Friday, September 28, 2007

Weekly Predictions

I went 7-4 last weekend, and I am 36-14 on the year so far. UW, Bama, Penn St, and Oregon State let me down last week.

It is big game time for the Pac Ten with two marquee games back to back on Saturday.

USC at Washington

USC turnovers are the only thing that will keep this one close. Look for the Trojans to score early and often if they don't stop themselves. If UW pulls an upset off it will be epic, and what a great weekend to do it with Jim Owens, and the 1961 Rose Bowl team in town for a celebration. UW is the best team the Trojans have faced this year so far, and the Huskies haven't played as well as they can play in the second half the last two weeks. It will take four quarters, and a whole lot of luck this week.

California at Oregon

I have to go along with the oddsmakers and pick the Ducks this week. Both teams have problems on defense, and the Ducks let Stanford scare them a bit last week after they gave them the short field with turnovers. Oregon just seems like a more complete team at this point, and Cal never wins at Autzen.

UCLA at Oregon State

The question I have is how many turnovers combined will come out of this game? The team that self destructs the least will win, and I am picking UCLA because Canfield has been awful.

Arizona State at Stanford

The Devils will have no problem with the improving Cardinal. all they have to do is hold on to the ball and grind it out. Stanford did give Oregon a scare last weekend and is an improved team.

WSU at Arizona

I think the Cougars will score all day on the Wildcats. The Coug defense while terrible is good enough to hold the terrible UA offense down enough to get the win.

National Games

The biggest games of the week are out West, but this is how the rest of the country stacks up.

Auburn at Florida

A tough SEC game but I give the edge to the Gators at home. No upset for the Tigers this year.

Michigan State at Wisconsin

Both teams are undefeated, but I give a big edge to Wisconsin at home in this one.

Clemson at Georgia Tech

Tech is 2-2, but a real fine football team at this point, I pick them to upset Clemson in this one. I expect both to contend with BC for the ACC title at the end of the year.

Penn State at Illinois

The Lions are smarting after an unexpected loss to Michigan last week. Illinois is off to a good start, and should be bowl bound this year, but they won't beat Penn State.

Notre Dame at Purdue

A 0-5 start for Notre Dame? Yes, and it might be 0-8 before it starts to turn around when the schedule softens. Joe Tiller and his 4-0 bunch are going to jump all over the Irish. they love it in West Lafayette when they send the Irish home with their tails between their legs. this will be one of those games.

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