Each week I pick all 10 of the games being played by the teams ranked in the AP Top 10. To make it easy on me if two top 10 teams play on another or a team has a bye, I fill in the gap by picking another game or games to make it a nice round number of 10 games a week that I’m picking. I have also decided to start picking SEC games this week (I like to follow the SEC blog on ESPN). Granted there are several SEC teams in the top 10! I’ve been doing the picks since the start of the season but I’m just starting to actually publish them today since this blog just started earlier this week.
Current record: 33-7
On to the picks……………………
Ole Miss @ #1 Alabama (-30): Pretty much no contest here. The Rebel Black bears have lost 14 straight SEC games and I suspect they won’t snap that streak against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Alabama beats the Rebel Black bears easily. Ole Miss 7, Alabama 42
#2 Oregon @ Washington St. (+30 ½): Oregon’s offense has been dominant all season and the Washington St. defense helped them to a loss to Colorado. There’s no team in the Pac 12 that’s worse than Colorado. No real contest in this one. Ducks will be easy winners. Oregon 55, Washington St. 10
Towson @ #3 LSU (Off): The Tigers may have struggled offensively last week against Auburn but they won’t this week. Expect LSU to do some sharpening of their offense in their last pre-season game of the year. LSU 35, Towson 3
#4 Florida St. @ South Florida (+17): Great performance by the ‘Noles last week in a game many people thought they would lose. South Florida has dropped to in a row. Something in me wants to pick this on as an upset, but I think I’ll pass. Florida St. 30, South Florida 24
Tennessee @ #5 Georgia (-13): Tennessee was my pick to win the SEC east this year, but a loss to Florida put that in jeopardy. Georgia has shown they are ready to ascend back to the top. Georgia totally ruins my pick this week. Tennessee 14, Georgia 28
#6 South Carolina @ Kentucky (+21): South Carolina as an entire team has looked much better each week. Kentucky hasn’t. The Wildcats will probably play with some emotion early, but that will fade. South Carolina 35, Kentucky 16
#8 Stanford @ Washington: I didn’t see an upset coming in this one, but I probably should have. Sure Stanford looked good against USC, but Andrew Luck is gone and this is a different team. I don’t believe in them and probably shouldn’t have picked them.
#25 Baylor @ #9 West Virginia (-11): I’ve yet to see Baylor play this year but I do know that RG3 is now in the NFL. That being said I know Baylor is a different team, but doesn’t West Virginia always find a way to kill their own national championship hype? This is their first Big 12 game and I’m sure the atmosphere in Morgantown will be unbelievable. Early game (11am CST), 1st game against Big 12 competition, WVU is often overhyped…..BAZINGA, UPSET! Baylor 35, West Virginia 31
#12 Texas @ Oklahoma St. (+2): I hate games like this, because they force me to pick with my head instead of my heart. Texas is much improved and that includes their running game. The Cowboys still don’t know who will be taking snaps from center after the injury to their starter Lunt (or at least if they do they’re not telling the public). Not good news for the Pokes. Texas 30, Oklahoma St. 20
#14 Ohio State @ #20 Michigan St (-2): Michigan St. has looked bad in only one game. Ohio State has looked bad in their last two games. One is less than two. Ohio St. 17, Michigan St. 28
There’s only one other game in the SEC that doesn’t involve a top 10 team or Arkansas
Missouri @ Central Florida (-2 ½ ): After sandwiching a win in between two sound SEC defeats, the Tigers look to prove to those outside the SEC that they belong (those inside the SEC already know they don’t). As a member of the mighty SEC these are the types of games you have to win even though it’s on the road. Missouri 27, Central Florida 23