Here are this week’s picks. And I am off to a bad start by picking Ole Miss against South Carolina.
1 Florida at Kentucky: Gators looking to bounce back from a disappointing (from the MSM’s point of view) game against Lane Kiffin’s crew.
UTEP at 2 Texas: A simple tune-up for Colt McCoy and his crew. Hopefully, a running game would emerge from their crew.
Arkansas at 3 Alabama: True test of skill for Bobby Petrino as he unveils Ryan Mallet against the Crimson Tide D. I will take Nick Saban, but remember, this is the SEC and this will be brutal.
Iowa at 5 Penn State: Penn State does not forget last year. Whiteout is being requested and the Hawkeyes oblige by wearing white as well. Penn State wins, but Iowa’s pretty good.
6 California at Oregon: Best runs all over Autzen. Counting down the hours until it is USC-Cal.
7 LSU at Mississippi State: Looks like a trap game with Georgia and Gators looming in the horizon. But Mullen does not have a full deck with these Dawgs, so expect a game effort, but not a win for MSU.
8 Boise State at Bowling Green: The quest for the BCS berth continues. With the loss of Ole Miss, they get to go up another rung.
9 Miami (FL) at 11 Virginia Tech: I always like Virginia Tech’s toughness. Plus, it is really hard for me to see the U go undefeated before facing a Sooner team that has the current Heisman winner ready to go. However, the ‘Canes are legit.
Washington State at 12 USC: After laying an egg against the Huskies, the Trojans will not repeat it. Statement game as they will face Cal next week in what could be a decisive Pac-10 showdown.
Illinois at 13 Ohio State: As much the Zooker can pull anything and everything out of his hat, Pryor will take care of the Illini.
Fresno State at 14 Cincinnati: You want a sleeping BCS team no one knows about yet? The Bearcats are really good. They will beat a feisty Fresno State that people admire for the “we’ll take you on anytime anywhere” mantra.
15 TCU at Clemson: I like the MWC. They have done it before and they can do it again. Clemson is an upgrade from the team in Charlottesville, though.
Grambling State at 16 Oklahoma State: Stat-padding time for Hunter, Robinson and Bryant and the Cowboy offense.
Texas Tech at 17 Houston: Over/under for this game is 100. The Red Raiders stayed close to the Longhorns until late. Kevin Sumlin is a good up-and-coming coach.
South Florida at 18 Florida State: I would have taken the Bulls if Grothe was the QB. But he’s not.
Colorado State at 19 Brigham Young: BYU got bitchslapped by the Seminoles. Good luck to the Rams.
Southern Miss at 20 Kansas: Not discounting what Larry Fedora has done to Brett Favre’s alma mater, but the Fighting Manginos are the better team.
Arizona State at 21 Georgia: Cox is in the groove. Nothing more I can say about that.
22 North Carolina at Georgia Tech: The Tar Heels are in play for an ACC Title Run, something their basketball team does a lot. The Yellowjackets though are a very tough test with their old-school option.
Indiana at 23 Michigan: Mo’ Forcier, Mo’ Problems for the Hoosiers.
24 Washington at Stanford: I would think that the Cardinals may be able to steal this one as the Huskies are on a high from sneaking up on the Trojans. However, I like Jake Locker and he will ensure they win on the road.
Louisiana-Lafayette at 25 Nebraska: A lightweight bounce-back game for the Huskers after that heartbreak and heart-attack inducing loss at Lane Stadium.