Week 3: Pick'Em

Brumby and Brad take aim at Week Three in this edition of the pick'em. Do either Brumby or Brad pick the Illini to defeat the Orange?

Syracuse at Illinois (-3.5):
Brad: ESPN's Pat Forde called this game the ‘Malignant One' and he may be right. Neither team has beaten a real opponent (sorry Eastern fans) since last September totaling a streak of 21 straight D-I defeats. The Orange can't move the ball, but considering the Illini can't punt it, they'll likely have a short field to work with. Tim Brasic needs to rebound from a performance that would not make a freshman proud, let alone a fifth year senior. If he can regain some kind of accuracy and Pierre Thomas can finally get 20+ carries, then the Illini have a shot. Syracuse 17, Illinois 16.

Brumby: Since I am writing my picks fast, and I don't have much to say about this game other than, please win Illinois, here is my prediction. Illinois 17, Syracuse 16. See, I can be positive, now I just hope that it is not blind hope predicting a win. Luckily Syracuse is very, very bad.

Iowa State at Iowa (-13.5):
Brad: The battle to crown the king of our Union's dullest state moves back to Iowa City this year. The Cyclones pummeled the Hawkeyes last year and revenge will be on their minds. As long as Tate is healthy the Hawks should pull it out, but for those who use college football for ‘investment' purposes, it should be noted that Iowa State has covered the spread 7 of 8, including four straight in Iowa City. They will do it again. Iowa 30, Iowa State 24.

Brumby: After getting embarrassed by Syracuse (and yes, having to take Syracuse to overtime is embarrassing for any one this side of Illinois), the Hawkeyes will be looking to enact some revenge on someone. That unlucky team is their in-state rival Iowa State, and probably the team that the Hawkeyes were thinking about up in the Carrier Dome. Iowa 35, Iowa State 17.

Michigan at Notre Dame (-6.5):
Brad: Touchdown Jesus was happy with the performance of His team a week ago, and will be looking to bless St. Weiss and his troops once again this week. The Wolverines usually fall flat on their faces in South Bend, although they will be entering this showdown as underdogs, which is rare for them here. RB Mike Hart has returned to his 2004 form, and when he is healthy Michigan is a different team. They'll have to be because Brady Quinn and the ND offense hit their stride last week against an awestruck Penn State defense. Chalk this one up as win #3 on God's National Championship Tour. Notre Dame 33, Michigan 24.

Brumby: Ahh, the good ole' asteroid game where I cheer for an asteroid to take out both fan bases. Unfortunately, I doubt that would happen, and an asteroid hitting in South Bend is still a little bit too close to Chicago for my comfort. The coaching matchup is a god versus smegma, I think the "god" has more powers here, and being at home the Irish role as they head into the Betty Crocker portion of their schedule. Notre Dame 42, Michigan 17 and Satan rejoices as his team wins another game.

Miami at Louisville (-4):
Brad: The U has not opened 1-2 since 1997 and the seat of Larry Coker's pants hope that is not the case this year. His seat will be flaming hot if the ‘Canes do not leave Papa John's Stadium victorious. Us Illini fans only wish we could be in Miami's position, but when winning national titles is expected, a 1-2 start is unacceptable. The Cardinals have not missed RB Michael Bush yet, as their 123 points through two games attests, but his presence will be missed this week as they finally encounter a real opponent. Temple, Miami is not. Miami 27, Louisville 24.

Brumby: No Michael Bush, no win against the Hurricanes. Miami 28, Louisville 17.

LSU at Auburn (-3):
Brad: This is the SEC at its finest. Two national title contenders open conference play in style. Auburn RB Kenny Irons is among the nation's best as is LSU QB JaMarcus Russell, who may have the country's best arm. There won't be much room to maneuver, though, as these two defense have allowed only 20 points between them this season. If it comes down to coaching, Tommy Tuberville gets the edge, plus home cooking always helps. Tiger bait, Auburn will not be. Auburn 21, LSU 17.

Brumby: The worst part about this game is that I will miss watching it. I like the home team here, but it will be a close game. Auburn 17, LSU 16.


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