Roy's Picks: Week No. 8

A new column from publisher Roy Philpott previewing this weekend's games.

Temple at Clemson (12:40 PM)
The Tigers seem to be poised for another late season run while the Owls may be the least talented Division I-A team to play in Death Valley in the last 15 years. Clemson wins as Will Proctor and Paul Macko run wild in the second half. That's right, there will be a Paul Macko sighting Saturday afternoon.

Roy's Pick: Clemson (-36.5); Clemson Straight Up

Vanderbilt at South Carolina (3:30 PM)
This is an early bowl elimination game for two programs in desperate need of a win. The key for South Carolina lies once again in the ground game. If Vanderbilt can run the ball at will, like many teams have done this season against the Gamecocks, QB Jay Cutler will open things up in the second half in a big Commodore win.

Roy's Pick: Vanderbilt (+8); Vanderbilt Straight Up

N.C. State at Wake Forest (3:30 PM)
The Demon Deacons have been a thorn in the side of a lot of teams in recent years, including N.C. State. The Wolfpack are struggling on both sides of the ball and time is running out for a quick fix. Unfortunately for Pack fans, Winston-Salem isn't the place to go to find answers for an underachieving defense and an offense still searching for a quarterback to replace Philip Rivers.

Roy's Pick: Wake Forest Straight Up; Wake Forest (+1)

No. 23 Virginia at North Carolina (12:00 PM)
Virginia is coming off an impressive win over No. 4 FSU. Anybody else remember the 69 points put up by Louisville a few weeks ago against the Tar Heels? The Cavaliers aren't as explosive on offense, but they won't have to be on Saturday as the Heels continue to be exposed for what they are - a below average football team.

Roy's Pick: Virginia Straight Up; Virginia (+1)

No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 2 Texas (3:30 PM ABC)
Points will be flying Saturday in Austin as two of the nation's top offenses take the field in a battle of top 10 teams. The Red Raiders are dangerous, but still not lethal enough on defense to pull the upset. QB Cody Hodges will throw for another 600 yards to keep this game close, but the Longhorns are too physical to lose this one. Texas by 10.

Roy's Pick: Texas Straight Up; Texas Tech (+16.5)

Updated 2005 Record: Straight Up: 19-11; Spread: 18-12 Top Stories