College Football Picks - Week 13
With the Big Ten season over (have a Happy Thanksgiving, guys), attention turns to big games around the rest of the country.
#11 USC at #7 Arizona State: with a win here and a win against Arizona, ASU guarantees at least a trip to the Rose Bowl. USC could also still make it to Pasadena. In other words, there's a lot on the line. I think Arizona State is going to be fired up and excited for that chance, while USC will still be a little disappointed that that's all they're playing for. Passion rules the day. The pick: Arizona State.
#17 Boise State at #14 Hawaii: Boise State, other than in an early season loss to Washington, has crushed their crappy opponents. Hawaii has barely beaten their crappy opponents. Hawaii is the Jarod of college football. Boise State, on the other hand, is headed to another BCS game. The pick: Boise State.
#8 Virginia Tech at #16 Virginia: I think there's a big drop off in quality right around #8 or 9. Beyond that, we have teams like Virginia that I think even my Badgers could beat. Above that, we have conference champs and maybe even National Championship contenders. Unless those teams have a horrible day or crippling injury, they're going to win. The pick: Virginia Tech.
#20 Connecticut at #4 West Virginia: Connecticut? Really? I can accept that Kansas is good this year, but UConn? Come on. They have a nice win against a reeling South Florida, but that's about it. The pick: West Virginia.
#3 Missouri at #2 Kansas: I really want Kansas to win because of the state's anti-slavery background and because I like the music of The Jayhawks (not to mention, you know, the music of Kansas). Kansas has pulled out some nice road wins, but Missouri has the better wins (against Illinois & Texas Tech). This should be an evenly-matched game against two pretty good teams having great seasons due to friendly schedules. When in doubt, flip a coin or go with the home team. The pick: Kansas.
Quick picks in other games of interest:
Auburn over Alabama
South Carolina over Clemson
Florida State over Florida
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Texas over Texas A&M
Kentucky over Tennessee
LSU over Arkansas
Bonus NFL Thanksgiving picks:
Green Bay and Dallas both win to set up the Thursday night matchup that no one in Madison will see (thanks a lot Charter and the NFL network).
Posted by at November 21, 2007 05:35 AM
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|# November 21st, 2007 9:01 AM BVBigBro|
|Look at who Va.Tech has beaten. No one. This is important, because the SUC hangs their hat on LSU beat Va. Tech as their basis for being the all powerful OZ of football. |
|# November 21st, 2007 9:02 AM kris|
|No, their basis for being the all powerful OZ of football is Florida beating OSU in last year's title game.
|# November 21st, 2007 8:48 PM themandownthehall|
|Wow, can you believe we're almost done? Season flies. Heck, do you realize it has been almost a year when you were talking about your favorite Christmas songs? This year smoked by. The great wall of death is coming at us at light speed... Duck.
I agree, but I think it's because AZ St has shown it is the better team this year. They seem to be for real. Maybe not as good as Oregon, but better than USC in it's strange down year.
Hawaii drops from the unbeaten. BSU is a very well coached team and will be ready.
Va Tech is vastly superior to Virginia. Should win by 20.
UConn is a decent team, probably one of those 9 - 25 teams that Kris talked about in her VA Tech/VA pick. WVU annoys the heck our of me. I pick against them and they lose. I pick them and they don't cover. Dang. I guess, I will take WVU. I want them to lose so OSU has a chance at the national title game.
Kansas is showing me they are not a fluke. So long as the winner of this loses to Oklahoma in the championship game next week, I don't care. Kansas over Mizzou.
Other Cool Games:
Auburn kills Bama. The tide get unrolled and flushed
South Carolina is imploding and this game doesn't matter to Clemson except the in-state pride. Clemson over SC.
Florida/FSU: The prison bowl battle goes to Florida this year, but FSU covers the spread.
OK/OKST: OU in a blowout.
Texas/TexAM: AM has shown nothing this year. Texas blows them out.
UT/KY: Gotta go with UT in this one.
LSU/ARK: LSU coasts to the title game in an easy one.
GA/Ga Tech: GA will pound them to pulp.
Oregon/UCLA: No Dixon, No win, UCLA.
And the final delicious one: Stanford puts the final knife into Notre Dame. I know UM has stunk this season, but I am so enjoying ND struggle against the military academies. Give Charlie another raise!
Yes, Kris, your packers will pound my Lions. But it will be close for a few minutes. It has to be. The teams start 0-0...
Do you not get the NFL network? I hav directv so I was able to get the Big 10 network and the NFL network this year. I know Time Warner is not getting the B10 and that is causing a major stink in the midwest.
Have a great Thanksgiving. The good Lord has provided so much for this country. May He continue to do so.
|# November 21st, 2007 9:20 PM kris|
|We don't get the NFL Network in Madison. The NFL has an agreement so that the "home" cities for NFL teams still see the games when they're on the NFL network. Unfortunately, the home cities for the Packers are only Green Bay and Milwaukee.
So--the Madison bars will be packed next week.
|# November 22nd, 2007 2:29 PM themandownthehall|
|Well, they hung with them for 3 quarters. Not too bad considering how other teams have fared against them.
Still, I hope everyones meal was really tasty. As I type this, I have finished the cooking (I was a last second draftee for the meal today) and we are getting ready to eat. A couple hours late, but hey, it could be worse.
Have a good rest of the weekend.