Friday, November 5, 2010

College football predictions - week ten

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's recruitment is being scrutinized. Helmet-to-helmet hits are being debated--what's a penalty and what's not? And, margin of victory apparently now is not considered when factoring in the dominance of programs like TCU, Utah and Boise State. Yes, it's the wonderfully wacky world of college football--week ten.

After going 9-2 last weekend, let's see what your fearless prognosticator has to say about this Saturday's action.

Kansas over Colorado. You heard it here--Kansas will get its first Big 12 win of the season and its first since last year's close win over Iowa State. Last year, KU lost to Colorado late, the "Mangino Meltdown" went down after the game, and the Jayhawks have been spiraling ever since. Their season gets righted a bit tomorrow in a close win over the Buffaloes and lame duck coach Dan Hawkins.

Oklahoma State over Baylor. It's the battle of coach-of-the-year candidates--Mike Gundy at OSU versus Art Briles at Baylor. It'll be another typical high-scoring Big 12 South shootout with the Cowboys winning by a touchdown.

Missouri over Texas Tech. This road game could be a pesky one for Missouri but, after a slow start, they'll roll to a 13 point win and continue motoring on to a one-loss regular season.

Texas over Kansas State. It's the trendy pick to predict a Kansas State victory. And, yes, I keep picking Texas to play like, well, Texas. I think the Longhorns simply have too much talent and that KSU's defense will be the perfect antidote for Gale Gilbert's recent struggles.

Oklahoma over Texas A&M. A&M is finding its mojo after inserting Ryan Tannehill in at quarterback. And, Kyle Field is not an easy place to play. I'm still picking the Sooners.

Nebraska over Iowa State. Will Taylor Martinez play? Can ISU construct another upset this season? This too is a trendy upset pick but I believe NU will continue the momentum coming out of last week's win over Missouri.

Alabama over LSU. Alabama must win if it wants any shot at moving past Boise State or TCU in the BCS standings. LSU must win to prove that it's truly a legitimate one-loss team. Alabama by 3.

TCU over Utah. You all know the story line on this, the most anticipated game of the day. The Mountain West conference takes center stage, at least for this Saturday. TCU's last regular season loss was in 2008 against...Utah. It won't happen tomorrow.

South Carolina over Arkansas. The Gamecocks take care of business at home.

Air Force over Army. Air Force doesn't have an "air game" on the field but should win by a touchdown over Army.

Clemson over North Carolina State. State has one loss in the conference but the Tigers are hard to beat at home.

Michigan over Illinois. This game is in Ann Arbor and features two 5-3 teams. The Illini, however, still have an outside shot at a league title with their 3-2 conference record. That record will be 3-3 after they lose to Denard Robinson and company.

Season predictions to date: 71-24 (74.7%)

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