Week #8 College Football ViewPoint: What to Watch For

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Here we are going into week #8, the business-end of the college football season.  The time where conference championships are won and lost, where coaches move onto of off the hot seat, and where teams cement their legacies.  What transpires in late October and November will do more to define a team’s worth than anything they did in September.  Remember that loss in week #2, well, neither does anyone else.  Do you remember that last second goal line stand that stopped our biggest rival from winning the game, yeah, of course you do!

Being from the tradition rich Big Ten, I can certainly tell you more about great Big Ten contests in a year than I can some non-conference game that was played in September.  So to, it goes this year.  For teams like Alabama, Kansas State, and Oregon, a path to the national title game will largely depend on what they do against some of their biggest conference rivals in the coming weeks.  To be sure, every game counts, but what do voters remember most, a 200 yard rushing performance against the sisters of the poor or, a 200 yard rushing performance against a national power and big time rival?

While most would agree Geno Smith would win the Heisman Trophy for his performance over the first half of the season, all would agree they don’t give out the award after 7 games; it takes a season to define a person’s true value!  What he is able to do over the last 6-7 weeks and how he faces adversity will determine if he is truly worthy of the most exalted individual award in college football.

Is Alabama really the best team in college football?  If we based the college season on the first 7 games, then the answer is an unequivocal YES, but that is why they play more than seven games.  Let’s see what Alabama can do over the remainder of their games.  They have yet to play teams like LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Iron Bowl foe Auburn, and the eventual SEC East champion.  Perhaps Saban’s bunch will show sings of fatigue and crack, and maybe they won’t.

The second half of the college football season will be nothing short of exciting and entertaining, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.  No doubt there will be some upsets, and teams that we thought were invincible will show signs of mortality.  Who is going to win the Heisman Trophy?  Will it be Geno Smith?  What about Braxton Miller or freshman Johnny Manziel?  How about a defensive player like Manti Te’O or Michael Mauti?  Or, could it be someone that comes from out of nowhere to steal the top prize?  Who is going to play for the national title?  Is Alabama just too tough for everyone?  What about the high-flying Oregon Ducks?  Maybe Notre Dame returns to its glory days.

No matter what the answers are, the second half of the college football season is where all of these answers will be determined.  So, sit back, relax, kick your feet up, and as Terrell Owens would say, “get your popcorn ready” because the best part of the college football year is just about set to kickoff!

For Full Disclosure:

“Prime-3″ Picks from last week – 2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU.  On the season, my record stands at 9-12 ATS, and 11-10 SU.

Extra Points Picks (ATS) from last week – 10-9-1.  On the season, my record stands at 55-42-2.

…As always, I will try and do better this week!

“Prime-3 Games”:

In this week’s installment of “prime-3″, our focus is once again directed toward the SEC and the Big 12.  We will delve into some key match-ups in the showdown in the Swamp as #7 South Carolina invades Gainesville to take on #2 Florida.  Another SEC games of note will be the #6 LSU Tigers, fresh off their triumph over previously unbeaten South Carolina, traveling to College Station to duke it out with #18 Texas A&M.  Finally, we shift our attention to the Big 12 where the conference’s lone unbeaten team #4 Kansas State goes to Morgantown to faceoff with #13 West Virginia, a team reeling from their first loss of the 2012 campaign.

And, without further ado, let’s get to the “Prime-3″ games!


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