could get ugly. 2nd Down: Big Game for The Tigers...Again: #9 Auburn at #2 LSU: It seems that th

4 Down Territory: October Blizzard in Happy Valley, Pac 12 Twin Bill & Southern Cooking

1st Down: Pac 12 Twin Bill: This week the Pac 12 is the only conference with two match-ups between ranked teams.....#12 Oregon at #25 Washington: Oregon has emerged as the Pac-12’s leading playoff hope which has been something of a curse for this conference. However, the Ducks seem to be hitting their stride.The big surprise has been Oregon’s defense which has yielded just 52 points all year…#17 Arizona State at #13 Utah: While Utah was a team many picked as a possible playoff contender, a sloppy and surprising loss to USC derailed those hopes for now. But they’ve rebounded nicely. These two teams appear to be the best among four Pac-12 South teams tied at 2-1 in conference play. This one co

The White Out: A Sign Of Unity, A Big Tent

This weekend the Penn State White Out should remind us that WE ARE a Big Tent with room for all. We’ve always been that way. But after a contentious few weeks that have seen social media and internet sniping between fans as well as some between players and fans we need to remember that we’re all on the same team. And win or lose the White Out should show the country our unity of purpose, our pride in all that Penn State is, all that it has been and all that it will be. Saturday night should be a four-act drama driven by a passion to win that comes from everyone there. With a whole lot of football left to be played it’s time to put any divisions away. But to do that, there needs to be some un

4-Down Territory: Big Game Saturday: Red River Shootout, Gator Hunt on The Bayou, Top Teams' Str

1st Down: The State Fair of Texas/Red River Shootout: #6 Oklahoma vs #11 Texas: Before the name was changed to the Red River Showdown it was called a Shootout. Given the gun-slinging ways of Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts and Texas QB Sam Ehlinger this promises to be one. For OU this is their first true test after loading up on a softer schedule.Texas’ defense will have to play their best game of the year and get some turnovers. This is one of the great events on the college football schedule every year, so if you can’t be at this game be sure to down about 5,500+ calories and watch this taste of Americana. There are few neutral site rivalries left that split the stadium 50/50. That creates an envi

4 Down Territory: SEC Showdown, Big Ten Country East vs West & Curse of The Pac 12 Contender

1st Down: Curse Of The Pac 12: Last week Cal was the Pac 12’s last unbeaten team until they lost to Arizona State. Every time a Pac 12 team appears to rise to playoff contender level they get upset. This week two teams hope to avoid the curse…..Cal at #13 Oregon: Since a narrow season-opening loss to #7 Auburn, Oregon has slowly risen back up the rankings. Quarterback Justin Herbert continues his stellar play and has yet to throw an INT. Cal’s defense will test him……#15 Washington at Stanford: After dispatching USC the Huskies take to the road. Stanford is struggling at 2-3 and for them to have a chance they will have to improve defensively. 2nd Down: SEC Showdown: #7 Auburn at #10 Florida:

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