Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Last week I struggled with my picks, going 14-8, but overall I am having a very good season. My upset picks last week were right on for most, but others I missed completely. Hopefully this week I can get back on track!
Rivalry week gives us some great matchups and a lot of passion from the fans! It should be a great holiday weekend for football, and hopefully the BCS picture will become a little more clear...I highly doubt it though.
Thursday Night Thanksgiving Football
Texas A&M at No. 2 Texas
Winner: TEXAS 51-17. This A&M team is not nearly talented enough or experienced enough to even challenge this Longhorns team.
"Black Friday" Football
West Virginia at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Winner: PITTSBURGH 31-24. Look for Pitt's running back McCoy to have a huge day (at least 140 yards and two TDs) vs. that WV defense.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Winner: OLE MISS 28-14. Houston Nutt is a great coach and his Rebels are a solid team. Miss. St., on the other hand, is not so good.
LSU at Arkansas
Winner: UPSET ALERT! Arkansas beats LSU 27-24. I just don't see LSU's offense putting up enough points. Arkansas isn't a good team, but neither is LSU.
Colorado at Nebraska
Winner: NEBRASKA 35-24. Both teams have a bright future, but Nebraska is simply better right now.
Fresno State at No. 9 Boise State
Winner: BOISE STATE 33-20. The Bulldogs of Fresno St. have not met expectations this season and won't spoil Boise State's year either.
UCLA at Arizona State
Winner: ARIZONA STATE in a tight one, 27-21. Arizona State is having an awful season but is still barely talented enough to hold off the young UCLA Bruins squad.
No. 22 Georgia Tech at No. 11 Georgia
Winner: GEORGIA 31-22. The Yellow Jackets are a talented team and will definitely give the Bulldogs a good game, but I think Moreno has a huge game for Georgia.
Syracuse at No. 16 Cincinnati
Winner: CINCINNATI 37-14. The 'Cuse had a huge win last week, but this week will be another story.
Miami at NC State
Winner: NC State 31-28. Miami struggles on the road, and NC State is playing much better. I don't think the "U" can handle the Wolf Pack this weekend.
South Carolina at Clemson
Winner: CLEMSON 24-17. Both teams have been a disappointment, but I still think the Tigers are a better team. When will Spurrier produce a good quarterback again?
Virginia at Virginia Tech
Winner: VIRGINIA TECH 20-10. The Hokies are not as good as years past, but they are still good enough to make it to Tampa for the ACC Championship.
Kansas vs. No. 13 Missouri
Winner: MISSOURI 48-27. Offense galore here, and Missouri has enough defense to beat Kansas pretty soundly
Auburn at No. 1 Alabama
Winner: ALABAMA closer than people expect, 28-12. Alabama is just better in all facets, period. However, Auburn has a lot of pride and makes this close for a little while.
No. 4 Florida at No. 20 Florida State
Winner: FLORIDA 42-18. The Seminoles are improving and are on their way back, but Florida is too talented on offense.
Baylor at No. 7 Texas Tech
Winner: TEXAS TECH 49-24. The Red Raiders may start sluggishly due to last week's pathetic showing, but they will wake up in the mid-second quarter and pound the Bears.
Maryland at No. 21 Boston College
Winner: UPSET ALERT! MARYLAND ends BC's ACC Championship dreams 27-17. If Boston College's quarterback was playing, I would take the Eagles, but with a backup quarterback in this pressure-filled game...I will take the Terps.
North Carolina at Duke
Winner: NORTH CAROLINA 31-17. Both teams are on their way up from the bottom of the ACC but still have a lot of work to do.
Kentucky at Tennessee
Winner: Tennessee 24-13. I just don't see the Vols letting Fulmer go on a losing note. Congrats to Fulmer on a great career.
No. 23 Oregon at No. 17 Oregon State
Winner: UPSET ALERT! OREGON stuns the Beavers and wins 34-27. As a USC fan, I'm hoping Oregon State wins so USC can go to a different BCS bowl and show all of the haters that they are not an overrated program. Unfortunately, I don't think they can win without their star running back playing.
Notre Dame at No. 5 USC
Winner: USC 41-16. USC is a great team, and Notre Dame was supposed to be a great team...there is a big difference. I think USC might begin slowly like usual but will dominate the Irish throughout.
No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 12 Oklahoma State
Winner: OKLAHOMA 41-27. The Cowboys will put up a good fight for a while, but the Sooners' depth will be too much. Bradford should have a big game but might throw a couple interceptions as well that will keep OSU in the game for a while.
* Enjoy the games everyone, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Feel free to let me know your opinions and picks as well.