Week Seven Predictions
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After starting the year by going 14-1 twice and losing just eight games of the first 60, I have had a couple of rough weekends as of late, losing seven games last week, and six games the week before that. But I am still determined to win our Pick'em Contest this year! I just have a few people to catch and pass now...Once again, the games this week are tough. Can I get back to my dominating ways of the first two weekends? Or will I fall closer towards the middle of the pack? We cannot know until Saturday has come and gone, but here are my picks for week seven!
(All times Eastern, all rankings AP)
South Florida at West Virginia - 7:30 - ESPN - Football is back this evening as the Bulls travel to what is probably starting to be a cool West Virginia - especially at night. I don't know if the temperature will really be a factor tonite, but I do know that Noel Devine will be. He has 475 yards and four touchdowns so far this season. West Virginia, 32-14.
North Carolina State at East Carolina - 12:00 - no TV - Talk about one of those games that is just set up perfectly for the ACC to look like morons once again! Wolfpack, listen, you have to demolish this team. VT and UNC handled them no problemo, but will the third time be the charm for ECU? I'm taking NCSU, but this game is one of those no-win situations really for the 'Pack. North Carolina State, 28-20.
Maryland at Clemson - 12:00 - ESPN3.com - Maryland has beaten the Tigers two years in a row now. Yep, lowly Maryland. Two years. Not sticking my chest out over that one. But things will be different in 2010. People are starting to get on Dabo's case, but I am far from one of them. This team is close, but close isn't good enough. Dabo knows this better than anyone, and expect a very enthused Tiger squad Saturday at home. Clemson, 30-17.
Vanderbilt at Georgia - 12:00 - ESPN3.com - The Dawgs are fresh over a much needed morale booster against Tennessee, and now get Vandy at home. This is perfect timing. UGA can blast the Commodores, and have a two-game winning streak all of the sudden. Although Vandy has done some surprising things in recent years, I expect this one to get ugly. Georgia, 41-10.
#12 Arkansas at #7 Auburn - 3:30 - CBS - I had to come back to this game when writing this article....Once again, I am faced with a tough pick concerning Auburn. This is the fourth time this year I have had to take my brain into overtime when picking the game of thou War Eagle. I will stick to my guns, and my theory that the Tigers at home are a tough, tough squad to defeat. They have been involved in four close games this season (two home, two away), and have won them all. Auburn, 33-26.
#15 Iowa at Michigan - 3:30 - ABC/ESPN (regional) - The Big House welcomes in yet another big game as the Hawkeyes roll in. Again, a tough game to pick because both programs really, really need this win. Iowa wants to be back in the national picture, while Rich Rod's UM squad cannot afford to slip further away from the top 25. Home-field means a lot, but I just think Iowa is better. However, the whole Denard Robinson factor is making this a very difficult pick. Iowa, 30-28.
California at USC - 3:30 - no TV - I'm betting that the vibe around USC football has been better! Still, even with Cal's win last week over UCLA, I see the Trojans getting back to their winning ways this week. The Bears have given up 10 points or less in four of five games - but gave up 52 to Nevada! USC will do some scoring on them, and this game will be close, but in toss-up games I pick the home team. USC, 28-26.
#20 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech - 3:30 - no TV - OSU has cored 265 points through five games. Thats is an average of over 50 points per game, and say what you want about the opponents - that aint bad! TTU likes to shoot it out, as well, thoguh not as much under Tommy Tuberville as under Mike Leach. In a game that will probably be offensively-based, I will go with the Cowboys. Oklahoma State, 40-30.
Texas at #5 Nebraska - 3:30 - ABC/ESPN (regional) - Even though this game involves a team that just exited the top 25 for the first time in over a decade, I feel pretty safe in picking Nebraska. This game has been circled on the 'Huskers calender since the final second ticked away in that controversial Big 12 Title Game ten months ago. And while the game isn't played in the stands, Nebraksa's fans will put on quite a show to welcome UT to Lincoln. Nebraska, 29-21.
South Carolina at Kentucky - 6:00 - ESPN2 - Oh my dear feathered friends, be careful this week. Spurrier has publicly said that he considers this to now be the biggest game in school history, as it will show if his team has the focus to be an SEC contender. The Cocks were at an all-time high last week, and it would be tough for any team to come back down to Earth that fast. I'm going with my rival, but I'm worried for them. UK isn't all that bad. South Carolina, 30-24.
Mississippi State at #22 Florida - 7:00 - ESPNU - Once again, LSU and their traveling magic show figured out a way to win last week. The victim was Florida this time. Two losses: Bama, and LSU. Well, even though Dan Mullen has really impressed me in putting life into MSU, I see Florida winning this one. The Gators have lost twice, but looked mighty, mighty fine against Kentucky - and I see this squad as similar to Kentucky. Florida, 34-24.
#1 Ohio State at #18 Wisconsin - 7:00 - ESPN - Here it is my upset special of the week. Not. Even though the crowd will come out absolutely on fire, and Wisconsin will take an early lead and all of that crazy stuff. I think the Buckeyes will be out to prove why they are deserving of the top ranking in the land. It is extremly tempting to take the Badgers in this one, but something tells me OSU will do what it takes to win. Ohio State, 31-27.
#17 Arizona at Washington State - 7:30 - Versus - One would have to think that Arizona - with their fancy top 25 ranking and all - would be able to go up to Washington and take care of the Cougars. Right? Yeah, I think so. I really want to see WSU win each week, but in this game I will go with the Wildcats. Lots of cat action in this one. Arizona, 33-21.
Mississippi at #9 Alabama - 9:00 - ESPN2 - I could keep this capsule real, real short by just saying Bama is going to blast the ever-lasting dog mess out of the Rebels. I'm glad that I didn't have to be a part of Nick Saban's practices this past week! Meanwhile, Mississippi is a mess. Bama knows that if they win out - in the strange world of college football - they could find themselves back in the NC picture. Alabama, 39-7.
#24 Oregon State at Washington - 10:15 - ESPN - The Pac 10 - where upsets can happen at any time, any week - sees another game where that potential exists. But Oregon State won't let it happen. Led by quarterback Ryan Katz' 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns, I see the Beavers grabbing the W and moving a bit higher up the top 25. Oregon State, 36-24.
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