Hard to find 10 interesting games to pick this week


Published: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.

Dr. Football has never been one to question the non-conference scheduling of the power teams in college football. I understand that there has to be revenue games. But this week's schedule makes me wonder if college football doesn't just give up when the NFL is going to open its season.

It's hard to come up with 10 interesting games for The Picks. Thank goodness I don't have to pick a dozen.

There's a reason GameDay is in College Station this week. Where else would it go?

Anyway, The Picks went 8-2 to open the season, which means Dr. Football was much more impressive than Florida's offense, Penn State's defense and Savannah State's judgment in Week 1. Savannah State, if you didn't hear, was paid $385,000 to lose 84-0 to Oklahoma State and will be paid $475,000 to lose by a similar score to Florida State on Saturday. You gotta get half a mil to suffer that kind of embarrassment, don't you?

On to a pathetic second week of college football:

Florida at Texas A&M: Technically, this is Jeff Driskel's first college start at quarterback, because he lined up at wide receiver for the first play last week. You can call me crazy, but I still believe this team is going to be pretty good. Hey, get those guys in the white coats away from me. Florida, 24-17.

Georgia at Missouri: The biggest story of the week was Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson saying Georgia plays “old man football.” Watch the Bulldogs bash Mizzou with their walkers. Georgia, 35-18.

Auburn at Mississippi State: This is a huge game for both coaches. Auburn is 16-11 under Gene Chizik without Cam Newton. The shine has faded on Dan Mullen's star in Starkville. Auburn, 24-21.

Miami at Kansas State: Now, K-State, that's old man football. Miami, 31-21.

UCF at Ohio State: I didn't think the Buckeyes would be very good this year, but they were impressive after the first quarter last week. The jury is still out. Ohio State, 38-15.

Purdue at Notre Dame: Robert Marve, who has to be in his 12th year of college football, threw for 295 yards last week. His reward? He gets pulled for suspended starter Caleb TerBush. Notre Dame, 34-20.

Washington at LSU: Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian brought a 300-pound tiger to practice this week so his team wouldn't be startled by Mike the Tiger on Saturday. What he didn't tell his players is that the tiger will be starting at defensive tackle for LSU. LSU, 42-14.

Nebraska at UCLA: I don't think the Bruins have enough, but they'll make it competitive. Nebraska, 27-20.

Vanderbilt at Northwestern: Commodores need to bounce back with a win. Vanderbilt, 23-21.

UTEP at Ole Miss: The Miners gave Oklahoma all it could handle last week. And Ole Miss can't handle much. UTEP, 23-14.

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