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  • College Football Picks - Week Nine

       October 26, 2006

    The stage is set for an epic battle of #1 vs. #2 when Michigan and Ohio State meet on November 18th. Oh sure, one or even both of these great teams could lose between now and then. But they won't. But that doesn't mean we won't have another great football weekend!

    Illinois at #17 Wisconsin: If Illinois beats Wisconsin at home, on Halloween weekend, it'll be the biggest upset in the top 25 of the season. I have faith that the Badgers will be on the upset watch. The pick: Wisconsin.

    #19 Oklahoma at #23 Missouri: I think my personal dislike of Mizzou has colored my perception of their quality (or lack thereof). That said, they did lose to Texas A&M and Oklahoma, even without Adrian Peterson, is much better than A&M. The pick: Oklahoma.

    #3 USC at Oregon State: So, I'm probably crazy, but here's the thing, USC has won its last three games by 6, 6 & 7 points respectively. The last two games were against unranked teams at home. Oregon State has had two nice wins at Washington and at Arizona. Now they get USC at home. USC has been playing with fire all season long. This is the week they get burned. The pick: Oregon State.

    Miami at #21 Georgia Tech: Sometimes when an entire nation rips on a football team all it does is bind that team together and make them play harder. I think that's what is going to happen to Miami. And, as I've stated here before, the only reason Georgia Tech is ranked is because it makes Notre Dame look good. The pick: Miami.

    #8 Tennessee at South Carolina: Who's the best one loss team in the country? Notre Dame? Texas? Florida? I think Tennessee deserves strong consideration. This, however, is a tough test that may drop them into the 2-loss column. South Carolina has only lost to Georgia & Auburn. They're a good team and they're at home. I think this will be a nailbiter, and since this is the SEC your guess is as good as mine. The pick: Tennessee.

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    #  October 27th, 2006 11:27 AM      james
    Wisconsin by 35. b-l-o-w-o-u-t. it'll probably a 42-7 game with the only illini points coming when the badgers start playing the cheerleading squad

    oklahoma, OK!

    i really like your pick, kris. i'm on the fence about this one. something tells me that oregon state comes out on top, too - however, i think i have to stick with pete carroll. USC by 1. (whatever happens, USC won't cover the current 11 pt spread)

    GaTech over Thug U

    For some strange reason it had to be
    It was all a dream about Tennessee  
    #  October 27th, 2006 9:10 PM      themandownthehall
    Hey Everyone! 11/18 is fast approaching Kris. It will be a game for the ages. If one beats the other by a field goal or in OT, there is a decent chance they would meet a second time in the BCS championship.

    This week first though:

    I agree with James here. At least 30. Maybe 40. Just depends on when the starters, second, third and fourth strings leave the game.

    Mizzou is a good team. They may even deserve to be ranked. But they are no OU. OU by 14. Sorry REV.

    USC - OSU:
    USC will lose this year, but it won't be to Oregon State. USC doesn't lose to 4-3 opponents. Not with Pete Carroll coaching. A rested USC wins by a bunch.

    Miami GA Tech:
    Miami is going to be ticked and of course they're Miami. That means a lot of dirty play. Ga tech has no idea the butt kicking they are about to get. It's going to be ugly and cheap. Coker is gone at the end of the year.

    Tennessee - S. Carolina
    Spurrier seems to own Tennessee, but not this year. He got the last year and UT is going to be loaded for bear this time. I agree with Kris on UT. They could be the best 1 loss team out there.

    In other games:
    Ga over Florida in the first of 2 upsets this week. And Ok State over Nebraska in the other.

    Here's to some really good games!  
    #  October 27th, 2006 11:08 PM      james
    i should clarify -- i am picking TN to win. the "all a dream" part was just a quote

    EDIT: wait a minute, i talk it back. in honor of my famous shoes, im picking the gamecocks
    #  October 28th, 2006 1:50 PM      themandownthehall
    This is pathetic. I've been bouncing up and down my ESPN gameplan and game after game, it looks like the teams don't want to be there. UM barely over Northwestern? Wisconsin barely over Illinois? OU and Mizzou looking like crap? Auburn barely over Ole' Miss? WAKE UP AND PLAY. yeesh. Here's hoping the 3:30 and 8:00 games are better...  
    #  October 28th, 2006 6:44 PM      james
    agreed, themandownthehall. at least the wisconsin game made it interesting for me to watch the early games - and i wasnt even worried until illinois got the ball back with 1 min to go.

    the 3:30 oregon state/usc game was great. looks to be a boring night of games, though.

    im SICK (boo!) so i have to skip the halloween party i planned to attend... i hope one of these games gets interesting (or that badger hockey at least doesn't suck tonight) to make it a somewhat entertaining night  
    #  October 28th, 2006 9:21 PM      themandownthehall
    James, sorry you're sick. Get well soon. Hey, at least Nebraska and Southern Cal went down. I was 1 for 2 on those two, but I'll gladly be wrong if it means USC goes down. I'm watching Texas vs Texas Tech and Tech is giving them all kinds of trouble.

    The 3:30 games were *much* better than the 12:00 games. Ohio State, Notre Dame, heck, even Southern Cal looked like they wanted to be there. Much better. I hate sloppy football. UM, Iowa, Fla/Ga and the rest of the slop in the 12:00 slot was terrible.

    Have a good rest of the weekend everyone! 3 weeks to the brawl to settle it all!  



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