Weekend 9 Predictions
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Once again, many exciting games are on the weekend slate. The biggest among them may be Florida trying to stay undefeated against arch-rival Georgia in Jacksonville. And out West, Oregon and USC will battle for Pac 10 supremacy...
#24 Ole Miss (5-2) at Auburn (5-3) - After three straight losses, Auburn needs a win bad. The Tigers are always tough at home, and this game presents about as dead even of a matchup as you can get. I still think Auburn is close to a top-25 level team, and Ole Miss is right on the verge, too. Jevon Snead at quarterback has not lived up to the hype, and I hope he doesnt change that Saturday as I will take Auburn - at home - in this one. Auburn, 24-20.
NC State (3-4) at Florida State (3-4) - Unbelievably, FSU is actually still alive in the ACC Atlantic race. They have division foes in each of the next four games, so you know good and well Bobby Bowden is pounding into his team's head that BCS is still a possibility. NC State has had a terrible year, but a win in Tallahassee could also turn their year around. Florida State, 30-10.
#18 Miami (5-2) at Wake Forest (4-4) - It will be interesting to see how Miami comes out and plays after their outside national title shot was shot down at home this past weekend to Clemson. They could still win the ACC Coastal with luck, but first must win on the road at Wake Forest. I am tempted to pick the Deacons in the upset here, but I think in the end, Miami has a bit more fire-power. It will be close, though. Miami, 28-23.
#11 Georgia Tech (7-1) at Vanderbilt (2-6) - Man, if Tech were to lose this game, the ACC-SEC talk would never die! This is a no-win situation for both GT and the ACC. It is the top team in the ACC up against the worst team in the SEC. No matter what happens, GT will come out in the losing end of the argument. Just go win, Jackets! Georgia Tech, 33-20.
#21 South Carolina (6-2) at Tennessee (3-4) - My prediction here has NOTHING to do with me being a Clemson fan, but I see UT getting the win. The Vols looked very tough in Tuscaloosa last weekend, even putting themselves in position to win the game. And South Carolina has been known to take a nose dive this time of year. UT is dying for another big win under Lane Kiffin. Tennessee, 22-18.
Georgia (4-3) at #1 Florida (7-0) - This is my upset pick of the week. Florida has not been overly impressive, and one must wonder if team chemistry is just a bit less than a year ago. Georgia has all of the talent in the world, and will have nothing to lose in this matchup. I may be a moron for betting against number 1, but I'm doing it. Dawgs, don't let me down! Georgia, 27-23.
Washington State (1-5) at #25 Notre Dame (5-2) - The Irish will crack the top-20 after they dismiss of Washington State tomorrow. ND isn't back to the glory days of old, but qb Jimmy Clausen is playing very well, and the Irish are much better than Washington State. They should win this one handily. Notre Dame, 31-14.
#4 USC (6-1) at #10 Oregon (6-1) - Ok Duck fans, you've been waiting all year on two things, and in this capsule you get both! First up, respect for your Ducks - I pick them to win. Secondly, I'm not picking USC to win for the first time this season. There, you happy now?! I just think Oregon will see this as their Super Bowl, and there is no way they lose. Plus, they have a pretty dadgum good squad. Oregon, 30-22.
Nebraska (4-3) at Baylor (3-4) - The Huskers were thinking big after playing VT to the final minutes weeks ago. But after two straight losses for both VT and Nebraska, the Huskers are feeling pretty frustrated for sure. Last week they gave up 8 turnovers in a loss to Iowa State. This week's game is alos tricky as Baylor isn't as bad as their record. I am counting on Bo Pelini to make a stand, and get things turned around. Nebraska, 20-18.
#3 Texas (7-0) at #13 Oklahoma State (6-1) - I have pondered over this game all morning, and finally, I think I have made up my mind. I am going to go with the upset in this one, and OSU to throw a wrench in Texas' national title plans. The Cowboys have playe tougher competition, and the place wil be rocking! I'm going to try to watch as much of this one as possible. Oklahoma State, 37-30.
Kansas State (5-2) at #22 Oklahoma (4-3) - I'm ready to see OU win a few more games. Yes, they are real good and have lost 3 times by a combined 5 points. But they also need to satrt closing games out as their are other good three-loss teams that would like to see the top-25, as well. This weekend they should destroy K State. Oklahoma, 35-14.
Purdue (3-5) at Wisconsin (5-2) - Back to back wins for Purdue over Ohio State and Illinois have gotten the Boiler Makers off of the mat and ready to fight again. Wisconsin, meanwhile, has lost two straight to Ohio State and Iowa, and is in bad need of a win. I think Purdue's success was short-lived, and Wisconsin gets back on track. Wisconson, 28-20.
Missouri (4-3) at Colorado (2-4) - I'm not real sure how this game made it onto the pick'em, but here it is! The Buffs are miserable, but are at home and upsets are all that ever seem to happen anymore. Still, I think I will go with a better Mizzou team despite where the game is played. Missouri, 30-20.
UCLA (3-4) at Oregon State (4-3) -
California (5-2) at Arizona State (4-3) -
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