College Football: Bold Predictions for Week Five

Scott GarfinkelContributor ISeptember 26, 2008

Five things that are guaranteed to happen in week five of college football are:

1. Georgia will cover the spread against Alabama

This highly anticipated SEC showdown in Athens, Ga., will be a close game for a half, but Georgia, wearing its black uniforms, will have too much firepower against a good, but one year away from great, Alabama team.

Alabama has the talent, but not the experience to win this game. Also, Georgia will get an extra boost of energy from the electric crowd decked in black for the "Blackout" in Sanford Stadium.

If you don't believe in the mystique of Georgia's black uniforms, Bama fans, just ask Tommy Tuberville.

Pick: Georgia 24 Alabama 14

2. Penn State and Illinois will combine to score over 70 points

Penn State has an explosive offense led by quarterback Daryll Clark. Penn State is third in the nation in scoring averaging 52.8 points a game and will have no problem scoring at will against a porous Illini defense that gives up 30 points a game.

Illinois also has a high-powered offense and can score at any given moment. This will be a shootout where the last team to have the ball will win.

Pick: Penn State 38, Illinois 35

3. Miami will hold UNC to under 14 points

Miami has an extremely talented and fast defense that shut down Florida's high-powered offense for three quarters. TJ Yates, the Tar Heels starting quarterback, is out with an injury, which means Mike Paulus, younger brother of Duke point guard Greg Paulus, will get the start.

Carolina's offense looked lifeless against Virginia Tech after Yates was taken off the field with an injury and will not look much better against Miami.

If UNC is to beat Miami, it will be by dominating the special teams battle. If Randy Shannon is smart, which I am assuming he is, he will have his kicker kick away from UNC's phenom kick and punt returner Brandon Tate. 

Miami should win this game convincingly.

Pick: Miami 24 UNC 10

4. Auburn will beat Tennessee

Auburn has just come off a heartbreaking loss to LSU, while Tennessee was crushed by Florida. Both teams need this win desperately if they want to get to Atlanta to play for the SEC Championship.

Both offenses have struggled, but look for Auburn to make more big plays. If Auburn starts out strong, Tennessee will not fight back and make it a close game. Auburn will get an early lead and will never look back.

Pick: Auburn 24, Tennessee 9

5. Nebraska will beat Virginia Tech

Nebraska's first true test comes this week against Virginia Tech. Tech's offense has not gotten on track this year, while Nebraska's defense has not looked stellar.

Look for Nebraka's defense to outperform Tech's offense and will force a couple of turnovers that the Cornhuskers offense will capitalize on to squeak out a win at home.

Pick: Nebraska 20, Virginia Tech 17