Weekend Six Predictions
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Another exciting weekend of football is among us. Big games will go down in Columbus, Baton Rouge, and Iowa City, among other places. The heart of the season is here......
Auburn at Arkansas - Gene Chizik has done a great job with Auburn so far, leadng the Tigers to a 5-0 start. But I think that will come to an end on the road to Arkansas. The Razorbacks are a good team and are due for a good win. Arkansas, 30-20.
Oregon at UCLA - Before the season started, I had UCLA as my darkhorse to challenge for the Pac 10 title. A couple of losses later, they do not appear ready to challenge. Still, the program must take steps back, and one step is to beat a team you are not supposed to beat. Enter Oregon, a team on a roll. The Bruins pull the upset. UCLA, 27-24.
Georgia Tech at Florida State - FSU is very unpredictable. One minute they beat BYU on the road by 30, the next minute they lose at home to South Florida. Georgia Tech is once again finding its stride on offense. They have won two straight entering this one. I think FSU will win this game at home, getting back to .500. FSU, 28-26.
Alabama at Mississippi - I want to say that Ole Miss steps up and gets it done at home for a big win. But I just still cannot let myself pick against Nick Saban. His coaching and the athletes for Bama are too strong for the Rebels. Alabama, 33-25.
Wisconsin at Ohio State - Don't look now, but the Badgers are the best unranked team in America. At 5-0, Wisconsin is number 26 in the AP. Ohio State, meanwhile, has hung around as well after losing close to USC in week 2. This is the biggest game of the day that is flying under the radar. A win in this gives the victor an early inside leg up in the Big 10 conference race. Ohio State, 20-18.
Colorado at Texas - This one should get ugly. But as soon as I type this, I will see on SportsCenter where the Buffs pull the upset of 2009. I know anything is possible, and Texas could come out flat. But I think Colt McCoy, Mack Brown and company stay in the national title chase and win big. Texas, 45-21.
Boston College at Virginia Tech - If there is one team in the ACC that matches up very well with VT, it is BC. The Eagles play the same kind of physical, fundamental game as the Hokies, and this may allow them to be in the game late until the end. I think Tech is a better team, and will win, but it will be close. VT, 24-19.
Houston at Mississippi State - While Mississippi State is nothing to write home about, a win by the Cougras Saturday wuld give them wins over a SEC team and a Big 12 team in the first half of 2009, and that is pretty solid. The Cougars are probably not a top national team, but this season has been a great step so far in getting back into the national scene. Houston, 30-24.
Iowa State at Kansas - The Cyclones will be a nice little test for Kansas. Like Iowa, the Jayhwaks haven't had to do a whole heck of a lot to get into the top 20. But from here on out it will be tricky. The Jayhawks have Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Texas in the next six weeks. They need to win this one now! Kansas, 40-20.
Kentucky at South Carolina - Here is a chance for South Carolina to make a move. The Cocks have an average team at home, and a chance to get to 5-1. Do they capitalize and take a step towards the top 20? Or do they let an average team come into Williams-Brice Stadium and steal the win and start a second half slide? I say they win this one. South Carolina, 28-22.
Georgia at Tennessee - If you are Mark Richt, this is somewhat of a must win. You are 3-2 on the year - which isn't terrrible - but you can really expect UGA fans to get on your case if you lose this one. Remember, while Richt has a good record in Athens, he has but two SEC titles in ten years, and no national hardware - and Georgia fans are as demanding of a group as any. Tennessee, meanwhile, just isn't that good, but is due for something good to happen. Georgia should win, but it will be tricky. UGA, 31-23.
Michigan State at Illinois - What a roller-coaster season so far for Michigan State. A win, followed by three straight losses, and then a huge home win over in-state rival Michigan. Next up is a very, very mediocre Illinois team who sits at 1-3 (the W was Illinois State, and none of the losses were close). Coach Ron Zook of the Illini is firmly on a hot seat, so if nothing else, his team will be fired up. In a battle of struggling teams, Illinois struggles less at least for this week. Illinois, 30-25.
Oklahoma State at Texas A&M - Texas A&M (and I say this everytime I type about them), is such a mystery team to me. They seem to do all of the right things, but can never be a consistent top 20 caliber team. Here is a chance to beat a good ranked team in the Cowboys. Can they do it? I am betting they lose close. OSU has some firepower, averaging close to 40 points a game. Oklahoma State, 42-28.
Florida at LSU - We all know the story about Tebow's dome - it is banged up. I personally think he should sit out, but we'll see. LSU has all of the intangibles on its side such as the Florida winning streak, playing under the lights in Baton Rouge, Tebow controversy, etc...The Gators reign at number 1 ends Saturday. LSU, 28-24.
Michigan at Iowa - Iowa has gotten off to a 5-0 start without doing much. However, I must give them credit for beating Penn State in Happy Valley two weeks back. I think they are a strong, fundamentally sound team. Michigan has one of the top young players in the country in qb Tate Forcier, and is beginning to gel under Rich Rodriguez in his second season. This will be a fun game to watch, and I'm picking Iowa to win and move into the top 10. Iowa, 24-17.
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