4 Down Territory: Football Fights on in the Face of Covid...& Ultimate PSU Season Continues
1st Down: Pac 12 Contenders: UCLA at #11 Oregon: UCLA pulled up a game and a win over Cal on short notice last Sunday. Oregon has the most balanced offense in the country through two games. They've found their quarterback in Tyler Shough who rolled up 393 yards (312 passing, 81 rushing) in the win at Washington State. If they can keep up their balanced attack and keep Shough healthy they are a playoff contender……#20 USC at Utah: This is Utah’s season opener after Covid cancellations of their first two games. USC is 2-0 after sweeping both Arizona teams in margins closer than Biden's win in the Grand Canyon State. USC needed late game magic in both games with late 4th-quarter touchdown drives sealing both wins. Kedon Slovis has performed under pressure both weeks.With 98 passes in two games, has been shouldering the load for the offense. If USC is going to become a playoff contender look for them to get the ground game going.
2nd Down: Bearcats and Bedlam: #7 Cincinnati at UCF: Cincinnati is undefeated at 7-0 and has yet to be challenged. Their average margin of victory is 29.1 points with the closest scrape being a 24-10 win over Army in week 2. If Cincinnati is to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, they will not only need to win, but continue to win convincingly. The defense has been the catalyst as they’ve shut down teams week after week……#14 Oklahoma State at #18 Oklahoma: The Big 12 needs an OSU win here to maintain their slim College Football Playoff hopes. Oklahoma State’s lone loss was to Texas in a game they dominated in most facets. They lost the game with 4 turnovers. If OSU eliminates those types of mistakes they should score on an Oklahoma defense that has shown improvement. But is that improvement merely a reflection of a softer schedule in recent weeks? They’ll find out Saturday night.