TSD staff picks: Week 4

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere predict the winners from a busy week of college football action

Randy Rosetta

Last week: 15-5 (.750) Season: 47-13 (.783)


Randy Rosetta

LSU at West Virginia: Another new test for the Tigers’ defense, another dominating performance and another convincing victory away from Death Valley…LSU 28, West Virginia 14


Georgia at Ole Miss: This week’s ‘Desperate Coaches Bowl’ has a pair of 0-1 (in SEC play) teams meeting, but that’s where the comparisons end. The Bulldogs’ teeth have been sharpened nicely in two close losses to ranked foes…Georgia 35, Ole Miss 20


Arkansas at Alabama: A game for everybody’s liking. The SEC’s best offense, one of the league’s top defenses and a boat load of intensity and drama. Isn’t it still just September?...Alabama 28, Arkansas 24


Vanderbilt at South Carolina: Gamecocks haven’t hit their groove just yet, making this a dangerous game because it’s hard to imagine Vanderbilt playing much better than it has so far. Home crowd, along with Alshon Jeffrey and Marcus Lattimore are too much for the Commodores…South Carolina 38, Vanderbilt 21


Florida at Kentucky: After a statement game last week, the Gators might be a little listless on their first road trip of the season. Won’t matter much, though…Florida 45, Kentucky 17


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: Somebody has to pay for the hangover Auburn has from its first loss since late in the 2009 season. Not a good week to be the Owls…Auburn 48, Florida Atlantic 7


Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State: Tech nearly pulled off a sizable upset last week against visiting Houston, surrendering three fourth-quarter touchdowns. State was never really that close against LSU. This one could surprise folks…Miss. State 31, Louisiana Tech 28


North Carolina at Georgia Tech: The ACC’s answer to Arkansas-Alabama. UNC’s clamp-down defense will be put to a serious test by the Yellow Jackets’ slash-and-gash running game…Georgia Tech 30, North Carolina 16


Notre Dame at Pittsburgh: Did the Fighting Irish finally find their groove last week in a win over Michigan? After gakking up a road win at Iowa last week, the Panthers are about to find out…Notre Dame 41, Pittsburgh 24


Florida State at Clemson: As if losing to Oklahoma wasn’t bad enough, Florida State also got physically beat up. If Clemson wasn’t so ripe for a letdown, that might matter a lot…Florida State 24, Clemson 21


Oklahoma State at Texas A&M: Both teams get their first real test of the season after barely breaking a sweat so far. The Cowboys defense hasn’t burned them yet, but the Aggies have the ability to change that…Texas A&M 35, Oklahoma State 28


California at Washington: The Bears have scored 36 points or more in their victories and own one of the Pac-12’s top offenses. The Huskies have allowed 27 points or more in each of their three games. Not a good combination for U-Dub…California 31, Washington 26


Kansas State at Miami: Once upon a time this might’ve been a really interesting game. Now both programs have faded considerably…Miami 23, Kansas State 13


Missouri at Oklahoma: Not many teams held the Sooners under 30 points last season. Mizzou was one of them, though. This is a good audition for the Tigers to show they could hang in the SEC, but playing a motivated OU team doesn’t help…Oklahoma 38, Missouri 24


Tulsa at Boise State: The Golden Hurricane’s two losses have come against No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 8 Oklahoma State and those teams combined for 106 points. Boise State is No. 4 and is led by one of the best QBs in the country. You do the math…Boise State 49, Tulsa 28


Oregon at Arizona: The Ducks have found a groove after losing to LSU and face an Arizona team desperate for a win after back-to-back losses to top-10 foes Oklahoma State and Stanford. Hard to think three will be a charm…Oregon 41, Arizona 20


Southern California at Arizona State: The last two games between the Trojans and Sun Devils have been settled by five points total – both SC wins. Troy’s talent level has slipped and ASU’s has improved…Arizona State 24, Southern Cal 21


Colorado at Ohio State: See the description of Kansas State-Miami above. 10-15 years ago this would’ve stacked up as a battle of powers. Now, just another blip on the non-conference screen…Ohio State 17, Colorado 10


San Diego State at Michigan: Might Brady Hoke pull a Les Miles imitation and head toward the wrong sideline before this game against his former employer? The Aztecs are doing fine without Hoke, but lack the firepower to compete with his new ball club…Michigan 41, San Diego State 28


Northwestern State at Nicholls State: Both teams ought to be pumped just to get away from FBS competition after both have gotten walloped in back-to-back games. The Demons won’t feel a whole lot better after this one, though…Nicholls State 27, Northwestern State 17


Shea Dixon

Last week: 15-5 (.750) Season: 49-11 (.817)


Shea Dixon

LSU at West Virginia: The Mountaineers have an offensive attack unlike any the Tigers have seen this season, but something tells me the defense will be up to the test…LSU 24, West Virginia 14


Georgia at Ole Miss: The Bulldogs and Rebels are both in need of an SEC win. Can the Ole Miss offense move against UGA? Probably not…Georgia 17, Ole Miss 10

Arkansas at Alabama: Alabama is a big favorite in this one, but expect Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson to keep it close against a talented Tide defense…Alabama 30, Arkansas 21


Vanderbilt at South Carolina: Should I keep betting against James Franklin? Eventually I will go with the Commodores, but not against Steve Spurrier at home …South Carolina 28, Vanderbilt 7


Florida at Kentucky: Last week against Tennessee, the Gators looked fast on defense and were effective on offense. If John Brantley can pull his weight, this team could surprise in the SEC East…Florida 35, Kentucky 14


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: Auburn just dropped a heartbreaker at Clemson, but this week’s foe is a little less formidable. Michael Dyer will run crazy in this one…Auburn 38, Florida Atlantic 6


Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State: State has had plenty of time to rest after a Thursday loss to LSU. Regardless, this Louisiana team shouldn’t be as tough of a test…Miss. State 31, Louisiana Tech 10


North Carolina at Georgia Tech: The Georgia Tech option attack is rolling after posting a school-record 768 yards in a 66-24 win over Kansas. Watch out Everett Withers…Georgia Tech 30, North Carolina 24


Notre Dame at Pittsburgh: The Panthers have sold out Heinz Field five times since moving there in 2001 – and three times Notre Dame was the opponent. The place will be rocking…Pittsburgh 24, Notre Dame 21


Florida State at Clemson: Florida State fell short of making a big statement last weekend, but Clemson didn’t – snapping the nation’s longest win streak with a win over Auburn. This statement would be even bigger…Clemson 24, Florida State 17


Oklahoma State at Texas A&M: Playing in Kyle Field might be the only big advantage the Aggies hold over the Cowboys in this one. Expect a nail biter, and a big, conference road win for OSU…Oklahoma State 27, Texas A&M 24


California at Washington: Cal remembers how last year’s 37-23 loss to Washington played out, and the Bears will take an offseason worth of reflection out this weekend…California 31, Washington 28

Kansas State at Miami: After a bounce-back win over Ohio State, Miami’s stumble against Maryland is now a thing of the past. Don’t expect the ’Canes to stray from the path against Kansas State…Miami 30, Kansas State 13


Missouri at Oklahoma: Still No. 1, Oklahoma proved its worth against Florida State. Missouri will fall behind early against a more talented Sooners team…Oklahoma 35, Missouri 9


Tulsa at Boise State: Some doubt that Boise State is a top-5 team, but all the Broncos do is continue to take care of business…Boise State 42, Tulsa 17


Oregon at Arizona: The Ducks offense has been on fire since being bottled up against LSU, and they won’t slow down this weekend…Oregon 45, Arizona 17


Southern California at Arizona State: It’s Southern Cal versus Arizona State, and the Trojans aren’t the favorite? How times have changed. But, don’t sleep on Lane Kiffin’s bunch just yet…Southern Cal 23, Arizona State 17


Colorado at Ohio State: Time for the Buckeyes to pick up the pieces from their trip to South Beach….Ohio State 27, Colorado 10


San Diego State at Michigan: This one will be closer than many anticipate, but Denard Robinson will still be able to bail the Wolverines out of any sticky situations they encounter…Michigan 30, San Diego State 20

Northwestern State at Nicholls State: The Demons' last two outings ended in a 49-3 loss to LSU and a 40-7 loss to SMU. Nicholls State will have the home crowd, but Northwestern State will head home with the win…Northwestern State 24, Nicholls State 10



Emily Villere

Last week: 13-7 (.650) Season: 48-12 (.800)

Emily Villere


LSU at West Virginia: The Tigers take their perfect record and stout defense on the road for the third time this season to face a 16th-ranked Mountaineers team that will look to their up-tempo offense to put the game away. But have you seen LSU’s defense lately?...LSU 28, West Virginia 14


Georgia at Ole Miss: The Bulldogs finally got their first win of the season last week while the Rebels continued to struggle…badly. Even home-field advantage won’t help Ole Miss in this one…Georgia 21, Ole Miss 7


Arkansas at Alabama: The SEC’s top defensive unit, the Crimson Tide, hosts the conference’s top offense in the Razorbacks. Alabama will show that defense wins games…Alabama 28, Arkansas 17


Vanderbilt at South Carolina: Vandy is still excited about its win over Ole Miss last weekend, but that won’t help them against the Gamecocks. South Carolina got a little too close for comfort with Navy last weekend, but will put this one away early…South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 14


Florida at Kentucky: Even with an astounding 150 yards of penalties last weekend, the Gators beat Tennessee by 10 points. Kentucky, coming off a loss against in-state rival Louisville, won’t be able to open SEC play with a win…Florida 28, Kentucky 14


Florida Atlantic at Auburn: The defending national champs got schooled by Clemson on the road, finally realizing they are not the Tigers of 2010. Back at home against a Sun Belt Conference opponent will help AU get some confidence back with a big win over the Owls…Auburn 41, Florida Atlantic 9

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State: Tech could have had one of the biggest wins of its recent history last weekend before it let Houston come back in dramatic fashion. State is hungry after two SEC losses and won’t let Tech finish this game out eitherMiss. State 31, Louisiana Tech 17

North Carolina at Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have put up 178 points in their first three games of the season. Opening up ACC play at home will keep their win streak intact for now...Georgia Tech 28, North Carolina 24


Notre Dame at Pittsburgh: The Irish have not had the best luck so far this season, but a victory against Michigan State last weekend finally put them in the win column. They will take their 2-1 record on the road hoping to break even on the season so far, but it won’t be a piece of cake…Notre Dame 24, Pittsburgh 21


Florida State at Clemson: The Seminoles lost to the top-ranked team in the country last weekend while the Tigers took down the defending champions. We saw how Clemson used its home-field advantage against Auburn and with FSU unsure about starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, the Tigers will open up ACC play with a win…Clemson 28, Florida State 17


Oklahoma State at Texas A&M: The seventh-ranked Cowboys and eighth-ranked Aggies open up Big 12 play this weekend at Kyle Field. Oklahoma State leads the nation in passing yards, but this will not be an easy win on the road for the Cowboys…Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 28


California at Washington: Both teams open up Pac 12 play this week, and with Washington coming off a loss against 11th ranked Nebraska (the Huskies still put 38 points) and the Golden Bears possibly looking ahead to their matchup against Oregon next weekend, the Huskies take it in a close, close one…Washington 27, California 24


Kansas State at Miami: The Hurricanes knocked off 17th-ranked Ohio State in their last contest and will welcome the Wildcats to Coral Gables to go for two in a row…Miami 28, Kansas State 21


Missouri at Oklahoma: The Tigers won’t be the ones to stop the Sooners from their national championship hopes (still looking to see who, if anyone, will). OU doesn’t even blink in this one…Oklahoma 45, Missouri 21


Tulsa at Boise State: The fourth-ranked Broncos have an extremely easy schedule this season and the Golden Hurricanes are just another team to beat…Boise State 42, Tulsa 14


Oregon at Arizona: It’s the Ducks’ first game in the Pac 12 and after two tune-up games in the last couple weeks after their loss to LSU. They won’t have any problems on the road against the Wildcats…Oregon 38, Arizona 21


Southern California at Arizona State: The Trojans are ranked and perfect so far this season, but a road trip and a close game could spoil that this weekend…Arizona State 24, USC 21


Colorado at Ohio State: Colorado has one of the toughest schedules in the country this year and it continues in Buckeye country this weekend…Ohio State 38, Colorado 17


San Diego State at Michigan: The Wolverines welcome SDSU to the Big House going for number four in a row, which they will get with ease…Michigan 31, San Diego State 14


Northwestern State at Nicholls State: The Demons have one win by a point so far this season and it obviously did not come easily and was not expected. However, they will open up Southland Conference play with a win…Michigan 31, San Diego State 14


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