This week marks the end of a sad display of college football picking. As it stands, I’m four games above .500. Even if I get all nine of my picks this week correct, that would still put me below my expectations coming into the season. By the way, I guess Miami (FL) did have some fight left in it. Be forewarned; don’t ever bet against the Hurricanes when they have a chance to clinch a spot in the MPC Computers Bowl. I like the fact that college football has non-bowl games into December. It helps pass the time between the regular season and bowl season. It also proves that the whole argument about a playoff being too much of a time commitment to the student athlete is a bunch of hogwash. Although, it would be nice if one of these years, Army got competitive enough to make the Army/Navy game worth watching. There’s nothing worse than two mediocre teams playing a blowout.
Season record to date: 96-92-6
(Home team in CAPS; My picks in Bold)
CALIFORNIA -28.5 Stanford
Cal hasn’t been playing well having lost two in a row but Stanford is horrendous. Illinois might beat Stanford by 28.5.
Southern California -13 UCLA
Let’s just call this a reverse psychology pick. If USC wins in a blowout, then I get this pick right. If UCLA keeps it close, then I at least get to hold on to a Michigan National Championship for a few minutes longer.
TCU -18 Air Force
I don’t see anything on either team’s schedule that indicates this game should be an 18-point spread.
SAN JOSE STATE -5 Fresno State
Fresno State has had a lousy season but it has come on as of late. This should be a close game.
Troy -11 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Florida International is terrible. It has lost most of its games this season by at least twenty points.
Georgia Tech -3 Wake Forest
Georgia Tech’s anemic offense should keep Wake in the game.
Florida -3 Arkansas
I think Arkansas matches up pretty well with Florida. The Gators have a hard time putting points on the board which means Arkansas doesn’t need to throw to win.
Oklahoma -3 Nebraska
If it weren’t for the “screw job” at Oregon, Oklahoma would be right up there in the BCS Championship talk. After last season’s debacle, I certainly didn’t expect the Sooners to be this good.
HAWAII -7.5 Oregon State
I’d like to see Hawaii play Alabama again. I know a team can look mighty impressive playing against “cupcakes” but Hawaii has been dropping 60 points every week.