There’s Nothing Quite Like College: Week 2


Its time for a second week of ESPN College Pick ‘Ems. Last week I went 8-2 with 46 total points out of 55 for a total ranking of 22663, good for 90.1% of those playing. Considering I got burned a few times I think I did alright. On to this week’s picks, which I made days ago but only got around to posting about here hours before gameday. That’s College Gameday, of course:

10) Oregon Ducks over Virginia Cavaliers

I would gladly lose 10 points if the Ducks were upset this weekend. I just don’t see that happening, though. Hey Cavs fans at least your team beat BYU last week. Enjoy that while you still can.

9) Cincinnati Bearcats over Illinois Fighting Illini

Its weird that the Bearcats are playing two Big Ten opponents in the first two weeks, but they are lucky they are getting two of the worst teams in the conference. However Illinois might be slightly improved from last season, yet I still am going with the more talented squad.

8) Texas Longhorns over Brigham Young Cougars

Why BYU is featured again on this list I don’t know, but this is already a nasty pre-conference schedule. Its not going to get any easier against a Texas squad focused on living up to its ranking this season.

7) Northwestern Wildcats over Syracuse Orange

Poor Orange. They face another quality Big Ten opponent this weekend, and I don’t see things getting better for them anytime soon. The ADs for these schools come up with the weirdest schedules. And if its not them then whoever is drawing them up has this random approach, although granted the Big Ten would love to add Syracuse in the future for their basketball ability. Hmm…

6) Duke Blue Devils over Memphis Tigers

If only this was a college basketball matchup instead. Oh well. Still Blue Devils’ fans were probably surprised that their football team went bowling last year, and it seems that Duke’s football program is oddly on the rise. Most people, myself included, didn’t see that one coming.

5) Florida Gators over Miami Hurricanes

Sadly I’m old enough to remember when this was an actual rivalry, one that often had national title implications on the line. Although the two squads still play each other tough, and I think this could be a good game. One that the Gators should emerge from victorious.

4) Houston Cougars over Temple Owls

These are a pair of schools I have a soft spot for in terms of them being mid majors. The Cougars offense shouldn’t have much of a problem though, as its their typical brand of high powered, aerial football that I don’t think Temple can match.

3) Michigan Wolverines over Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The last game of the series (for now) in the Big House points to a hard fought, close Wolverines victory. In prime time on ESPN, of course. I can’t wait. So much tradition, and its a shame that the two won’t be playing each other after this year.

2) Air Force Falcons over Utah State Aggies

Um I’ll admit that I don’t know enough about either team to offer much in the way of commentary here. Just a puzzled “Why is this game feature on the pick ’em list” coupled with a “I have really have no idea who’s going to win here.” So I just went with the favorite. Lame I know….

1) Georgia Bulldogs over South Carolina Gamecocks

Game of the week? Eh I’ll go with Michigan-ND, ever so slightly. However I’m amazed that Georgia is playing back to back ranked opponents, although this is a home game so I think they can pull out a much needed win. Desperation usually helps.

 

There’s Nothing Quite Like College


Sure I love the NFL and I tune in on Sundays during football season. However my first love is college football, even though the NCAA angers me from time to time and only recently are they going with some type of playoff system for the first time ever. Anyways I engage in ESPN’s College Pick’em, where you choose who will win out of 10 match ups every week. I’ve been playing it since 2009, and so every weekend I will blog about who I think will win and why. Also you rank the match ups from 10-1, with 10 being the most certain about and 1 being the least. So here we go….

 

10) Alabama Crimson Tide over Virgina Tech Hokies

Sure this is an away game for ‘Bama, yet they are the best team in the nation. Hands down. They will probably end up facing off against Ohio State for the title game this season. The Hokies are good at home but they are coming off losing some of their top running backs and the program has lost some of its luster. This shouldn’t be close.

9) Cincinnati Bearcats over Purdue Boilermakers

Look this could be a close game, yet I like Cincy’s chances at home. Its funny how both schools are only 180 miles apart, yet they are in different conferences. I just think that the Bearcats are the more talented of the two.

8) Oklahoma State Cowboys over Mississippi State Bulldogs

Another home team pick here, yet I honestly think the Cowboys will eke out a good, solid victory over a MSU squad that made a bowl game last year and was a surprise in the SEC. I like the idea of a Big 12-SEC matchup, as its one conference known for high school offenses against a conference that prides itself on hard hitting defense.

7) LSU Tigers over TCU Horned Frogs

The Tigers should be a contender in the SEC, while the Horned Frogs move to the Big 12 last season did not result in the success some expected. This is one of the games of the weekend that I am really looking forward to, but I expect the better squad to win here.

6) Penn State Nittany Lions over Syracuse Orange

Going with the home team here, plus the fact that the Orange are breaking in a new coach. I just think that the Nittany Lions will be fired up this Saturday, and that they will be looking to make a statement early in the season.

5) Boise State Broncos over Washington Huskies

Yes I’m biased here since I like the Broncos, yet I think they win another close one against a Huskies team that has given them trouble in the past. Too bad this is a late night game as this is a quality match up I want to see.

4) Brigham Young Cougars over Virgina Cavaliers

Despite BYU going on the road here they have the defense necessary to steal this game from a Cavaliers team looking to rebound from a disappointing season last year.

3) Northwestern Wildcats over California Bears

Sure this is a road game for the Wildcats, yet they are expected to contend in the Big Ten and will steal one on the road against a Bears squad that is rebuilding.

2) Northern Illinois Huskies over Iowa Hawkeyes

Look I know that the Hawks won this match up last season, yet I can’t trust a squad that is breaking in a new QB. Where as Jordon Lynch leads a Huskies team that went to the Orange Bowl last season. Hawks badly need a win this weekend to avoid the fanbase going into doomsday mode early.

1) Clemson Tigers over Georgia Bulldogs

Honestly I have no idea who will come out on top in what could easily win Game of the Weekend. Both teams have Heisman candidate worthy quarterbacks behind center and each are expected to be contenders in their conferences with national title game hopes.

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