College Football Picks-Week 10
I can hardly believe it's already week 10. Why, it seems like just yesterday that some pundits were predicting an undefeated season for Purdue or that Louisville would be this year's BCS buster. Shows what they know. Hopefully, this week will show what I know. There are some difficult and intriguing games, so here we go:
#19 Boston College at North Carolina: BC is one of those schools it's easy to hate. John Kerry went to law school there. Their hockey fans are the most obnoxious in the nation. And, worst of all, they didn't send me an application packet full of beautiful pictures of campus. Because of that, I'm all about BU, not BC. All that said, their football team has been all hype and little performance this year. Why are they still in the top 20? North Carolina, on the other hand, seems like a tough and gritty team. They put up a battle for a half against Miami last week. Boston College ain't no Miami. The pick; North Carolina.
Tennessee at #8 Notre Dame: For the last few weeks, Notre Dame has been locked in a battle with Ohio State for the title of the nation's best two-loss team. Personally, I'd give the title to Notre Dame. People have bitched about how Charlie Weis got a contract extension and Ty Willingham got shown the door, but these same folks having been raving about the job Weis has done since week 1.The guy has turned the program around. Tennessee, on the other hand, appears to be going in the other direction. Can you believe they are 3-4? The pick: Notre Dame.
#14 Wisconsin at #10 Penn State: It's the battle for the Orange or Fiesta Bowl! The winner of this game will control their own Big Ten destiny. Will the Badgers win one more conference title for Barry? Or, will the Nittany Lions prove that their hearts are as strong as Joe Paterno's eyeglass prescription? Will I'm quite sure that our brave and bold Bucky Badger can beat the crap out of Penn State's mangy mascot, I'm not so sure about the actual football teams. With Wisconsin's porous defense, I wouldn't be surprised to see Michael Robinson run for 200 yards and pass for another 300. On the other hand, Brian Calhoun or Jonathan Orr could score 4 TDs. In the battle of offense vs. defense, it's smart to remember that defense doesn't always win. The pick: Wisconsin.
#23 California at #15 Oregon: I think Cal is way overrated and I have a soft spot for the Ducks. But, they're playing this game without their QB, Kellen Clemens. Even at home, that'll be enough for California to spring a minor upset. The pick: California.
#5 Miami at #3 Virginia Tech: Earlier in the year, I was convinced that Virginia Tech was really one of the two best teams in the nation. Even though they've kept winning I've soured on them a little bit. I just have a feeling, not a logical reason, that they won't end the season undefeated. This is obviously their biggest test. Miami hasn't had much success in Blacksburg, but if you're the number five team in the country, you should be able to play (and win) a tough road game. My hope is that a player like Marcus Vick starts believing his own hype and that Virginia Tech won't be prepared to work for a hard win. The pick: Miami.
The only pick I feel good about is Notre Dame. These other games are just scary. Of course, I'll be happy to go 1-4 with these picks as long as Wisconsin is my one win ;-)
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|# November 4th, 2005 11:10 AM jagorham|
|The Tennessee - Notre Dame game is an easy one to pick. The Vols are in a spiral (bad enough they started #3 in the country, and now not even a blip in the radar screen or in the "other receiving votes" category), losing three straight (a first for Fat Fink Phil). Throw in the turmoil of the offensive coordinator's resignation/firing/throwing-upon-the-pikes and the always-troublesome problem of trying to keep two starting quarterbacks happy (especially while trying to recruit the younger brother of one of them) and it's a recipe for disaster against a tough Notre Dame team in South Bend.
(BTW - Tennessee's last three games are against Memphis, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt. They have to beat all three to be bowl-elligible, and they should win easily. Lose to any of those three, and it'll be good-bye for Phil Fulmer.)
UNC is a tough team to figure out. They've not played that well, but have played "well enough," if that makes sense. OTOH, from what I've seen of BC, they're tough at home, semi-tough on the road. Given that it's in NC, I'd also go with the 'Heels.
Virginia Tech is tough, might be too tough for Miami. However, the 'Canes are feeling miffed because Tech seems to be looking past them. That might lead to an upset (which I'd like for 'Bama's sake), but if I had to put money on it, I'd go with the Hokies.
The other games are pick'ems for me - can't say yay or nay.
|# November 4th, 2005 1:09 PM james|
|NC by 3
ND by 17
PSU by 14 (i'm really tempted to pick psu by more like 28)
OR by 3
VT by 10
|# November 4th, 2005 7:17 PM Daddy|
|Several weeks ago, a wise man....a VERY wise man....intelligent, charming,....very sexy, in fact....made the prediciton that the Penn State-Wisconsin game would determine the Big 10 title.
So, from the man who brought you that bit of clairvoyance, here's another: Penn State.
Oh, and Bucky Badger wouldn't stand a chance against the Lion. I've scraped a few of Bucky's relatives out from under my riding mower; can't say that for the Lion.