Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Cram Session - Week 7
There are three games between ranked teams this week, including the classic Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma. Notre Dame get's a chance to earn its way into the Top 25 as they travel to ranked North Carolina and Nebraska will try to avoid giving up 100 points as they play their first road game of the year against Texas Tech. Oh and one more thing, I not only correctly predicted Vanderbilt would defeat Auburn, I also correctly predicted the final score of 14-13, so yeah, I am a bit of a genius (nevermind those other games I got wrong).
#5 Texas (5-0, 1-0) vs. #1 Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0)
This game has everything any college football fan could want. A huge rivalry, and a game where the winner will not only likely go on to win the Big 12 South, but also keep themselves alive for a national championship. Texas was overlooked heading into this year, and the lack of pressure seems to have served them well. Oklahoma has been unstoppable and the Longhorns won't be able to slow them down.
Prediction: Oklahoma 30, Texas 20
#17 Oklahoma State (5-0, 1-0) at #3 Missouri (5-0, 1-0)
Oklahoma State may stand a chance if they don't spit on Missouri QB Chase Daniel, it makes him angry.
Prediction: Missouri 35, Oklahoma State 14
#4 LSU (4-0, 2-0) at #11 Florida (4-1, 2-1)
This game lost a bit of its luster after Florida's shocking home loss to Ole Miss. I still don't buy into LSU, and I think Florida QB Tim Tebow has a big game to lead the Gators to victory.
Prediction: Florida 24, LSU 21
#6 Penn State (6-0, 2-0) at Wisconsin (3-2, 0-2)
The wheels are starting to come off for Wisconsin and Madison will be in full panic mode after a loss here.
Prediction: Penn State 27, Wisconsin 17
Nebraska (3-2, 0-1) at #7 Texas Tech (5-0, 1-0)
Texas Tech proved me wrong and won a game on the road that in the past they likely would have lost. Nebraska is in a state of turmoil, the team lacks discipline, my brother's pee wee football team could score 35 on them and to make matters worse they have to go back to Lubbock where they infamously lost 70-21 a few years ago. I don't think Bo will let it get that bad this time but until Nebraska get's any semblance of a defense they will continue to be outmatched.
Prediction: Texas Tech 58, Nebraska 31
Arizona State (2-3, 1-1) at #8 USC (3-1, 1-1)
Both teams starting QB's might miss this one which would give Razorback fans the joy or the misery of seeing former QB Mitch Mustain start for the Trojans. Either way USC is virtually unbeatable at home, as Oregon can attest to.
Prediction: USC 38, Arizona State 14
New Mexico (3-3, 1-1) at #9 BYU (5-0, 1-0)
BYU could really use some competition.
Prediction: BYU 48, New Mexico 20
Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) at #10 Georgia (4-1, 1-1)
Tennessee was supposed to have a confidence building game against Northern Illinois last week. Instead they just reaffirmed how bad they suck.
Prediction: Georgia 20, Tennessee 7
Purdue (2-3, 0-1) at #12 Ohio State (5-1, 2-0)
I am begging someone from the Big Ten to beat Ohio State so we don't have to be stuck watching them in the National Championship game after they sneak in again.
Prediction: Ohio State 34, Purdue 17
#13 Vanderbilt (5-0, 3-0) at Mississippi State (1-4, 0-2)
I am happy to see Vanderbilt's success. As for Mississippi State, their coach Sylvester Croom should start updating his resume.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 27, Mississippi State 7
#14 Utah (6-0, 2-0) at Wyoming (2-4, 0-3)
I accidentally gave Utah the shaft and neglected to pick their game against Oregon State last week. For all my blog readers that are Utes fans I would have picked them to win, hope we're cool.
Prediction: Utah 41, Wyoming 10
#15 Boise State (4-0) at Southern Mississippi (2-3)
I thought about picking the upset here but then I remembered that Brett Favre hasn't been the Southern Miss QB for about 20 years.
Prediction: Boise State 28, Southern Mississippi 14
Colorado (3-2, 0-1) at #16 Kansas (4-1, 1-0)
Kansas had way too much trouble with Iowa State, while Colorado, who was a trendy upset pick over Texas, was flattened at home. Kansas QB Todd Reesing will have a field day on his home turf.
Prediction: Kansas 44, Colorado 20
Arkansas (2-3, 0-2) at #20 Auburn (4-2, 2-2)
Not quite sure why Auburn is still ranked as they have lost to the two good teams they played. Luckily for them they play an awful team in Arkansas.
Prediction: Auburn 20, Arkansas 6
Clemson (3-2, 1-1) at #21 Wake Forest (3-1, 1-0)
One rule about a Tommy Bowden coached Clemson team, they win the games they shouldn't and lose the games they should win. I smell upset, especially since this game will be on upset Thursday.
Prediction: Clemson 24, Wake Forest 20
Notre Dame (4-1) at #22 North Carolina (4-1)
If Notre Dame wins this one and isn't ranked then I would love to hear all the Notre Dame haters blab on and on about how Notre Dame get's unjustified attention and respect. Keep talking about last year haters, win or lose this one, Notre Dame is having a winning season and Charlie is building a consistent winner.
Prediction: Notre Dame 24, North Carolina 21
#23 Michigan State (5-1, 2-0) at Northwestern (5-0, 1-0)
Northwestern is another team that should be ranked. The voters will have no choice after this one.
Prediction: Northwestern 28, Michigan State 27
#25 Ball State (6-0) at Western Kentucky (2-4)
Why is Ball State ranked? Did alum Jason Whitlock eat all the other voters (Har har har har, google an image of him, then the lame joke will be somewhat less lame).
Prediction: Ball State 34, Western Kentucky 30
Last Week: 15-3