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.