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  • College Football Picks - Week Nine

       October 26, 2007

    After last week (and last night) only five unbeaten teams remain. We know Boston College will make it to next week, but what about everyone else?

    #6 West Virginia at #25 Rutgers: For a team with such a gaudy ranking, West Virginia sure hasn't done much. Rutgers, on the other hand, is coming off the big upset of South Florida. I think they started off rough, but are now just hitting their best stride. The pick: Rutgers.

    Indiana at Wisconsin: It's homecoming here in lovely Madison. It's also Halloween weekend. Yikes! I think Indiana is going to give the Badgers fits. We don't match up well against their offense. But, I also think that, at home, we'll be able to fall back on the running game (particularly since Lance Smith can play) and grind out another unimpressive victory, not that anyone will see it since the game's on the f'ing Big Ten Network. The pick: Wisconsin.

    #9 USC at #5 Oregon: Why is Oregon ranked so high? They lost at home to California who hasn't won a game since. They beat Michigan, who is in the Big Ten (and therefore sucks). The beat Washington State and Washington, but when Wisconsin and Ohio State beat those teams we heard all about how bad they were, so how impressive can Oregon really be? I mean, my God, they are no better than a Big Ten team (gasp!). I'm not sold on USC either, but they'll win the coaching matchup and they've won the last two games in Eugene. The pick: USC.

    #9 Florida at #20 Georgia: Having watched Florida a few times, I've come to the following conclusion - they have one good player. Tim Tebow is a fabulous college QB. When allowed to do his thing, he can move the ball. If he's not the focus of the offense, I don't think Florida can do much. They're like the Minnesota Vikings, but only if the Viqueens figured out that they have a really, really good running back. So anyway, the pick is Florida. Have a cocktail.

    #12 Kansas at Texas A&M: Okay, have you actually looked at KU's schedule? It really is just awful. No Oklahoma. No Texas. A&M's not great, but they're decent enough to make the clock strike midnight. The pick: Texas A&M.

    #1 Ohio State at #24 Penn State: Ohio State was horrible in last year's National Champion game. That means exactly nothing this year. However, because of that game, Ohio State is getting no national respect. They deserve it. They've been dominating all year. Penn State is a very tough place to play (as Wisconsin fans painfully know), but Ohio State's defense is good enough to quiet any crowd. The pick: Ohio State.

    #18 California at #7 Arizona State: Hey, did you know that Arizona State is undefeated? Seriously. Not only that, John Elway's kid committed to the school last week. Good times in Tempe. I know Cal should be all made and out for blood after losing two in a row, but the Sun Devils should have a rocking house for this night game and they'll be fired up too, trying to prove they're not a fraud. This could be an intense, fun game to watch. The pick: Arizona State.

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    #  October 26th, 2007 4:51 PM      drew
    Have you seen A&M play? They're terrible. Kansas is not the #9 team in the country, but they beat a pretty good (fringe Top 25) team in K-State at K-State, and they went into Boulder and beat a decent enough Colorado team.

    It's true they played a crap nn-con schedule, but playing a crap non-con schedule is not necessarily indicative of a bad team. To me KU has proven they're fairly legit.  
    #  October 26th, 2007 6:06 PM      themandownthehall
    I was wavering on WVU/Rutgers. Wasn't sure if they were as good as their lofty ranking. I think I agree with you. Rutgers it is. I don't know about winning, but covering should be do-able.

    It is a wierd year when you worry about Illinois and Indiana. Or, it just expands on the suckiness of the Big 10. Either way. Wisconsin exposes the fraud. Badgers to win.

    I think Oregon is as good as the ranking. USC has nothing but pride to play for and falls again. Oregon to win.

    In the biggest cocktail party in the world, Florida wins, but Georgia covers. Thus, I call FL here and GA in the pool.

    I have to side with Drew here. A&M hasn't shown a thing. KU has shown little more, but it's enough to make me pick them. KU wins.

    I think OSU loses a game this year, but they should be too much for PSU to handle. OSU wins by a touchdown.

    AZ State can try to prove they are not a fraud, but they are. Another undefeated bites the dust. Cal going away.

    Other cool games:

    South Carolina / Tennessee:
    Can you believe that coach Fulmer is in trouble? Talk about absurd. Fulmer and Spurrier hate each other in that rivalry kind of way. Actually, I think they detest each other. I love that Spurrier quote when he vanquished Tenn to yet another Citrus bowl: "You can't spell citrus without UT". He seems to own UT and he wins here too. USC over the Vols.

    Nebraska approaches bowl IN-eligible. Wow, how the mighty have fallen. UM looks in the mirror of the future and sees Nebraska. Unless Carr leaves and a decent coach arrives.

    Maryland pulls out the home win.

    Random upset call:

    Bye 38 Notre Dame 0!!!

    I guess the Irish should be happy they can't lose this week.

    Have a great weekend. God Bless.  
    #  October 27th, 2007 12:20 AM      james

    Badgers at home.

    Oregon is waaay better than you give them credit for, kris.

    Florida on top.

    Drew's right: rock chalk

    My upset pick of the week: Joe-Pa over Tressel in Happy Valley!

    Golden Bears on top.

    I never pick against the head ball coach. Well, not in college ball, anyway.

    Nebraska hooks the Horns.

    Clemson over MD.

    #  October 28th, 2007 7:30 PM      kris
    Well, at least I was the only one who had ASU.

    Is it just me, or does everyone suck this year? It's pretty bad when you can chant "Over rated!" at the likes of Vandy!  
    #  October 29th, 2007 9:15 PM      themandownthehall
    It's not just you. It is definitely a year of the average team. Look at our own big 10. It looks like the Big 10's nightmare might come true. After losing to App St and getting creamed by Oregon, UM winning the B10 would be very bad for the conference. Only 3 games to go for that.

    Look at the SEC. Only LSU seems to want to compete every week. Ditto the Pac 10 and Oregon.

    Still, there has been some very entertaining games. I mean, who doesn't love a Notre Dame butt kicking.

    BTW, totally off topic, but have you seen Tom Brady's QB rating? No wonder New England is dominating. It's obscene.  
    #  October 29th, 2007 10:56 PM      themandownthehall
    Brett Farve just won the MNF game in OT with a perfect 82 yard pass. Roughly 40-50 yards of it in the air. Hit the receiver on the fly. The receiver never broke stride. Dang he's good. I don't know how many years he has left in the NFL, but they will be good.  
    #  October 29th, 2007 10:59 PM      kris
    Ah yes. Some people had no faith in the Packers tonight. Ahem.

    Anyway - great game, but I don't need to see Deanna Favre after every play. She's cool and I get that it's Breast Cancer month, but enough already. Geez!  
    #  October 30th, 2007 11:35 AM      james
    favre is quite a GUNSLINGER  



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