Here should be a collection of links that will take you up to kick off. I'm trying to think of everything I did when Iowa played Iowa State. I know there was a chat, maybe Cheerios. Whatever I did, I'm not doing it again (wink).
The Sooners have slipped from number one just three weeks ago to number three in the Twitter Top 25 poll. They've been passed after strong performances from LSU and Alabama despite winning big last week versus Ball State. Texas has risen from being unranked in the preseason to #11 after a strong 4-0 start to the season. The Sooners are heavy favorites against the Longhorns. A big win could gain Oklahoma back those votes that are now going to LSU, Alabama and Wisconsin.
October 8, 2011 2:30 PM CST
Iowa at Penn State Spread: Penn State -3.5
A battle of unranked conference foes that are both receiving votes. The Lions are 4-1 (1-0) heading into the weekend while Iowa is 3-1 (0-0). The winner could move to the edge of the Top 25. The Hawks are coming off a bye and looking for conference win number one. Penn State still has question marks about the offense after barely getting a win over Indiana to open conference play. The Hawkeyes have owned Penn State the past decade but the Lions will certainly look to end that dominance with a win Saturday.
October 8, 2011 2:30 PM CST
#15 Florida at #1 LSU Spread: LSU -13.4
The Gators are coming off a loss to #2 Alabama and now have to face #1 LSU. The Gators will have to face the Tigers without starting quarterback John Brantley. LSU had a bit of a breather last week taking on struggling Kentucky but are right back to taking on ranked teams. This will serve as a barometer for those still undecided between Alabama and LSU being the better team. The Gators will want to keep this one close so that they don't drop from the Top 25 with a loss.
October 8, 2011 6:00 PM CST
#19 Auburn at #13 Arkansas Spread: Arkansas -10
Auburn is that team that won't go away. They have been in-and-out of the polls and after defeating previously ranked #8 South Carolina find themselves back in the Top 20. Arkansas rebounded nicely with a win against Texas A&M and hope to get back in the hunt for an SEC title. Vegas loves Arkansas here in what should be an entertaining shoot-out.
Other games of note:
Friday October 7, 2011 8:00 PM CST #8 Boise State at Fresno State
The Broncos continue to slide in the polls despite winning games. They head to a tough place to play and will need to start winning by big numbers to catch the eye of pollsters.
October 8, 2011 11:20 AM CST Kentucky at #17 South Carolina
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he's benching starting quarterback Stephen Garcia. Kentucky is a pushover but the Gamecock offense needs to get right and fast.
October 8, 2011 11:30 AM CST Wake Forest at Florida State
Florida State fell from the polls despite a bye week last Saturday. The Seminoles have an easy opponent in Wake Forest and get quarterback EJ Manuel back. This will be a game to watch to see if FSU will be a factor late this season.
October 8, 2011 2:30 PM CST Miami at #21 Virginia Tech
Clemson came to Virginia Tech and took the Hookies to the woodshed. If the Hookies want to stick around the Top 20 they will need to beat Miami at home.
October 8, 2011 7:00 PM CST Iowa State at #24 Baylor
Baylor suffered their first loss of the season at Kansas State last week. They will have a chance to get their first conference win against Iowa State which was exposed at home last week against Texas.
October 8, 2011 7:00 PM CST Ohio State at #18 Nebraska
Ohio State will be the first ever Big Ten opponent to play a conference game at Nebraska. The Huskers got a rude welcoming last week at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are struggling on offense but still have talent on the team. Lincoln will be crazy for this one as Nebraska looks for Big Ten win number one.
The Hawkeyes have released their two-deeps for this week's Penn State game. Derby is now absent and Wienke listed at #2 QB. There aren't a lot of other big changes. Carl Davis is listed as #2 DT now. Also, freshman Quinton Alston becomes the first true frosh to crack the two-deeps at MLB. Alston saw his first game action against ULM following the departure of Bruce Davis.
From the links I've ignored file, ESPN has updated a weekly power poll and bowl predictions. I tend to think these things are irrelevant until conference play starts. And it has started, so...
The Hawkeyes come in at #6 on ESPN's Big Ten Power poll. Iowa had fallen to #8 after losing to in-state rival ISU. They moved up this week by default. The Big Ten is struggling right now folks.
Even with a down year for the Big Ten, ESPN is predicting Iowa will do no better than the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Iowa has also been picked to participate at the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl in Florida. The Car Care Bowl matches up with a Big 12 team, the Gator Bowl plays a team from the SEC.
There are some interesting notes over at the Quad-City Times in their 10@10 piece. We are finally talking Penn State and a little conference talk too. The forecast for Saturday's game is also noted to be 71 and sunny in Happy Valley.
Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff can play the underdog card this week. Penn State was installed as a 2.5 point favorite over the Hawkeyes in Vegas. The folks in Pennsylvania admit they are a little confused by being the favorite.
Has JoPa wore out his welcome at Penn State? I believe he has the right to do what he wants, but we are in that part of the cycle again where people are questioning his staying around. Here, the Crystal Ball Run says "Penn State has an 84-year old problem."
And finally, if you didn't watch Penn State at Indiana last week, here is a nice recap from PennLive.com.
Second string quarterback AJ Derby has gone and got himself in trouble with the law. According to Hawk Central, Derby was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief and public intox. Hawk Central also describes Derby's condition and potential fines for his debauchery. I just got home from Vegas and probably saw more crimes committed in my hotel hallway but it is what it is.
Which reminds me, my wife and I were sitting at a slot machine when a guy walks by and whispered "party favors, party favors." I then said back in a voice a lot of people could hear, "you mean like hats and stuff?"
Little Derby is just following in his brother's footsteps. Zach was part of a group that included James Ferentz that had their own run in with Johnny law. Big brother Zach had a blood alcohol level of over .200 when he was arrested. AJ's .120 leaves room for improvement there. Okay, maybe not the best place for a joke but c'mon. It should be noted that AJ has yet to turn 21.
Derby will miss the Big Ten season opener at Penn State this Saturday. He'll probably get to know some stadium stairs and a tractor tire real well too. The Hawkeyes will have junior John Wienke as the second option at quarterback. Wienke is already the holder for extra points and field goals.