While the craziness of last Saturday was bad for my picks (I finished a putrid 3-7), it sure made for some dazzling entertainment. Central Florida upset Louisville. Florida State strolled into Death Valley and proceeded to perform a spectacular mutilation of the Clemson Tigers. Arizona State destroyed Washington, rolling up nearly 600 yards of offense en route to a 53-24 win. And then there was the SEC, where seemingly every underdog won. Well, except for Arkansas of course…they had to play a pretty good team called the Crimson Tide. Now it’s on to the season’s ninth week. There are plenty of good matchups , with some opportunities for more upsets lurking. Here are picks for a few of Saturday’s more intriguing games:
Alabama 35, Tennessee 6: Alabama has allowed 10 points in their last four games. They’re OK defensively.
Ohio State 30, Penn State 20: Ohio State may not be dominating teams, but they have been playing some very entertaining games. Expect another against Penn State under the lights at Ohio Stadium.
Stanford 28, Oregon State 17: Thanks to an absurdly prolific passing attack, Oregon State has rebounded nicely from their disastrous season opening loss to Eastern Washington by rattling off six consecutive wins. This could be a game to put on upset watch, especially with the possibility that Stanford might be looking ahead to Oregon. On the other hand, Oregon State isn’t the type of team you take lightly.
Missouri 38, South Carolina 20: I picked against Missouri last week. I was very wrong as Mizzou knocked off Florida, gaining over 300 more yards than the Gators. Now I’m sold on the Tigers. South Carolina…well, I’m less sold on them. The Gamecocks will be without QB Connor Shaw and their defense has been a bit of a disappointment so far this year.
Texas Tech 37, Oklahoma 17: Texas Tech seems to fall off the map around this point most seasons. It could happen this year too, but Oklahoma has looked sluggish of late.
San Diego State 41, Fresno State 33: This is my upset pick of the week folks. San Diego State is awesome offensively and Fresno’s defense isn’t great. I like San Diego State at home.
Texas A&M 45, Vanderbilt 27: Bounce back time. Johnny Football is playing and I don’t think Vanderbilt will be able to recreate what Auburn did last week–they don’t have anywhere close to the same caliber running game as the Tigers’.
Oregon 45, UCLA 21: UCLA’s defense is great. But Oregon’s offense is better. A lot better.