After a pretty moneyliscious Week Seven (11-2, including the Arkansas over Auburn upset), I’m back with 10 fresh new pick'ems.
The action gets going on Thursday night, as usual.
BYU at TCU (Thursday Night Upset Special)
Ranked opponents have not fared well on Thursday evenings this year. Wake Forest broke the curse last week, but I see the Horned Frogs getting the Thursday underdog streak started again.
TCU got clobbered by the only good team they have played (Oklahoma), but they have dominated everyone else. Meanwhile, BYU has been all over the map.
BYU can’t get things right offensively against a good TCU defense.
The party is over.
Winner: TCU, 27-24
And on to Saturday’s games.
Wisconsin at Iowa
Iowa has lost its three games by a combined nine points. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is riding a three-game losing streak.
Sure, the Badgers will come in hungry, but I like the Hawkeyes at home. Good luck finally rolls Iowa’s way.
Winner: Iowa, 24-23
Vanderbilt at Georgia
I was going through some SEC stats this week, and it’s truly unbelievable how bad Vandy’s offense is. Vandy’s “strength” is running the ball, and Georgia is only allowing 52 rushing yards per game.
Georgia doesn’t blow anyone out this year, but they will handle this game from start to finish.
Winner: Georgia, 27-13
Wake Forest at Maryland
I’m totally on board the Jim Grobe train. I love this guy’s team.
Riley Skinner finally busts out of his slump, and Wake gets the offense back in gear against the Terrapins.
Winner: Wake Forest, 34-17
Ole Miss at Alabama
A lot of people like Ole Miss springing the upset. Not me.
The Tide will pound the running game, eat up the clock, allow the Rebels fewer possessions than they are used to, and force a few bad turnovers.
Ole Miss’s defense is terrible—and their one strength, the pass rush, will be neutralized by Bama’s power running game.
Winner: Alabama, 34-13
Kansas at Oklahoma
Two losses in a row for Oklahoma? Can’t see it.
Reesing and his boys will put up some numbers, but the Sooners will come out way too hungry.
Winner: Oklahoma, 45-24
Ohio State at Michigan State
If these teams weren’t both so lame, this would be the game of the week, because this is an interesting matchup of two one-loss teams looking to move up in the polls.
Big Ten goes old school with three yards and a cloud of dust—and another low-scoring affair. Wells and Ringer combine for 60 carries.
Winner: Ohio State, 21-17
Mississippi State at Tennessee
Talk about a couple of inept offenses.
Team to make fewer mistakes wins. That means I go with the home team.
Winner: Tennessee, 17-10
LSU at South Carolina
Another upset special. South Carolina, 24-23.
See Creature vs. Creature article.
Missouri at Texas (Game of the Week and Upset Special Part Two)
Missouri didn’t look like itself last week, complete with Chase Daniel rocking the No. 25. What better way to re-energize the year than by upsetting the newly crowned number one?
Texas will have to pull out another unbelievable game for the second week in a row, against a hungry Mizzou team, no less—and I can’t see them doing that.
The Big 12 race is officially up for grabs.
Winner: Missouri, 38-34