College Football Picks, Week 9
#11 Michigan State @ #14 Nebraska: I’m really torn on this. Is Michigan State going to experience an emotional letdown after last week’s thrilling last-second victory over Wisconsin, or will they have gained confidence from it and come out firing, feeling like they can beat anyone? I’m gonna go with their defense over Nebraska’s somewhat struggling offense. (Oh, and a side note- the Spartan’s mascot, with that ginormous head, is creepy).
Missouri @ #16 Texas A&M: I’m in the same quandry predicting how the Aggies will react to last week’s upset of then-#3 Oklahoma. Missouri, however, is far less dangerous than Nebraska. I won’t be shocked if it’s close, I also wouldn’t be shocked by a blowout, but A&M will win.
Purdue @ #18 Michigan: I’m not sure how Purdue pulled off the Illinois upset last week; I’ve been less-than-impressed with the Boilermakers this season. Michiganshould get back on track Saturday after their Week 7 loss to Sparty followed by their off week.
#10 Arkansas @ Vanderbilt: Arkansas by at least two TDs.
#12 Virginia Tech @ Duke: VT by at least two TDs.
Washington State @ #7 Oregon: Oregon by at least two TDs.
Baylor @ #3 Oklahoma State: I’m going to go out on a limb and pick this as my upset of the week. Baylor.
#9 Oklahoma @ #8 Kansas State: K-State has a good football team, but I can’t see Oklahoma losing two in a row. I’m taking the Sooners.
Illinois @ #19 Penn State: Interesting game. Illinois was ranked until losing to Purdue last week; Penn State has a good record but hasn’t played anybody all that impressive aside from Alabama, a game they lost. I’m taking Penn State at home in a close one.
#22 Georgia @ Florida: Ah, the game formerly known as The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Another tough one to pick. Georgia has been unimpressive to me, although admittedly I haven’t seen an entire Georgia game in a few weeks now. Florida has lost three in a row, but two of those losses were to #1 LSU and #2 Alabama. If Florida has QB John Brantley healthy for the game, they should be able to get themselves back on track. If they have to play one of their true freshman backups again, the Dawgs can take it.
#25 West Virginia @ Rutgers: A conference game soon to be a non-conference game – maybe. My pick is WV.
Colorado @ #21 Arizona State: ASU by at least 14.
Iowa State @ #20 Texas Tech: TT flies under the radar a bit, probably because it’s one of several ranked teams in the Big 12. They should beat the Cyclones handily.
Ole Miss @ #23 Auburn: Auburn’s ranking goes to show you just how dominant LSU is. Auburn lost to them 45-10 last week, and they’re still ranked. I expect the Tigers to rebound this week against a weak Ole Miss team.
#13 South Carolina @ Tennessee: The Gamecocks suffered a major blow last weekend when RB Marcus Lattimore’s season ended due to a knee injury. They shouldn’t miss him all that much against a mediocre Tennessee team.
#5 Clemson at Georgia Tech: Clemson has tough opponents in three of their next four games (Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and South Carolina). A lot of teams have had trouble stopping the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option, but I think Clemson’s defense is up to the task. Not one of my more confident picks, but I’m taking Clemson.
#6 Stanford @ USC: USC looked very good beating Notre Dame last week, but Stanford is on another level altogether (apologies to B.Kerr). I can’t see them beating Stanford.
#15 Wisconsin @ Ohio State: I expect the Badgers to be angry and ornery after last week’s loss to Michigan State, and I don’t think the Buckeyes have the skill to handle it.