Week 14 College Football Picks: The Rivalry Edition

Tim PollockSenior Writer INovember 27, 2008

So much football goodness this weekend.  Too bad I’ll be at a wedding. 
Lots of Friday games from which to choose, but I’m going with two SEC games and a Wannstache classic:

Mississippi State at Ole Miss

Plain and simple:  The Bulldogs just can’t keep up with the Rebels, who have all kinds of confidence after embarrassing LSU last week.

Can Houston Nut please get some respect?

Winner:  Ole Miss, 31-17

LSU at Arkansas

It’s tempting to pull the trigger on the upset here, but if Mississippi State can score 31 on Arkansas, something tells me LSU can string together a few drives. 

Charles Scott and Co. rumble for big gains and career days against a porous Arkansas defense, which is ranked dead last in the SEC.   

The Dick Boys (seriously, Arkansas has two Dicks on its team—brothers Casey and Nathan, who got his first start last week) will get some yards in the air against a suspect LSU secondary, but eventually the well will run dry, a pick or two will be thrown, and the Tigers will pull away. 

And Harry Coleman will be flagged for something stupid. 

Winner:  LSU, 37-27

West Virginia at Pitt

With little at stake, I just can’t see Pitt taking down WVU two years in a row.  You have to think West Virginia circled this game at the beginning of the year. 

Pat White and Noel Devine to get loose…

Winner:  West Virginia, 30-21

On to Saturday’s games:

Georgia Tech at Georgia

Man, this game is interesting.  The Yellow Jackets absolutely ripped through Miami’s defense last week while Georgia has been all over the place recently.  

I want to call upset here, but since it’s in Athens—where Richt is pretty close to perfect—the Bulldogs sneak away with a win.   

Winner:  Georgia, 28-24

Virginia at Virginia Tech

At home with a chance to play for the ACC title? 

Not a chance the Hokies blow this one.  And by “not a chance,” I mean they may just blow it.

Winner:  Virginia Tech, 24-20

South Carolina at Clemson

After Clemson’s disastrous start, they have put together a decent run—and a win over the Gamecocks would give the teams equal regular season records. 

The last time Carolina played, they were embarrassed on CBS as the Gators ate them up in every phase of the game, so I like Carolina’s defense to respond big time and slow down the Tigers’ rushing attack and get to the quarterback often.   

Bragging rights and instate recruiting are on the line—and in a big way.

Winner:  South Carolina, 24-20 (Click here for a more extensive game preview.)

Kansas vs. Missouri

Kansas has disappointed this year, and practically no one is talking about Missouri.  It feels like the Tigers should put the smackdown on KU, but something tells me Mangino’s kids will keep it relatively close in this rivalry game.  

Winner:  Mizzou, 40-30

Auburn at Alabama

Say what you want about how bad Auburn is, but they still own six wins in a row over the Tide.  While I’m not suggesting Auburn is going to pull off the upset, I do think they will make in interesting for a while. 

Bama’s home field provides too much help in the end.

Winner:  Alabama, 20-17

Florida at Florida State

The Seminoles should come out of the gate on fire, and I expect them to hit Florida with a big play—either an offensive strike or a defensive score. 

But over time, the Noles lack of a running game will force too many passes—and that’s when things will go all wrong for FSU. 

Florida takes a small lead at half and runs away with it in the second half. 

Winner:  Florida, 38-24

Kentucky at Tennessee

After Tennessee’s win over Vandy last week, the Vols finally have some confidence—and it comes at a perfect time.

Fulmer’s last game at home won’t be on the same scale as Joe Tiller’s farewell game, but I see the Vols putting together their best game of the season.  They might even pass for a touchdown. 

And I’m going out on a limb and saying that Eric Berry will do something good. 

Winner:  Tennessee, 27-17

Oregon at Oregon State

The dream season continues for the Beavers, mainly because they just continue to find ways to win.  And because I really don’t want USC to win the Pac-10 again.  

Winner: Oregon State, and your 2008 Pac-10 Champions, 31-30

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Trying to figure out the Big 12 or ACC is simply madness this year.  Let’s be honest, we all think Oklahoma will win this game, but nobody feels great about the pick. 

That said, you gotta feed the hot hand, and Oklahoma is boiling right now. 

Winner:  Oklahoma, 38-30

Notre Dame at USC


Winner:  USC, 45-6


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