College Football Predictions: Baby's Losers for Week Five, The Axe Falls
There were some upsets in Week Four of college football.
But, you could hardly prove it by looking at the performance of participants in Baby's Losers. These readers know their football and prove it week after week.
Nowhere is there a better example than premier Miami Hurricane supporter Mitch Wilson. Mitch argued in his predictions Miami would fall to Virginia Tech, and they did.
BCS.Com analyst Jerry Palm advised on Sunday that his projections for the first BCS poll would be Florida in first place followed by Alabama and Texas in the third position.
If that is so, an unbeaten Texas would be home free to the BCS title game as the Crimson Tide and the Gators must face off in the SEC championship, with only the winner moving along to Pasadena.
The key phrase there is "an unbeaten Texas". It remains to be seen if they can maintain their perfect record.
And now, for the clashes of the first Saturday in October.
1. Georgia Tech @ Mississippi State
The Yellow Jackets are hitting their stride by averaging 262 yards rushing and over 32 minutes in time of possession each game. This will allow Tech to win on the road.
Baby's Loser: Mississippi State
2. Washington @ Notre Dame
The Huskies suffered the obligatory letdown loss in Palo Alto last week. When they fly in to South Bend they will be ready to play. The Irish quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, could be the finest player in the country. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns with only one interception and completes 66 percent of his passes for over 281 yards a game.
Baby's Loser: Washington
3. Oklahoma @ Miami
The Sooner offense has responded well to the absence of Sam Bradford. No one has scored on Oklahoma since before Labor Day. Miami could suffer a let down this week after the 31-7 loss at Virginia Tech. The Sooners are well rested after a week off.
Baby's Loser: Miami
4. Southern California @ California
Will one of the most spectacular collapses in college football history haunt the Bears against the Trojans, and possibly for the remainder of the season and beyond?
Baby's Loser: California
Battle For Paul Bunyan's Axe
5. Wisconsin @ Minnesota
One of the greatest annual rivalries in college football history (see pictured above), the Badgers have claimed the Axe in the last five meetings with the Golden Gophers. Big John Clay is providing a running game to balance Scott Tolzien's fine passing behind a deep Badger line. It is the first road game of the season for undefeated Wisconsin.
Baby's Loser: Wisconsin
6. The Air Force @ The Navy
The Fly Boys have lost only at Minnesota in the opening of the new Golden Gopher outside stadium. The Midshipmen lost a tough one at Ohio State and fell to Pittsburgh. The Navy has beaten The Air Force for six straight years. Let's make it a lucky seven.
Baby's Loser, close: The Air Force
7. South Florida @ Syracuse
Orange quarterback Greg Paulus has his work cut out for him in this Big East confrontation under the dome. The Bulls remained undefeated for the season because they found a replacement for injured quarterback Matt Grothe in B.J. Daniels and the defense simply smeared the vaunted offensive attack of Florida State last week.
Baby's Loser, closer than it appears: Syracuse
Saturday's Tough One
8. Nevada-Las Vegas @ Nevada
Here are two groups of people who just enjoy each other's company. Yes, it is not often one finds such a gentlemen's contest as the performances these two school provide whenever they meet. And if you believe that you can't appreciate the difference between winless Reno of the WAC and .500 Vegas of the Mountain West.
Baby's Loser, in a tough one: Nevada-Las Vegas
Game of the Week
9. Louisiana State @ Georgia
Wake up LSU, you've got a big game to play.
While Georgia has steadily improved from week to week, the Bayou Bengals seem to be sliding backwards, particularly on defense. In this matchup between SEC titans of the past decade the difference may be as simple as the quarterback comparison. The Bulldogs' Joe Cox has five interceptions this season in 110 pass attempts, LSU's signal-caller Jordan Jefferson has one in 101. Bright lights home or away favor the Tigers.
Baby's Loser: Georgia
Last Week 6-3, Missing New Mexico St., California, and Penn St. For the year 25-11
9-0: Jonny S.-Beautiful work Jonny, great call on the New Mexico State win.
8-1: Mitch Wilson, with a great week and Brandon H. who is topping out as well. They each only missed the New Mexico State game, Saturday's Tough One.
7-2: Red Raider, Wes, Taylor, Tony O., Kevin M., Alex, and Scott. Great job by all seven of these experts.
6-3: Kimberley(she nailed the New Mexico State pick), 12, Tim C., Mosang, Ronnie, Tim P., Dan B., Illya, Connor, Daniel H., Michael O., Tom O., Matt S., Trey J., Drew, Carl, Daryl T., Southern Man, Robert, Chris C., Dan S., The Sandman, and new entry Cody. This is fine work all the way around with the "In-Crowd" where Saturday's Tough One of high desert warfare between New Mexico State and New Mexico proved to be deadly among this group, yours truly included.
5-4: Michael C., Lisa, Kent, HD, Ben Long, Ga Dawg, Brad, Stepen S., Blake, Bill B. Ryan R., Brandon E., Cliff, Rick G., and Tyler. These are excellent performances during a rugged week that sent many prognosticators heading for the hills.
Below The Mendoza Line: Isaac (you know he is hurting, two straight years), Cedrick, and Tyler L. You fellows just need one break to get back in the thick of things.
Travis H. posted late but went 7-2 while Mike went 5-3 and did not make a pick between New Mexico and New Mexico State.
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