Week Ten Predictions
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags: college football
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Well folks, we have made it to week ten, and I am still right in the thick of winning the Pick'em Contest here on Fans25.com. With that said, it could all fall apart in any one disastrous weekend! Once again, there are many, many tough games to pick. South Carolina versus Arkansas jumps out to me as one of the toughest picks of the week. This is a night game in Williams-Brice Stadium, and the Gamecocks have SEC East title on the brain. The crowd should be crowing in Columbia! But Arkansas comes in with a mighty fine team, as their two losses are to two top five teams - and both games were still close in the 4th quarter. This should be a doozy from kickoff to the final whistle, and to see my pick, read below...
Rutgers at South Florida - 7:30 - ESPN2 - The Bulls have lost four straight to the Scarlet Knights, but that will all come to an end. Moise Plancher and BJ Daniels will lead the Bulls to a home victory. This wil be a program boosting win for first year Coach Skip Holtz.South Florida, 28-27.
Georgia Tech at #22 Virginia Tech - 7:30 - ESPN - GT is having an off year while VT is picking up steam. It really hurts for the Hokies that they got off to an 0-2 start, but they are still unbeaten in the ACC and I dont see that changing this week. Lane Stadum is a heck of a hard place to win at night, and I think VT rolls in this one. Virginia Tech, 30-16.
#25 NC State at Clemson - Noon - ESPN3.com - Deep inside, I know CU is struggling and NC State is on a roll. However, with that said, I refuse to pick against Clemson ever again. It may cost me picks over the coming years, but before kickoff of the UNC game I was beside myself for picking the Heels. I just have to cheer for Clemson, and if they lose, I lose with 'em from now on! Hopefully a qb switch can give the Tigers a spark. Clemson, 26-21.
Maryland at Miami - Noon - ESPNU - After the Canes lost on the road last week at Virginia, my doubts have resurfaced about this team. But despite the fact that I know the U is still miles away from it's once glorious spot atop the college football mountain, I still think they are good enough to handle Maryland at home. The 'Canes chances at a conference title took a fatal blow last week. Tough pick here. Miami, 29-21.
Minnesota at #14 Michigan State - Noon - Big 10 Network - MSU can still have a very big year if they stay focused. This is one of those games where if it were at the other folks' home field I would perhaps call for the upset. But at home, with a good team, and a lot on the line, I'm going to stick with the favorites. Michigan State, 28-14.
#21 Baylor at #17 Oklahoma State - 12:30 - It has been a good run for the Bears, but here is where I see it come to an end. The Cowboys can really score as they are 3rd best nationally at 45.3 ppg and they do it through the air, where again they are 3rd nationally at 343 ypg. The Bears are better than normal, but I'm seeing a game like at TCU - a 35-point loss. Oklahoma State, 45-20.
Washington at #1 Oregon - 3:30 - ABC - If an upset were to happen here, it really would be one of the biggest upsets of all-time. The Ducks have that super potent offense (1st in NCAA), while Washington is terrible at moving the ball (93rd in NCAA). College football had dished out some weird, weird stuff over the years, but Oregon losing this game at home would be among the weirdest! Oregon, 45-10.
#3TCU at #5 Utah - 3:30 - CBS Network - Well, I have tossed and turned and turned and tossed over this one. I can see Utah defending home field, yet I can also see TCU finally getting a win in SLC...This is the biggest game n MWC history, and every play will be of major importance. Like I said, not sure if I've ever had this much trouble deciding on a winner! I'm going to go with the Frogs in a thriller! TCU, 36-33.
#6 Alabama at #10 LSU - 3:30 - CBS - This is where we find out if Nick Saban's boys really are worthy to be back in the national title talk. Yes, they must also beat Auburn and win the SEC, but this is the kind of game champions win. Regardless of whether LSU is 4-4 or 8-0, they are always one of the best in the nation at home. The Tide will have to play flawless, but they can do it. Les Miles has had his share of luck and it's time it ran out. Alabama, 28-24.
North Carolina at #24 Florida State - 3:30 - ABC (regional) - FSU now must hope NC State will lose again, or else the ACC Atlantic which they once controlled will have slipped away. In the meantime, they must win themselves, and that is what they will do at home against UNC. The Heels were toasted by Miami, then squeeked by William and Mary. Are they due? Or due for a new coach? FSU, 34-17.
California at Washington State - 4:00 - The fact that WSU is among the worst teams in America in points allowed is why I am picking Cal. I know the Cougars will eventually win another game (and I'm scared to think it might be this one), but when your defense is that bad, it makes it very difficult to pick you! Cal isn't having any kind of record brekaing season, but at 33 ppg, I would think they will score quite a bit on that D. California, 30-13.
#8 OKlahoma at Texas A&M - 7:00 - Kyle Field can be a tough place to play, and the Sooners are known to blow something good every now and again. But I just don't believe that the Aggies are very good, and OU should win this game easily. The Sooners are 5th nationally in passing yards per game at 326. Texas A&M is 6th in the same category at 322. Expect to see some air. Oklahoma, 39-29.
#18 Arkansas at #19 South Carolina - 7:00 - ESPN - I'm not sure how many times this year I have been on the fence with the Gamecocks! Jeez, enough is enough! Enter Arkansas, and the offense led by Ryan Mallett. The Hogs are 2nd in the nation in throwing the rock at 360 ppg. But as impressive as that is, my deciding factor in picking this game is defense, where USC holds the national edge by 20 spots. The Gamecocks give up 19.3 ppg, while Arkansas gives up 22.9. I am using that as my prediction for the score in this game. South Carolina, 23-19.
Oregon State at UCLA - 7:00 - Versus - The only thing throwing me off about this game is where it is being played. The Beavers are the better team - at least record-wise and statistically - and UCLA is on a three game slide. But with college football being so hard to predict and home-field advnatge being so important, this one is tricky. I am going to go with OSU as the numbers usually tell the truth. Oregon State, 35-27.
#15 Arizona at #13 Stanford - 8:00 - ABC (half the nation) - In this game, I think the Cardinal get to show the nation (or at least half of it!) that they are a dang good squad under Jim Harbaugh's hard-nosed style of play. Their lone loss on the year is at Oregon, and if Stanford can win out, a major bowl and perhaps top 5 finish await. Stanford, 36-24.
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