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Four Down Territory: Detailed Look at The Main Event (PSU v Iowa) & Quick Hits on All The Big Games

Note: For the second straight week, the SEC plays no games this week against “The Alliance” and the season series remains tied 5-5. So on with the rest of the show…..

First Down: Icarus Warning: Some teams are flying higher than they normally have in recent times. Will they be like Icarus and his wax wings flying too close to the sun? Temple at #5 Cincinnati –Friday Night: UC Coach Luke Fickell was very business-like after the Notre Dame win. No doubt his reputation for being very focused should serve this team well…….Stanford at #22 Arizona State—Friday Night: Stanford and Arizona State are soaring after wins Oregon and UCLA last weekend. Stanford QB Tanner McKee will have a short week to rest those sore ribs. Arizona State is 4-1 and alone in First place in the Pac 12 south. Note: BYU would be in first with their 3-0 record versus the Pac 12 this year. And speaking of BYU…….Boise State at #10 BYU: Had the Pac 12 invited BYU years ago they’d still have an undefeated team left. While everyone is talking about Cincinnati for the playoff, what if BYU closes the season unmarred? They’ll play 7 games against Power-5 Teams ( 5 Pac 12 games as well as Baylor and UVA).…..LSU at #16 Kentucky: The wildcats are surging and have a $250K fine for storming the field after beating Florida to prove it. LSU is going through a second straight disappointing season after the 2019 National Title. The Cats can’t afford a letdown this week……#11 Michigan State at Rutgers: Coach Mel Tucker has the Spartans knocking on the door of the Top 10 a lot sooner than expected. They continue to show a balanced offensive attack with legitimate weapons all over the field. Rutgers had a strong showing against Michigan but fell behind early against Ohio State. For MSU like all the other newly-lofty ranked, focus will be vital.

Second Down: Playoff Contenders: #1 Alabama at Texas A&M: Before the season this was a marquee match-up. But while the Tide is surging the Aggies are slumping. The Aggie defense has remained steady but this a much better offense than they’ve played so far…..Maryland at #7 Ohio State: The Terps turned the ball over and over and over again handing Iowa a huge first-half lead last week. The Terps have speed at the skill positions and will test the OSU secondary. But OSU’s explosive offense should be too much for the Terps…..#2 Georgia at #18 Auburn: Georgia has two straight shutouts in the SEC with their tremendous defensive football team. Auburn squeaked out a win over Georgia State. resulting in QB Bo Nix being benched. Then he brought the Tigers back to win at LSU. He is a different player at home in big games and he will need his A+ game to beat Georgia. The Bulldogs DT #99 Jordan Davis may not make a ton of tackles but that 6-6 340 pound man is a disruptive force that changes everything you do with blocking schemes.