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The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 10

Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.

Listen, we know what you're planning on having for dinner on Saturday night. The only college football fans who won't be tuning into Alabama and LSU on Saturday night are the ones who have their favorite teams playing at the same time. And even most of those people will be flipping back and forth.

Still, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other strong options out there on Saturday. I mean, every main course needs an appetizer or 8, right?


Iowa vs. #13 Michigan - ESPN, 12pm ET

Let's face it: it's not very fun to watch games with dynamic performers if those guys get shut down by a defense. Fortunately for Michigan, that's probably not a fate awaiting Denard Robinson against Iowa. The Hawkeye defense has been jarringly bad all season long, and "Shoelace" is likely to get in the end zone several times. What more can you ask for from an early game? - Adam Jacobi

Texas vs. Texas Tech - FX, 12pm ET

The word is that beginning next season these two teams will begin playing on Thanksgiving Day, so this may be the last time you watch this game without a turkey leg in your mouth. Both are looking to make a statement on Saturday, as the Longhorns would like the world to know that they're a good team that has lost to great teams. Texas Tech, meanwhile, would like to prove that the win over Oklahoma wasn't just a fluke and it wants to wash the stench of Iowa State off. - Tom Fornelli

Florida vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network, 12:21pm ET

Is this the week the Commodores finish the deal? After playing Georgia tough and Arkansas tougher, it would seem the reeling Gators, losers of four straight, would be ripe for the picking. But with John Brantley another week removed from his ankle injury and Will Muschamp's team now in desperation mode, the upset won't come easy. Vandy's struggled on the road, too, having lost their two SEC games away from Nashville (to South Carolina and Alabama) by combined 55-3. Can the Gators rebound? - Jerry Hinnen


Oregon State vs. #4 Stanford - ABC, 3:30pm ET

Let down game? We'll see if Stanford struggles on the road after their big, overtime win at USC last week. Strange things have been known to happen up in Corvallis with highly ranked teams so keep your eye on this one even though it's a complete mismatch in favor of the Cardinal. - Bryan Fischer

#7 Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm ET

With its slim hopes of winning the Big 12 dashed last week by Missouri, the Aggies are now resigned to playing the role of spoiler. What better way to say goodbye to Oklahoma than by killing its chances at a Big 12 title as well? Both of these teams have strong offenses, and we could be in store for quite the shootout in Norman on Saturday. - TF

#19 Wisconsin vs. Purdue - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm ET

We're not saying this game won't be competitive, but before the third quarter is over, Russell Wilson will probably throw a sword at the press box then scream, "Are you not entertained?! Is this not why you have come out here?!" And then, if we haven't stretched the Gladiator reference past credulity and good taste, the Camp Randall crowd will begin chanting, "Caroliniard!" over and over. - AJ

Air Force vs. Army - CBS, 3:30pm ET

Air Force already withstood an 18-point comeback from Navy before winning 35-34 in overtime, and it would be a huge let down to follow that performance with a loss against Army at home.  The Falcons can capture their 18th outright win for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy if they can win the ground attack battle against the Black Knights.  Army and Air Force rank 1st and 3rd nationally in rushing offense, and Saturday's battle will be a test of defense and ball control as the two service academies square off in the annual rivalry.  With Air Force starting quarterback Tim Jefferson reportedly playing with a broken nose, I expect senior Asher Clark to step up in the backfield with a big performance at home.  The Falcons are favored to win this nationally televised battle, but in these rivalry games with the service academies you never know what to expect.  - Chip Patterson


Pitt vs. #23 Cincinnati - ESPNU, 7pm ET

The Bearcats have quietly made themselves Big East frontrunners, as the only team without a loss in conference play.  Two years ago Cincinnati came from behind to beat Pittsburgh 45-44 on Heinz Field to cap off an undefeated regular season and earn a berth to the Sugar Bowl.  Now with Butch Jones at the helm, they control their own destiny to return to a BCS bowl.  Their five-game home stretch starts with the Panthers, who will be looking to rebound from losing Ray Graham for the season with a knee injury.  Quarterback Tino Sunseri delivered one of his best performances of the season after Graham went down against UConn, and they'll need it again to take down the conference leaders. - CP

#8 Arkansas vs. #10 South Carolina - ESPN, 7:15pm ET 

Believe it or not, there's going to be two matchups of BCS top 10 teams in the SEC Saturday night. The Hogs and Gamecocks might have been able to draw a little more attention away from that other game if Carolina had done anything on offense of late, but -- go figure -- scoring just 28 points in their past two games doesn't seem to have done much to move the national needle. If Tyler Wilson can avoid getting an early shower courtesy of Melvin Ingram and the rest of the outstanding Gamecock pass rush, Carolina should be hard-pressed to keep pace with the Raozrback offense in Fayetteville. - JH

#3 Oklahoma State vs. #17 Kansas State - ABC/ESPN2, 8pm ET

Consider this Kansas State's last stand. The Wildcats were finally starting to gain the respect they deserved for their strong start to the season only to get trounced by Oklahoma last weekend. They either get off the mat and fight back against a very good Oklahoma State team or they'll just be a footnote in the 2011 season. As for Oklahoma State, they've got plenty to play for, as a berth in the BCS title game is very much in play. - TF

#2 Alabama vs. #1 LSU - CBS, 8pm ET

So, is it possible to sum up two solid weeks of previews and thousands and thousands of words in just a couple of sentences? We'll try: if AJ McCarron doesn't hand the Tigers big plays on defense and Rueben Randle doesn't break free for some big plays on offense, Alabama's brutal run game and equally brutal run defense will eventually wear down the Tigers in Tuscaloosa. But if McCarron does get sloppy and Randle does keep the Tide D off-balance, the matchup's close enough that just those handful of plays could swing it. - JH 


Washington vs. #6 Oregon - Fox Sports, 10:30pm ET

Washington fans hate Oregon. Oregon fans hate Washington. This Northwest rivalry is underrated by many nationally and has been one-sided as of late but this year's game should be very competitive. The Huskies can score some points on the Ducks defense but can UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt stop the fast-paced Oregon attack? - BF 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:53 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 10

I think Bama's running attack and hard hitting defense puts LSU in the tank early. Bama 31 LSU 10
SC's defense should get the pressure on the Hogs qb and win a close one. SC 23 Arkansas 20

Not sure how much defense is going to be played in the other games listed but if your into the high flying offense then there is plenty games to chose from. I do want to see Ok St for not sure that I have seen them much and the Washington Oregon game should be a good one also.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:16 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 10

OU vs A&M - 1st half should be good and TAMU may even lead by half.

2nd Half expect OU to pore it on; I expect a final of 63 to 38.   OU is in overdrive now to score as many points as fast as possible to erase the memory of the Tech loss and be sure that the papers have posted an outrageous score.   It's worked so many times before, you know Stoops HAS to do it again for ANY shot at the NC.   The voters may have Wisconsin in mind from last year; lots of blow outs against lesser teams only to be unmasked by TCU in the Rose.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:13 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 10

Arkansas and South Carolina-interesting undercard.    Arkansas could potentially be the West Champion if LSU knocks off Alabama then Arkansas beats LSU?  Not sure how the tie breaker works but once you get to point #6; it gets a little too foggy for me.  

USC on the other hand, if it beats Arkansas and Arkansas beats LSU (Assuming Alabama also beats LSU) could be staring at a BCS Bowl.  

Longshots I know, but not out of the realm of possibility.

The other interesting match-up probably being over-looked is Texas vs Tech; if Texas wins this at home and beats K-State; I bet that Texas suddenly becomes a HUGE OSU fan for the NC as a victory over TAMU (who can't seem to finish games this year) could put the Horns 1 out and into the Cotton.   Wouldn't that be really strange for everyone who has been bagging on Texas this year?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:59 pm

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 10

Yes, Alabama vs LSU is the main course (coming from an OSU Alum).   Our game should be a "what's the score now" reference as bundles of points; I'm guessing maybe a 52-38 ballgame OSU just relentless scoring until they got the safe lead then finally running the ball and clock out.

Alabama vs LSU will be the strategic apocalypse; will Alabama's Satan or LSU's Grass-Eatin' Mad-Hatter make the fatal mistake that costs the game?   Will LSU get too cute and run a fake punt on 4th and 14 and NOT convert?   Will Alabama shun their running game to go against type and start the 1st Qtr throwing?

I'm recording my team's game and probably watching this game unless the Poke game remains tight.   Not too worried at this point; we blew K-State away last year, I doubt it will be much different this year.

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