Friday, October 17, 2008

At the sports desk: college football weekly picks

Last week's record: 10-3.

ALABAMA vs Ole Miss. Hard to see the powerful Tide blowing this one; they ain't Florida. PICK: CRIMSON TIDE.

BOSTON COLLEGE vs Virginia Tech. I think BC is coming on. PICK: EAGLES.

GEORGIA vs Vanderbilt. Vandy's gotta be down after last week; and when was the last time they won between the hedges? Won't be tomorrow. PICK: BULLDOGS.

LSU vs SOUTH CAROLINA. The Tigers too gotta be down after that pasting by Florida last week; and I don't think LSU is at the high level they were last year. Meanwhile, the ol' ball coach has a decent team, is at home, and will throw some new stuff at LSU. UPSET SPECIAL PICK: GAMECOCKS.

North Carolina vs VIRGINIA. Did you see Virginia get blown away by USC way back in week 1? I don't think they've improved enough to beat the young but talented UNC bunch. PICK: TAR HEELS.

Ohio State vs MICHIGAN STATE. I sense a new toughness in the Spartans. Plus they're at home; and don't forget, Terrell Pryor is talented, but a freshman, too. UPSET SPECIAL PICK: SPARTANS.

OKLAHOMA vs Kansas. This could be a bit of a trap game for the Sooners; Kansas can really move the ball. But I don't think KU can slow down the Sooner offense much. PICK: SOONERS.

OKLAHOMA STATE vs Baylor. I badly underestimated OSU last week. I won't this week; and Baylor can't stop anybody. PICK: COWBOYS.

Michigan vs PENN STATE. A down year for Michigan. Meanwhile, Penn State is tough and efficient. PICK: NITTANY LIONS.

Pittsburgh vs NAVY. It will be a tough game; and remember that Navy won at Pitt last year. But I think Pitt and LeSean Jackson will be a bit too powerful for the Middies this time. PICK: PANTHERS.

SOUTH FLORIDA vs Syracuse. The farewell tour for Syracuse coach Greg Robinson continues.

TEXAS vs Missouri. This has all the makings of a shootout. But as we saw last week, Mizzou's defense has issues, and Chase Daniel just can't outscore everybody. Certainly not Texas. A close game, but...PICK: LONGHORNS.

Texas Tech vs TEXAS A&M. The Aggies gave up 44 last week to K-State. Imagine how much Graham Harrell and the high-powered Red Raiders can put up on them. PICK: RED RAIDERS.

UTAH vs Colorado State. BYU fell Thursday night, but there's still one undefeated team left in Utah; I look for the Utes to stay that way at home. PICK: UTES.

Southern Cal vs WASHINGTON STATE. I know, USC was a big favorite vs Oregon State, too. I think they've learned their lesson (despite being no less than a 43 point favorite in this one). PICK: TROJANS.