Weekend college football picks

Last week my home town bias kept me from being a perfect 10-0. Selecting the Cats knocked me down to 9-1, still not bad. This week I picked against the Cats. Shrewd move, or unnecessary overcompensation?

East Carolina @ North Carolina

The Tar Heels proved that there is hope in Chapel Hill after the big upset over Florida State. Before that things looked bleak as the Heels were 0-3 and looked terrible. The two-quarterback system is starting to take shape. East Carolina is consistently strong, yet few people know about them. David Garrard is a heck of a quarterback and he has weapons.

North Carolina 24, East Carolina 17

Oklahoma @ Texas

This one could be for the National Championship. It's the defending champs against the trendy favorite. Chris Simms and the Longhorns haven't wowed anyone, yet the team is still destroying opponents. Oklahoma just keeps chugging along. The winner has a great shot at the BCS; the loser is probably out of the Rose Bowl hunt.

Oklahoma 31, Texas 30

Colorado @ Kansas State

After losing to Fresno State, the Buffs are playing some good football. The Buffs had an extra week to prepare for the Wildcats. Craig Ochs is playing much better after a poor first game. The Wildcats are coming off of a big game against Oklahoma. The team has actually played some worthy opponents in the preseason. The Wildcats are always tough, especially at home.

Kansas State 35, Colorado 21

Northwestern @ Ohio State

It's the spread offense vs. no offense. The Buckeyes have struggled to put points on the board under first year coach Jim Tressel, while the Wildcats have had no trouble scoring. Buckeye quarterback Steve Belisari has come under fire from the fans, but it's the kicking game that struggled against UCLA a few weeks back.

Northwestern 33, Ohio State 24

Georgia @ Tennessee

On paper this looks to be the Vols' game to lose. They are more talented, are at home and still have their confidence after having postponed the annual loss to Florida. The Bulldogs have some talent but this could be a tough one for first year coach Mark Richt.

Tennessee 28, Georgia 14

Florida @ LSU

"Death Valley' is one of the toughest places to play in the nation and you can bet that the Bayou Bengal fans are ready for the Gators. Last year the Gators pummeled the Tigers 41-9, but this is a more talented LSU squad. LSU's LaBrandon Toefield has a nose for the endzone and we all know the Gators know how to score. The biggest question may be how many times does Steve Spurrier spike his visor?

Florida 35, LSU 28

USC @ Washington

The Trojans are an enigma. They seem to be playing just well enough to lose. They are in every game, but are having trouble gaining the "W". Washington is still developing offensive consistency, and key injuries are a concern. The Husky defense can hang with anyone, and SC's secondary is a strong unit.

Washington 14, USC 13

Oregon State @ Washington State

Jason Gesser and Jonathan Smith are two of the Pac's best quarterbacks. Ken Simonton and Dave Minnich are both solid runners. The team that can establish the run will probably prevail. At the beginning of the year who would have thought that this would be a tough game to pick?

Washington State 38, Oregon State 21

Louisina-Layfayette @ ASU

Louisiana-Lafayette comes to Tempe to collect a fat check, while the Devils expect to collect a win. Remember when New Mexico State upset the Devils a few years back? The Cajuns aren't as good as the Aggies were then.

Arizona State 55, Lafayette 17

Oregon @ Arizona

The Ducks haven't played as well as preseason hype would suggest, but they are still winning ball games. Arizona is surpassing preseason expectations. Both teams can move the ball and both teams have potentially strong defenses. The Ducks have more talent on offense, but that's what people said last year and the Cats hung tough in Eugene. This year the game is in Tucson, will it matter?

Oregon 31, Arizona 27

Last week I was 9-1, for the season I am 38-9. All I can say is that it is a good thing I don't have to get the scores right.

Wildcat Authority Top Stories