Week Ten Predictions
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Predictions this week will be short and sweet as I spent last night helping my toddler niece, a zebra this Halloween, trick-or-treat. I promise you will never see a more adorable zebra in your life (pictures of the zebra, and her uncle, down below)! I am at 82% on the year, tied with Samurai328 for the Pick'em Contest lead!
Here are my predictions for the games of week ten...
USC (5-3) at Oregon State (6-2) - 9:00 - ESPN2 - The Trojans are playing better football since the departure of Lane Kiffin, but I still feel Oregon State is the stronger team here - and at home - so I am going with the Beavers. USC has a tough defense, but I think Mannion and Cooks light 'em up. Oregon State, 36-24.
#4 Ohio State (8-0) at Purdue (1-6) - noon - Big Ten Network - The Boilermakers are doing conference-mate OSU no favors as far as strength of schedule with their 1-6 record entering this one. Good grief. You have to think the Buckeyes go on the road and get the win here. Ohio State, 37-17.
#24 Wisconsin (5-2) at Iowa (5-3) - noon - ABC - Looking at the Badgers' losses, one was a screw job by the Pac-12 officials out at Arizona State, and the other was close on the road at Ohio State. As for Iowa, they have lost two in a row after winning four straight. As much as I know this will be a hard-fought game in front of a packed house, I don't trust Iowa enough yet to pick the home win. Wisconsin, 22-16.
Mississippi State (4-3) at #14 South Carolina (6-2) - 12:21 - ESPN3 - This may be a beat down in the Willy Brice. The Gamecocks have had a tough enough schedule, but finally get a cupcake at home. MSU has some decent players, but USC is much stronger. As long as they show up awake, the Gamecocks cruise. South Carolina, 38-13.
North Carolina (2-5) at NC State (3-4) - 12:30 - ESPN3 - I am almost embarrassed for the two teams here as they come in with a combined 5-9 record. These two programs have great fans, lots of money and fertile recruiting grounds around them. Why they cannot win at football is a long time mystery to me. In this one, I will go with UNC as I think they are the lesser of two evils. North Carolina, 26-22.
#8 Clemson (7-1) at Virginia (2-6) - 3:30 - ESPN - Everyone just loves to say "pull a Clemson," whatever that means. Well, if Clemson were to "pull a Clemson" and lose this week to a pasty, it would be a phrase I would accept for life. UVA is just awful, and no matter the fact that anything can happen in college football, the Tigers better win this one by 30. Clemson, 40-10.
Georgia (4-3) vs Florida (4-3) - 3:30 - CBS - It seems so odd to type this capsule and see neither the Dawgs nor the Gators with a ranking beside their name. None-the-less, they will meet in Jacksonville Saturday and all rankings would be out the window, anyway, come kickoff. Georgia is injured and beat up, while UF has no offense but a strong defense. Jeez, this is a tough one to pick. Todd Gurley returns at RB for Georgia, so gimme the Dawgs. Georgia, 24-21.
#21 Michigan (6-1) at #22 Michigan State (7-1) - 3:30 - ABC regional - The Spartans pick up a big home win here as their defense carries the day against rival UM. The Wolverines have been up and down all year despite having just one loss. Michigan State, 20-17.
Navy (4-3) at #25 Notre Dame (6-2) - 3:30 - NBC - Gotta go with the Irish to win this one at home. If ND is going to start climbing the rankings for bowl season, they better start now. Notre Dame, 37-10.
Northwestern (4-4) at Nebraska (5-2) - 3:30 - Big Ten Network - With rumors flying like mad about the current status of Husker coach Bo Pelini, I would expect there to be a tense vibe in the stadium this Saturday in Lincoln. Will the Nebraska players rally around their coach? Or do they see coming what we all see? Northwestern has lost four straight, and I am going to pick the upset here for them to snap out of it. Northwestern, 27-24.
#11 Auburn (7-1) at Arkansas (3-5) - 6:00 - ESPN2 - Bret Bielema could really use a big win here at home to get his Razorbacks somewhat on track in year one. But I think Gus Malzahn - also in year one - looks like the better bargain right now. Auburn, 34-24.
#18 Oklahoma State (6-1) at #15 Texas Tech (7-1) - 7:00 - FOX - The 'Canes and 'Noles get prime-time, but this might be the game of the day right here! Can the Red Raiders bounce back after suffering their first loss of the year last week at Oklahoma? I think they can, or so I am picking for that at least, anyway. Texas Tech, 35-32.
Tennessee (4-4) at #9 Missouri (7-1) - 7:00 - ESPN - Mizzou had their dream season ruined last week when they couldn't close the deal on a 17-0 fourth quarter lead against South Carolina. A devastating blow it was, but I see them bouncing back to beat a UT team that got humbled at Alabama. Missouri, 35-23.
#7 Miami (7-0) at #3 Florida State (7-0) - 8:00 - ABC - The Seminoles have shown me much more than Miami to this point, and they will have 80,00 fans on their side Saturday night in Tallahassee. Seminole QB Jameis Winston is one of my favorites of all-time (already) with a microphone in front of him. Florida State, 40-21.
* All rankings BCS, all times EST
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