Scott Moore Picks The Scores
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Last week we were 11-1. There are 12 new items on the menu this week. Our choices are:
No. 19 Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
Miami hopes a week off will help it bounce back after its loss to Ohio State as the Hurricanes travel north to Pittsburgh, renewing a series that has been on hiatus since 2003. The Panthers have their own problems, from off-the-field suspensions to losing star defensive end Greg Romeus to injury. The Canes have won six straight over Pitt. These Canes are indeed as unpredictable as a real life storm and play like that, too. Every week we ask, Will the real Cane's show up? Pitt has issues of its own and look for Miami to win a close one. Miami 27 Pitt 24
No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas
The defending national champions are back at full strength but hardly needed it against over-matched Duke. It'll likely be a different story Saturday in the Tide's SEC opener when they visit Arkansas, the first of three straight top-12 teams Bama will face. Razorbacks QB Ryan Mallett will be looking for redemption after a 160-yard effort last season versus the Tide. Bama has won three straight in the series. Petrino and Arkansas spent an entire off-season devoted to one thing: Beating Alabama. Ryan Mallet had his worst day as a college quarterback last year in Tuscaloosa and as his day of redemption draws near there is swagger in the Ozarks this week as the first top 10 match up in 20 years comes to Fayetteville. Alabama has won seven straight games against top 20 teams over the past two seasons, and when the lights go on, this team is full of gamers. I think the Hogs will get Bama's best game on Saturday and I expect Arkansas to give Bama its best shot, too. All things being equal and Arkansas's home field will keep them in it for a half. Too Much Ingram, Jones, Richardson, McElroy. You get the picture. Tide Rolls. Alabama 35 Arkansas 21.
No. 16 Stanford at Notre Dame
It's certain that Luck will be on Stanford's side when the Cardinal visit Notre Dame. Stanford QB Andrew Luck will look to give the Cardinal their first win in South Bend since 1992 and their first 4-0 start since 1986. The Fighting Irish have never lost two straight to Stanford. Andrew Luck is piloting an offense that is better than last year's unit and will be the best team Notre Dame has faced all season. The Irish are still a work in progress with a long way to go to win a game against better talent. Stanford 38 Notre Dame 28.
No. 23 Penn State vs Temple
In years past, Temple served as a tuneup for Big Ten play for Penn State. This season could be different. The Owls are 3-0 and coming off a two-touchdown victory over UConn. The Nittany Lions blanked Kent State last week and haven't lost to Temple since 1941. This game might very well be closer than the experts think because Temple has become a pretty good football team in the last three years. There is a perception that the 23rd ranked Lions aren't all that good. I am inclined to believe the answer always lies somewhere in the middle. Penn State 24 Temple 21.
No. 7 Texas vs UCLA
Things have changed quite a bit since UCLA's last visit to Austin. That game in 1997 resulted in a 66-3 Bruins win in which they forced eight turnovers. Now UCLA comes in having lost 15 consecutive road games against ranked teams. The Longhorns have won 17 in a row at home. Texas and UCLA have split the all-time series 2-2. The Bruins are not making the kind of progress everyone in Westwood was hoping for, but the biggest victory for the program was Kiffen's hiring and the NCAA santions at USC which will only serve to bring UCLA back sooner than later, so for now the natives are patient. I mean, Cmon it's UCLA where the biggest games in the Rose Bowl aren't played 'til January ! A beatdown is coming on Saturday in Austin as the Bruins will get a nice check out of the deal and nice overnight stay as well. Texas 45 UCLA 10.
No. 8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati
Oklahoma hits the road for the first time this season, paying a visit to Paul Brown Stadium and Cincinnati. The Sooners will look to right the defensive ship after getting gashed on the ground by Air Force and through the air by Utah State. After an undefeated regular season last year, the Bearcats have two losses and are scoring about 14 fewer points per game. Will the real Sooners stand up and play please? Three wins for OU, two iffy performances and one eye opener. The Bearcats are in regroup mode right now struggling to be who they are what they are and where they are going which is NO where fast. Oklahoma 38 Cincinnati 17.
No. 9 Florida vs Kentucky
Kentucky handled its early non-conference schedule but now faces a different animal: Florida in The Swamp. The Wildcats open SEC play at a place they haven't won at since 1979, and they haven't beaten the Gators anywhere since 1986. Florida opened its SEC schedule with a win at Tennessee and owns a 43-17 advantage in the series with Kentucky. This might be the best Cats team since 1977 and catching The Gators in the classic "sandwich game" (last week UT, up next Bama) could spell trouble. This is one of the more intriguing games of the weekend. Put the Gators on upset alert as the giant water lizards strangle the cat after a long and tough tussle. Florida 27 UK 20
No. 12 South Carolina at No. 17 Auburn
After a come-from-behind, high-wire victory over Clemson, Auburn returns to SEC play against South Carolina in a battle of 3-0 teams. The Tigers have won three of their past four games by a field goal dating to a wild overtime victory over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. The Gamecocks have lost four straight since last beating the Tigers in 1933 -- their only win in eight games in the series. In years past this was never a game Cocky had any chance in. My how things have changed. For Carolina to be considered the front runner for the SEC East title, this one is must win. Auburn has won two close ones in a row with an offense that has sputtered in the last two games for half the game, Auburn needs to put four quarters together and Micheal Dyer needs to actually start producing like Bo Jackson and Brent Fullwood if he is going to be compared to them. Marcus Lattimore has already proven how good he is. And his addition will be the difference. South Carolina 28 Auburn 21.
No. 3 Boise State vs No. 24 Oregon State
Boise State finds itself on the big stage once again, and the Broncos likely need a strong showing against Oregon State to convince people they belong in the national title hunt. Boise State crushed the Beavers in the last meeting, 42-14 in 2006. Oregon State has already lost to one BCS-buster this season, falling to TCU in Week 1. Here we are in week for or in Boise's case WEAK 4 as OSU is the only thing left standing between the Broncos and another undefeated season. Yes, it's sad when it comes down to Mighty Oregon State to try and keep the BCS at least a little bit legit while Teams like Bama, Ohio State, OU ..Texas ( I could go on ) have to win at least 4-5 big games to get to the BCS. Could Boise survive at home against any of the one's I just mentioned ? I dont think so, but thank Goodness for James Madison for that win at Va Tech. No matter what happens the rest of the way. Boise won't get higher than 3rd. Boise goes 13-0 with a win over the Beavers. Boise State 38 Oregon State 35.
No. 15 LSU vs No. 22 West Virginia
West Virginia faces one of the most unenviable tasks in college football: playing LSU on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers have won 28 consecutive home games against non-conference foes and haven't lost one of those games since 2000. The Mountaineers will rely on Geno Smith, the Big East's top-rated quarterback. While West Virginia has won five of six against ranked teams, the Tigers have dropped their past three home games versus Top 25 foes. It's a battle of brains ( Miles and Clark) Ok ...Let me stop there. Sorry I forgot for a second who was coaching these two. It's a battle of brawn . Wait! Stop ...Let me stop there as well. LSU has the brawn and West Va has a lot of speed, but the Bayou Bengals can win this one on pure talent and athletic ability alone. LSU started to make some noise last week and we will see if "Da Tigas" can be a little more consistent. LSU 28 West Virginia 17.
No. 14 Arizona vs California
Arizona is riding high after its win over Iowa and is at its highest ranking since 1999. Cal was humbled in a blowout loss to Nevada. The teams will meet in Tucson in the Pac-10 opener for both. The game will feature two quarterbacks, the Bears' Kevin Riley and the Wildcats' Nick Foles, who are ranked in the top 15 in the nation in pass efficiency. Cal is Heckyl and Jeckyl under Jeff Tedford and always finds a way to ruin someone's season every year in the Pac 10. The fighting Teford''s are still trying to gather themselves while the Wildcat's have already ruined the dreams of one BCS Hopeful ( Iowa). Arizona continues it's winning ways. Arizona 35 Cal 21.
No. 5 Oregon at Arizona State
After scoring more than a point per minute in three nonconference games, Oregon opens Pac-10 play on the road at Arizona State. The Ducks lead the nation in points scored and total yards. The Sun Devils are coming off a one-point defeat to Wisconsin. You just don't stroll into Sun Devil Stadium and waltz out with a victory with out breaking a sweat but these Ducks have proven lately that when they fly in as a pack they are usually carrying some heavy artillery and have left opposing stadiums completely in shambles. How good are the Ducks ? Well I think Scoring 60 points every week tells you these Ducks are pretty dang potent. Big question this week for Chip Kelley is this: What uniform combination will clash the worst with ASU's yellow and garnet? Oregon 48 ASU 27.
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