Another week and another “ho-hum” 4-2 week for Evil Bill. It’s Illinois week and there are 6 Illinois assistant coaches hacking my computer as I write these picks. My upset special came close last week, but Louisville hung on. My other loss was, well in a word, inexcusable. I picked Arkansas thinking that there was no way a Big East team such as Rutgers would go down there and win. Arkansas turned Gary Nova into Johnny Unitas and the slow painful end of John L. Smith has really just begun. As pointed out by lostletterman.com, everyone is taking a shot at Arkansas. In a game I didn’t pick, Oklahoma lost which was pretty good to see. “Big Game Bob” lost another game he had no business losing so we probably need to drop that nickname. Allen Robinson had another great game for PSU and Oklahoma receivers obviously didn’t do enough to win.
Week 5 presents another pretty weak Saturday outside of the PSU game. 2 games match ranked teams so I had to dig deep to even find 6 worth picking.
Tennessee (+13.5) at Georgia
Mark Richt has lost control of this point spread. Actually, I picked Tennessee a few weeks back to beat Florida, which they didn’t then struggled with Akron. Georgia is an inspiration for PSU since they only have 72 kids on scholarship and are ranked #5. Sooner or later Georgia will blow a game or 2, but they will beat up on the Vols.
Georgia 31 – Tennessee 17
Texas (-3) at Oklahoma State
Texas is a team that I rarely pay attention to. I know since Colt McCoy, they have played like 50 QBs and they haven’t played an interesting game in like 5 years in my book. (please note, I am extremely biased) I would tend to believe that Oklahoma State is hard to beat at home, but I think Texas will find a way to get pretty overrated before losing 3 games.
Texas 27 – Oklahoma State 22
Baylor (+13) at West Virginia
I need to digest the fact that this is a conference game. After a slow start last Friday, Baylor looked pretty good vs. ULM, but Geno Smith has completed like 80% of his passes. WVU lost some mysterious games last year in the Big East (at Syracuse & Louisville), but it seems that
Phil CollinsDana Holgorsen has figured it out. Weather looks OK Saturday so I am pretty sure there is No Jacket Required, but it would be Against All Odds if Baylor pulled this out.
West Virginia 48 Baylor 30
Oregon State (+3) at Arizona
Oregon State has beaten Wisconsin and UCLA so far, which has gained them some attention. Personally, beating 2 grossly overrated teams means very litte. Arizona got steamrolled Saturday night and Rich Rod had some flashbacks to some of those memorable beatdowns he took while at Michigan. Arizona will respond at home and beat up on the Beavers.
Arizona 35 Oregon State 30
Ohio State (+3) at Michigan State
Picking this game bores me. Watching it may end me. Ohio State has really looked mediocre in the games vs. Cal and UAB, but Michigan State hasn’t be setting the world on fire either. Michigan State’s D will neutralize Braxton Miller and that seems to be all it takes to beat OSU. Meyer gets his 1st of many losses at Ohio State.
Michigan State 28 Ohio State 16
Stanford (-7) at Washington
Thursday night game and Stanford still reeling from that big win vs USC. Washington gets a few big games a year, but to have the stage to themselves n a Thursday and the crowd will be pretty excited. Stanford isn’t as good as they were last year and just basically outcoached that simpleton, Lane Kiffin that they have really moved up. If Washington is going to be a player in the Pac-12 in the years to come, they need to win games like these to build on.
Washington 29 Stanford 24
Season Record 17-7 (2-2 on Upset Specials)
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