As a part of the Michigan week festivities, I have decided to resurrect the weekly picks segment. These predictions, as always, are being made for entertainment purposes only.
Clemson (+14) over FSU: Noles have looked like world beaters against inferior competition, but this line seems too high. Clemson is a talented outfit that, unlike FSU, has been battle tested. If the Tigers can protect Tajh Boyd, they should be able to score enough points to cover this one.
Florida State 38 Clemson 28
Oregon (-23.5) over Arizona: Arizona is receiving way too much national respect for an overtime win over Toledo and a home win over a middling (at best) Illinois team playing without their starting QB. Oregon has curiously eased off the gas pedal in the first few games after jump out to huge leads, but I think they’ll stay engaged enough to prove a big point this weekend.
Oregon 55 Arizona 17
Georgia Tech (-14) over Miami: Miami’s defense has been gashed by two awful BC offenses (Boston College and Bethune-Cookman) and their offense isn’t much better. On the other hand, Georgia Tech seems to be clicking on both sides of the ball. This could, and hopefully will, get ugly.
Georgia Tech 49 Miami 21
Kansas State (+13.5) over Oklahoma: Oklahoma is a bit of a mystery this year, so this pick is a bit of a flyer. The Sooners have lost some key players and they struggled in their only game against a BCS opponent in an unusually scheduled road game in El Paso. Collin Klein for Kansas State has improved as a passer and it appears that the Wildcats will have a respectable defense with Arthur Brown set to return this week. I look for a close one in Norman.
Oklahoma 27 Kansas State 24
Auburn (+19) over LSU: Pity Kiehl Frazier, but Auburn has to show some pride on defense, don’t they?
LSU 27 Auburn 10
Washington State (-18) over Colorado: Although Wazzu has a long way to go, Colorado is simply awful. I will be quite surprised if CU does not go winless this year.
Washington State 44 Colorado 14
West Virginia (-28) over Maryland: Geno Smith should be able to carve up the green (get it?) Terrapin defense with ease. As for Maryland’s offense? Horror show.
West Virginia 45 Maryland 10
New Mexico State (-7) over New Mexico: Just when you thought the “Land of Disenchantment Bowl” couldn’t get any better, the Lobos went and hired Bullet Bob Davie. Of course they did.
New Mexico State 20 New Mexico 10