The Darth Visor Cometh: Week Four College Football Picks

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

This is my second picks column of the 2009 season.

Last week, the big winners were Memphis, Georgia, Florida (by the grace of Grace Walker), Kentucky, and North Carolina.

I thought Michigan State was going to get another win against the Irish in South Bend, but Notre Dame found Touchdown Jesus when they needed it the most. It marked the team's first win against the Spartans in South Bend since 1993, when Lou Holtz was the coach.

So here we go.

Ole Miss vs. South Carolina

If the Rebels want to make a statement in the SEC, they must realize that the Gamecocks are not the University of Memphis or SE Louisiana.

Jevon Snead went 16-of-28 for 209 yards passing against SE Louisiana, but it's been the defense that has made the difference for the Rebels this season.

For the Gamecocks, after their close loss to Georgia last week, a shot at the No. 4 team in the country on Thursday night is just what they need in order to be a legit contender in the SEC East.

Doc's Pick: Ole Miss

Kansas vs. Southern Miss

While this week has been nothing nice for the Jayhawks' football program after their highly-publicized fight with the basketball team, the week could get even tougher with noted giant-killer Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles are led by running back Damien Fletcher, who has 344 rushing yards and four touchdowns so far in the young season.

Kansas, on the other hand, has Todd Reesing, who is on his way to being the best quarterback in Jayhawks' history.

Doc's Pick: Southern Miss

Memphis vs. Marshall

This should be a fun game to watch for a couple of reasons.

First, Tommy West doesn't have Arkleon Hall starting at QB for another week.

Second, yours truly will be at the game thanks to free tickets from Memphis Sport magazine.

Doc's Pick: Memphis

LSU at Mississippi State

In 2007, when the ESPN cameras went down to Starkville, the Bayou Bengals put a stomping on the Bulldogs en route to their national championship.

This time around, LSU returns to Starkville, and while Ole Miss and Alabama have gotten the pub, the Bayou Bengals look to make a statement.

On the other hand, Dan Mullen's introduction to the SEC in his first season as head coach is going to be a long one.

Doc's Pick: LSU

Miami vs. Virginia Tech

My friend Jeremiah Mooney asked my opinion of this game, so I figured that I should give it now on B/R.

Miami proved itself worthy of winning the ACC by beating Georgia Tech last Thursday. Anytime you beat a contender the way Miami did last week, you have my respect.

But Virginia Tech isn't going down without a fight. Expect this game to be another all-out grindfest in Blacksburg.

Doc's Pick: Va. Tech.

Arkansas vs. Alabama

Arkansas' offense is really good, no lie.

But Alabama's no Missouri State.

Ryan Mallet is going to have to avoid making costly mistakes against the Tide's punishing defense.

Doc's Pick: Alabama

Iowa at Penn State

Trust me, it was all good when Iowa beat Penn State last season in Iowa City.

But this year, the Hawkeyes are heading to Happy Valley to face Joe Pa and company.

Don't expect this to be anything happy this time around.

Doc's Pick: Penn State

Purdue vs. Notre Dame

The true rivalry game in the state of Indiana.

The Irish are coming off their first victory against Michigan State at Notre Dame Stadium, while the Boilermakers are looking to avenge their loss to Northern Illinois last weekend at Ross-Ade Stadium.

With the Irish firing on all cylinders so far in 2009, Notre Dame could get its fourth win in five against the Boilers.

Doc's Pick: Notre Dame

And there you have it.

I went 5-4 last time, so I look to make a huge jump from that piss-poor record this week.

Later days.


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