College Football Week 9 Picks

29Oct09

In a week where the biggest college football news is that Lil Wayne mentioned Lane Kiffin in a rap song and that a suspended receiver is still suspended, this weekend’s games can’t come soon enough.  Unfortunately, Week 9’s matchups probably won’t arouse any ESPN Classic Producers anytime soon.  One of only two matchups between ranked teams features an overrated #3 Texas team at a #14 Oklahoma State team that just lost its most dynamic player since Barry Sanders. The good news for Texas and Colt McCoy fans (count me as a fan of only his girlfriend, see below) is that the game will provide a showcase for McCoy to re-enter the Heisman Race and for Texas to hold off any potential BCS challengers by playing on a big stage. As one of three teams that control their own destiny, Texas will face one of its toughest opponents left on their schedule.

I'm Colt's girlfriend. Guess who?

The other matchup between ranked teams is between Southern Cal and Oregon. In a game that will probably decide who wins the Pac-10 and heads to the Rose Bowl (with both teams with an outside chance of reaching the BCS Championship game), both teams will be bringing it all.  Since their Boise State national TV nightmare, Oregon has been impressive. In fact, I don’t know if impressive is strong enough of a word. After only beating Purdue by 2, they beat the then 18th ranked Utah Utes, then 6th ranked Cal Bears, Washington State, UCLA and Washington on the road by an average of 26 points. And while USC has already lost their annual shock loss on the road in the Pacific Northwest against Washington, a loss to this Oregon squad wouldn’t really shock anyone whose been watching them in recent weeks. In fact, the USC defense has been extremely vulnerable to mediocre offenses in the past two weeks. At the end of the day, it is tough to bet against Pete Carroll at night on national television especially when this Trojan team finally got what they were hoping to get when they recruited Allen Bradford last week (15 car 147 yd 2 td), I think USC pulls out a close come from behind victory and treads water in the BCS championship race.

Can Bradford become the first bruising back at USC since Lendale White?

In the Thursday night game, Virginia Tech looks to bounce back after their demoralizing loss to division rivals Georgia Tech. They will face a UNC team where their parts greatly surpass their sum. The Tar Heels have one of the nation’s top defenses but cannot overcome a putrid offense led by a quarterback who seems to have regressed since last year.  While I understand that they lost their top receivers to the NFL, their running game should still be in tact and all we heard about in the past two offseasons was the top receivers they had recruited.   The Hokies have a very different problem on their hands.  While they are still 13th in the nation and in the running for the Coastal Division crown, it is highly unlikely that GT loses either of their two remaining games against Wake Forest and Duke. As a result, the Virginia Tech team could go in one of two directions: play as the once-hyped now-vilified senior safety Kam Chancellor says they will, by only focusing at the next game on the schedule and doing only what they can control. Or they can do as I think many are not suspecting they will, play without the passion that Bud Foster and other coaches have instilled in their team.  Only time will tell if November and December are kind to the Hokies. And with that, lets go to our picks:

UNC at  (-16.5) #13 Virginia Tech

Shraf: Virginia Tech

Only one quarterback over the last ten years has been able to beat VT in Blacksburg on a Thursday night and TJ Yates is not even a homeless man’s Matt Ryan.

Doug:Virginia Tech

Look for VT to get on top early and force Yates to throw the ball often. I expect at least one pick six and this to get out of hand in the second half.

Indiana at (-17.5) #4 Iowa

Shraf: Indiana

While Iowa will squeak out a win, Indiana has shown the ability to put points on the board against good teams (despite laying a dud against Virginia).

Doug: Indiana

Indiana’s run defense is more than porous and Iowa boasts talent at both lines, too bad Iowa just lost their starting running back for the season and think Indiana will keep this close.

#25 Ole Miss (-4) at Auburn

Shraf: Ole Miss

Both teams seem to be turning their seasons around. Unfortunately for Auburn fans, they started the season 5-0.

Doug:Ole Miss

Jevan Snead will play like he was predicted to and Auburn fans will get a little more antsy about Chizik.

Georgia at (-15) #1 Florida

Shraf: Georgia

The Bulldogs will surprise the nation as they beat the Gators in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Florida–Georgia/Georgia–Florida Game”

Doug:Florida

Richard Samuel has not been able to establish himself and against a banged up Florida Defense it’s still the only way to put points on the board against them.

Duke at (-7) Virginia

Doug:Duke

Thad Lewis has made a great case for ACC Offensive player of the year while Sewell has made a case for ACC’s most offensive player of the year.

Shraf: Duke

Now..I am a big Hoos fan, but giving seven? Really? This is the best Duke team since the Ol Ball Coach was roaming the sidelines.

#22 South Carolina at (-6) Tennessee

Shraf: Tennessee

Lane Kiffin’s boys respond to being the subject of a Weezy track and take the Cocks to the woodshed.

Doug: Tennessee

South Carolina struggled at home against Vandy while Tennessee easily could have won on the road against Bama. Bryce Brown has a couple of TDs in a win.

#3 Texas (-9) at #14 Oklahoma State

Shraf: Oklahoma State

Nine points is a lot of points to give in Stillwater, even without Dez Bryant.

Doug:Texas

Oklahoma State is an undisciplined team and Texas will struggle in the 1st half but pull away in the 2nd. Like usual.

#5 USC (-3) at #10 Oregon

Shraf: USC

The return of Damian Williams and Allen Bradford has revitalized a team that was in desperate need of revitalization.

Doug:Oregon

Lamichael James has quietly put together an extremely good season and Oregon overcomes a long Ronald Johnson TD.

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2 Responses to “College Football Week 9 Picks”

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