I’m really starting to get good at this. Once again, my picks were perfect last week. Although the scores weren’t completely right, I once again went 5-0 and proved that I am the ultimate football guru. You can take that preceeding statement as you want to, but I do plan on going undefeated with my picks again this week. How about we get started?
#5 Florida vs. #10 Georgia, 2:30, CBS
This neutral site game in Jacksonville, Fla. always produces a great contest. The “Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” should do more of the same this year as the SEC East is up for grabs. Thanks to Florida’s dominating win over South Carolina, the East looks like a two team race with the winner of this game controlling their own fate. If Georgia can regain their form from early on in the season, they very well could take down the Gators; however, that’s a pretty big if against this Florida team.
Prediction: Florida 27, Georgia 16
#16 Texas Tech @ #4 Kansas State, 2:30, FOX
Who had this pegged as the game that would decide the Big XII at the beginning of the year? Both teams have surpassed expectations and have themselves atop the conference standings. This one will be a great game, quite possibly the most entertaining of the day. The big question will be how the Wildcats slow down Quarterback Seth Doege; if he can be held, the Wildcats will win. I think they’ll be able to do so enough.
Prediction: Kansas State 38, Texas Tech 34
#3 Notre Dame @ #7 Oklahoma, 7:00, ABC
I cannot wait for this game. You’ve got arguably the best defense in the country in Notre Dame traveling to Norman, Okla. to take on the Sooners who are as hot as anyone in the nation right now. Manti Te’o could move himself up the Heisman Trophy list and Notre Dame can prove their number three ranking in my poll. A lot is on the line in this one. Both teams are currently in position to make a BCS game, but winning this one could make a huge impact.
Prediction: Notre Dame 23, Oklahoma 17
#14 Mississippi State @ #1 Alabama, 7:30, ESPN
I will give Dan Mullen and co. credit; thus far they have been a very surprising team and are deserving of their rank. While they are imdefeated, they haven’t taken on the big boys yet. Once you’re done talking about the big boys, then you have to talk about Alabama. This game has all the makings of becoming a “Bama Blowout,” as I like to call it, when Alabama dominates a game but only scoring around 30 points due to taking their starters out.
Prediction: Alabama 34, Mississippi State 6
#24 Texas @ Kansas, 11:00, FSN
I heard a Charlie Weis interview this week in which he talked about a speech he gave his team, saying “Most of our guys come from Texas, but the school in their state didn’t even want them…I asked our guys what that felt like.” Good effort coach, but they didn’t want them for a reason. Texas has far more talent than Kansas and this one won’t be close on the Jayhawks’ Homecoming. The Longhorns defense has been weak of late so KU might be able to score a little, but the yet again winless conference record will keep streaking.
Prediction: Texas 45, Kansas 24
Kentucky @ Missouri, 11:00, ESPNU
Mizzou has to win an SEC game sooner or later, right? The Tigers might have cost themselves a shot at a bowl game when they dropped a home contest to Vanderbilt, but this week is a must win if they want to keep their bowl streak alive. It’s Homecoming for Mizzou and lucky for them, Kentucky is also winless in conference play. While I could just be a biased fan who won’t accpet the lack of depth and motivation on this team (maybe I just did….), I think this is the week the Tigers get that first win.
Prediction: Missouri 27, Kentucky 13
Again folks, these rankings are based off my own poll that I created Monday. They don’t reflect the AP, USA Today, BCS or any of that other garbage. This will be a huge week in college football. We’ll find out how serious some teams are and see if others can keep their title hopes alive. So let’s sit back, relax and enjoy some good old fashioned football.