Every week CN's staff will pick the outcomes of five meaninful games in the world of college football. A running tab will be kept throughout the season and plan on guests pickers as well along the way. Check out this weeks picks right here at CN.
Steve Deace – CN Founder (12-3 on
Iowa State @ Texas - This shouldn't be the blowout
that many people are predicting.
There are several ISU players who would start at Texas. If the Longhorns blow ISU out then
Cyclone Nation should be very disappointed. That said I expect Texas to pull away in the
second half and win 38-17.
Penn State @ Ohio State - This will be a blowout. I've been saying since the start of the
year that Penn
State is one of the most
overrated teams in the country.
Buckeyes roll in a revenge game, 28-10.
Arizona State @ Cal - I think the Bears are still a
lot better than they showed at Tennessee and win this game, 35-24.
Notre Dame @ Michigan
State - The Spartans have won seven of
nine in this series, but both of those Irish wins were actually in East
Notre Dame recovers and escapes on
the road, 30-21.
Louisville @ Kansas State - Upset alert in Manhattan. The Cardinals go on the road after a big
emotional win, and do so without their starting quarterback and tailback. I'm calling for the outright K-State
Chris Williams – CN Publisher
(12-3 on the season)
Iowa State @ Texas – I hate doing this but I have a
feeling that this one will get ugly in the 2nd half. Until Iowa State's offense proves to me that they can
efficiently put points on the scoreboard, I can't trust them. I think this will
be a decent game in the 1st half but Texas really rolls in the 2nd half and exploits
State's secondary. If,
however, the Iowa State offense that we know we have comes out for the
first time this week, folks could be celebrating in Ames Saturday night. In
the end, I just don't see it happening. Texas
Penn State @ Ohio State – I like Ohio State to absolutely roll in this one.
Ohio State 34 Penn State 10.
Arizona State @ Cal – Honestly, I could care a less.
Unfortunately this is one of the top games of this crappy weekend for football.
I'll take Cal
by 10. Cal 24
Dame @ Michigan
State – This will be a trendy upset pick
this week but I refuse to fall into the trop. Notre Dame 27 Michigan State
Louisville @ Kansas State –
Kansas State is the worst 3-0 football team in
the history of the sport. Louisville 34 KSU 10
Luke Vander Sanden – CN
Ambassador/Former ISU Team Captain (12-3 on the
State @ Texas -
ISU 21, Texas
17…I have to go with my team! I choose them in hopes that they will come
out swinging in Austin.
Penn State @ Ohio State - Ohio State
wins a big thriller in Columbus. Look for Ohio State to prove why they are one of the
best teams in college football. Ohio St. 35 Penn St 14
Arizona State @ Cal - ASU 28 Cal 7… I am
picking ASU in this one. I have liked the looks of their team since the
start of the season, and have confidence in them to keep the ship
Notre Dame @
Michigan State - N. Dame 24 MSU 10…
ND comes off a tough, tough loss to Michigan. It's tough being MSU because
ND uses this game to prove they are still a top 10 team in the
Louisville @ Kansas State - Louisville 35 K-State 10… K-State hasn't
played anyone, and their weaknesses become exploited against Louisville. Look for
bring the hammer to Ron Prince's untested squad.
Jack Whitver – CN
Ambassador/Former ISU Team Captain (11-4 on the season)
Iowa State @ Texas - Closer than most expect, but
Texas comes up
Penn State @ Ohio State - Ohio State makes another statement as the
team to beat.....38-14
Arizona State @ Cal -
Cal gets big win at home....21-10
Dame @ Michigan
State - Notre Dame gets revenge for the
Spartans flag sticking ceremony last year....31-17
Louisville @ Kansas State -
Louisville hands KSU their first
Brent Blum – CN Columnist (12-3 on
Iowa State @ Texas - Texas. Iowa State needs a game or two to regain its
groove and a road Big 12 game at UT is not a great way to "get its groove on."
Too much speed and size to counter. But, the good guys will make it a four
quarter game. Then again…all games are four quarters. Texas
Penn State @ Ohio
After Iowa and Ohio State
win Saturday, next week could set a record for most arrests ever in Iowa City. I'm just
warning the citizens of Johnson County to take cover immediately.
Ohio State 37 Penn State 17
Arizona State @ Cal- Cal. ASU's Dirk Koetter has
never won a Pac-10 game in the state of California. The unfortunate thing is almost
half the conference resides in the state. Not good. Cal 28 ASU 23
Notre Dame @
Michigan State - Notre Dame. John L. Smith wins
just enough to make the inevitable downfall seem even more painful. I feel sorry
for the Spartan Nation. Notre Dame 31 Michigan State 24
Louisville @ Kansas State
- Louisville. They don't have
Brohm or Bush, but they have a pulse and that's prescient enough to pummel
Prince's Purple Populace. I need some help. Louisville 31 K-State 17
1st- Everybody except
Whitver @ 12-3
5th – Whitver @