The Picks: Finally getting to big-time games

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

We’re not even halfway through this college football season and already there are all kinds of controversies.

Coaches getting fired in airports, neanderthals questioning Condi Rice’s selection to the playoff committee, targeting being called when it’s not targeting and not being called when it is, Pac-12 officials finding new ways to botch calls.

That’s what we love about college football — the water-cooler arguments that sometimes spill out into the parking lot.

We all know better than the coaches.

We have instant replay and still don’t get it right.

We all think we have the perfect choice to be the next coach at our respective schools even though he’d never come.

We all have the best recipe for chicken wings, baby backs and deviled eggs.

We all have the best fans in the world and the loudest stadium.

We are college football fans. It’s in our DNA to be the way we are.

And we are all looking forward to some huge games over the next few weeks. Unfortunately, big games mean tough work for The Picks. Dr. Football has been on a roll, 19-1 over the last two weeks to go to 57-13 for the season.

In part, it’s because I have been staying away from big upset picks. In that way, this college football season has been atypical because usually by now we’ve had three or four stunning results.

Me, I was stunned by one last week. Why did I pick Vanderbilt? VANDERBILT?!?!

Florida at LSU: One day in June, I went by Will Muschamp’s office and he was watching video of the Baltimore Ravens. Trying to get some tips from the Super Bowl champs? No, meticulous Muschamp was looking at Cam Cameron’s offense. Cameron was let go by the Ravens 14 games into last season (he still got a Super Bowl ring) and now is doing wonders for Zach Mettenberger. Florida will stay in the game, but in the end the Tigers simply have too many weapons. LSU, 28-24.

Missouri at Georgia: There has been a lot of doom and gloom in north Georgia with the Braves being eliminated and the Falcons in the tank and what feels like half of Georgia’s roster on crutches. The good news — Georgia’s defense is healthy. The bad news — it ranks last in the SEC in points allowed. Georgia, 38-31.

South Carolina at Arkansas: Jadeveon Clowney is raring to go this week unless he find a really painful pimple on his back. South Carolina, 28-21.

Oklahoma-Texas: They fry just about everything at the Texas State Fair, including Mack Brown’s behind if he gets blown out by Oklahoma again. Oklahoma, 38-21.

Oregon at Washington: Rough schedule for the Huskies to face Stanford and Oregon back-to-back. Oregon, 45-32.

Northwestern at Wisconsin: Both teams were beaten in close games by Ohio State and now face off in a loser-leaves-town race. Or at least leaves the race for the Big Ten-ish title game. Wisconsin, 24-23.

Alabama at Kentucky: A Stoops vs. Saban battle would be fun to watch if it weren’t this Stoops. Alabama, 38-10.

Texas A&M at Ole Miss: That swooshing sound you heard was the Ole Miss season falling off the ledge. A&M, 45-21.

Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech: Is there any team in the country having a quieter 5-1 season than the Hokies? Virginia Tech 24-21.

Georgia Tech at BYU: I don’t know why this game is on here except that there isn’t much else. BYU, 30-23.

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