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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Picks of the Week

Last week could've gotten really ugly if I had thought to predict more games. Something like 5 of the top fifteen teams got beaten by lower ranked teams. It was hard out there for a pimp. As it was, the only game I got wrong was my Wolverines getting their asses handed to them by the Spartans, so my total only went down to 76%.

This weekend continues the trend of horribly boring match-ups. The SEC has a couple sleeper games that might end up interesting, and the Big Ten and Pac 12 have some key conference matches.

No. 20 Auburn at No. 1 LSU
If you were to go by the rankings this game might seem pretty interesting, except Auburn is still the same ole beatable team they were two weeks ago, and LSU is still the same high-flying, defensive-minded monster it has been the last six weeks. I expect this one to be close until around the middle of the third quarter when LSU stops messing around with Auburn and puts it away for good.
Auburn 17     LSU 38

No. 22 Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)
If it wasn't for last week this game wouldn't have even made it onto this list. But with GA Tech losing to Virginia last weekend, I have to suddenly wonder if they are on a downward spiral. This one comes down to the Yellow Jackets executing their trademarked triple-option. If they do it they will run up the score on this streaky Miami squad.
Georgia Tech 35     Miami 28

Tennessee at No. 2 Alabama
This is another game that looks very different on paper than it will probably play out. UT is staring down the barrel of a losing record in the SEC and 'Bama would be #1 in the country if it wasn't for the pesky Tigers two states over. But this is a heated rivalry and the Vols have a history of spoiling the Tide's party. Just think a few years ago when the eventual National Champions needed last second heroics to get past a rebuilding Vols team. I expect this one to be close.
Tennessee 14     Alabama 24

USC at Notre Dame
Neither team is ranked, but this classic rivalry game still holds a certain mystique. This could really be Brian Kelly's coming out party if he can steer his Irish past a middling Trojan squad. I think he'll do it.
USC 17     Notre Dame 28

No. 6 Wisconsin at No. 16 Michigan State
It is gonna be so pleasurable to watch the Badgers completely dismantle the Spartans in East Lansing. This one won't even be close.
Wisconsin 38     Michigan State 14

No. 25 Washington at No. 8 Stanford
This is a must win situation for the Stanford Cardinal. With the BCS poo-pooing their schedule, Stanford needs to make a statement with a solid defeat of Washington at home. Washington, for their part, aren't buying into the hype. They are undefeated in the Pac 12 too, and are not going to easily roll over and let the Cardinal take a victory lap.
Washington 28     Stanford 35