Roland Williams is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com. E-mail here!
One of CSTV's newest analysts, former Syracuse tight end Roland Williams will break down a few of the nation's best games every Thursday and give you his guaranteed winners.
No. 17 BoiseState at No. 14 Hawai'i
All anyone wants to talk about is how weak Hawai'i's schedule is and how they are paper tigers.Everyone admits that Colt Brennan can play, but no one thinks Hawai'i can really hang with a big boy team like BoiseState.Please allow me to make the case for Hawai'i.First and foremost Hawai'i is the toughest place to play in the country.No matter where you are you are going to be SEVERELY jet lagged.Add the fact that you are in the most beautiful place in the country and football is the last thing on your mind. Now let's look at BoiseState's credentials. Any one else notice that they lost to Washington?A Washington team that's 4-7.... by 14 points.Yes, Ian Johnson is back, but he hasn't been the same as last year. Maybe he hasn't gotten over Chris Myers butchering his proposal in front of millions of people. And yes Taylor Thorp is playing better and better, but someone's gotta be on Hawai'i's side right? Big Ro's going to give them some love.
Prediction: Hawai'i 38, BoiseState 35
No. 20 UConn at No. 4 West Virginia
My thoughts on West Virginia are well chronicled.I still think UConn is underrated in national circles, but West Virginia is and has been the class of the Big East.And I truly believe that West Virginia will find a back door entry into the national championship game.But they must first get past a plucky Husky team.Do I think the 17.5 point line is a bit much? Yea I do. But I still think West Virginia finds a way to win their game with their assortment of skill position guys.
Prediction: West Virginia 31, UConn 10
No. 8 Virginia Tech at No. 16 Virginia
I think this is going to be a really good football game.Virginia all year long has been one of those squeak by teams that just finds a way to win.One point victories here and there, with losses to Wyoming and N.C.State peppered in.Good defense, adequate offense and solid special teams.But something happened last week in their 48-0 romping of Miami.Heck, it could be a product of Miami, but I think Virginia may have turned a corner.Their in-state rivals on the other hand got lambasted by LSU, had that infamous loss against Boston College, but other than that have soundly defeated the ACC's finest. I don't think even the yahoos supporters would deny that Virginia Tech has more pure athleticism on their side.But it's in Charlottesville and Virginia Tech has never really respected Virginia. It's been a one sided rivalry for a good bit of time.Add in the fact that Virginia has won close games, while Virginia Tech isn't very experienced in that area (and I don't really trust Tyrod Taylor or Sean Glennon in a tough spot) and I think Virginia pulls off the upset.
Prediction: Virginia 24, Virginia Tech 20
No. 3 Missouri at No. 2 Kansas
This is the game for the Big 12 North, the whole ball of wax, the whole enchilada.It's No. 2 vs. No. 3 with the winner one win away from the national championship game.But let's be honest here: this is probably the worst No. 2 vs. No. 3 of all time.Would anyone be surprised if the winner of this game got decimated by the Big 12 South champion? Anyone? We've been talking about Chase Daniel and Todd Reesing all year long and we've been on the Kansas bandwagon since day one. It should be a pretty raucous atmosphere in Kansas City, but I don't see that phasing Daniel.At the heart of the matter, I just trust Daniel a little bit more than I trust Reesing. I think Kansas is getting better every week. They are starting to believe they can win any where and the momentum is crescendoing for them.But I wouldn't be surprised if they come out just a little bit stiff.And that Missouri offense is just rolling and Kansas is not exactly the `85 Bears.
I think Reesing and Co. put up some points, but just don't have ENOUGH to get over the early Missouri lead.And lastly, I live in Missouri right now with my wife and kids, so I'm drinking the Kool-Aid here in my "home state" and riding the wave.