Week 10 Predictions
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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Here they are, my predictions for week 10....For the season I am 95-40 after going 13-2 in week 9. Can I keep it up and make a run at the Pick'em lead? We'll see what happens....
South Carolina (6-3, 3-3 SEC) at Arkansas (4-4, 1-4 SEC) - The Gamecocks need to get back on track, and it is going to be tough. Last week I picked Tennessee to win, and they did over USC. This week, I think it is more of the same. UT needed a win in the worst way, and the same is true with Arkansas this week as they are coming off of two SEC losses (beat Eastern Michigan last week). South Carolina is also in huge need of a win and this will be a battle. Arkansas, 28-22.
Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac 10) at Stanford (4-3, 4-2 Pac 10) - Stanford could throw a serious dent into the Ducks Pac-10 title hopes with an upset. However, it is just not going to happen. I finally got the chance to see a good bit of an Oregon game (vs Southern California) and I was very impressed with the entire team, especially quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. The upset potential is there, but I'm not taking it. Oregon, 40-18.
Oregon State (5-3, 3-2 Pac 10) at Cal (6-2, 3-2 Pac 10) - The Bears have won three in a row after two ugly back to back losses to USC and Oregon by a combined 72-6. Now, they will host a Beaver team that is coming off a win over UCLA. OSU's three losses were all good games, and this team is more than capable of winning this game. However, I will stay with the home team here and pick the Bears. Cal, 32-24.
Wake Forest (4-5, 2-3 ACC) at Georgia Tech (8-1, 5-1 ACC) - The ACC Coastal is their's to lose for the Yellow Jackets. Now, defend home turf against a decent Wake team and a trip to Tampa is basically a done deal. It will be closer than people expect, but I believe GT will win at home with so much on the line. Georgia Tech, 26-20.
Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-1 Big 12) at Iowa State (5-4, 2-3 Big 12) - This is a tricky game for an OSU team that is after a big-time bowl. The Big 12 South goal is gone, but the Cowboys could still have a nice year. The Cyclones are once again the very definition of mediocrity. They have an outside chance to make the Big 12 title game, but are mostly playing for pride at this point. I see OSU bouncing back from the Texas loss. Oklahoma State, 33-27.
Maryland (2-6, 1-3 ACC) at NC State (3-5, 0-4 ACC) - In a battle of the two bottom teams in the ACC Atlantic, we will know after this game who will get the award for worst team in the division. Maryland has lost three straight ACC games, and NC State hasn't found a way to win in the league yet. Something's gotta give in this battle of heavyweights. NC State, 35-24.
Duke (4-3, 3-1 ACC) at North Carolina (5-3, 1-3 ACC) - Can you believe Duke is in second place in the ACC Coastal?! Believe it. A year after being the worst team in the conference, Duke is now thinking bowl. But here comes a problem in UNC. The Heels can play when they need to, and this weekend they need to. They will beat the Devils at home in Kenan Stadium. UNC, 30-20.
Oklahoma (5-3, 31 Big 12) at Nebraska (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) - This game should be an annual thing, but with the Big 12' s evolvment into a super-conference, this game rotates in and out of the schedule. Anyway, the Huskers haven't beaten OU since 2001, and will surely be ready to defend home turf. Nebraska needs a huge win, and I think they get it. Oklahoma has developed a bad habit in 2009 of losing close, and that is hard to shake. Nebraska, 24-20.
Ohio State (7-2, 4-1 Big 10) at Penn State (8-1, 4-1 Big 10) - I haven't given OSU much credit all year, and this week I am hesitant of them again. Penn State has been trouncing people lately, and with a rowdy home crowd behind them, I think they win this one. The Ohio State offense hasn't been consistent, and I think the Lion D is one of the best they will see all year, anyway. Penn State, 23-14.
Florida State (4-4, 2-3 ACC) at Clemson (5-3, 3-2 ACC) - If you are a Tiger fan, you are wondering if finally - finally - this could be the year that you make the ACCCG. FSU has been there and done that, and knows it will be very difficult to make it there this year. But what they could do still, is wreck Clemson's season, and I have a feeling that that would be a welcome thing in Tallahassee after how things have gone this year. However, Clemson will play inspired as they are hungry for that first trip to Tampa. Clemson, 32-28.
Louisville (3-5, 0-3 Big East) at West Virginia (6-2, 2-1 Big East) - With just two road losses, WVU is not having all that bad of a season. They are coming off of a road loss at South Florida, and will get back on track this Saturday against the Cardinals. The Mountaineers are tough to beat at home, and I dont believe Louisville is the kind of team to do it. Louisville has really taken a step backwards in recent years. West Virginia, 31-17.
LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC) at Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) - The Tide have looked beatable finally in recent close games with South Carolina and Tennessee. Now, a very athletic and deep LSU team comes in to Tuscaloosa. LSU is used to the big game, having been in the center of the national scene the last ten years or so. They wont be distracted by the game's high-profile. This, on paper, should be a defensive struggle, but who really knows. I think a little scoring will happen to surprise people, and Bama barely hangs on. Alabama, 26-18.
Kansas (5-3, 1-3 BIg 12 ) at Kansas State (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) - I was afraid this was going to happen to the Jayhawks - they reached some good competition, and their nice season went down the drains. Kansas has lost three in a row after a 5-0 start, and is in desperate need to stop the skid. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are coming off of a 12-point loss to Oklahoma. They are still alive in the Big 12 North race. I will take Kansas State at home here. Kansas State, 41-35.
Virginia (3-5, 2-2 ACC) at Miami (6-2, 3-2 ACC)- The Hurricanes are very much alive still in the ACC Coastal - they just need some help. They also need to take care of business of their own, and that means beating a strange UVA team that is ugly one minute and good looking the next. I think Miami is the better team, and has the better players, and will win this one close. Miami, 30-24.
USC (6-2, 3-2 Pac 10) at Arizona State (4-4, 2-3 Pac 10) - Could it be possible that we see a USC slide? It has been years since USC has lost three games in the Pac 10, but that is possible in 2009. The Sun Devils have been sort of a disappointment to me under Dennis Erickson. A win here would be HUGE for his efforts. I still cant shake picking USC, Southern California, 29-22.
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