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  • College Football Picks-Week 11 - Bye Bye Barry Edition

       November 11, 2005

    Note: if you are a part of the Dummocrats football pool, your picks are due today at 6:55 pm Eastern time.

    Last week, I boldly picked some upsets that happened and stupidly picked some upsets that had no chance of happening (Missouri?). This week, my goal is to eliminate the stupidity. Wish me luck!

    #17 Florida State at Clemson: Charlie Whitehurst and his Clemson Tigers have had an unusual season. Their four losses are by a combined 14 points, and this includes heartbreakers against teams like Miami (FL), Boston College and Georgia Tech. I really want to pick Clemson but I just can't. They've proven over and over again this season that they just don't have what it takes to beat top notch teams. I think they'll keep it close but lose yet another game by less than a touchdown. The pick: Florida State.

    #25 Northwestern at #10 Ohio State: I'd really like the Big Ten to get two teams into big BCS bowls. For that to happen, Ohio State needs to keep winning. I think Northwestern's offense is a bit overrated, in part because their biggest win was over Wisconsin's horrible defense. Against teams with actual defenses they are far less impressive. Ohio State is one of those teams. The pick: Ohio State.

    #5 LSU at #4 Alabama: Honestly, I think both of these teams are frauds. It's one thing to start your season with a couple of creampuffs, but these two were playing the likes of Utah State and Appalachian State just a couple of weeks ago. That said, I think Alabama is the bigger fraud. They are so this years version of last year's Badgers. I think LSU is going to win and, to me, the big question is whether or not Alabama will even score. The pick: LSU.

    #1 USC at California: Remember when people thought this game would be USC's biggest hurdle in the drive for an undefeated season? Oh how the mighty Golden Bears (wait, is that really their name or am I thinking of Jack Nicklaus?) have fallen. Now the Trojans biggest test before the Rose Bowl will probably come against Fresno State. Fresno State people! If that's not a sign that the Pac 10 kinda sucks, I don't know what is. The pick: USC

    Iowa at #19 Wisconsin: Whatever you think of the Badgers, you have to respect what Barry Alvarez has accomplished in his 16 years here: 3 Rose Bowl victories, a Heisman Trophy winner and spearheading a massive Camp Randall renovation Tomorrow is Barry's last home game. I bet he has no idea of the kind of outpouring of love he's going to receive from the fans. It's going to be immense. Barry is a beloved figure here. Wisconsin is going to pumped to send him off with a big win. I expect the Badgers to have an offensive explosion Saturday. I think they'll score on the ground, in the air and on special teams. Of course, they'll give up tons of points too, but not enough to spoil Barry's big day. The pick: Wisconsin.

    I can't tell you how much I'm going to miss seeing Barry on the sidelines. I'll even miss his penchant for pleated pants.

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    #  November 11th, 2005 4:23 PM      james
    clemson by 10
    OSU by 3
    lsu by 7 in the battle of the overrankeds
    usc by 21
    wisconsin by 28

    i see that you shyed away from the auburn game, kris. interesting.
    #  November 11th, 2005 5:16 PM      gem2
    Yes, it is the Golden Bears of California. And lest you forget, the last game that USC lost was at Cal.  
    #  November 13th, 2005 8:54 AM      Mitchowski
    What kind of person would refer to a football team as a "fraud?"

    After all, that's a pretty ugly word, one that means a deceiver, an imposter. All LSU and Alabama did was play the games. The opinions of their greatness are those of others. No deception, no fraud.

    But to answer the question, the kind of person that would call a team a fraud is the kind of guy who, continuing his name-calling, labels another team's opponents as creampuffs, all the while the defending and puffing up his team, which played Bowling Green and 0-10 Temple.

    Congratulations on Wisconsin's loss. Alvarez deserves better than you.

    #  November 13th, 2005 9:51 AM      Laura
    Mitchowski - a lot of us in New Orleans think of the Saints as a fraud. I don't think a lot of what they do can be referred to as play. More like "sleepwalking" or "putting on tight pants and trying to look cute for the cameras" or "collecting large checks for ongoing bad performance." At one point they were primarily known as the Aints and season ticket holders attended games with brown paper bags on their heads to avoid exposure as fans. But maybe the Saints are a special case...  
    #  November 13th, 2005 11:16 AM      james
    wow, Mitchowski is quite a bitter person.




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