Last weekend, I went 19-5 on my picks. At least 3 of the 5 losses were either flukes or last second wins. I’m not saying I am good or anything.
Thursday night games:
#2 Florida State at Louisville: Louisville has the top defense in the country and Florida State has been looking to be upset all season and this could be the one.
At the risk of starting off with a negative mark, I am going to pick Louisville to upset the Seminoles. Florida State has a 23 game win streak going, but has not played impressively at all this season. Last year, Jameis Winston was a leader and this year he has been more of a distraction at times. Now, the Seminoles are dealing with more off the field issues with Karlos Williams. Last week, they got outplayed by Notre Dame and were fortunate to win. On Thursday, Louisville will be more than prepared and I am not feeling good about Florida State’s chances.
Friday night games: Halloween!!!!!
Cincinnati at Tulane: Will Cincinnati Quarterback Gunner Kiel be back this week? Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville says he will be, but then Tuberville tells recruits he will be right back and escapes from the bathroom so I am not sure how good his word is.
With or without Gunner Kiel, the Bearcats should romp.
Tulsa at Memphis: Memphis Quarterback Paxton Lynch is one of my favorite players. He’s a 6-7, 230 Quarterback that has excellent mobility and a good arm. Memphis is 4-3 on the season but losses have come to Ole Miss and UCLA. They will give Tulsa a good beating.
Saturday November 1st:
Texas at Texas Tech: Bad versus worse. Tech will be up for Texas and Texas will just be going through the motions like zombies that don’t want to play this game. Wonder when ESPN demands money back and cancels the Longhorn Network? Texas is 3-5 and so is Tech. Texas Tech may have the worst defense in the country, but Texas will counter with maybe the worst offense. When a game is a toss up, I usually go with the team with the better defense which would be Texas. I don’t feel good about this pick at all.
Florida vs # 5 Georgia: This game is often entertaining. Georgia needs this game to survive in the standings and Florida needs it to maybe produce a winning season. Georgia has one of the better Offensive Lines around but have it’s work cut out for them with the Gator defense. No matter what anyone says about Florida coach Will Muschamp, the man does know defense.
Florida will start true freshman Treon Harris over Jeff Driskel at Quarterback but it really won’t matter because with new Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the Georgia Bulldogs have a defense, too.
Georgia wins this game.
#4 Auburn at #7 Ole Miss: Ole Miss is in my game of the week for the second straight week. Needless to say, both of these teams need a win here.
USC at Washington State: USC struggling at 5-3 and Washington State even more so at 2-6. Cougars are always dangerous and they are the only team to beat Utah who just beat the Trojans. Pullman is a tough place to visit and this Trojan team is not as good as most of us thought. USC lacks depth but should have enough to beat the Cougars.
#21 Oklahoma at Iowa State: The Sooners have not played up to standards this season. After shocking the world and beating Alabama in their bowl game, the same world expected them to keep it going. 2 conference losses have them pretty much out of the running but there’s still a good bowl possibility and a lot of pride on the line.
Sooners win easily.
#18 Wisconsin at Rutgers: In my opinion, the Badgers have been slightly disappointing this season. Running back Melvin Gordon has been as good as advertised and then some, but the rest of the team not so much. They still have instability at the Quarterback position and really not much is happening at the Wide Receiver positions.
Rutgers has been a somewhat pleasant surprise in their first season in the Big 10, going 5-3 so far. This should be a good game, but I have to go with Wisconsin.
# 24 East Carolina at Temple: Temple started the season off with a bang, but then lost the last two games. East Carolina is probably better than either team that they lost to and this game will be hard for them. After losing to South Carolina in game 2, the East Carolina Pirates have won 5 straight. They should make this game 6 straight.
#22 Duke at Pittsburgh: David Cutcliffe has done an amazing job at Duke. The great thing about the Duke job is that nobody expects much out of you because it is a basketball school. Pittsburgh is a team that is hard to figure. They were horrible last time out turning the ball over 5 times in the 1st quarter. Pitt could rise up and surprise Duke, but I am taking the safer and more consistent team in Duke.
Boston College at Virginia Tech: I just want to see if I can get the Hokies right in one game this season. Both of these schools are really inconsistent. I thought earlier that Michael Brewer would have the Virginia Tech Hokies playing better this season, but I was so wrong.
This game is a toss up but I am still going to try Virginia Tech. Maybe I will get them right one week this season.
North Carolina at Miami: I was also wrong about North Carolina this season. I expected more out of them, and 4-4 is not going to get it done. The Hurricanes haven’t been all that great either, but they are really young and have some up and coming talent.
Hurricanes should win this game.
Washington at Colorado: Washington has been a fun team to watch this season. Colorado is still trying to find that old magic they had back in the Big 8 days. The Buffaloes are improved but a year or two away. Colorado took UCLA to double Overtime before falling.
I like CU, but have to go with Washington and their defense.
North Carolina State at Syracuse: The Wolfpack is 4-4 on the year and Syracuse is 3-5. I have been very impressed with Syracuse against Notre Dame, Florida State and Clemson. Syracuse plays tough defense and their offense is led by up and coming true freshman Quarterback AJ Long.
Syracuse has looked good and it’s time for that to translate into wins.
# 13 TCU at #23 West Virginia: West Virginia has 2 losses but is really hard to beat at home even though Oklahoma whipped them there earlier in the season. TCU has one of the hotter offenses in the country, but I am picking West Virginia at home.
Purdue at #19 Nebraska: Purdue is like Syracuse in that they are very much better than last season, but the results are a year or two away. Nebraska struggled early but has come on strong and they have one of the top players in the country in Ameer Abdullah.
nebraska takes this game because it’s at home.
Kentucky at Missouri: The Missouri Tigers are one of those teams that I keep trying to write off but every time I do they come bouncing back. They are totally unpredictable and especially at home. Other than getting hammered by LSU, the Kentucky Wildcats have been outstanding this year. I like their defense and I like Quarterback Patrick Towles. Missouri seems to be better on the road than at home and the Kentuckians tend to be better at home.
This is a dangerous pick for my record but I need to go with Kentucky and head coach Mark Stoops.
Arkansas at #1 Mississippi State: Arkansas still has not won a conference game. Mississippi State is really tough no matter where they play, but they are even tougher at home.
I like Arkansas and the way they play, but I am picking the #1 team in the country to win this one. The Arkansas run game vs the Psycho Defense should be interesting.
Tennessee at South Carolina: The Gamecocks have had a disappointing season after 3 years in a row at 11-2. They are sitting at 4-4 currently and 2-4 in the conference and out of the running for a championship. The Vols looked significantly better in my eyes with the switch to Joshua Dobbs at Quarterback against the Crimson Tide last weekend.
I am picking South Carolina just because of the youth of the Vols, but look for them to continue to improve and challenge for honors next season.
Stanford at Oregon: This was one of the games that was on my early season list but was ruined by Stanford having a sub par season with 3 losses and Arizona upsetting the Oregon Ducks on a Thursday night.
These schools have had a nice little rivalry lately and the last 2 seasons have been dominated by the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford still has a great defense and I wouldn’t completely rule them out in this game. The main difference between this season and last is that Stanford doesn’t have that big Running Back like the last few years like Tyler Gaffney.
Oregon wins this game as Stanford continues it’s slide.
Notre Dame at Navy: Navy has been a problem for a lot of more talented teams in recent years because of their unconventional offense. This Notre Dame team is better than they have been in recent years. They pushed the Seminoles around on both sides of the ball and that should carry over.
The Fighting Irish should dominate.
JT Barrett replaced Miller at Quarterback and has taken off recently. The Buckeyes are 6-1 on the season and still very much alive in the Big 10 race and also alive for a playoff spot.
Illinois is 4-4 on the year and they are in a little over there head with Ohio State. The Buckeyes have won 5 straight and expect that number to be 6 after this game.
Oklahoma State at # 14 Kansas State: The Wildcats are really tough at home and they have a really good team this season. Oklahoma State surprised everyone early on by hanging with Florida State, but has been disappointing since that time.
Jake Waters and Kansas State should punish OSU.
California at Oregon State: California is yet another school that is highly improved over last season. They were 1-11 last season and this year they are 4-4 so far. The only team that really beat them was Washington and they are just a few plays this way or that from being 7-1 or 6-2.
Oregon State has been something of a disappointment with their senior Quarterback. They are 4-3 on the year, but they haven’t looked particularly impressive even in their wins.
Cal coach Sonny Dykes is one of the more impressive coaches in the country and I don’t want to pick against him but I think the OSU Beavers win this one.
# 20 Arizona at UCLA: The Bruins of UCLA beat Arizona State senseless a few weeks back, but other than that they have underperformed all season. UCLA has the talent to be good.
Arizona is 6-1 on the year with their only loss being a 2 point loss to USC a few weeks back. The Wildcats don’t have the best of defenses but they have one of the best offenses in the country.
I keep thinking the Bruins are going to emerge and become the team that everyone thought they should be, so I am picking the Bruins.
# 25 Utah at # 15 Arizona State: This should be one of the better games of the week. Arizona State Sun Devils have been pretty good all season other than their loss to the UCLA Bruins. Starting Quarterback Taylor Kelly missed some playing time to injury and back up Mike Bercovici was maybe even better than Kelly.
Utah leads the nation in sacks and Defensive End Nate Orchard is dangerous coming off the edge. At home, I have to take Arizona State.
This isn’t the most exciting of football weekends other than the Game of the Week between Auburn and Ole Miss.
There are a few other games that should have been good like Georgia vs Florida and Stanford vs Oregon.