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  • The Magnificent Seven (for now)

       October 22, 2004

    Posting some sports predictions was so much fun (but not very accurate) last week, so I'm doing it again today. Also, be forewarned that next weekend is the Breeders Cup, so I will be posting my picks Thursday or Friday. For this weekend, however, the focus is still college football.

    Seven undefeated teams are left. Who will lose...tomorrow!

    Washington at #1 USC: I'm just not that impressed with USC, but they keep winning, so clearly I know nothing. I think USC will get tagged for a loss somewhere down the line, but not by Washington. The pick: USC.

    Kansas at #2 Oklahoma: I'd actually give the old 70s band "Kansas" a better chance of beating Oklahoma than this team. The pick: Oklahoma.

    Kentucky at #3 Auburn: I like Auburn a lot. They showed a lot of heart to finish up the way they did last year. But, I think their schedule makes them one of the more unlikely teams to finish undefeated. Still, I don't think they lose to Kentucky at home. The pick: Auburn.

    #4 Miami at NC State: Miami showed a lot of determination in beating Louisville last week. And, they've had a long week to recover from that game. However, I think they will be emotionally drained and not quite ready for another battle. The are ripe for an upset. The pick: NC State.

    Northwestern at #6 Wisconsin: This game scares me. We seem to always find a way to lose to Northwestern. In a way, I'm glad that Erasmus James is out this week. Without him, the team will have to focus more and won't look past Northwestern the way they otherwise would. The weather for tomorrow is "iffy" and I could just see us having one of those 8 turnover games to ruin the season. But, these Badgers are getting the breaks this year (and they're making their own breaks). It's time to have some faith. The pick: Wisconsin.

    UNLV at #9 Utah: I can't tell you how much I want UNLV to win this game. It'd be hilarious for a team that Wisconsin beat to ruin Utah's perfect season. Unfortunately, as you grow older one of the lessons you learn is that things don't happen just because you want them to. The pick: Utah.

    Fresno State at #19 Boise State: Boise State was life and death to beat Tulsa last week. Fresno State is much better than Tulsa. The pick: Fresno State.

    Bonus Pick: #13 Michigan at #12 Purdue: Good lord, do I want Purdue to win this game. I doubt Wisconsin will go undefeated, so, we really need Michigan to get a loss in the Big Ten to strengthen our Rose Bowl hopes and dreams. This is probably the Wolverines' toughest test of the season. Unfortunately, I think Purdue is probably spent from the Wisconsin game. And, for all the hype, I have to say that, Kyle Orton is no Drew Brees. The pick: Michigan.

    So there you have it. My fearless prediction is that after Saturday we'll be down to just five undefeated teams. And one of them will be from Wisconsin. Woohoo!


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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Steve at October 22, 2004 01:12 PM

    Ain't no way in hell Fresno St. is going to beat Boise St. on the blue turf.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at October 22, 2004 01:33 PM

    "I'm just not that impressed with USC, but they keep winning, so clearly I know nothing. I think USC will get tagged for a loss somewhere down the line, but not by Washington."

    If not by Washington, who? NO-ONE. USC's first loss MIGHT be at the, wait, which bowl is the BCS title match this year--that one.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at October 22, 2004 01:52 PM

    Rusty,

    I guess I was thinking they could lose to:

    1. Oregon State because OSU has had a heartbreaking season and they'd be up for one game that would make it.

    2. Notre Dame-just because

    3. UCLA

    All of these undefeated teams are *supposed* to win all of their remaining games, but odds are that they won't. Upsets happen, hopefully just not to UW ;-)

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: krengle at October 22, 2004 02:56 PM

    youre right kris. washington is having a horrible year and has no chance of beating the trojans.

    but i was right about ohio state. three in a row for them.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: rachel at October 22, 2004 06:08 PM

    I have nothing to say about football but I do love the title of this blog. :)

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: jason at October 23, 2004 11:23 AM

    I'm a student at Miami University and went to our game at Michigan this season. It was close, until our quarterback remembered he was not Roethlisberger and our linemen remembered that most of the Michigan guys were a head taller. I've only seen Purdue highlights but boy do they look good! As an Ohio State fan I'm never a big Michigan believer; and though I'm a bit irked at the Badgers for thumping the Buckeyes (GOSH WE SUCK), I like their chances this year.

     
     

     

     


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