Well, we are down to the wire in our college pick’em competition here at the Bang. We’ve been stringing it along this week, so here’s a few thoughts on this week’s game and a few of my thoughts on them. There’s almost nothing to back these up, just my own ramblings. Also, I’ll update the competition with this week and Championship Week left to go and three very important points on the line.
Oregon State at #10 Oregon
The Civil War will be, well over by the 2nd quarter. The Ducks are too hot, have too much speed and power on offense and I just can’t see the Beavers finding the upset magic this season.
#14 Michigan State at Northwestern
Even though the Wildcats have won 5 straight and are headed to a bowl this year, the Spartans don’t want to go to Indianapolis next weekend on the heels of a loss. From what I’ve seen of the Spartans offense, they are a grinding squad and I think they’ll get momentum on their side going into the Big Ten title game.
Rutgers at Connecticut
Why does this game matter? Well, with a Scarlet Knights win and a Louisville loss to South Florida, Rutgers could be headed for the Orange Bowl as the joke that is the Big East automatic BCS bid. UConn has been too streaky for me to put any kind of confidence in them taking this one. Rutgers’ offense hasn’t been much to write home about, but their defense is fierce, including a lockdown pass D.
#5 Virginia Tech at #24 Virginia
Can’t honestly remember the last time the Commonwealth Cup meant so much. The winner will face Clemson next week in the ACC title game and no one expected the Cavs to be in this position, let alone an eight-game winner. Virginia’s defense has been tough, but VaTech’s has been tougher, as always. Plus, Logan Thomas is coming off of one of his best games of the year.
#22 Notre Dame at #6 Stanford
Even though the Irish’s pass defense isn’t horrible, still… Andrew Luck, Andrew Luck and Andrew Luck. Thank you, come again.
#19 Penn State at #16 Wisconsin
Another game for a spot in a title game. While the Nittany Lions looked much better last week, they did it against Ohio State. The Buckeyes haven’t shown…what’s that thing…oh yea, offense. November at Camp Randal? Yeah, the Badgers don’t lose under those conditions.
#13 Georgia at #23 Georgia Tech
This rivalry may have the best name ever: Good Old Fashioned Hate. That said, Georgia continues to climb behind their defense while the Yellow Jackets have leveled off. Usually, one could wonder if a team knowing that they’re playing for a championship next week would coast through this one. But don’t look for Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs to do that here. They’ve got a date with either LSU or Arkansas and there’s no way they drift into Atlanta with a loss.
#17 Clemson at #12 South Carolina
In the Battle of the Palmetto State, I am just not sold on Clemson in big games anymore. South Carolina has been doing great things with seemingly less, due to injuries and bar tabs. The Gamecocks take three-in-a-row in this series for the first time since 1968-1970.
Florida State at Florida
The Gators have just collapsed the second half of the season, as the defense saved them against Furman. FURMAN. That’s all I need in my head to call this one for the Seminoles.
#15 Michigan at Ohio State
It hurts me to make this call, something I’ve had to say a lot this season. But the Bucks offense hasn’t been there and the defense hasn’t been its dominant self. I don’t feel too bad though. I figure if we let them win one every couple or seven years or so it’ll be a rivalry again.
So with my picks in, here’s where we stand with 10-20 games left to choose.