Dooley's Top 10


Published: Friday, September 30, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Yes, I can count. I know that last week's top 10 included only nine games. Apparently, I had a mild case of Les Miles Disease. The symptoms are a deer in the headlights stare and forgetting things (like the clock stops after a change of possession).
Still, I went 8-1 in those picks with the one loss being in overtime. That makes the overall record 26-13, which would win the NL West by a landslide.
FLORIDA (4-0) AT ALABAMA (4-0): This is a statement game for Alabama, a chance to show that Tide football is back. It's also a statement game for Urban Meyer, who has a chance to get his first big road win. Statements? Here's a statement - I can't pick Florida until they block somebody any good. Was that English? Alabama, 23-17.
SOUTHERN CAL (3-0) AT ARIZONA STATE (3-1): Southern Cal is averaging 616 yards per game and Arizona State 592. The Pac 10 - where defense goes to die. USC, 45-31.
VIRGINIA TECH (4-0) AT WEST VIRGINIA (4-0): West Virginia fans burn their couches when the Mountaineers win big games. Hopefully, the potatoes have been removed. Virginia Tech, 34-23.
MICHIGAN (2-2) AT MICHIGAN STATE (4-0): I believe in Michigan State. I believe in Drew Stanton. I believe in John L. Smith. I believe in Sparty. But I also believe in the almighty upset. Michigan 23, Michigan State 21.
NOTRE DAME (3-1) AT PURDUE (2-1): Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija has caught a touchdown pass in four straight games. Not only is that relevant, I wanted to see if I could spell Samardzija. Notre Dame, 39-30.
MINNESOTA (4-0) AT PENN STATE (4-0): Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson said he "strives to be perfect." He has turned the ball over 10 times in four games. He has a long way to go. Minnesota 40-24.
LSU (1-1) AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-2): It has been a rough start for LSU. First, Hurricane Katrina, then a gut-wrenching loss to Tennessee. Now, a night in a Starkville hotel. LSU, 28-10.
SOUTH CAROLINA (2-2) AT AUBURN (3-1): Think things have changed for Steve Spurrier? The last time he went to Auburn, he was a 21-point favorite (2001). This time, he is a 13-point underdog. Auburn, 42-21.
SOUTH FLORIDA (3-1) AT MIAMI (2-1): I almost put Louisville-USF in the top 10 last week to get an easy win. Of course, I was planning to pick the Bulls. Riiggghhht. Miami, 24-12.
IOWA STATE (3-0) AT NEBRASKA (3-0): Nebraska is a quiet 3-0 because the Huskers are awful on offense (107th in the nation). Then again, Iowa State barely beat Army. What's this game doing on here? Iowa State 13-10.

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