The Big 12 once again takes center stage this weekend. The new #1 team in the nation, the Texas Longhorns host the #11 Missouri Tigers, while #4 Oklahoma hosts #16 Kansas. Could the Longhorns stay at #1 last just one week?
Notre Dame has a bye this week allowing them two weeks to prepare for Ty Willingham's losers, the Washington Huskies. Notre Dame would really only need one day to prepare for the Huskies but this will just mean the butt whooping will be even worse.
Games That Matter to Me That May Not Matter to You
Nebraska (3-3, 0-2) at Iowa State (2-4, 0-2)
Nebraska came oh so close to shocking Texas Tech in Lubbock last week before QB Joe Ganz was intercepted in OT trying to throw a pass out of bounds. I think their effort against the Red Raiders will inspire some confidence in the Cornhuskers. They need to be dominant against a poor Iowa State team. I think they answer the call.
Prediction: Nebraska 35, Iowa State 20
#11 Missouri (5-1, 1-1) at #1 Texas (6-0, 2-0)
After Texas had defeated Oklahoma Saturday afternoon this was shaping up to be a nice #1 vs. #2 game. Then Missouri went and pissed it all away by losing at home to Oklahoma State. It reminded me of how they squandered their opportunity to play for the national championship last year when they got steamrolled by Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship. Some will use the Missouri is angry argument for why they could win this game but I don't buy it. Texas proved last weekend that they are legit and at home they won't be stopped.
Prediction: Texas 28, Missouri 20
Mississippi (3-3, 1-2) at #2 Alabama (6-0, 3-0)
This won't be a repeat of what Florida allowed Mississippi to do to them at the Swamp. Alabama has had two weeks to prepare for this game and it will show.
Prediction: Alabama 31, Mississippi 17
Michigan (2-4, 1-1) at #3 Penn State (7-0, 3-0)
Michigan has always been a thorn in the side for Penn State. However, if Penn State loses at home to a Michigan team that just lost to Toledo (give me a second: bahahahahhahahahahha) then JoePa needs to retire right after the game.
Prediction: Penn State 52, Michigan 10
#16 Kansas (5-1, 2-0) at #4 Oklahoma (5-1, 1-1)
The we are mad and we are going to take it out on our opponent angle won't work for Missouri but it will for Oklahoma.
Prediction: Oklahoma 41, Kansas 24
#6 USC (4-1, 2-1) at Washington State (1-6, 0-4)
Ty's Huskies might get their only win against Washington State, but probably not.
Prediction: USC 63, Washington State 14
#7 Texas Tech (6-0, 2-0) at Texas A & M (2-4, 0-2)
I am still not sold on Texas Tech and am slightly tempted to pick the upset here, but can't because the Aggies are atrocious.
Prediction: Texas Tech 48, Texas A & M 27
Baylor (3-3, 1-1) at #8 Oklahoma State (6-0, 2-0)
This will be closer than the experts think. Oklahoma State will have a bit of a let down but still survive.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 30, Baylor 23
#9 BYU (6-0, 2-0) at TCU (6-1, 3-0)
If Ball State is ranked then TCU should definitely be ranked. Their only loss came at Oklahoma. They pull of the upset and end BYU's BCS dreams.
Prediction: TCU 34, BYU 31
#22 Vanderbilt (5-1, 3-1) at #10 Georgia (5-1, 2-1)
Vanderbilt's nice little stay in the Top 25 ends this weekend. They have no offense and not enough defense to win at Georgia.
Prediction: Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 12
#12 Ohio State (6-1, 3-0) at #20 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0)
These schools have a few things in common. They have insufferable fans, they have star RBs in Beanie Wells and Javon Ringers, and they both play in the Big Ten. I wish this could just end in a 0-0 tie but college football had to go and adopt overtime. Michigan State starts to collapse this weekend.
Prediction: Ohio State 21, Michigan State 16
#13 LSU (4-1, 2-1) at South Carolina (5-2, 2-2)
LSU was embarrassed in the Swamp and made me happy that I wasn't at home to watch it. The ol ball coach Steve Spurrier was embarrassed by LSU's trickery on a fake field goal last year and is looking for revenge. I think Spurrier has one more big victory left in him.
Prediction: South Carolina 20, LSU 17
Colorado State (3-3, 1-1) at #14 Utah (7-0, 3-0)
The Utes will just try to remain focused on their next two games before TCU.
Prediction: Utah 30, Colorado State 14
Hawaii (3-3, 2-1) at #15 Boise State (5-0, 1-0)
Hawaii surprised me when they beat Fresno State on the road. That got Boise's attention.
Prediction: Boise State 24, Hawaii 17
#17 Virginia Tech (5-1, 3-0) at Boston College (4-1, 1-1)
Tech has won some tough road games at North Carolina and Nebraska. This team just isn't good enough to do it again.
Prediction: Boston College 19, Virginia Tech 16
#18 North Carolina (5-1, 1-1) at Virginia (3-3, 1-1)
Al Groh must have done something as the last two weeks Virginia has actually looked like a decent football team. North Carolina lost start WR Brandon Tate for the season, I think the Cavs continue their recent run of success.
Prediction: Virginia 28, North Carolina 14
Syracuse (1-5, 0-2) at #19 South Florida (5-1, 0-1)
I have a cousin who is a freshman at Syracuse so I want to see them do well. However, they might not be good until long after he leaves.
Prediction: South Florida 31, Syracuse 20
#21 Wake Forest (4-1, 2-0) at Maryland (4-2, 1-1)
Maryland is another Jekyll and Hyde ACC team. Ralph Friedgen get's his team up for these big games and I think Maryland surprises Wake at home.
Prediction: Maryland 17, Wake Forest 13
#23 Pittsburgh (4-1) at Navy (4-2)
Hey look, Pittsburgh is back in the Top 25. That means it's time for them to lose.
Prediction: Navy 31, Pittsburgh 28
#25 California (4-1, 2-0) at Arizona (4-2, 2-1)
I am tempted to pick another upset here but I also want my overall record to stay decent so I will stick with Cal.
Prediction: California 23, Arizona 20
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