Friday, October 3, 2008

At the sports desk: college football weekly picks

I was 6-1 last week.
(home team in CAPS)

AIR FORCE vs Navy. Pick: FALCONS. Largely because they're at home. But expect a close game--the Middies upset Wake Forest last week.

ALABAMA vs Kentucky. Pick: CRIMSON TIDE. Okay, Nick Saban, you've convinced us--you've got a powerhouse already--didn't take long.

AUBURN vs Vanderbilt. Pick: TIGERS. Auburn has talent; historically, they've had the edge over Vanderbilt. I think that gives them a mental edge here.

Florida vs ARKANSAS. Pick: GATORS. Urban Meyer's team needs to rebound after last week's astounding loss; luckily for them, the hapless Razorbacks are a perfect team by which to get well.

MIAMI vs Florida State. PICK: HURRICANES. Miami should have won last week. They will this time, at home and facing a Seminole team that just flat-out struggles to score.

MICHIGAN vs Illinois. Pick: FIGHTING ILLINI. UPSET PICK--Michigan is favored. I struggle over this one; Michigan's comeback win last week vs Wisconsin was really something. But the Maize and Blue have been horribly inconsistent; and they're facing an Illinois team that has experience and that can score, something Michigan has struggled to do.

MICHIGAN STATE vs Iowa. Pick: SPARTANS. Look for them to continue the momentum they gained with the Notre Dame win. Plus, they have Javon Ringer; Iowa doesn't.

Missouri vs NEBRASKA. Pick: TIGERS. Mizzou has too many weapons, especially Chase Daniel.

NOTRE DAME vs Stanford. Pick: FIGHTING IRISH. ND continues to improve; Stanford struggles away from home.

Ohio State vs WISCONSIN. Pick: BADGERS. UPSET PICK--Ohio State is favored. But Wisconsin should have won last week; they know it. Here's their chance, at home, to stay in the Big 10 race and to beat a talented but inexperienced freshman QB in Terrell Pryor. I don't think they'll miss this chance.

Oklahoma vs BAYLOR. Pick: SOONERS. OU is a powerhouse, it appears.

Penn State vs PURDUE. Pick: NITTANY LIONS. Penn State appears to be a strong, explosive club--see their win last week vs Illinois. Purdue meanwhile just can't win big games.

SOUTHERN CAL vs Oregon. Pick: TROJANS. They've got to be furious after last week. USC is at home, and they face an Oregon team that's got injuries.

Texas vs COLORADO. Pick: LONGHORNS. Texas, with Colt McCoy and company, is experienced and has too many weapons.

Texas Tech at KANSAS STATE. Pick: RED RAIDERS. I love Graham Harrell and the Red Raiders offense; they struggled a bit early, but managed to win, and now their offense, both passing and running, is coming on. Their defense isn't bad either.