The Picks: Hard to believe in Vols
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:53 p.m.
Dr. Football was asked to introduce Will Muschamp at the Jacksonville Quarterback Club’s meeting, and I brought him to the podium by laying out what he has to do to win a national title.
Barring upsets, Florida will have to beat the six best teams in America. That’s all.
They have No. 3 LSU, No. 4 FSU, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina on the schedule already. Then, go play No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, and if you get through that gauntlet, it’s No. 2 Oregon in the national title game.
Piece of cake.
It is more of an illustration of how daunting the rest of Florida’s schedule is. I was talking to a national writer the other day and he said, “You know, they could go 9-3 and be a really good football team.”
But the Gators are off this week so we can concentrate on another big week for The Picks. Last week, thanks to a late switch to Miami over Georgia Tech, Dr. Football went 9-1 and is 28-12 for the season. How do you like me now?
Ohio State at Michigan State: The Buckeyes have made a habit of easing into games, outscoring four mediocre opponents by only 20-19 in the first quarter. Maybe this is part of Urban Meyer’s plan to take things at a slower pace in his new job. Michigan State, 24-21.
Tennessee at Georgia: Tyler Bray’s body language is under scrutiny in Knoxville. So is his post-Florida psyche. “I won’t say we got scared, but we just disappeared,” he said this week about a game that is 10 days old. It’s hard to believe in these Vols. Georgia, 34-24.
Baylor at West Virginia: No Robert Griffin III, no problem for Baylor, right? The Bears are fifth in the nation in passing and are averaging 51.3 points a game. But five of the next seven are against teams ranked in the top 16. So we’ll see starting Saturday. West Virginia, 54-48.
N.C. State at Miami: The ’Canes showed me something last week. Unfortunately for them, they also had to show some things to NCAA investigators. Miami, 38-21.
Arkansas at Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel, meet the Arkansas defense. You’re welcome. A&M, 42-34.
FSU at USF: This would be a trap game if the Bulls were any good. But they are not. FSU, 42-10.
South Carolina at Kentucky: Imagine what Connor Shaw (20 straight completions last week) could do with a healthy shoulder. South Carolina, 34-11.
Texas at Oklahoma State: Weeeee-doggies, there are going to be some points scored in this one. Texas, 48-44.
Oregon State at Arizona: Is Oregon State due for a loss or is Arizona suffering from an Oregon hangover? Hmm. Arizona, 24-21.
Wisconsin at Nebraska: The six wins for these two teams came against teams with a combined record of 8-14, yet they are both ranked. That’s a bad argument for polls in September. Nebraska, 24-23.