Week Five Predictions
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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There aren't any national rock-the-world type of Top 5 matchups this weekend, but there are still several good games. UCLA and Oklahoma State picked up nice wins last night, and this weekend Georgia-Tennessee and Florida State-NC State are just two of many exciting games. Sometimes the low key weekends end up being the best ones!
Here are my picks for the games of week five....
Texas Tech (2-1) at #24 Oklahoma State (2-1) - 7:30 - ESPN - The Cowboys gave FSU all they wanted to open the year, and after two wins, they now get TTU at home. My prediction in this one is that OSU opens up a can and pulls away decisively in the second half. We all know that the Cowboy offense is among the nation's best year and and year out, and it is only a matter of time until they get it rolling once again. Expect a good game early, but Oklahoma State will win this one. Oklahoma State, 40-24. (RIGHT, 45-34 OSU)
#11 UCLA (3-0) at #15 Arizona State (3-0) - 10:00 - FOX Sports 1 - The Bruins have a legit shot at the first annual playoff, but they face a stiff challenge toinght as they look to keep the dream alive. With QB Brett Hundley unsure of his health after an arm injury a few weeks back, UCLA enters hostile territory to take on a nationally ranked Sun Devil program looking to make its own run at the CFP. I am big on UCLA this year, but they have had two close calls already (UVA and Texas) and I think they run out of luck tonight. The home guys take it and move up the polls. Arizona State, 30-23. (WRONG, 62-27, UCLA...I need to stick with my guns on the Bruins, who I have #7 in my poll).
Tennessee (2-1) at #12 Georgia (2-1) - 12:00 - ESPN - There are several tough games to pick this week, but I actually feel ok with this one. I think Georgia gets a game here against a good name opponent that they can beat well at home. Tennessee - I will keep saying it - is getting better under Butch Jones. But just like their game at Oklahoma, I just don't think they are ready yet to win a game like this one. Georgia, 36-21.
#1 Florida State (3-0) at NC State (4-0) - 3:30 - ABC regional - Can it happen again? Can NC State once again take down a Top 5 FSU team just as they have a few times before at Carter-Findley Stadium? The Wolfpack are 4-0 so far in 2014 and cannot wait to get their hands on the Seminoles. But they better be careful what they ask for. FSU has been getting raked over the coals lately for numerous things and their backs are against the wall. Don't be surprised if this is a breakout game for the 'Noles. Florida State, 40-17.
#16 Stanford (2-1) at Washington (4-0) - 4:15 - FOX - Seeing as how I need to make up some ground in the Pick'em Contest, I am going to start going out on some limbs. In this one, here is my upset special of the week. I am going to go with the home Huskies to prove the Vegas guys wrong (5-8 point underdogs). Washington has a lot of good things going on and in their fancy, recently upgraded water-side stadium I am picking them to pick up some steam. Washington, 27-21.
Missouri (3-1) at #13 South Carolina (3-1) - 7:00 - ESPN - I haven't watched a ton of Mizzou football this season, but I have watched the Gamecocks a few times and I know they are tough at home. Yea, they got smoked in week 1, but I think A&M might be legit. It is really tough to pick against Steve Spurrier at home, so therefore I am going to go with the Gamecocks to move on in the SEC East with a win. A lot is on the line for USC, and I expect a big home performance to answer the challenge. South Carolina, 33-24.
Duke (4-0) at Miami (2-2) - 7:30 - ESPN2 - Gotta go Duke here. Better coached, that's for damned sure. I just can't get over Al Golden at Miami. This school has as much tradition as most any school, yet they have fallen into the abyss thanks to NCAA infractions (gone now) and coaches like Golden who are just not very good. Rant over....Meanwhile, David Cutcliffe has done more with less at Duke than maybe any coach in America. The Devils are solid. Duke, 35-21.
Washington State (1-3) at Utah (3-0) - 8:00 - Pac-12 Network - Gonna go Utes here. How they have not cracked the Top 25 of the national polls yet is beyond me, but so it is. WSU has disappointed me so far under Mike Leach, but eventually I think he will do some good things out there. In this case, though, the Cougars will have to wait as Utah is a pretty darned good team. I will be keeping an eye on this game as I am into the whole Leach story, but am also on the Ute bandwagon so far in 2014. Utah, 36-20.
Oregon State (3-0) at #18 USC (2-1)- 10:30 - ESPN - This is a pretty tough game to pick. Southern Cal is an 8-13 point favorite, but I just get this feeling they have their work cut out for them. The Beavers haven't set the world on fire in their three wins (Portland State, Hawaii and San Diego State and no blowouts), but they will be fired up for the Trojans. USC, meanwhile, will also be fored up. They lost last time out (at Boston College) and will be looking to turn things around. I think OSU hangs in there before USC pulls away. USC, 27-14.
North Carolina (2-1) at Clemson (1-2) - 7:00 - ESPNU - Both schools are coming off of bad losses, albeit in very different ways. UNC gave up 70 points to East Carolina, while Clemson lost a gut-wrenching OT game at #1 Florida State. Whoever is ready to move on and bounce back will get the win here, and I believe it is Clemson. Dabo is huge on positive thinking, and on top of that the Tigers have a spark in the play of freshman quarterback DeShaun Watson. Look for an inspired performance from the home team. Clemson, 42-24.
* All rankings AP, all times EST
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