Fearless Friday Picks Week 4

Some early season 'judgment days' loom this Saturday for several teams, both within their conferences and on the National scale. The SEC, ACC, and Big East get their turf wars underway as the start of the process of elimination begins with some critical matchups.

 Let's get right to it as I'm going to go to a permanent 12 game format, somewhat influenced by the number of regular season games this season but far more greatly influenced by the number of refreshing beverages contained in the most popular retail package. Ahem...
Week 4's Twelve Pack
Season: SU 19-7, ATS 14-12
All times EDT
ESPN at Noon
Georgia Tech @ Clemson (Pk)-The Yellow Jackets visit Death Valley in an early ACC showdown with the Tigers, the winner gaining an important foothold in the race. The first of two Inter-State matchups, the last six meetings between these two have been decided by a field goal. The Techsters have whipped up on two weaklings while the Tigers have been tested and bruised up losing a key LB to injury. I'm taking the better FG kicker, and he plays for GT.
ESPN, GamePlan, DTV 770 at Noon 
Miami (-37.5) @ Temple-Fresh off a dominating win in The Swamp, the Canes visit Philly to have a good scrimmage. If Coker doesn't let the team gorge themselves on Cheesesteaks, the spread will be covered. Heck, even if he does, they cover, it is Temple after all.
NBC at 2:30pm 
Michigan (-3.5) @ Notre Dame-The Wolverines roll into South Bend with some momentum, and some offense. The Irish of Ty have yet to score an offensive touchdown, yet they are 2-0. The winner will solidify their ranking, the loser could hurt their post-season prospects. I remarked in an earlier column that unless the Domers find some Offense that they would lose, and that prediction still stands. The boyz with the distinctive helmets cover.
ABC, GamePlan, DTV 770 at 3:30pm
Washington State @ Ohio State (-7.5)-Two Top 10 teams meeting after a couple of tuneups where neither was challenged. Again, to the winner will go prime BCS Bowl positioning, the loser will slide down in the rankings. The Cougars will be led by QB Jason Gesser and some fleet WR's, the Buckeyes led by a bevy of TB's and QB Craig Krenzel, who has a few targets of his own. The Defenses though are where we may find the key to this game, for should either find the means to keep the other from scoring, this one could get ugly. I like the Buckeyes at home and their rushing attack to cover.
ABC, GamePlan, DTV 772 at 3:30pm
Ole Miss @ Texas Tech (-4) -I don't quite get this one, are the boys in Vegas not sharing? LOCK OF THE WEEK, Rebs whip the Red Raiders convincingly. Tech barely got by SMU last week, they are rapidly on the way to being one of the underachieving teams of the year.
ABC, GamePlan, DTV 771 at 3:30pm
Southern Cal @ Colorado (-2.5)-Yet another good matchup between different conferences! The Trojans have already notched an OOC win over Auburn and have enjoyed a week off, while the Buffs rebounded against SDSU last week. The Buffs QB Greg Ochs is out, along with two other starters or this wouldn't be too difficult of a choice, but I'm going with the visitors and the points.
ESPN2 at 6pm
Iowa State @ Iowa (-3.5)-Nothing like hatred between in-State schools, and while these two may lack the National recognition of many, neither should be far off your radar this season. The Cyclones have won 4 in a row over the Hawkeyes, coming after a dreadful 15 in a row losing streak.
This should be a good one, and I like the 'Clones and the points.
ESPN at 7:45pm
Florida State (-14.5) @ Maryland-Cinderella lost a lot of players and The Fridge is having to make do with what he has. The Semi's got off to a shaky start and still don't look to be fully recovered, but they have a legitimate rushing attack this year. I'm going to go against the grain here, as I suspect that the Terps aren't quite as down as I think and the Noles Defense isn't quite as good as advertised. Terps cover.
ABC, GamePlan, DTV 772 at 8pm
Nebraska (-5.5) @ Penn State-The Cornhuskers visit Happy Valley, a great meeting between two of the more storied programs in the Nation. The Huskers have played three and won three, the Nittany Lions have played but one and struggled to beat Central Florida. Teams tend to progress most between the first and second games, and defending the Option requires disiplined play. Gotta pick somebody, so I'll take JoePa and the points.
ABC, GamePlan, DTV 774 at 8pm
Texas (-13.5) @ North Carolina-The Longhorns venture East into the Piedmont to face the Tar Heels of Bunting. Last year the Heels were rudely welcomed as the Horns beat them by 30. While things can go awry on the road, and the Heels did get a win at a tough venue last week, the Horns have more talent than anyone they play. Horns cover and if Mack wishes, a similar result as last year's 44-14 win could occur.
ESPN2 at 9:30 pm
Louisville @ Colorado State (-2.5)-The pre-season CUSA favorites head out West to face the 2-1 Rams in a matchup of Mid-Major powers. The Cards bounced back last week beating up Duke, while CSU faltered late against UCLA. If the Ram Defense can get to Raggone, as did UK, then it will be a long night for Louisville. I'm taking the home team to cover.
The Game of the Week!
CBS at 3:30pm
Georgia (-5) @ South Carolina-Really now, did you even doubt this designation? Hmmmm? The opening war in the SECE should prove to be an interesting one as the Gamecocks fell on the road to the Caveliers in a sloppily played affair, while the Dawgs watched on TV. Lou Holtz's pre-game poormouthing has been impressive and a bit more pronounced than usual, even for him. His team hasn't looked like a contender nor played like one yet, and the woes on the Defense have had him scrambling to remedy them.
The Dawgs come in having not looked all world either, gaining a win over Clemson, but looking rather inept on Offense, the strength of the team or so we thought going into the season, probably the reason that the line is so low.
Since HC Mark Richt has been quiet about any plans he may have and has enjoyed a good laugh over Lou's poor mouthing, he fully realizes the enormity of this game. Georgia has NEVER lost 3 in a row to Carolina and the fans of the DawgNation have made it clear that they wish for him to use any means necessary to regain the upper hand.
Fight they will, but the historical difference is the clue here, which is UGA by 10. I think it will be by more, and they may come very suddenly against an out manned SC secondary.
May all your picks be correct and enjoy this fine slate of action we have coming Saturday.

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