So folks, that's right we've got a second edition of the Slate of Eight up for you football junkies on this holiday week. That's twice as much football to go with the turkey, the greens, the cranberry sauce and everything else that comes with Thanksgiving. On this edition we go to our Bloguin family from The Collision Course we've got Mark Ennis on to talk some ball. Although TCC is a Louisville blog we figured we'd grab Mark because he is always dropping Big East and general college football knowledge over the twitter machine.
If you've been in a hole then perhaps you've missed our Rivalry Week Edition of the Slate of Eight with Bomani Jones that dropped earlier this morning, listen to that too folks. As for this session with Mark we've still got plenty of action to talk about so let's set up the second Slate:
Notre Dame - Southern Cal
Mississippi State - Ole Miss
BYU - Utah
South Florida - Miami
West Virginia - Pitt
Michigan State - Penn State
Boise State - Nevada
Arizona - Oregon
We kick of the second slate with the Trojans and the Irish in a game that will help Lane Kiffin quietly continue his solid season that no one is giving him credit for and could make things get increasingly worse for Brian Kelly. In the Egg Bowl we see the tables turned as Ole Miss assumes the "spoiler" role and in Oxford this improved Rebels offense will test the Bulldogs. The Holy War now features a BYU team on the uptick while Utah hopes to get their feet back underneath them fully after appearing to still be reeling from the TCU lost. We debate whether or not South Florida can score enough to beat Miami, short answer? They can't.
In the Backyard Brawl we see a sort of Big East statement game where Pitt can tighten their "stranglehold" or West Virginia can muddy the picture and give UConn a shot at a BCS bid. In the Big Ten we'll likely see Michigan State clinch a Rose Bowl birth while Penn State hopes this isn't the swan song for Joe-Pa.
The Boise State and Nevada discussion takes us into some though provoking territory as we examine not only the match up but how this game provides a view into the national landscape. Folks who aren't "Pro Boise State" are viewed as Haters and of course we'll wonder how many mainstream media guys will stay up for this late Friday night kickoff. Finally we wrap up by talking about this Oregon-Arizona match up that has the Ducks as heavy favorites but neither Mark or myself are going to be surprised if Arizona's defense is able to keep the Ducks in front of them.
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