Well, it’s game day again, and it’s a busy day in the college football world. This week’s slate isn’t quite as exciting as last week, but there are still plenty of intriguing matchups, including the one we’re all paying the most attention to: Syracuse University versus Pittsburgh. So with that in mind, I figured I’d go ahead and try to pick this week’s winners for a select number of games. Fun times, you guys!
What sucks, though, is that UCLA already knocked off Cal, which I swear I picked as an upset. Unfortunately, all evidence of my correct prediction has been sealed away in a warehouse that’s being guarded by top men.
But with that out of the way, let’s get to the picks, shall we?
6 Clemson (6-0) at Miami (4-2)
I think this one might wind up being closer than people think, but frankly I just don’t see Clemson losing in ACC play at this point. The disgruntled Miami fans will have one more log to throw on that fire under Al Golden’s seat as Clemson wins 41-23.
Texas Tech (5-2) at 17 Oklahoma (5-1)
In a game that’s sure to be one of the most entertaining on the docket today, I’m actually going to go against my better judgment and pick a Texas Tech upset. I know it wouldn’t be the most shocking result in the world given the high powered offense that Tech boasts, and honestly I’m 50/50 on this one, but I’ll go with the Red Raiders over the Sooners, 49-38.
23 Duke (5-1) at Virginia Tech (3-4)
How good are the Blue Devils this season? It’s hard to say, to be honest. They only managed three field goals against an admittedly very good Boston College defense, and given how bad Georgia Tech has looked, that 9-7 win over BC is still probably their best victory of the season. They’re going down soon, but not to this Hokies team. Duke wins, 24-13.
15 Texas A&M (5-1) at 24 Ole Miss (5-2)
Ole Miss has been a little exposed the last few weeks, losing two games – albeit to good teams in Florida and Memphis. Yes, they beat Alabama, but after that, the other wins on the schedule aren’t particularly impressive. I’m going with the Aggies, 38-30.
9 Florida State (6-0) at Georgia Tech (2-5)
I don’t think that Florida State is as good as their ranking this season, and frankly haven’t been overly impressed by what I’ve seen from the Seminoles. I think they’re ripe for an upset, but it won’t happen this week. Not against this lousy Georgia Tech squad. FSU pulls this one out, 35-14.
3 Utah (6-0) at USC (3-3)
How often do you see an undefeated, top 3-ranked team as a 4-point underdog to an unranked, three loss team? That’s what’s happening here, amazingly, as USC is favored at home despite being 3-3 and having everything crashing down around the program. Utah comes out with a chip on its shoulder and pummels USC, 52-20.
NC State (4-2) at Wake Forest (3-4)
NC State has proven to be an enormous paper tiger after a 4-0 start, dropping the last two games against Louisville and Virginia Tech. I want to pick a Wake Forest victory, but honestly, Wake just isn’t particularly good, either. I’m grudgingly giving the victory to the Wolfpack, 21-13.
Boston College (3-4) at Louisville (2-4)
The Eagles have a terrific defense, but there are so many giant question marks on offense that I just can’t pick them to pick up a road win over a Louisville team that seems to be slowly getting its act together. I’ll go with the Cardinals winning this one 17-10.
Virginia (2-4) at North Carolina (5-1)
The Tar Heels have won five in a row after a season opening loss to South Carolina, dropping at least 38 points in each of those victories. Larry Fedora’s got his offense clicking, and Virginia’s porous secondary is going to be the latest victim. UNC wins big, 45-13.
25 Pitt (5-1) at Syracuse (3-3)
Man, I have to tell you, I’m torn on this one. My head is telling me to pick the Panthers. My heart is telling me to pick the Orange. Pitt features a terrific wide receiver in Tyler Boyd, a solid running back in Qadree Ollison, an efficient quarterback in Nathan Peterman, and a pretty stout defense. That doesn’t sound like a very good recipe for Syracuse right now. That said – another Syracuse fan was brought into the world last night as my brother and his wife welcomed a baby daughter, and I just can’t see the Orange failing to respond by giving her a victory in her very first 24 hours of life. Eric Dungey leads the Orange to an upset victory on Homecoming for my new niece, picking up the 27-23 win.