Friday, October 10, 2008

At the sports desk: college football weekly picks

I was 8-2 last week. HOME TEAMS IN CAPS.

AUBURN vs Arkansas. Pick: TIGERS. Arkansas is having a down year; Auburn's defense will dominate.

Boise State vs SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI. Pick: BOISE. They could be a BCS-buster again.

BYU vs New Mexico. Pick: COUGARS. They could be a BCS-buster, too; and they've been very consistent, blowing everyone out so far.

FLORIDA vs LSU. Pick: GATORS. Florida's at home; and I haven't seen the same power and explosiveness from LSU this year that I saw last year.

GEORGIA vs Tennessee. Pick: BULLDOGS. Georgia needs to bounce back from that pasting they got from Alabama. Fortunately for them, the punchless Vols are the perfect opponent.

Michigan State vs NORTHWESTERN. Pick: SPARTANS. Did you know Northwestern was undefeated right now, at 5-0? Neither does a lot of the nation. Their schedule hasn't been the toughest. This will be a tight game, but look for Javon Ringer to be the difference in a Spartan win.

MISSOURI vs Oklahoma State. Pick: TIGERS. Mizzou put up 52 on Nebraska; think what they'll do at home to the Cowboys.

Notre Dame vs NORTH CAROLINA. Pick: TAR HEELS. Notre Dame, behind Jimmy Clausen, has improved. But so has UNC under Butch Davis. ND still struggles away from South Bend; look for Carolina to win a close one.

OHIO STATE vs Purdue. Pick: BUCKEYES. OSU got kind of fortunate last week, as they benefited from Wisconsin blowing another one. They're fortunate again this week in playing the Boilers, a team which hasn't won a big game in forever and is awash in negativity.

Oklahoma vs Texas. Pick: SOONERS. A great game between two top 10 teams. Sam Bradford will be the difference. He's good.

Penn State vs WISCONSIN. Pick: NITTANY LIONS. The Badgers have issues--they've lost two in a row and haven't held leads. Meanwhile Penn State plays consistent, largely mistake-free, solid football. Hard to pick against that.

TEXAS TECH vs Nebraska. Pick: RED RAIDERS. Texas Tech's offense really looked to come together last week at Kansas State; it was almost unstoppable. So they're fortunate, since Nebraska's defense hasn't exactly stopped too many people lately. Watch out for Tech.

Arizona State vs SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Pick: TROJANS. USC probably learned its lesson from the unfathomable loss to Oregon State; but it may be too late to help them re: the national championship hunt.