Rutgers catches South Florida (and Al) napping.
I was hoping to get this post out Thursday before the Rutgers vs. South Florida game, but because I was going to pick South Florida to win, it’s just as well that I had to work late and didn’t have time.
Then I wanted to post it before the Cincinnati vs. West Virginia game, but I was a little giddy from learning that a guy who is apparently the second coming picked UNC for basketball over Duke, Oklahoma, UCLA, Kansas and Iowa state. As a completely classless person when it comes to Duke basketball and Coach K in particular, I truly enjoyed learning we landed a recruit that K really wanted. So, I missed predicting the Cincinnati-WVU game and I didn’t get to watch it, either. That was too bad because it looked like it was a great game and congratulations to the Bearcats for their win. Anyway, onto today’s Top 25 games. You know the rules.
No. 1 Florida at South Carolina. This actually could be a really good game
Current versus former should never be overlooked.
with Spurrier going up against his former team and Meyer. Over the years, I’ve noticed that often former coaches come away with wins against the teams they used to coach, so an upset is not out of the realm of probability. However, this would be a really bad loss for Florida because South Carolina really isn’t very good, so I’ll stick with Florida as the winner.
No. 2 Alabama at Mississippi State. I’m still not quite an Alabama believer, although I can’t explain why. They have some excellent wins on their plate. Maybe it’s because they seem to have eked out most of their wins instead of taking control early and for some reason, the pollsters think that’s bad when Florida or Texas does it but good when Alabama does. Anyway, Mississippi State will probably give them a game simply because they’re playing at home. Once again and true to form, though, I think Alabama will pull it out late. It’s looking a lot like a Florida-Alabama SEC championship game.
No. 3 Texas at Baylor. This is a no-brainer. Baylor had a nice win over Missouri, but it takes more than a nice win to beat the Longhorns.
No. 16 Utah at No. 4 TCU. This is shaping up to be the game of the day and one that’s difficult for me to call because I haven’t watched either team play. But because I’d really like TCU to win and stay undefeated and the football gods hate me, I’ll pick Utah for the upset. It’s win-win for me here: if the Utes pull it off, then I picked the upset. If TCU wins, I’m happy because they remain in the top 4, undefeated. Should Alabama or Florida lose in the SEC Championship game and Texas gets upset, then it’ll be fun seeing all the commentators bring out charts, graphs, spreadsheets and laptops to explain why the BCS overlooked them for the National Championship game and went with either Texas, USC or Ohio State as the No. 2 team.
Idaho at No. 6 Boise State. An in-state rivalry usually makes for a good game. Plus, Idaho isn’t exactly crappy. But this is still Boise State’s game to lose and I don’t think they will.
No. 7 Georgia Tech at Duke. I want Georgia Tech to win this one very badly, so I’m going to pick them. At the end of the season, I want Duke to have either the same amount of ACC losses as UNC or more. The constant “Butchie is 2-3 in the ACC” chanting (albeit facetious) from fans whose team has a losing record is starting to get to me. But since we’re talking about the ACC here and Georgia Tech had to beat Wake Forest in overtime, I don’t think anyone can really predict this game.
Please, Yellowjackets, please!
Louisiana Tech at No. 8 LSU. LSU is playing at home. I think that tips the scales in their favor.
Stanford at No. 9 USC. USC is still in the Top 10…why? Because they beat an Ohio State team that was only slightly more overrated than they are? Please. They’ll win this one against Stanford, who is probably too exhausted after upsetting Oregon to play well for the entire game, and the sycophants pollsters will move them up to No. 5.
No. 10 Iowa at No. 11 Ohio State. Sorry, Iowa. You’ve had your moment in the sun, but it’s over now. Ohio State desperately needs this win to be considered National Championship contenders. And if they win this, they will be. They’ll be on those charts and graphs that will be used to show why an undefeated TCU team can’t be in the National Championship game—using strength of schedule, RPI, blah, blah as the evidence. The only evidence is Ohio State in a National Championship game = big $$$$$ for all, including the network that broadcasts that game and the venue where it’s played.
Notre Dame at No. 12 Pittsburgh. Despite the fact that Notre Dame has played a tougher schedule than Pitt and it’ll be interesting to see how Pitt handles playing against a perennial media darling, I think that Notre Dame is now in their end-of-season freefall.
Arizona State at No. 13 Oregon. Here’s more disgusting sucking-up polling injustice. Oregon has one quality loss (Boise State) and one not-so-good loss (Stanford) in a close game. USC has an embarrassing loss (Washington) and a crushing defeat at the hands of a quality team (Oregon). Oregon beat USC. USC beat Ohio State. Yet, USC is 9 and Oregon is 13. Anyway, I digress. Oregon is better than their loss at Stanford makes them look. Arizona State is feisty, but I think Oregon will get the win.
No. 14 Miami at UNC. All I’m saying about this one is I hope I’m right for the reasons stated in my Georgia Tech vs. Duke prediction above. Maybe the football gods will grant me this and the Georgia Tech wish since today’s my brother’s birthday and they don’t hate him as much as they hate me.
No. 15 Houston at. UCF. Poor UCF—first Texas and now Houston. I bet they’re glad that they’re staying in Florida for this one.
Arizona's playing in one of Al's games of the week.
No. 17 Arizona at California. This should be a great game. I think that both teams will battle it out to the end, but Arizona will come out on top.
Indiana at No. 18 Penn State. Indiana just can’t quite put an entire game together. It’s possible that this is an upset in the making, but I don’t see it.
Texas Tech at No. 19 Oklahoma State. This one is tough to call because it’s always difficult to determine how all the different Texas teams are going to play. Texas Tech has had some quality wins this season; Oklahoma State, not so much. But Texas Tech plays better at home, so I’m giving Oklahoma State the home field advantage.
Michigan at No. 20 Wisconsin. Following the precedent set by Notre Dame, it’s time for the Big 10 teams that are ranked for no other reason than they’re in the Big 10 to begin their “epic fails.” Wisconsin fits the mold.
No. 21 Virginia Tech at Maryland. Because Virginia Tech has now had their embarrassing ACC loss, they’ll probably pull this one out. It’s getting close to the time of the ACC title game and the inevitable “Oh, geez, the Hokies are getting crushed by Cincinnati” cry of the ACC faithful watching the Orange Bowl.
No. 22 Brigham Young at New Mexico. Brigham Young’s pretty good. New Mexico’s pretty horrible. Enough said.
Washington at No. 23 Oregon State. Washington’s a spoiler team. Oregon State is difficult to figure and I’m not exactly sure why they’re ranked. I’d like to see the Beavers spoil Washington’s spoiling, though, so that’s why I’ve picked them.
And that wraps up this week’s picks. Go Heels! Go Yellow Jackets!