Roy's Picks: Week No. 9

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

Clemson at Georgia Tech (3:30 PM ESPN)
The Jackets have a slight advantage after having several extra days to prepare for this game due to last weekend's game at Miami being cancelled (Hurricane Wilma). This series has always been close, but a closer inspection reveals that Clemson has dominated the last three games, only to let the Jackets back in the game at the very end. Tigers by 10.

Roy's Pick: Clemson (+3); Clemson Straight Up

South Carolina at No. 23 Tennessee (7:45 PM ESPN)
Believe it or not, it's not out of the question for South Carolina to keep this game competitive for four quarters. Tennessee's offense is horrible, and it won't get any better after losing senior RB Gerald Riggs Jr. for the season. South Carolina keeps this one close, but Tennessee prevails in end - a familiar theme for South Carolina fans making the trip to Knoxville.

Roy's Pick: South Carolina (+14); Tennessee Straight Up

Maryland at Florida State (3:30 PM ABC)
Florida State is improving, but there are still questions on offense. Meanwhile the Terps are coming off a tough Thursday night loss to Virginia Tech. Neither team is lighting up the scoreboard, and it won't happen on Saturday either. Terps keep it respectable, but lose by 13.

Roy's Pick: Maryland (+17); Florida State Straight Up

Southern Miss at North Carolina State (12:00 PM)
After back to back losses to Clemson and Wake Forest, the wheels have officially come off the Chuck Amato bandwagon in Raleigh. State will start QB Marcus Stone in place of the ineffective Jay Davis, but will it matter? This weekend it will. State gets back on track, but it won't be pretty.

Roy's Pick: N.C State (-4); N.C. State Straight Up

No. 4 Georgia vs No. 16 Florida (3:30 PM CBS)
Newsflash: Florida isn't the same team it was 10 years ago. And what's wrong with QB Chris Leak, who completed just 11-of-30 passes for 107 yards and was sacked four times in a 21-17 loss to LSU? No D.J. Shockley should equal a Georgia loss in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party ... right? Wrong. The Dawgs will find a way to win this game with a stellar defense and a sound running game.

Roy's Pick: Georgia (+5); Georgia Straight Up

Updated 2005 Record: Straight Up: 22-13; Spread: 20-15 Top Stories