Friday, October 19, 2007

Week 8 Spotlight

After a two week hiatus, and watching Joe Pa's Stadium Cleaning Crew struggle to perform well, we enter week 8 ready to turn around the struggles. After some scoring adjustments the Stomach Staples hold a 1165-1155 lead. But have no fear, Week 8 will turn it all around...

Graham Harrell takes his show on the road to Missouri this week. He has put up astonishing numbers this season, and don't look for the Tigers mediocre defense to put a stop to it. The Red Raiders will throw all game long. Andre Woodson has been battle tested and has played solid in big games. That will be no different this week as he takes on the Florida Gators. But the Gators defense is no where near the LSU defense that he faced last week. He should shread the Gators on the ground and through the air.

Running Backs
UCLA has a solid defense, but California's offense is loaded, and they will throw the ball and spread out UCLA's defense. When this happens, Justin Forsett will take advantage inside and kill the Bruins on the ground. Rashad Mendenhall has had a great season for the Illini, running for 839 and 10 TDs in 7 games. He is the key for this Illinois team and he will get the ball early and often against the Wolverines. He won't do tons of damage on the ground, but look for him to get in the endzone against Michigan.

Wide Receivers
As Texas fans will tell you, the Kansas State Wildcats have one receiving threat, Jordy Nelson. Despite this information, Nelson continues to make catches, 56 for 727 in 6 games. This shouldn't change as Oklahoma State doesn't have a great defense. Speaking of passing offenses, Texas Tech has the best in the country. While Michael Crabtree gets all of the exposure, Danny Amendola is having a great season as well. As defenses gear towards Crabtree more and more, look for Amendola to benefit.

Texas Tech's offense is the premier unit in the country. It will get to shine on a national stage as they face Missouri. The Tigers unit hasn't been formidable for much of the season, and Texas Tech will be their greatest challenge yet. Tech will shread the Missouri defense en route to a big day. LSU's defense had a lackluster showing against Kentucky, and you can expect them to rebound in a big way. They face a good Auburn team, but it's a team that relies on their defense. The game should be under 20 points, and LSU's defense should cause problems all day for Auburn.

(2) South Florida (6-0) at. Rutgers (4-2)
Texas A&M (5-2) at. Nebraska (4-3)
(12) California
(5-1) at. UCLA (4-2)
Miami (4-3) at. Florida State (4-2)
(15) Florida (4-2) at. (7) Kentucky (6-1)
(24) Texas Tech (6-1) at. (16) Missouri (5-1)
(21) Tennessee (4-2) at. Alabama (5-2)
Kansas State (4-2) at. Oklahoma State (4-3)
(25) Michigan (5-2)
at. Illinois (5-2)
(17) Auburn (5-2) at. (4) LSU (6-1)

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