The home crowds got heavily involved those games and gave their teams boosts of energy that helped put them over the top. It is fun seeing teams give everything they have got to try to find a way to win a football game.
I am certainly not expecting a repeat of the breakout of upsets this week, at least among games involving SEC teams, but you never know for sure, which is a big part of the fascination about the college game. Here are picks on games of interest around the country:
Nebraska at Minnesota--The Cornhuskers have one loss and Minnesota has just two. The way Nebraska is scoring points look for the Cornhuskers to pick up another Big 10 win on the road after taking a lopsided victory at Purdue last week.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma--This should be an interesting matchup in the Big 12. The Red Raiders are unbeaten, but I am not sure how good they are although I think they can handle the Sooners in Norman because Texas Tech has better quarterback play.
In this week's SEC games scheduled for Saturday:
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M--The Commodores pulled off an upset last week at home against Georgia, but I don't see that happening on the road this week as long as Johnny Manziel is in the lineup for the Aggies.
Tennessee at Alabama--The Vols surprised South Carolina last week with an upset at home, but Alabama will be ready for the Vols. Tennessee will play hard, but doesn't have enough firepower on offense or defense to win this rivalry game.
Idaho at Ole Miss--It has been a tough season for Idaho, a team that is going to have to wait until later in the season to have a chance to pick up its second win this year.
South Carolina at Missouri--Both the Gamecocks and Tigers have injured starting quarterbacks, but the way Missouri's backup QB played against Florida I don't see that being a big issue for the Tigers. I believe Missouri will remain unbeaten with the help of those good-looking, big receivers.
I believe Coach Malzahn has his team steadily improving and that is certainly the case with Nick Marshall. It is surprising how well he has done for a quarterback who wasn't at Auburn in time to participate in spring training. The composure he showed last week in that environment at College Station impressed me.
Nick Marshall rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more vs. Texas A&M.
Auburn's quarterback certainly has work to do to become a more efficient passer, and the same is true of his receivers, but you have to love the way he played with the game on the line vs. Texas A&M. That is big league stuff.
This week the Tigers should be able to win without as much fourth quarter drama vs. Florida Atlantic although I continue to look forward to watching this team play. This is also the week that the 1983 SEC Championship team is being honored during its reunion and it should be a lot of fun seeing those guys return to Auburn this weekend.
(Last week's record: 8-5)
(Overall Record: 83-18)