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.