There are 19 games this week involving Top 25 teams, headlined by the No. 1 Texas Longhorns taking on the No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders. Here are my picks for this week.
Note: Home team in Bold
West Virginia over (25) Connecticut
West Virginia started the year off slow but now is the only undefeated team remaining in the Big East. Coming off an impressive win in which they put up 34 against Auburn, Pat White will lead WVU in an upset over Connecticut, which will give WVU the direct route to winning the Big East championship.
California over (24) Oregon
In a battle of two teams that still have Pac-10 title hopes, Cal stays unbeaten at home and sets the stage for a game against USC that will determine the Pac-10 champion
(23) South Florida over Cincinnati
The Bulls will rebound from their loss at Louisville with a win on the road over Cincy on Thursday night. Look for both teams to air it out (both are ranked in the top 25 in passing offense), but South Florida will win and try to avoid collapsing in the Big East the way they did last year.
Wisconsin over (21) Michigan State
In a matchup that features two of the best running backs in the country (P.J. Hill and Javon Ringer), I think that Wisconsin will be able to build on its win over Illinois last week.
(20) BYU over Colorado State
BYU is on the outside of the BCS picture right now, but they should play much better than they did against UNLV and win an easy one over Colorado State.
(19) LSU over Tulane
LSU is struggling, but I don't think that this is a trap game even with Alabama looming. LSU will need to rebound and should have all of its focus on picking up a win this week.
(18) Tulsa over Arkansas
Tulsa leads the nation in scoring offense and should have no problem beating this struggling SEC team in its only game against a BCS conference foe.
(17) Minnesota over Northwestern
Northwestern is without Tyrell Sutton, and Minnesota's defense should be able to shut them down and keep the team's Big 10 championship hopes alive.
(15) Florida State over Georgia Tech
FSU's defense has been stellar with the exception of the Miami game, and they should be good enough to stop Georgia Tech's option attack.
(14) Missouri over Baylor
Chase Daniel will lead Mizzou over one of the weaker Big 12 teams and should keep the Tigers in position to win the Big 12 North if they can beat Kansas in the final game of the season.
(13) TCU over UNLV
TCU should keep its BCS dreams alive with a win over UNLV, who gave a scare to BYU last week.
(11) Boise State over New Mexico State
Boise will win over the Aggies (who are under .500 in the WAC) and keep their BCS dreams alive, although they still need help in the form of a Utah loss, because there isn't anything left on the schedule to beef up their computer numbers.
(10) Utah over New Mexico
I think that New Mexico comes close to pulling the upset as Utah will be looking toward their showdown with TCU the following week, but in the end Utah's talent will just be too much.
(9) Oklahoma State over Iowa State
Oklahoma State will rebound from their loss to Texas and could wind up playing Texas Tech in another top 10 showdown next week.
(6) Georgia over (8) Florida
Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford will be able to lead the Dawgs to a win. The defense should be able to contain Tebow enough to give Georgia a win.
(5) USC over Washington
The biggest news out of Washington is that Willingham is stepping down. I wouldn't be surprised if USC loses again this season, but this Washington team doesn't have the talent or coaching to pull the upset.
(4) Oklahoma over Nebraska
Look for Sam Bradford and company to run all over Nebraska's porous defense and win easily at home.
(2) Alabama over Arkansas State
This should be over by the end of the first half. It will be a tune-up game for the Nov. 8 showdown at LSU.
(7) Texas Tech over (1) Texas
A shootout is almost guaranteed as both teams are in the top five in scoring offense in the nation. I think that after wins over OU, Mizzou, and Oklahoma State, Texas will finally slip up against Mike Leach's high-octane attack. For the Red Raiders, the rough stretch is just beginning, with both Oklahoma teams on the horizon.
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