Lots of games to pick this weekend. I was 13-2 last week, with all my upsets hitting home, making me 66-18 on the year. I forgot to do early leans this week, but I've certainly changed my mind between Sunday night and now. There are some junk games on this slate, but I'm standing by my 'pick all the games' rule when it comes to non-Saturdays.
UCF 30, UAB 16 - This will be a boring game in the lowly Conference-USA. Read: still better than baseball.The Knights have hit the skids this year, but the Blazers are completely off the tracks.
Arizona 33, UCLA17 - OUT ON A LIMB The Wildcats are 1-5 and replacing their coach. If anyone can fuck this up, it's Rick Neuheisel. I'm taking Nick Foles to gut it out over the Bruins.
West Virginia 44, Syracuse 20 - I think this one could be competitive early. 'Cuse is much improved this season and the Carrier Dome could be rocking with fans looking for good things from a 4-2 squad getting ready to jump to the ACC. It won't mean much by the third quarter, though. The 'Neers just have better athletes and once Geno Smith finds a rhythm, the Orange D is done.
Louisville 27, Rutgers 26 - UPSET ALERT Rutgers is 5-1, but barely. Louisville is only 2-4, but Strong just got an extension and the Cardinals are perched for a resurgence. Also, it's the Big East. Nothing makes sense there except that which makes no sense.
Oklahoma State 31, Missouri 27 - UPSET ALERT I just don't trust the Pokes to keep it going. I do like Justin Blackmon, though. It'll be a great pass and catch that seals the deal for State over a Mizzou team looking to prove themselves to another conference.
Clemson 24, North Carolina 23 - Why do I keep tryin' these Tigers up? They crushed VA Tech, survived Maryland, and should be able to beat UNC thoroughly. But, they're Clemson. So, UPSET ALERT #DABO!
Kansas State 34, Kansas 19 - The Wildcats will be 7-0 and possibly in the top-10 after this one. /shudders
Arkansas 45, Ole Miss 17 - Why'd I even pick this one?
LSU 20, Auburn 10 - TIGERS TIGERS WEIRD SHIT TIGERS
Boise State 49, Air Force 20 - The Blue Turf will be ablaze with the Broncos' offensive firepower, as Kellen and the gang want to put on a show for anyone tuned in on Versus. The Falcons will not be able to keep up, but will add a late score to make it look better. Well, a little better.
Nebraska 44, Minnesota 13 - See: Arkansas at Ole Miss
Texas A&M 40, Iowa State 21 - The Aggies have learned to play a complete game.
Georgia Tech 24, Miami 19 - Tech is coming off a loss in Charlottesville and Miami is coming off of two exciting games. Harris and Co. will look good on offense, but they'll give up some big plays early before their D settles in on the Jackets. A turnover will turn the tide in the third and Tech will eat up enough clock to keep the 'Canes from coming back.
Oregon 51, Colorado 20 - Even if they don't have James or Thomas, the Ducks should be able to fly all over the hapless Buffaloes.
Penn State 20, Northwestern 17 - Penn State will continue they're quiet roll.
Wisconsin 38, Michigan State 17 - Sparty has a great defense; they shut down Shoelace and Big Blue last week and are looking for a repeat this weekend. I don't think they find it. The Badgers have too many weapons, and though they may start slow, they'll eventually wear State down. Look for Ball and Wilson to put it out of reach in fourth.
Stanford 31, Washington 21 - This could be a game that comes down to QB's; Washington's found a true star in Kieth price, and Stanford has the best signal caller in the country.. I think the Huskies scrap early, but Cardinal pull it out late.
Hawaii 33, New Mexico State 16 - The Warriors will not take kindly to that upset last week.