Week Five Predictions
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As we move into the middle part of the season and the games of week five, I have positioned myself well in the Pick'em Contest. With a record of 38-7 (82%) through four weeks, I find myself up there with the top pickers! Could this finally be the year? We will find out soon enough.
Here are my predictions for the games of week five:
#12 South Carolina (2-1) at Central Florida (3-0) - 12:00 - ABC - The Gamecocks find themselves in an awkward little situation here, playing a small-name team with big-time players. Yes, the guys passed over by the Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes often end up playing their college football at UCF, and this year it appears to be a pretty strong group in Orlando. Still though, USC has more talent, and I expect the Gamecocks to win close. This will be a very interesting game to watch. South Carolina, 30-24.
#11 Oklahoma State (3-0) at West Virginia (2-2) - 12:00 - ESPN - The college football world is strangely odd. When I first glanced at this game, the word "upset" sprung to mind. WVU is awful on offense, and Oklahoma State is notorious for lighting up scoreboards. On paper, there is no way that the Mountaineers can do this. But just when you let your guard down, an upset happens....Using common sense (and that I'm too much of a coward to pick it), I will stay away from the crazy pick, but something feels funny here. Oklahoma State, 36-27.
#6 LSU (4-0) at #9 Georgia (2-1) - 3:30 - CBS - Here is the dandy of the day with the Dawgs hosting the Bayou Bengals in Athens. Sanford Stadium will be rocking for a top ten matchup, an old-fashioned college football game in the South between two passionate programs. Both teams are still firmly in the national title hunt, so the stakes are huge. At quarterback, UGA's Aaron Murray will duel with LSU's Zach Mettenberger, a player who has come alive under new OC Cam Cameron. Still, even with the LSU boost in offensive production, I think the Dawgs have the edge in point-scoring. On defense, LSU would most-likely have the edge. Without saying, this is an extremely tough pick, but I think a rowdy crowd wills Georgia to a big-time win. Georgia, 30-26.
#14 Oklahoma (3-0) at Notre Dame (3-1) - 3:30 - NBC - I see these two teams as pretty even, so in a high-spirited display of lunatic leprechauns, I will pick the home guys. Emotion is a huge part of college football, and I think the energy level in Notre Dame Stadium is going to be crazy Saturday. The Irish will need senior QB Tommy Rees to keep the field position. In their only loss at Michigan, Rees threw two INTs. In the three wins, he has zero picks...Oklahoma is 3-0, but looking at their three wins, none are eye-catching. Notre Dame, 26-21.
Iowa (3-1) at Minnesota (4-0) - 3:30 - ABC - Don't look now, but the Golden Gophers are unbeaten and receiving votes (ok, one vote). Not to be a downplayer of an unbeaten record, but Minnesota has played nobody in this starting run. At 3-1, the Hawkeyes may not be back to their Orange Bowl days of a few years ago, but they aren't that bad, it appears, either. After an opening loss to Northern Illinois, Iowa has won three straight games, including a 56-point win over Western Michigan. I'm not sure if I have ever picked Minnesota in a win, or that I will ever be able to again, so...Minnesota, 32-30.
#8 Florida State (3-0) at Boston College (2-1) - 3:30 - ABC - We have yet to really see FSU get a stiff test, and I don't think the Eagles will be the first. BC is decent, but they have struggles on offense. They will play the 'Noles close for a little while and have folks in Tallahassee sweating a road loss. But as the game goes on I think Florida State has too many weapons and athletes and will score enough to pull away. Florida State, 36-20.
Wake Forest (2-2) at #3 Clemson (3-0) - 3:30 - ESPNU - WFU is not good this year. At all. Should they beat Clemson this weekend it would be an upset of epic proportion and would shake the ground in the Carolinas...But it isn't going to happen. The main thing for CU in this game is to cover the spread for some national love and to get out un-injured...Look for some big-early stats from quarterback Tajh Boyd, and then the backups come in right after halftime. Clemson, 52-13.
#21 Ole Miss (3-0) at #1 Alabama (3-0) - 6:30 - ESPN - As I wrote in the Fans25 forum, Ole Miss may be just young enough, and just naive enough, to not realize what they are getting into in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Maybe that will be the factor they need to put up a good fight against the known leaders of the free college football world. I think the Rebels play Bama a good game, losing on a few big plays in the second half as the Tide running game behind TJ Yeldon pulls away. Alabama, 39-21.
#10 Texas A&M (3-1) at Arkansas (3-1) - 7:00 - ESPN2 - Can you mention the Aggies without mentioning Johnny Manziel? Apparently not, because I just did it again. The confident (and cocky) sophomore quarterback has accounted for 16 TDs and nearly 1,500 yards so far this season. Meanwhile, Arkansas also is playing a sophomore quarterback, Brandon Allen, who has about a sixth of the playing experience of Manziel. UA is playing in their first season with Bret Bielema as the head man. He is a respected coach and I truly believe he will do a great job for the razorbacks. But he hasn't had time to make the difference he ultimately will, so for now, I think A&M is stronger. The seen for this game will be great, with 72,000 fans packed in to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. However, the visitors leave with a win. Texas A&M, 38-27.
Arizona (3-0) at #16 Washington (3-0) - 7:00 - FOX - The Huskies seem to be one of the teams on a roll in 2013, so who am I to stand in their way with an upset pick? Not gonna happen. I think UW keeps it going with a nice win in their remodeled, picturesque Husky Stadium (capacity 70,138). Arizona is having success under third-year Coach Rich Rodriguez, but there is a reason you don't hear much about them yet - they are lacking a big, national, news-making win. Here is a chance, but I see the home guys prevailing. Washington, 33-24.
#23 Wisconsin (3-1) at #4 Ohio State (4-0) - 8:00 - The Buckeyes have yet to really be tested (no, a trip to Cal doesn't count) and so Wisconsin offers the first real challenge for OSU in 2013. A real QB controversy is brewing in Columbus as Braxton Miller is back from injury, but Kenny Guiton's solid play in Miller's abscence is tough to ignore. The Badgers will be looking to get their B1G Ten season off to a 2-0 start with a win at the Horseshoe, but I like Urban Meyer's team, regardless of who is at QB. Ohio State, 33-28.
#5 Stanford (3-0) at Washington State (3-1) - 10:00 - ESPN - WSU is no world-beater yet under Mike Leach, but the Cougars have a decent team in 2013 and an upset here is not that far out of the question. Stanford is in all of the national title talks rght now, but to be honest, I haven't seen enough to really know. They beat Arizona State pretty well, but this road trip will tell a bigger story in my opinion. This is a very tough pick. Stanford, 30-28.
Cal (1-2) at #2 Oregon (3-0) - 10:30 - Pac-12 Network - This should be a blood bath. There isn't a team in the country I love to give a hard time to more than Cal. The Bears have all of the resources to be good, but they never are. The Ducks, meanwhile, are quacking at an incredibly loud rate so far in 2013, and I look for Oregon to score early and score often and win this one going away. Oregon, 49-10.
USC (3-1) at Arizona State (2-1) - 10:30 - ESPN2 - If you are a USC fan looking for Lane to leave, this game could help. I honestly believe that ASU is the better team here and that they will be looking for a win over a big name with home-field advantage to help 'em out. With the name "USC" it is is hard not to pick them at times. But like I said, ASU is at home and is better, so I see a win here for the Sun Devils and more hate-mail for Coach Kiffin. Arizona State, 36-17.
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