Week Eight Predictions
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Once again, we have college football tonight! The Oregon Ducks will put their #2 ranking on the line when unpredictable UCLA comes into town....I am still in the mix for the Pick'em Contest title, but I need a big week. I have lost a bunch of games the past few weeks, and need to get back to my dominating ways of the first few weeks if I am going to be a factor. Again this week there are many games that are very tough to pick. Can Nebraska bounce back? Can LSU keep winning in odd fashion? Can Oklahoma survive as the nation's top team? Can Iowa jump back into the national picture? We will soon find out - here are my picks for week eight!
(all times Eastern, all rankings AP)
UCLA at #2 Oregon - 9:00 - ESPN - With the nation watching, Oregon will look to show why they have risen to number two in the AP poll (and number one in my poll). The Duck offense will have center stage to show off what everyone has been talking about. I think UCLA will play surprisingly close, but Oregon can score in bunches and that will happen tonight. Oregon, 40-17.
Penn State at Minnesota - 12:00 - ESPNU - Ah, the ole Big Ten nooner on ESPN. These games are very tough to pick because they usually feature a couple of teams who have lost games and are unpredictable. PSU is 108th in the country in points for (they can't score). But are 21st in points against (good defense). I'm going with the Lions as they manage a bit of offense against UM. Penn State, 24-19.
#6 LSU at #4 Auburn - 3:30 - CBS - All season I have stuck with Auburn and their home-field advantage, and it has gotten me three wins in the Pick'em Contest. So to stop now would be ludicrous. This game will be another instant classic as games between these two usually are. But I think between Cam Newton and the Jordan-Hare advantage, Auburn wins again. Auburn, 30-24.
#16 Nebraska at #14 Oklahoma State - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - I was as surprised as anyone that Nebraska lost a week ago. Now though, I am afraid they may be in for loss number two. Oklahoma State can really score, and the 'Husker defense will really be tested. If OSU can score just a little bit, I'm afraid the Nebraska offense won't be able to answer. Oklahoma State, 31-21.
Georgia Tech at Clemson - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - I have picked against Clemson twice this year (Auburn and UNC, both away), and both times I was correct. This week, in limbo, I will pick in the Tigers' favor. This game - despite the records - is an annual rivalry that is as almost as anticipated each year as South Carolina or Georgia. In a close one, I'm going with the home team. Clemson, 27-23.
#13 Wisconsin at #15 Iowa - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - A week ago I knew I should have picked Wisconsin, and sure enough, I should have. This week, though, I think the Badgers slip. Iowa is lucky to have an outstanding home-field advantage, and it will be rocking this week for Wisconsin! Just like how number one was defeated two weeks in a row, this week will see the team that did it lose for the second week in a row. Iowa, 28-20.
Arizona State at Cal - 3:30 - no TV - Both teams come into this game at 3-3, 1-2 in the Pac Ten. This is truly a toss-up in my brain. Cal lost close at Arizona, but ASU lost close at Wisconsin. Neither have a great win, although ASU played Oregon a decent game and Cal whipped UCLA. Wow, this is a tough call, but I will go with the Bears in their home stadium. California, 32-27.
Washington State at #12 Stanford - 5:00 - no TV - The Cardinal probably aren't going to win the Pac Ten, but they can still make a very nice bowl if they win out. The Cougars come into town as clearly the inferior squad. It is vital not to slip in a game such as this one when you are trying to make a major bowl. Harbaugh won't let it happen. Stanford, 41-20.
#21 South Carolina at Vanderbilt - 7:00 - ESPN3.com - Last week UGA beat Vanderbilt, 43-0. That has little to do with this game except to show South Carolina they better freakin' win. The SEC East title is still a very real possibilty, but not if you lose to Vanderbilt. Marcus Lattimore is doubtful for the game, but USC still wins. South Carolina, 31-17.
#8 Alabama at Tennessee - 7:00 - ESPN2 - As ready for this game as the Vol Nation will be, and as talented as some of the UT athletes are, I still have to think Nick Saban and company will get the jobe done on the road here. This is a major rivalry, and Neyland Stadium will be very loud Saturday night. But still, I have to pick Alabama and their leadership and running game. Alabama, 32-21.
North Carolina at Miami - 7:30 - ESPN2 - Miami has been up and down all season, so who knows what will show up for them this week. As for UNC, it's tough to tell from week to week who they even have available to play. I'm not very confident in the Hurricanes, but I'm not in UNC, either. So I will take the team not traveling so far. Miami, 30-20.
Georgia at Kentucky - 7:30 - ESPN3.com - Coming off of a big win over South Carolina, I feel like Kentucky may have found some confidence. They looked good against Auburn, and then defeated the Gamecocks. Georgia also has righted the ship just a little bit, but I think Kentucky at home at night will be up for this game. Kentucky, 36-29.
#1 Oklahoma at #11 Missouri - 8:00 - ABC - It is quite tempting to pick the number one team to lose for the third straight week, but I think Oklahoma isn't going to let that happen. Of course Mizzou will be pumped out of their minds for this game, but when I look at who Mizzou has played up to this point, no wonder they are 6-0! Oklahoma, 38-32.
Air Force at #5 TCU - 8:00 - no TV - The Horned Frogs will win this game decisively. Like other TCU wins I have seen here and there, I excpect them to have a big second half and win going away late. Air Force is a tricky opponent, but I feel TCU handles the Falcons by the time the dust clears. TCU, 40-24.
Washington at #18 Arizona - 10:15 - ESPN - You have to pick the Wildcats here, right? That is one of those things that is laughable. The Pac Ten is the home of the upset, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Washington was the latest to have some fun. But my gut says to stick with Arizona in this one. Arizona, 30-20.
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