As i’m watching Charissa Thompson break down college football this season on FOX, here are my picks for tomorrow, or later today if you are that persistent. As far as breaking down Thompson, here is a picture of her. The top one is her, not the bottom.
Now to the picks…
Oregon State (+15) at USC
Apparently John David Booty is starting for the Trojans this week. I’m not sure how to feel about this. On one hand, if Booty stinks and Mark Sanchez comes in, we might have the Booty Sanchez quarterback combo. On the other hand, maybe Booty will stay in the whole game. Either way, the Trojans aren’t covering this spread.
USC 24, Oregon State 13
UCLA (-1.5) at Arizona
I have no idea what to expect from the Bruins at this point. I’m pretty sure if I asked Karl Dorrell his favorite color, his response would be “peanut butter” or “Boomer Esiason.” I have no idea what that means, but at least they they have this guy leading the charge.
UCLA 27, Arizona 21
Arizona State (+7.5) at Oregon
Raise your hand if you thought Arizona State would be undefeated right now. Yeah right. The Sun Devils have played well so far, but Oregon might be the best team in the nation. I think the Ducks are mad scary and Arizona State is going down.
Oregon 37, Arizona State 18
LSU (-7) at Alabama
Sweet, another battle of overrated SEC teams. Actually, I think LSU is pretty legit while everyone else is mediocrely good or greatly average. I don’t know how to describe it and quite frankly, its nearly 3 a.m. and I just don’t care. Oh yeah, Nick Saban is facing his old team or something. I think Alabama pulls off the upset, just because they have these girls as fans. Roll Tide!
Alabama 28, LSU 26
Wisconsin (+16) at Ohio State
Like many people, I have doubted the Buckeyes throughout the season. I’m pretty sure I’ve picked them to be upset outright twice this year in this blog, only to look like a complete idiot. Then again, Wisconsin has won 3 of its last 4 against the Buckeyes, including being the last Big Ten team to win in Columbus. I’m tempted, but can’t pull the trigger. Ohio State will win, but Wisconsin will cover.
Ohio State 23, Wisconsin 14
Florida State (+6.5) at Boston College
I’ve been hearing the ESPN chuckleheads talking about how Florida State is going to pull this upset. However, I think Herbstreit, Mark May and company are confused. I think they still think Peter Warrick, Terrell Buckley, Marvin Jones, Warrick Dunn and Chris Weinke are still playing football while Charlie Ward is running the point. However, those guys are either in the NFL or just keepin it real on the porch. BC wins this and its not even fun. Stupid Boston.
Boston College 27, Florida State 14
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Nebraska (+20) at Kansas
When the Jayhawks are favored by this much over the Huskers, you assume that Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz are lighting it up over some poor white schlock from Nebraska. But no, we are talking about football, a sport where Kansas has only beaten Nebraska once since 1968. However, the Jayhawks are flying and the Cornhuskers, to keep the rhyme going, are dying. KU rocks this chalk and puts a cap in Nebraska’s grille.
Kansas 34, Nebraska 10
Michigan (-4) at Michigan State
I could toot my own horn and link my anti-Michigan State column that I wrote my senior year at Michigan. But I’m having so much fun laughing at the MSU basketball team losing to Division II Grand Valley State Friday night that I’m not going to do that. As a Michigan alum, State scares the heck out of me, as the Wolverines have beaten State five years in a row. State is due, but Michigan is playing well and State, quite frankly, isn’t. The Wolverines pull away in the second half.
Michigan 28, Michigan State 17
Texas (-3) at Oklahoma State
Mike Gundy is a man. He’s 40. And right now, he’s leading an Oklahoma State team that has quietly (or maybe not, considering Gundy’s tirade a few weeks back) gotten better. Texas is 7-2, but its a shaky 7-2. The MO in this game is for Okie State to bust out early, only to wilt under Texas’ second-half surge. But my boy Clay Fowler, in an act of spite, picked Michigan State to beat Michigan in Beat the Experts (it says I did too, but that was a misprint). Anyway, I’m going Okie State. Take that Fowler.
Oklahoma State 31, Texas 24
Before the final pick, here’s a retro music video…
Rutgers (+1) over UConn
I really don’t know what to say about this game. At this time 10 years ago, UConn wasn’t even a Division I-A team and Rutgers was in its awe-inspring streak of 1-10 seasons. As for me, I tried to grow a goatee to impress the ladies, but it turned out that a goatee made me look like a weird dude, and not the cool weird dude. So off with the goatee. Where was I? Oh yeah, I just don’t think the Huskies are the same without Emeka Okafor.
Rutgers 20, UConn 16