The world series is under way and we are halfway through the football season. It is quite possibly the greatest time of the year.
Last week was another .500 week and on the year we stand 15-15. Hardly anything to brag about. Let's see if we cant change that this weekend.
I am going to go with Northwestern on the road at Indiana -8. Northwestern's offense has been clicking on all cylinders so far this year and I do not think Indiana can score enough to hang with them.
I'll take Minnesota on the road +1 at Purdue. The Golden Gophers are coming off of a bye week and get a Purdue team that's confidence is shaken. This will be a good measuring stick game for the Gophers where they can show everyone they are a legitimate bowl team.
I like Illinois -3 on the road at Camp Randall against Wisconsin. I keep telling myself sooner or later Wisconsin will come out of it but they have way too many questions at quarterback before I can jump back on their bandwagon. For now, though, I'll take Juice Williams and Illinois' offense.
My upset special of the week is Duke +10 at Vanderbilt. Duke's offense can score and I just have not been impressed with Vanderbilt in the past couple weeks. The one thing Vandy has going for it is that this game is at home.
I'll go with Mississippi on the road -5 at Arkansas. The Rebels proved a lot last weekend at Alabama coming back in the second half to make it a close game. Houston Nutt is going back to his old school and will lay it to the Razorbacks.
Finally I am going to go with Ohio State +2.5 at home under the lights against #3 Penn State. The Buckeyes have an impeccable record at home against ranked Big Ten opponents. This being the eighth time Ohio Stadium's lights will be used, and the Big Ten title on the line, I'll take the Bucks.
I am going to go with the Ravens at home -7 against the Oakland Raiders. Baltimore's defense has played well all year. As long as Flacco does not turn the ball over the Ravens should be able to handle the Raiders.
I'll take the Bills on the road -1.5. The Dolphins have been much improved all year but the Bills are clicking on offense, finally. They seem to have a rhythm going and their defense has been stout. I look for them to continue their winning ways Sunday at Miami.
My upset special is the New York Football Giants on the road +2.5 at Pittsburgh. The Giants need a statement game to put the Monday night embarrassment they had against the Browns to rest. I look for them to come out and play a solid four quarters. This one will be close but I like the Giants.
Finally I will go with the Seahawks +5 on the road at San Francisco. With all the coaching changes and turmoil in San Fran I think Seattle is primed to have a good outing. They need this division win if they are going to have any chance at turning this season around.
Before I go I am going to give some insight on this weekends Breeders' Cup to be staged in Santa Anita, California. These are the best thoroughbreds in the world brought together in one of the most exciting weekends of horse racing. I am going to give a pick and a sleeper pick for each race.
Breeders' Cup Fillies and Mare Sprint - My pick is #3 Intangaroo and my sleeper is #6 Zaftig
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - My pick is #4 C Karma and my sleeper is #9 Renda
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - My pick is # 10 Stardom Bound and my sleeper is #12 Dream Empress
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf - My pick is #5 Wait a While and my sleeper pick is # 6 Dynaforce
Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic - My pick is #1 Zenyatta and my sleeper pick is # 4 Music Note
Breeders' Cup Marathon - My pick is # 4 Sixties Icon and my sleeper pick is #3 Delightful Kiss
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - My pick is #13 Get Funky and my sleeper is #10 California Flag
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile - My pick is #6 Well Armed and my sleeper pick is #2 Surf Cat
Breeders' Cup Mile - My pick is #11 Whatsthescript and my sleeper is #2 Kip Deville
Breeders' Cup Juvenile - My pick is #4 Square Eddie and my sleeper is #8 Street Hero
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - My pick is #11 Bittel Road and my sleeper is #10 Skipadate
Breeders' Cup Sprint - My pick is #1 Cost of Freedom and my sleeper is #7 In Summation
Breeders' Cup Turf - My pick is #2 Red Rocks and my sleeper pick is #8 Spring House
Breeders' Cup Classic - My pick is #9 Curlin and my sleeper pick is #11 Colonel John
Those are the picks for the weekend. Remember to check back on Tuesday to see how we did for the week. Also, any of you who have questions about the Breeders' Cup races or want to find out more about it feel free to ask.