Other than all you budding astrologists out there, you might not know that in January 2002 a dull star in an obscure constellation suddenly became 600,000 times more luminous than our Sun, temporarily making it the brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy. It is pretty amazing how something so obscure and behind the scenes can suddenly emerge as a giant. This is also why I love sports. Every year, athletes that no one has ever heard of emerge out of nowhere and make a splash. This year in college football is no different. We aren’t even half way through the season and we are seeing new names dominate on the field and they are about one or two big games away from being a household name. Let’s take a look at some players whose names you are going to need to remember over the next few weeks.
John Ursua – WR Hawaii – the 5’10 175lb junior wideout at Hawaii has 12 TD’s and 771 yards in just six games this season. He’s one of the main reasons the Rainbows are off to an unexpected 5-1 start.
Gardner Minshew II – QB Washington State – the East Carolina transfer is lighting it up for Mike Leach’s team. He has thrown for 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns in five games.
Kelvin Harmon – WR NC State – Harmon has 406 yards in four games. He might only have 1 touchdown but this guy is NFL ready right now. He is a beast against one-on-one coverage and his presence is creating other stars on the Wolfpack receiving corps.
Jermar Jefferson – RB Oregon State – the 5’10 211lb freshman has already had 238 and 254 yard rushing games. He is averaging 6.9 yds/carry and has 727 total yards on the season. The Beavers might stink, but he sure is a bright spot for the team.
Drop these names amongst friends this weekend and you will look like a genius sooner rather than later. Now let’s look at some games for this week. The holidays are approaching, let’s go get some extra money with these winners!
Pittsburgh +3 vs. Syracuse – Cuse is coming off an emotional loss to Clemson. Their season was off to a terrific start. This is not a game I see them getting up for. They hit a bump in the road this week with the upstart Panthers.
Pitt 30 Syracuse 27
Florida +2 vs. LSU – Can Ed Orgeron go from the coach most likely to be fired first to 6-0? Not if game 6 in in The Swamp. Everyone who just jumped on the Tigers bandwagon will be jumping off Saturday night.
Florida 23 LSU 20
Boston College +5.5 vs. NC State – Will AJ Dillon play or not? Either way, an offensive star will emerge in this game for the Eagles because someone will always have a career day against the Wolfpack. However, I think NCSU can score in bunches against most teams in the country. BC will keep pace against a suspect Wolfpack secondary enough to cover, but the Pack finds a way to win the game.
NC State 31 Boston College 27
Ohio State -26 vs. Indiana – OSU had their scare against Penn State. Now is when they start steamrolling teams again. I think this game will be get ugly in the second half and Dwayne Haskins will put up silly Heisman-like numbers, once again.
Ohio State 48 Indiana 20
Texas A&M -5.5 vs. Kentucky – UK’s unbelievable undefeated run finally comes to a halt in College Station. Jimbo will have his team well prepared and the stadium will be rocking. If Kentucky manages to pull this one off, I will be a believer. I just don’t see it happening.
Texas A&M 31 Kentucky 21
Mississippi State +3.5 vs. Auburn – After two disappointing losses, no one expects Mississippi State to be able to run with Auburn. Then, Vegas makes them only a 3 point dog. Hmmmm…..Home crowd will be rowdy and the cowbells will be loud. I smell an upset.
Mississippi State 24 Auburn 23
Texas +7.5 vs. Oklahoma – Sure, the Sooners are rolling. Ever since the Longhorns started the season with yet another disappointing loss to Maryland, they have been on a huge upswing. They are headed in the right direction and I expect the Red River Rivalry to be a tight, exciting game.
Oklahoma 34 Texas 28
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