College Football Gets Closer to the Rose Bowl

College Football Gets Closer to the Rose Bowl

Road to PasadenaBy Joe Favre

As a reward for shutting out then-ranked No. 21 Ole Miss 25-0 last week No. 1 Alabama play host to eight-touchdown underdog and winless Georgia State on Saturday. Anything short of a dominating performance against Georgia State would be regarded as another letdown. The second-ranked Ducks look to extend a nation-best 16-game road winning streak Saturday at Colorado. The Buffaloes are likely to have their hands full with Marcus Mariota, who has emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate by throwing for 1,003 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception. He also tops the nation among all players with 14.0 yards per rushing attempt. The Oregon offense has scored at least 50 points in four straight games for the first time in school history. No. 3 Clemson is coming off a dominating performance last Saturday defeating Wake Forest 56-7 but don‘t expect a letdown as they travel to Syracuse (2-2).  Clemson was strong on defense, holding the Demon Deacons to 222 yards overall and just 80 yards in the second half but Syracuse has won two straight and will make its ACC football debut in what’s expected to be a jam-packed dome.  The fourth-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State are riding a nation-best 17-game winning streak as they travel to Evanston, IL to take on No. 16 Northwestern. The Wildcats are on the verge of starting 5-0 in two straight seasons for the first time since 1904-05.  Doing so again, however, means defeating Ohio State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), led by two-time national championship coach Urban Meyer who guided a team on a one-year postseason ban to a 12-0 mark in his first season in Columbus in 2012.  Ohio State started fast in a 31-24 win over then-No. 23 Wisconsin last week and Northwestern may have to hold off another early surge in this contest. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 216-21 in the first quarter.  No. 5 Stanford puts its undefeated record on the line as they host No. 15 Washington.  While Stanford is seeking its second 5-0 start in three years, Washington is trying to open 5-0 for the first time since 1992. The Huskies are coming off an impressive performance in last Saturday’s 31-13 victory over previously unbeaten Arizona.  As we enter the fall season look for the contenders to rise to the challenge on the Road to Pasadena™.

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