The Picks: Upsets would need to start this weekend
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.
As we near the end of this college football season, the sport itself continues to evolve with the playoff around the corner and the Big East breaking into two divisions (amazingly, they are calling them East and West instead of something exotic like Shadow and Light divisions).
We are left to ask ourselves some important questions as the last weeks of the season approach.
If Texas A&M had never left the Big 12, would we still be considering Johnny Manziel a bona fide Heisman Trophy contender? I mean, wouldn’t we shrug off his numbers as being a product of the conference?
If Notre Dame wasn’t so stubborn about staying an independent, might the Irish have a better chance at being in the BCS title game? As Stewart Mandel pointed out on SI.com this week, even though Notre Dame played a good schedule, it gets hurt because if one of its opponents loses, the Irish don’t get the benefit of someone in their conference winning since they are not in a conference.
I have more questions, but that last one gave me a headache. Not an Erik Murphy-migraine that leads to perfect shooting, but the other kind.
The Picks had a rough week last week going 6-4 to drop the season record to 82-28. It’s going to take a strong finish to get to 100 wins before championship weekend.
JAX STATE AT FLORIDA: Charley Pell’s old school against Charley Pell’s old school. I wish Charley was here to see it. Florida, 31-17.
USC AT UCLA: Did you see where UCLA won’t let the USC band on the field at halftime if the Trojan mascot spears the UCLA logo in the pregame? Can’t we all just get along. USC, 38-31.
OHIO STATE AT WISCONSIN: This would have been a big game in the Big Ten-ish if not for tattoos and emails. Wisconsin, 23-21.
STANFORD AT OREGON: If there is to be true BCS chaos, there has to be a Stanford win this week. Not at Autzen Stadium. Oregon, 42-29.
ARKANSAS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Razorbacks still have a shot at a bowl game, but that would lengthen the stay of John L. Smith. Mississippi State, 24-20.
OLE MISS AT LSU: If LSU wins out, it will be interesting to see where the Tigers end up in the bowl pecking order in a conference that right now has six attractive teams. LSU, 34-28.
SOUTH FLORIDA AT MIAMI: I should stay away from Miami games. I never get them right. Miami, 28-21.
TENNESSEE AT VANDY: Vandy is bowl eligible. On the hunch that the Vols (who are not) are a little hungrier. Tennessee, 38-34.
KANSAS STATE AT BAYLOR: If Baylor had any defense at all, it would be tempting to pick the big upset. Kansas State, 45-36.
SYRACUSE AT MISSOURI: Huge game for Mizzou if the Tigers want to go bowling. And I assume they do. Missouri, 23-21.