Friday, December 13, 2002
Bruins ripe for an upset
By Brent Musburger
Special to BCSfootball.com
Each Tuesday throughout the season, ABC's Brent Musburger will give his five things to watch for the coming weekend.
1. The Pac-10
The Pac is back, baby, you'd better believe it. What a comeback by a conference that was pathetic a year ago. Three teams crashed the Top 10 this week: Washington, UCLA and USC. Special kudos to the Bruins -- UCLA is only months removed from one of its worst seasons ever, and the Bruins have already KO'd two number threes this month, Alabama and Michigan.
Listen up. If you're looking for a team ripe for an upset on the road, it would be UCLA when it travels to Eugene Saturday afternoon to play Oregon. No, the Ducks are not as talented as the Bruins, but they are very well coached. This could be a tough spot for the team of the month -- UCLA.
2. The SEC
|Alabama head coach Mike DuBose is on the hot seat after the Tide's 1-2 start.|
How do you figure Alabama? The Tide were embarrassed by Southern Miss., and they'd better wake up, because they travel to Arkansas Saturday night and coach Houston Nutt is a tough "nutt" to crack. Watch and see if the Tide will lose a third game of the season before the leaves even turn. Outrageous!
3. The Big Ten
Will the Wolverines of Michigan bounce back? They've got a tough spot in a Saturday night game against Illinois in Champaign. The Illini are 3-0, but they're troubled by an injury at the quarterback spot -- Kurt Kittner went down against California with a banged up knee. Keep an eye on that injury. Michigan had better not peek ahead, though, because the Wolverines draw Wisconsin on Sept. 30. The Illini will knock Michigan off if they're thinking Badgers.
4. Big XII
Ho-hum -- another cupcake for Kansas State. I don't think North Texas has a chance to knock off a Wildcat team that has a terrific chance to reach the BCS Championship Game. K-State's toughest game of the year figures to be Nebraska, and that Nov. 11 showdown is in Manhattan.
Come on, fess up. How many of you thought the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame would be 2-1 with its schedule? And the only loss was an overtime decision against the top-ranked team in the nation, Nebraska. But keep an eye on the Irish this week. They travel to East Lansing, Mich. to play a Michigan State Spartan team that is always much tougher at home than on the road. The best big back in the country is the Spartans' T.J. Duckett, and guess what? The Irish wanted him big time, but they said, "T.J., you're a linebacker, not a running back," and T.J. said, "Thank you very much," and signed up with Michigan State. Now let's see if the Irish can prove that he's a linebacker and not a running back.
Have a nice week and send me some winners -- I need them.
Brent Musburger a regular contributor to BCSfootball.com.