Beonard's Losers

2007, Week 10

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Howdy, football fans. November is upon us, and there's more than just a chill in the air. For many teams, there's a sense of urgency, too. Five teams remain unbeaten in 1-A, but only two teams make it into the championship game. There are also seven one-loss teams in this week's BCS standings, two of which are in the top 5. As the regular season begins to wrap up, it becomes now-or-never for these teams. With all of that excitement in the air, let's take a look at this week's games.

Wisconsin at Ohio State
Bret Bielma's Badger boys head into Columbus on Saturday to see if they can crack Jim Tressel's nuts. The bucks are the team to beat in the Big Ten this year, and currently sit atop the BCS standings. The visitors want the conference title for themselves, but that just won't be. On a related note, I think it is a shame that this game will not be nationally televised, but Iowa at Northwestern will be. Shame on you, ESPN. Beonard's Loser: ESPN and Wisconsin

Iowa at Northwestern
Kirk Ferentz flies his flock into Evanston to see if they can sink their talons into a wounded pack of cats. Northwestern has won three of their last four games, and needs this win to become bowl eligible. The Hawkeyes, after a four-game losing streak, have won two of their last three and are starting to look a little less dead. The Iowa offense has seemed anemic at times, but they should have no problem against the Wildcats and their wide-open defense. Northwestern is a perennial spoiler, but they won't have what it takes to fend of this aerial attack. Beonard's Loser: Northwestern

Ball State at Indiana
For three weeks now, the boys from basketball town have tried to end the longest bowl drought in the Big Ten. And each week, they've found new and interesting ways to fail. Most years, this game would be a lock, but Ball State is showing some signs of being a contender in the MAC West and have scored at least 28 points in all but two games this year. This will be a close one, and in those cases, I find it is best to side with the home team. Beonard's Loser, in a close one: Ball State

Purdue at Penn State
Earlier this week, it was announced that Joe Pa was taking his team off Sunday morning trash duty. That news must certainly come as a relief to the kitties, and should put some of the Happy back into the Valley after a 20 point home loss last weekend. Joe Tiller will pull his two-loss locomotive into town to try and take that happy right back out. The Purdue defense has improved considerably since the beginning of the season, and a few quick sacks is all it takes to quiet the Lion offense. If that happens, we might see an upset in State College. If not, then the home team gets their fourth conference win. Beonard's Loser: Purdue

Navy at Notre Dame
This is a game that goes way back, and has been claimed by the Pope's favorites for the last 43 years. This year is different, though, as the Midshipmen will find out when they sail into the Indiana Vatican. When was the last time we saw a one-win Notre Dame after nine weeks of football? Navy has averaged almost 36 points per game in a forgettable schedule, but that's way more than the Irish offense have been able to score. If Charlie Weis doesn't have some tricks up his sleeve, it will be another unlucky day for the Irish. Beonard's Loser: Notre Dame

Michigan at Michigan State
After the first few weeks, I thought that the Spartans would rule the hand this year. Fortunately, things have settled down and Michigan is once again the heavy favorite. When Lloyd Carr leads his team into East Lansing, he'll be trailing 7 straight wins. Mark Dantonio's spear-toters haven't even managed seven wins so far this season. After losing four of their last five, it just doesn't seem like they have the desire anymore. The last six matchups for state dominance have ended in a Wolverine victory, and there's no reason to say that it won't end up being seven.. Beonard's Loser: Michigan State

Texas at Oklahoma State
Just because the Cowboys are unranked, that doesn't mean they won't be able to rope in some Longhorns. The Stillwater boys are one and one against ranked opponents this season and haven't lost yet in Boone Pickens Stadium. The cattle have won three in a row after dropping two straight, but the recent wins have been against teams of little import. This will be a toughly contested game, and whoever wins will have earned it. Beonard's Loser, in an upset: Texas

Cincinnati at South Florida
The hubub surrounding the Bulls has quieted to a whisper after they dropped their last two games. The Bearcats are in a similar boat. In fact, a quick look at the statistics show that these two teams are nearly identical. But the Bulls have played a more impressive schedule and when you combine that with the home field advantage, that should be enough to put them on top. Beonard's Loser, in a close one: Cincinnati

Louisiana State at Alabama
The winner of this game gets a week at the top of the SEC West. More importantly, a win for the Tigers keeps them in contention for a shot at a national title. The Crimson Tide have lost four straight to their bayou opponents, and Nick Saban wants to wash that streak away. LSU has given up twice the average points in the past two weeks against 17th-ranked teams, and their third week against #17 shouldn't be much different. Alabama has played some pretty tough football, and this game should be everything we hoped it would be. Beonard's Loser, in an upset: Louisiana State

Arizona State at Oregon
Is Oregon everything they're quacked up to be? We'll find out on Saturday when the Sun Devils make a trip up to Eugene to battle for control of the Pac 10. The solar satans didn't have much of a challenge until last week, so its a bit of an unknown how they'll fare this week. We do know that they've allowed 20 points in each of the last three games, raising their average to almost 16. Oregon, meanwhile, has scored less than thirty points only once all season - and that was a 24-point showing against USC. This game has all of the makings of a classic Pac 10 matchup, but what it really comes down to is the fact that Oregon's quarterback is darn near unstoppable. With ASU's prolific passer coming off a sprained thumb, that may be all the difference. Beonard's Loser: Arizona State

Oregon State at USC
Coming into the Oregon State game with identical conference records is not what Pete Carroll had in mind for his Trojans. They'll welcome the Beavers, determined to come out on top. Oregon State boats a victory over Stanford, a tem that shocked the world by beating USC, and a big upset over California. The Beavs are actually two and one against California teams this year, and would like to make it three so they can become bowl eligible. Nothin' doin', though, they'll have to head back north in defeat. Beonard's Loser: Oregon State

Illinois at Minnesota
Just when it looks like things can't get any worse for the rodents, they realize they still have three more games to play. They gave Michigan a solid quarter of football in Ann Arbor last weekend, but they'll need a full sixty minutes when Ron Zook's tribe comes into town. The natives, bowl eligible for the first time in several years, need a solid win to give them confidence to take to Columbus next weekend, and that's just what they'll get. Beonard's Loser: Minnesota

 

Well friends, I've done more games this week than usual, and my brain is just plain tired. So join me again next week, when I'll have a whole bunch more losers.

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