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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Picks of the Week

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. I had a pretty good run until this past weekend when everything completely fell apart for me. I went a measly 2 for 7 bringing my total for the season down to 39 out of 57, or 68%. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.

This week has some monsters in it, and while it won't completely clarify anything in any conference, it will certainly help decide who is for real and who isn't.

No. 6 LSU at No. 4 Auburn
First up is the battle of the two last unbeatens in the SEC. While the SEC East looks like a pee-wee league, the West currently boasts five of the six Top 25 teams in the SEC. Yes, you read that right, folks. Five of the six teams in the SEC West are in the Top 25. But only one can win the division, and anyone with half a brain or outside of Tuscaloosa would have their money on one of these two teams. The line on the game is that Auburn is beginning to rally behind Heisman hopeful Cam Newton, while LSU has somehow limped into an unbeaten season. But that storyline ignores the fact that Auburn itself required overtime to beat a struggling Clemson, barely scraped by Kentucky and didn't do no hotter against Miss St. than anyone else who's played them this year. So, what will it be, then? Will The Gambler finally play a bad hand, or was LSU's offensive woes a thing of yesteryear? Either way, one of these teams will be undefeated and in the Top Two after this game. I'm betting on the Tigers.
LSU 14 Auburn 35

No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 15 Iowa
Well, Wisconsin certainly got America's attention again after trouncing the No. 1 team in the country, Ohio State. While both teams have one loss, Iowa is undefeated in the Big Ten with future contests against both Michigan State and Ohio State, which means that if the Hawkeyes can find a way to scoot passed Wisky the conference championship will likely be decided in Kinnick Stadium the very next weekend when Iowa hosts the Spartans. Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, I think Michigan showed they can be beaten by a disciplined team who punches them in the mouth. The Badgers are nothing if not disciplined. Expect this one to be slow grinding Big ten football at its best.
Wisconsin 24 Iowa 21

No. 16 Nebraska at No. 14 Oklahoma State
This game would have been a bigger deal if Nebraska hadn't gone and sucked it up against Texas. As it is, the Cowboys are still looking for someone to call them out as the posers that they are and maybe a pissed off Cornhuskers squad are just the bunch of crazy people to do it. Plus, a victory on Saturday would keep Nebraska's Big 12 title hopes alive. I think revenge wins the day.
Nebraska 35 Oklahoma State 28

No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 11 Missouri
I dunno what to say about this game. I ain't convinced either of these team deserve their current ranking, but the up side of the game is that afterwards one of them will be ranked lower. I hope it's Oklahoma because I'm fairly certain Missouri is gonna suffer a beat down at someone else's hands later in the season, so it would be more convenient to just get the Sooners' ridiculous NC game hopes dashed as quickly as possible. In all honesty, no one wants to see Oklahoma lose to Oregon or an SEC team, just like no one wants to see Ohio State do the same. It's just sad. Like watching Rocky fighting Tommy Gunn at the end of Rocky 5, only if Rocky didn't end up winning and just laid helpless and bleeding from the temples on the wet cobblestones. Go Wildcats!
Oklahoma 21 Missouri 24

Air Force at No. 5 TCU
Maybe I shouldn't include this game since no one is actually going to watch it, but the pollsters had the audacity to rank Air Force ahead of my precious Wolverines a few weeks back, and I'm still ticked about it, so I'm putting it in ink that I hope Air Force gets their booties kicked by some Horny Frogs.
Air Force 28 TCU 45