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  • College Football Picks-Week 14

       December 02, 2005

    Football season is funny. It starts in the sweltering heat of July and August and progresses through the clear, crisp days and nights of September and October into the dreary days of November and the frosty and frigid depths of December. And then, when everything is on the line, the games go tropical. That doesn't make any sense to me. It seems like the biggest games of the year should be played in some dark, frozen arctic cave instead.

    But, in any case, we're down to the final week of the regular college football season. On one hand, I'm rooting for USC and Texas to make it through this final weekend unscathed and looking forward to a great matchup in the Rose Bowl. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind seeing all the big teams lose tomorrow and having the whole system blow up. On the third hand (and please don't ask where that is), I don't really hate the BCS. College football doesn't have a playoff system, but the whole season plays out like sudden death. Why in the world should a USC or Texas have to play some 10-1 team in the first round of a playoff now? Maybe that 10-1 team should have won all of their games too. Of course, last year Auburn won all their games and was screwed. But, was that really the fault of the system itself? I don't think so. It was the fault of poll voters who were so rigid in their thinking that they wouldn't move teams around unless they lost. I've yet to see a college playoff system proposed that would remove the danger of human error.

    The Dummocrats pool is over (James won it for the house). We may try to do something again this year for the Bowls, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are my abbreviated picks for Week 14:

    #2 Texas vs. Colorado: This is an example of why I hate conference championship games. Texas already pounded Colorado, but if Colorado wins tomorrow they go to the Fiesta Bowl. The championship game renders their previous meeting meaningless. Unless teams play in a conference where the divisions do not play each other, championship games are just a crock engineered by money grubbing officials. Anyway, remembering that in the Big 12, everyone sucks but Texas, I will have to pick Texas will be Rose Bowl bound.

    #11 UCLA at #1 USC: UCLA is 9-1, but their record is a bit misleading as they haven't defeated a single ranked team. They beat Cal earlier in the season, but later events proved that Cal's ranking was a sham. They also didn't play Oregon this season. How convenient. I think USC crushes them and the Rose Bowl hype begins.

    #13 Georgia vs. #3 LSU: This season has proven that I know nothing about the SEC. If you're a betting man or woman, I urge to put your money on whoever I don't pick. I'm going with Georgia. LSU barely beat Arkansas last time out and I just can't believe they're the third best team in the nation.

    #5 Virginia Tech vs. Florida State: Last week I was all about how Florida State was going to beat up on Florida. Blah blah blah. Seriously, I know nothing about the SEC (or, apparently, the ACC). Even though they lost to Miami, Virginia Tech still might be the third best team in the nation. I think they win here to set up an intriguing matchup with Penn State in the Orange Bowl.


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    #  December 2nd, 2005 10:41 AM      james
    texas by just 7
    usc by all the law will allow
    georgia over lsu, 27-16
    FSU pulls the upset over VT at home


    BONUS!
    Navy beats Army by 13

     
     
    #  December 2nd, 2005 12:58 PM      drew
    I agree with your picks.

    And I'm embarrassed that I flamed out in the pool.  
     
    #  December 2nd, 2005 6:25 PM      Daddy
    Just got my Ticketmaster alert: Rose Bowl tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 6.

    I hope either Texas or (preferrably) USC lose so Penn State gets there.  
     
    #  December 2nd, 2005 8:37 PM      james
    nice. are they doing the tickets online?  
     
    #  December 2nd, 2005 10:23 PM      Daddy
    I think so.

    I HOPE so!

    Except, I don't know the exact TIME they go on sale. Yet.  
     
    #  December 3rd, 2005 9:02 AM      kris
    With all the bitching about it and now, apparently, even Congress getting involved, no one ever mentions the thing I hate the most about the BCS, which is that in years where the Rose Bowl is the National Championship Game it's not played on January 1st! That's just a shocking travesty.  
     
    #  December 3rd, 2005 1:03 PM      james
    oh, don't be embarrassed, drew - you realy had no chance. i was in the pool, and i always win.

    it's a good thing i'm so modest.

     
     
    #  December 3rd, 2005 2:08 PM      Daddy
    To take Kris' point another way--the NFL should expand the roster and lose the bye week. There's no way any day in January should be an NFL Sunday. Look what it does to the Bowl schedule.  
     
    #  December 3rd, 2005 2:53 PM      james
    wait, did i say texas by 7? i meant 70.

    wow. texas really needs to join a real division.
    like the big ten.  
     
    #  December 4th, 2005 12:04 AM      james
    i rule!  
     
    #  December 4th, 2005 6:46 PM      chummer
    I see Nebraska gets to play Michigan in the Alamo Bowl. Can't wait to see another Big Ten team go down...

     
     
    #  December 4th, 2005 6:47 PM      kris
    while I'm officially obligated to root for the Big Ten in bowl games, let me unofficially say that I wouldn't mind Nebraska winning that one  
     

     

     


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