Since we had a pair of pickers unable to join us last week I was trying to figure out how to score them for the week so the scores wouldn’t be off. As we all know, math is not my strong suit so I was worried about finding them the average of our scores. Luckily everyone went 4-2 so problem solved! Although I’ll probably be back to edit this later because math is evil.
We did pick the Thursday game again but all picks were in beforehand so no one cheated.
David Poole (@VirgoAssassain): 4-2 (20-10)
Mitch Gatzke (@GreatGatzke): 4-2 (22-8)
Courtney McCrary (@CourtMac17): 4-2 (18-12)
Derek Woods (@D_Woods21): 4-2 (16-14)
Britt Zank (@BZank17): 4-2 (16-14)
Tim Bach (@TBach84): 4-2 (22-8)
#15 Texas A&M at #24 Ole Miss
David Poole: Both teams are coming off loses last week. Ole Miss suffered the most unexpected loss, going down to a surprising Memphis squad. A&M’s loss to Alabama was not so surprising. Having said that, A&M has a slight psychological advantage and they take it, 27-21.
Mitch Gatzke: Both these teams will be looking to bounce back from bad losses last week. I have far more faith in Ole Miss coming out strong. Give me the Rebels.
Courtney McCrary: Ole Miss- After Ole Miss dropped eleven spots in the pools because of their loss to Memphis last week I think they re group and beat A&m at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Derek Woods: Ole Miss may not be the team we all thought they were after there win over Alabama earlier this season. A&M get back on track this week and ends Ole Miss’ chances of winning the SEC.
Britt Zank: Ole Miss gets back on track with a close win over A&M. This is a year the SEC just beats up on each other all year long.
Tim Bach: Now that A&M is starting to see some real teams, we’re beginning to see what they’re really made of. Ole Miss continues exposing the Aggies.
#3 Utah at USC
David Poole: Utah is rolling and USC is free falling. The Utes aren’t slowing up anytime soon and the Trojans are just hapless victims in Utah’s wake. Trojans fall, 34-17.
Mitch Gatzke: The Utes could very well be the best team in the nation. The Trojans are dealing with a lot of distractions. I’ll be shocked if Utah doesn’t win by a couple touchdowns.
Courtney McCrary: Utah- It will be a close game, but Utah should win it.
Derek Woods: Utah slips up in this match-up as USC plays its most inspired game of the season and knocks off previously unbeaten Utah.
Britt Zank: USC is a dumpster fire and Utah will happily enjoy adding flames to that fire. I see this as a blow out from start to finish.
Tim Bach: Remember like 10 years ago when USC was the pinnacle of college football? They were so good it was ridiculous. Now they’re going to get blown out by Utah.
Wisconsin at Illinois
David Poole: This one could be a toss up. Wisconsin has the better defense and momentum after last week’s victory over Purdue. Illinois is at home this week which could prove to be helpful. But in the end, Wisconsin leans on their massive offensive line and wear out the Fighting Illini. Badgers run wild, 35-24.
Mitch Gatzke: Somehow Illinois has done well this year despite canning their head coach just days before opening the season. I’ll take the Illini over the overrated Badgers.
Courtney McCrary: Illinois- It will be a tough defensive battle but the Illini are 4-0 in their last four conference games and I think they will make it 5-0.
Derek Woods: Wisconsin is the more talented team and takes care of lowly Illinois to get a much needed victory.
Britt Zank: It may be a down year for Wisconsin, but even their down years are better than Illinois as the Badgers get the win.
Tim Bach: “Illinois is going to be good this season,” said no one ever. Yet here we are. Badgers are without a dominant running back like they’ve had in past years. The Illini continues to be one of the surprise teams of the Big Ten.
Kansas State at Texas
David Poole: Texas is coming off an emotional win over Oklahoma and K-State limps in, losers of 3 straight. Unless last week for the Wildcats was an anomaly, I expect K-State to bounce back and bring Texas back to earth. Wildcats wrangle the Longhorns 27-28 in a thriller.
Mitch Gatzke: Texas shocked Oklahoma two weeks ago. Oklahoma belittled K-State last week. The transitive property does not work in football. I’m sticking with the Wildcats.
Courtney McCrary: Texas- It depends on what team shows up, but since Texas is at home they should have the edge over the Cats.
Derek Woods: Texas looked good against OU and will carry that momentum from their solid play on defense into the rest of the season as they get another Big 12 victory over K-State.
Britt Zank: I think Texas gets revenge for years of losing to K State when Texas was strong. Now that roles are slightly reversed the Longhorns will show the Wildcats how it feels.
Tim Bach: I’ve given up trying to figure out the Big 12. Coin flip says Texas.
#20 Cal at UCLA
David Poole: The Bruins couldn’t have picked a worse time to suffer significant injuries on the defensive side of the ball-which plays nicely into the right hand and arm of Jared Goff. Despite a career worst in throwing 5 picks last week at Utah, Goff still hung around to make the game interesting. Cal’s defense should be in for a test against star running back Paul Perkins and true freshman, Josh Rosen. If Cal can contain Perkins by eliminating long gains and limit Rosen to passes under 20 yards, Cal should come away with the victory. Golden Bears pull off the win 42-21, and move closer to securing a bowl bid.
Mitch Gatzke: Taking this loss to Cal is going to complete UCLA’s transition from national contender to absolute non-factor in just one month.
Courtney McCrary: Cal- UCLA has had some issues the last two games and wont be able to correct enough this week.
Derek Woods: Cal is a much better matchup on paper than Stanford for was for UCLA. Josh Rosen will play one of his best games and get a victory over Cal.
Britt Zank: I like Goff at QB for Cal, but he’s not a superstar. I think UCLA wins this home game knocking Cal back out of the top 25
Tim Bach: Remember back when UCLA was supposed to make the playoffs? Those were good times. I like Goff at Cal and UCLA is too banged up to keep him under wraps. Go go Golden Bears.
Spread pick: Wyoming +34.5 at Boise State
David Poole: Despite the Wyoming’s woeful record, I’m going to take a chance and say that the Cowboys play inspired football and make the game a lot closer than odds makers would predict. Cowboys lose the game. However, Boise doesn’t cover the spread either. It’s a win-win, sort of.
Mitch Gatzke: Take the points! Don’t fall for the old “name recognition” trick. Boise State isn’t that good this season and Wyoming can score enough to keep this closer than a five touchdown spread.
Courtney McCrary: I don’t think that Boise will cover the spread. Wyoming offense will score enough points even if the Wyoming offense can’t stop the Broncos.
Derek Woods: I’m taking Boise State in this matchup by 28 with a final score of 42-14. Wyoming covers.
Britt Zank: Boise loves running up the score and I think they do that to Wyoming. I’m taking Boise to win by over 40.
Tim Bach: I almost said something about how this isn’t your father’s Boise State but back when my father was my age and watching college football no one knew that Boise State was a school outside of Idaho. This isn’t my Boise State I guess. Wyoming gets just enough to cover the spread.