Last week I stepped it up and had a 6-1 record, which included Duke’s win over Miami. Penn State won, Tim Beckman nearly got in a fight and USC continued to bury the career of Lane Kiffin. The weekend was then capped off when Matt McGloin began his hall of fame career as a starter. Let’s see if we can keep the momentum going this week.
Texas A&M (+4.5) at LSU
Texas A&M is ranked entirely too high based on what they have done. Their defense is not very good, but the fact they have Manziel and the SEC on their side inflates their ranking. LSU has been decent this year and as long as managing the clock effectively is not needed to win this game, LSU will pull it out.
LSU 41 Texas A&M 38
Wisconsin (-16) at Minnesota
Wisconsin lost their coach in the offseason and upgraded mightily. Bielema was so below average and now Wisconsin looks like a perennial power, not one that takes a 3rd place finish in the division to the title game. Minnesota is a great story and has a solid team. Wiscosin will be just too much this week for them in a closer game than expected.
Wisconsin 27 Minnesota 21
Arizona State (-3) at UCLA
UCLA looked good at times vs. Washington last week, but ASU is playing well. Their offense is moving as well as their head coach moves across the map. UCLA is an underdog here and if they go with their traditional uni’s they will win.
UCLA 32 Arizona State 30
Missouri (-3) at Ole Miss
I have been so bad at picking the SEC this year. It’s mostly because I just don’t care. That Auburn / Georgia game was great but mostly I watched NW/UM. What game am I picking here. Oh, who cares.
Missouri 27 Ole Miss 19
Baylor (-10) at Oklahoma State
Baylor now has another big test. If they win, they would likely pass Ohio State in the BCS standings. That’s a good enough reason for me.
Baylor 49 Oklahoma State 34
Michigan State (-7) at Northwestern
Michigan State has had those seasons where they lose a tough game and completely crumble. That is what Northwestern has done this season. MSU is looking ahead and that will bite them this weekend in a noon game.
Northwestern 19 Michigan State 17
Year to date record: 48-23 (3-9 Upset Special)
Evil Bill O’Brien is not associated with The Pennsylvania State University nor Head Coach Bill O’Brien