Oregon St. in The Picks, not sure if that's good


Published: Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 at 12:33 a.m.

So much of college football is about scheduling. Who do you play, when and where? That's one reason a lot of us picked Georgia to win the SEC East this year.

But I think I have found the team with the perfect schedule for the first three weeks of the season — Oregon State.

Open the season with an open date. Brilliant, huh? Then play an overrated Wisconsin team that has to travel across the country to Corvallis, Ore. Then schedule another open date to allow your players and fans to calm down after the big win.

I'm telling you, the Beavers are on to something.

The unbeaten (OK, so they're 1-0) Beavers are about to face weekly battles for the rest of the season, but there's nothing like basking in the glow of a 10-7 win for an extra week. It even earns Oregon State a spot in The Picks, although after the last two weeks I'm not sure that's an honor.

I'm so bad the ACC has invited me to join the conference in all sports except picking games.

I'm so bad that Gallup refuses to poll me.

I'm so bad my record looks like Gene Chizik's without Cam Newton.

At 19-11 for the season, I'm wobbling like Lindsay Lohan at a traffic stop. It's time to rally. Maybe I'll pretend I'm the Florida football team and it's the second half.

Kentucky at Florida: It will be good to sit down in a press box where the players don't look like ants. I'm not saying we were high up at Texas A&M and Tennessee, but I was asked to put my tray table up and my seat back in the upright position. Florida, 38-14.

LSU at Auburn: The way this season is going, the trees at Toomer's Corner may commit suicide. LSU, 42-17.

Michigan at Notre Dame: Thanks to Notre Dame for assuring us last week that the Big Ten won't be able to embarrass itself in another national title game. Notre Dame, 23-16.

Clemson at Florida State: I know it will be hot for a 12:21 p.m. game in Gainesville, but the silver lining is that we'll all be home for what should be a shootout. FSU, 38-35.

Missouri at South Carolina: You know Steve Spurrier is enjoying a season where he only has to worry about his quarterback's physical problems. South Carolina, 23-14.

Oregon State at UCLA: Because the Beavers have played only the single game, can this be considered big? UCLA, 35-24.

Miami at Georgia Tech: A win here, and Miami is in the thick of the race for the ACC's Smythe Division. Miami, 28-19.

Vanderbilt at Georgia: Jarvis Jones is back. That's bad for whomever plays quarterback for Vandy. Georgia, 36-12.

Arizona at Oregon: If this game were at Arizona, I'd be tempted. But not at Autzen Stadium. Oregon, 38-24.

Kansas State at Oklahoma: Loser leaves town. And by town, I mean the national title race. Kansas State, 23-21.

Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at dooleyp@gvillesun.com. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.

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