CN Pick 5 - Week 5

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 (16-4 on the season)


Iowa State over UNI - Although I suspect the Panters will rack up some passing yardage on ISU's defense, the Cyclones should win going away 35-10.


Ohio State over Iowa - The Hawkeyes will use the emotion and the home crowd to get off to a fast start and lead this game after three quarters.  But then the team with the game breakers will make the big play to win it.  That team is Ohio State and Ted Ginn, who makes the big play late to set up a 24-20 Buckeye victory.


Nebraska over Kansas - The Huskers are the better team and were 40-pointed last year.  This time they roll, 38-14.


Missouri over Colorado - The Buffaloes are still playing hard for Dan Hawkins, but the Tigers will prove to be the better team in a 24-14 win.


Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech - The Hokies are without two key defensive players and haven't played a team with a pulse yet.  The Yellow jacket have been one of college football's better road teams as of late, and they get another big road win, 21-20.


Chris Williams – CN Publisher (17-3 on the season)


UNI @ Iowa StateI've been vocal about this and I'll stick to it with my pick. Iowa State shouldn't have any problem with UNI. The Clones win this one big, but UNI's passing game scores some points that will make Clone fans uneasy. Iowa State 31 UNI 17


Ohio State @ Iowa – If Iowa had a Tim Dwight or a Kalill Hill on this team, I'd take the Hawks. They don't. I like the Buckeyes in a payback game for the last time they went to Kinnick and got spanked. Ohio State 21 Iowa 20


Kansas @ Nebraska – This one gets ugly. Nebraska 44 Kansas 10


Colorado @ Missouri – This Colorado team will keep getting better and better, as much as I hate to admit it. Unfortunately for the Buffs, they'll come up just short once again this week. Missouri 27 Colorado 21


Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech – Tech really showed me something last Thursday night when they were on ESPN. Virginia Tech has played nobody and I don't think they can stop Calvin Johnson. He scores two big TD's and the Jackets pull off the road upset 31-27.


Luke Vander Sanden – CN Ambassador/Former ISU Team Captain (15-5 on the season)


UNI @ Iowa State - ISU wins this game soundly as they need and should do.  We need an explosive three phases of football to propel this team.

Ohio State @ Iowa - Yeah it is in Iowa City, and the atmosphere the Hawks fans give is incredible.  Look for Ohio State to win a tough game on the road close, or look for the Hawks to get splattered.  Ohio State wins big, or wins a close one.

Kansas @ Nebraska - Be sure that Callahan knows what happened last year in these two teams' matchup.  Look for Nebraska to put a hurtin on Mangino's ball-club.  If Kansas doesn't keep this one close early, it could get ugly.  Nebraska wins.

Colorado @ Missouri - Wow!  Did Colorado open some eyes last week in a near upset.  I still like what I see out of Missouri, and I am going to pick the Tigers.  Colorado's Dan Hawkins still hasn't found the chemistry in his team.  This will be a process for him.

Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech - I like G. Tech to win this game in a close game.  Georgia Tech wins by 14.


Jack Whitver – CN Ambassador (16-4 on the season)


UNI @ Iowa State - ISU finds its offense, shuts down UNI and wins 34-10


Ohio State @ Iowa - OSU out to prove a point and wins in Kinnick, 27-13


Kansas @ Nebraska - Nebraska revenges last season's embarrassment, wins big 34-17


Colorado @ Missouri - Colorado pulls off big upset, begins to right their ship, 20-17


Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech - Virginia Tech is too much at home, squeaks by the Yellow Jackets, 24-21



Brent Blum – CN Columnist (17-3 on the season)


UNI @ Iowa State - Iowa State. I really think Iowa State explodes on offense on Saturday. They are definitely not taking UNI lightly. I think the boys are treating this as a game that they can make a statement. And I believe they will.

Cyclones 45 UNI 14


Ohio State @ Iowa - Ohio State. Adam "Pass Interference" Shada has zero chance to stay in the same area code of Ted Ginn. Ohio State should have zero trouble moving the ball through the air. It will take a monster game from Tate to keep this close. Bucks 31 Iowa 17


Kansas @ Nebraska - Nebraska. Kansas once again has quarterback issues. Mangino is having a Wendy's or Arby's like choice between Adam Barmann and Kerry Meier. Only in this case, it's a lose-lose situation. Huskers roll. Nebraska 35 Kansas 7


Colorado @ Missouri- Don't underestimate the Gary Pinkel factor of screwing up a great season. Fortunately for Mizzou, Pinkslipel will be a non-factor in this yawner. The Pinkel implosion is yet to come. Mizzou 24 Colorado 10


Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech- I know GT's Calvin Johnson is good, but ESPN is giving him T.O. like hype. And we all know how that turned out this past week.

Virginia Tech does just enough to stifle CJ and the Bees. Virginia Tech 24

Georgia Tech 20





1st (T) – Williams and Blum at 17-3

3rd (T) – Deace and Whitver @ 16-4

5th – Vander Sanden @ 15-5


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