Friday, September 29, 2006

Fearless Pac Ten Predictions

Here we go as conference action moves into full swing. Looking at this weeks tilts I would think UW/UA, and Oregon/ASU would be the two best games. The others look pretty one sided. Nationally the Ohio State/Iowa game will be the game of the week. Purdue has a chance to upset Notre Dame. In the ACC Georgia Tech squares off with Virginia Tech, and in the SEC Alabama faces Florida. This isn't a blockbuster weekend, but each week always has it's surprises.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech started the season with a close loss to the hated Irish. VTU is a pretty banged up going into the game missing three key players.

Hokies 24 Rambling Wreck 17

Alabama at Florida

This is an interesting game because Bama isn't what they used to be, but still expect them to give the Gator's a tight game.

Gators 31 Tide 22

Purdue at Notre Dame

I hate Notre Dame, and I want them to lose most every week, and this week is not an exception.
Purdue is undefeated and undranked after playing what amounted to a MAC pre season schedule with a Div1AA opponent thrown in for good measure. ND has cut their teeth on some tougher fare and emerged 3-1 after a miraculous comeback at MSU last week. Purdue will give them their last big game until they play USC, and as much as I want a Purdue victory it isn't going to happen, but it will be close.

Notre Dame 31 Purdue 24

Ohio State at Iowa

This is as big as it gets in the heartland. #1 is coming to play #14 in a historic night TV game. I have to root for the hawkeyes since I have never liked the Buckeyes. I think Ferrenets will have his team fired up, and it will be close.

Ohio St 21 Iowa 19

Southern California at Washington State

One trip every team hates to make each year is the trek to Pullman to play the Cougars. USC hates it more than most, but should have little problem with a 3-1 Cougar team. Duane Jarrett is out for this one, and probably next week against UW with a seperated shoulder. The Coug's have three wins, Baylor, Idaho, and Stanford. That puts them on a par with Army.

USC 42 Washington St 18

Oregon at Arizona St

The Duck's get their first test since Oklahoma visiting Tempe to play the Sun Devils. Oregon is 11-1 coming of bye weeks, and ASU is still a dysfunctional group that was whooped by the Bears last week. ASU has to win to stay in the race...a loss by these guys will definitely soften them up for the rest of the year.

Oregon 31 ASU 24

Oregon State at California

Last year California was ranked No. 18 when Oregon State paid a visit and left with an upset. The year before, Cal routed the Beavers at Reser Stadium. This years edition of the Bear's are just hitting their stride for a possible title run. The Beavers are the second best team in the state of Idaho. You do the math.

Golden Bears 43 Beavers 18

Stanford at UCLA

Have you ever wanted to get better really quickly after a humilating loss in Seattle? Well the answer to that is drawing hapless Stanford at home the following weekend. UCLA is going to turn those Field Goals into TD's this week and roll over the Cardinal. This one won't be close.

Bruins 48 Cardinal 10

Washington at Arizona

Washington is 4-2 in it's last six games which includes a win in Tucson. Arizona hasn't been able to score all year, and while they have a stout defense, you need to score to win in this league. UW's defense should be able to snuff Tuitama, and if IS and the offense can hold on to the ball Washington will win. I think UW is going to be up for the task. Can Washington go into the USC game 4-1? If they do, and play at least respectable in LA, we may have something here.

Huskies 27 Wildcats 12


prrbrr said...

johnb, interesting scheduling quirk but I believe for the next 3 opponents the cougs play them each 1 week prior, so we will see how each team plays a 5 wide out and a single back offense. Plus it might give us a better gauge of how we stack up with the cougs since we will be playing same team within a week of each other. No Husky football team in history has ever lost 3 in a row to the cougs, we are siiting on 2.

Health Insurance Expert said...

That is an interesting quirk. I don't think the Coug's are very good, and they will be beaten soundly by SC unless I am greatly mistaken. I don't think we lose 3 in a row to the Coug's.

Michael Wines said...

"The Beavers are the second best team in the state of Idaho. You do the math."

A classic line, great job health insurance expert!

Health Insurance Expert said...

They may be third, but Idaho State isn't on their schedule this year so we will never truly know.