Coming off a 9-2 record last week, I’m ready to take a crack at 11 more games in Week Five.
The games start with Thursday night Pac-10 action.
USC at Oregon State
Umm...USC wins again. Big shocker.
Winner: So Cal, 56-10
On to Saturday’s games.
Minnesota at Ohio State
Pryor gets his first turnover and Ohio State looks sluggish, but Minnesota just can’t capitalize.
Winner: Ohio State, 31-21
Maryland at Clemson
Clemson’s defense has flat-out been awful so far, even surrendering 427 total yards to the Citadel. Maryland’s offense, on the other hand, has been schizophrenic.
It’s hard to tell much about either team right now, so who knows what will happen in this game?
When in doubt, go with the home team.
Winner: Clemson, 28-24
North Carolina at Miami
The loss of T.J. Yates for North Carolina is huge, especially against a hard-hitting and fast defense like Miami's. North Carolina shows grit, but Miami’s speed wins out.
Winner: Miami, 24-23
Ole Miss at Florida
The Gators always struggle with the Mississippi boys. This year, however, I don’t see that happening...as much.
The Rebels continue to give up yards and points each week, and even though Urban Meyer is preaching time of possession and field position, Tebow and Company are going to open things up a bit for the first time this year.
Winner: Florida, 38-21
Tennessee at Auburn
Tennessee can’t score, and their quarterback is mistake-prone. Auburn has a good defense.
Winner: Auburn, 24-10
Colorado vs. FSU, in Jacksonville
The Seminole offense was atrocious last week against Wake Forest. I think the Buffs are still a year away from a consistent performance week in and week out, but they’ll do enough to get by the work-in-progress Seminoles.
FSU loses in front of a mainly empty but pro-Seminole Jacksonville stadium.
Winner: Colorado, 23-17
TCU at Oklahoma
TCU has looked great, but they are untested as of yet. Oklahoma, meanwhile, is simply killing teams. I see that trend continuing.
Winner: Oklahoma 35-17
Illinois at Penn State
The Fighting Zookers’ D has looked ragged this season, and the Nittany Lions are steamrolling through teams. In another high scoring affair, Illinois loses a close one.
Zook to say his team is getting “better and better” after the loss.
Winner: Penn State, 34-28
South Florida at NC State
NC State pulled off a shocker last week. Meanwhile, USF looked sluggish in a win over FIU. Momentum says NC State will play it close, but talent says the Bulls will come out on top.
The best part of the game might come during Jim Leavitt’s über-awkward halftime or postgame interview. Get that guy a haircut, a cold beer, and a speaking class.
Winner: USF, 24-21
Game of the Week: Alabama at Georgia (Upset Special)
The chic upset pick of this week is Alabama, and I can’t resist. I’m still not sold on Georgia as the number three team in the country, and Alabama has all kinds of momentum right now.
Winning in Athens is tough, and even though my head is saying Georgia wins this game, my gut (or perhaps it's my hatred for Georgia) is telling me that Bama will come out on top...barely.
This has the makings of the game of the year so far.
Winner: Alabama, 24-23