Friday, September 12, 2008

College football picks

I'm only around .500 for the season so far. Time to do better:

Southern Cal vs Ohio State: the Trojans looked like a machine vs Virginia the other week; the Buckeyes without Beanie Wells, or with a questionable Beanie Wells...well, they looked not-so-awesome. And USC is at home. I look for a competitive game, but Pete Carroll will win another one. PICK: SOUTHERN CAL.

Georgia at South Carolina: I've seen no reason to downgrade the Bulldogs high ranking; meanwhile the Gamecocks under the ol' ball coach still have a ways to go, as their loss to Vandy demonstrated. PICK: GEORGIA.

Oklahoma at Washington: the Huskies are improving, and that official's call at the end of the BYU game was a joke. But again, last week suggested to me that the Sooners are the real deal. PICK: OKLAHOMA.

Wisconsin at Fresno State: Fresno is the trendy, sexy pick here. But Wisconsin has good coaching, they put up 51 points last week vs Marshall, and I think their size will wear down the Bulldogs, even on the road. PICK: WISCONSIN.

Kansas at South Florida: the Bulls barely survived last week vs Central Florida, but I bet it's because they were looking ahead to this game. Kansas lost a lot of guys off of last year's team. PICK: SOUTH FLORIDA.

Oregon at Purdue: so far, the Big 10 hasn't done as well in these inter-conference battles as they'd like; I fear Purdue will continue that trend--with Curtis Painter at QB, the Boilers have struggled in big games. PICK: OREGON.

Penn State at Syracuse: the Nittany Lions look like the real deal; Syracuse got blown out the other week at Northwestern, for goodness sake. PICK: PENN STATE.

BYU at UCLA: the Cougars won a tough road game last week; and while one had to be impressed with UCLA's gutty, improbable win 10 days ago against Tennessee, I'm betting their young QB and luck won't hold up this time. PICK: BYU.