Grid Report: Around the nation

The Cats are back on the field this week, but I'll still be watching games around the nation. In this column I'll take a look at the games that have my interest on Saturday.

Va Tech at. WVA
Va Tech has me believing even if Marcus Vick doesn't. Beamer-ball is back and the Hokies defense and special teams are incredible. I can't see the Moonshiners, err the Mountaineers upsetting the No, 3 team in the country.

Michigan at MSU
I am starting to believe in the Spartans and especially Drew Stanton, but somehow I get the feeling that Michigan's demise is a little premature. The Wolverines have played poorly, while the Spartans have looked fantastic. That being said I get the feeling that the boys in blue are going to make this a game.

Florida at Alabama
I love Florida and I don't believe in ‘Bama yet. That being said it is not easy to win in Tuscaloosa. ‘Bama has a quarterback and a running game, but can they stop the Urban Meyer spread option and all the talent on the Gators' roster? I don't think so.

Minnesota at Penn State
Everyone is excited to see JoPa and the Nittany Lions undefeated. Too bad they have beat up on South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Northwestern. Minnesota showed me something in their upset of Purdue. I think the Gopher ground game led by Laurence Maroney will be too much for Penn State. Gophers go to 5-0 in a hard fought win.

Notre Dame at Purdue
Both teams are overrated. Notre Dame is much better and have a fantastic offense, but they aren't elite yet. Arizona and Minnesota proved that Purdue is not a Rose Bowl team. That being said, the Boilermakers get this game at home, under the lights and have had the Irish's number under Joe Tiller.

Texas at Missouri
Maybe the two most athletic QB's in the country will play in this one. Vince Young is a legitimate Heisman contender, while Brad Smith would be on a better team. Expect Smith to show us something, but not enough as the Longhorns are just too good.

Kansas at Texas Tech
Tech won't score 70 against the improved Jayhawks. They won't throw for 600 yards. However, they will probably score 50 and throw for 400. Tech does not have the run game to hang with the big boys in the Big 12, but they won't need it against Kansas.

Washington at UCLA
We still don't know how good the Bruins really are. We won't this week either. The Huskies just aren't very good. They lost their first game against Air Force and since then the Falcons have gone 1-3. UCLA showed us something against Oklahoma, but it is a down Oklahoma. Expect this one to be lopsided.

Oregon at Stanford
The Ducks gave USC all they could handle for 30 minutes last week. Expect them to give the Cardinal more than they can handle for 60 minutes this week.

Washington State at Oregon State
OSU has played a tough schedule and struggled, while WSU has played a weak slate and is undefeated. Which strategy is better? I don't know but I have a feeling the battle tested Beavers find a way to win a close one at home. We'll know a lot more about these teams after this week.

USC at ASU
ASU could score 40 points and amass 500 yards of offense and still lose by three touchdowns. ASU has a great offense but can they slow down the Trojan offense? I'm not sure any team in the NFC West could keep the Trojans under 20.

Arizona at Cal
The Cats are the best team Cal has faced, but the same can be said about Arizona. Cal runs the ball and Arizona has struggled to stop the run. The Cats will be glad to get away from the sprint option, but can they hang with the mammoth Cal linemen? This one should be much closer than the past few years, but a Wildcat win would be a huge upset.


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