TigerSportsDigest Week 10 picks

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere predict the winners of this week's big games


Randy Rosetta



Randy Rosetta
Last week:
18-2 (.900)
Season: 136-44 (.756)

LSU at Alabama: Not much to grasp in this one in terms of advantages for either team. Every time you think you've found an edge for one team, something on the other side cancels it out. This one comes down to something unexpected and on the foot of a kicker, either Brad Wing or Drew Alleman…LSU 20, Alabama 17

Vanderbilt at Florida:
John Brantley should be close to full health for the first time in a month, which makes the Gators a much different team. The series of near misses for Vanderbilt has to be taking a toll emotionally…Florida 28, Vanderbilt 17

Ole Miss at Kentucky: There might not be much Houston Nutt can do to save his job, but the Rebels don't appear to have completely quit on him. With a few more offensive weapons than the Wildcats, the Rebels end their long SEC drought…Ole Miss 34, Kentucky 21

South Carolina at Arkansas:
Can this new defense-oriented Gamecocks team slow down the Razorbacks enough to stay in the catbird's seat in the SEC East? Maybe so, but probably not enough to offset what has become a really inept offense…Arkansas 23, South Carolina 16

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh:
It's hard to figure out what the pecking order is in the disintegrating Big East, except at the top where the Bearcats sit. Zach Collaros is coming off a career-best 389 passing yards and is the key against the Panthers…Cincinnati 38, Pittsburgh 28

K-State at Oklahoma State:
Did the Wildcats play the best team from Oklahoma last week or does that happen this week? Not sure the results will look much different either way…Oklahoma State 52, K-State 20

Michigan at Iowa:
The math doesn't bode well for the Hawkeyes. They allowed 24 points to Indiana and lost to Minnesota. The Wolverines got back on their feet last week and has a chance for a strong stretch run…Michigan 31, Iowa 14

Tulsa at Central Florida:
The Golden Hurricane has blown by under the radar this season with all three losses to top-10 teams. Meanwhile, in four Conference USA wins, TU has won by an average of 23½ points…Tulsa 31, Central Florida 20

Louisville at West Virginia:
The Mountaineers are pretty good when they don't give up 47 points or more this season. The Cardinals would need almost three games to hit that mark…West Virginia 39, Louisville 14

Texas A&M at Oklahoma:
Well, the good news is the Aggies won't have to figure out a way to hold onto a fourth-quarter lead. Because this one will be over well before then…Oklahoma 49, Texas A&M 28

Oregon at Washington:
If the Huskies are going to win a statement game this season, this may be their final chance. Problem is, they've given up 51 and 65 points in losses to Nebraska and Stanford and now face a Ducks team that has averaged just over 50 since the loss to LSU. No slipups for Oregon leading into the showdown with Stanford…Oregon 42, Washington 28

North Carolina at N.C. State:
Tar Heels are coming off their best performance in a win and the Wolf Pack faces its rival fresh off its worst game of the season. Bad combination…North Carolina 21, N.C. State 19

Northwestern at Nebraska:
Every Big Ten foe Northwestern has faced has scored at least 34 points. The Huskers are capable of doubling that if they play well enough…Nebraska 55, Northwestern 24

Texas Tech at Texas:
Could be the Longhorns wind up being the third best team in the Big 12, a distant third. If that's true, handling the Red Raiders better than OU did would be an important step. And an easy step…Texas 35, Texas Tech 21

Arizona State at UCLA:
The Bruins have alternated wins and losses all season, and have three setbacks by 26 points or more. And they can climb into a tie with the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 South. Yeah, it sounds interesting, but ASU is just too good…Arizona State 42, UCLA 20

TCU at Wyoming:
The Horned Frogs are a few whiskers away from being unbeaten and still in the national consciousness. The Cowboys are nowhere near that stratosphere, but are tied with TCU and Boise State for the Mountain West lead. That won't stay the same, but it will be a tussle…TCU 31, Wyoming 27

Jamaal Woodyard and Southern Miss are 7-1 and tied for first place in Conference USA's East Division

Southern Miss at East Carolina: The Eagles and Pirates are tied for the C-USA East lead with 3-1 records, but that's where the similarities end. ECU's three league wins are against UAB, Memphis and Tulane, while USM has beaten SMU and Virginia of the ACC…Southern Miss 45, ECU 35

ULM at ULL:
Everything points to a Ragin' Cajun blowout, but keep this in mind. ULL lost to West Kentucky by 19 points and the Warhawks took the Hilltoppers to overtime before losing. What's it mean? Nothing much…ULL 28, ULM 10

Notre Dame at Wake Forest:
It's gotten tough to figure out which version of the Fighting Irish will actually show up. Of course, the Demon Deacons have been up-an-down, too, so this one is a tossup. Irish have been a little better…Notre Dame 34, Wake Forest 31

Army at Air Force:
If you want to see the ball in the air, well, you'll have to wait for punts and kickoffs in this game. The Cadets and Falcons rank first and third, respectively, in rushing yards per game and will look for precision and execution this week. Cross-country trip will be the difference…Air Force 29, Army 23


Shea Dixon



Shea Dixon
Last week:
13-7 (.650)
Season: 132-48 (.733)

LSU at Alabama: The winner needs to play well in all three phases of the game. At the end of the day, a punter like Brad Wing or return man like Morris Claiborne might make the difference…LSU 20, Alabama 13

Vanderbilt at Florida:
Vanderbilt nearly knocked off Arkansas last week, and Florida hasn't been on point in recent games. But a win in The Swamp is asking a bit much…Florida 24, Vanderbilt 13

Ole Miss at Kentucky:
These two teams are a combined 0-9 in SEC play. With change on the horizon in Oxford, the Wildcats should be able to strike on an unfocused Rebels' team…Kentucky 30, Ole Miss 27

South Carolina at Arkansas:
Maybe Arkansas isn't as good as people think. In the battle of Top 10 teams nobody is paying attention to, Tyler Wilson saves the day and keeps the Razorbacks rolling…Arkansas 35, South Carolina 28

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh:
Five straight wins launched the Bearcats into the Top 25. But Pittsburgh will have the advantage and get coach Butch Jones' team at Heinz Field…Pittsburgh 28, Cincinnati 24

K-State at Oklahoma State:
Just because Kansas State had its undefeated season squashed doesn't mean Oklahoma State has to do the same…Oklahoma State 35, Kansas State 17

Michigan at Iowa:
Brady Hoke will snap the Wolverines out of a Hawkeye-funk. While Iowa has won three straight in this series, Michigan's Fitz Toussaint will run wild again…Michigan 35, Iowa 28

Tulsa at Central Florida:
UCF's 41-0 over Memphis was impressive, but the Tigers had only one C-USA win. Tulsa is sitting at 4-0 in the conference. The Golden Hurricane wins this one coming off the short week…Tulsa 42, Central Florida 30

Louisville at West Virginia:
West Virginia showed some comeback grit last week. Louisville's defense has stepped up in spots, but shutting down the Mountaineers for four quarters is a tough task…West Virginia 31, Louisville 17

Texas A&M at Oklahoma:
Even if Texas A&M gets a big lead in this one, it will likely blow it…Oklahoma 38, Texas A&M 21

LaMichael James: Oregon has cruised since a loss to LSU but will get a test against Washington.

Oregon at Washington: If it weren't for that LSU loss…Oregon 38, Washington 10

North Carolina at N.C. State:
Florida State dominated N.C. State last weekend in a 34-0 win. North Carolina will pick up where the Seminoles left off…North Carolina 28, N.C. State 9

Northwestern at Nebraska:
The Huskers were already running the ball well. Now it looks like the defense is stepping up to the plate…Nebraska 35, Northwestern 17

Texas Tech at Texas:
It's tough to peg how Tommy Tuberville's Red Raiders will come out and play. In Austin, the Longhorns will keep momentum going after last week's blowout win…Texas 38, Texas Tech 30

Arizona State at UCLA:
The Bruins have played some bad, bad football this year, but they are 3-2 in the Pac-12. Go figure, huh? If Arizona State loses this one, UCLA moves into a first-place tie. That means the Sun Devils will be focused…Arizona State 31, UCLA 24

TCU at Wyoming:
Take the over…TCU 42, Wyoming 16

Southern Miss at East Carolina:
Sole possession of first place in the C-USA East awaits the winner here. With a win over Virginia, the Golden Eagles have already grabbed one victory on the East Coast. Time for another…Southern Miss 31, ECU 24

ULM at ULL:
The Ragin' Cajuns have no trouble this weekend. The Hudspeth train keeps rolling…ULL 35, ULM 13

Notre Dame at Wake Forest:
The Irish have question marks, but not enough to pull a Florida State and drop one at Wake Forest…Notre Dame 28, Wake Forest 13

Army at Air Force:
The men in the air will keep it on the ground for the home win…Air Force 32, Army 20


Emily Villere



Emily Villere
Last week:
14-6 (.700)
Season: 134-46 (.744)

LSU at Alabama: This is a battle of the two best defenses in the country, but LSU has the edge here and at the quarterback position with the dual threat of Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson. The Tigers' offense goes against their own defense on a daily basis, and we all know how LSU plays after having extra time to prepare…LSU 24, Alabama 21

Vanderbilt at Florida:
The Gators have lost to four ranked SEC opponents in a row and a game against the Commodores is exactly what they need right now….Florida 24, Vanderbilt 13

Ole Miss at Kentucky:
One of these teams is going to get its first SEC win of the season this weekend and it's pretty much a tossup of who it will be. The Rebels are the worst team in the West and the Wildcats are only above Tennessee in the East … and they are already looking forward to basketball season. Eeny meeny miny mo….Ole Miss 21, Kentucky 17

South Carolina at Arkansas:
The Razorbacks got a huge break last week when Vandy missed a field goal to give Arkansas its seventh win of the season. Quarterback Tyler Wilson is the SEC's leader in passing yards and hosting the Gamecocks might be close, but will be a win for the SEC West…Arkansas 31, South Carolina 27

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh:
The Bearcats lead the Big East and are back in the Top 25 in some rankings. Pitt is in a three-way tie for second place in the conference and has the home-field advantage, but Cincy is riding a five-game winning streak and will keep this one close…Cincinnati 21, Pittsburgh 17

K-State at Oklahoma State:
The Cowboys are 8-0 and averaging right over 49 points per game. Alabama or LSU is going to lose this week and if Oklahoma State wins, it could get that No. 2 spot in the BCS Championship Game. Playing at home and hosting a K-State team that got crushed last week by Oklahoma is looking positive for the Cowboys…Oklahoma State 41, K-State 20

Michigan at Iowa:
The 15th-ranked Wolverines look to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Hawkeyes this Saturday. Led by quarterback Denard Robinson, who has rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season, Michigan will keep it close on the road…Michigan 31, Iowa 24

Tulsa at Central Florida:
Tulsa blasted Conference USA favorite SMU at home last weekend, but the Golden Hurricane hits the road to face another conference foe in Central Florida. Even though Tulsa takes a perfect record on the road, I think the Golden Hurricane will keep it intact against the Knights…Tulsa 35, UCF 31

Louisville at West Virginia:
The Mountaineers came dangerously close to their second loss in a row when they played at Rutgers last weekend. A second-half push gave them the win and now they return home to face Louisville. Geno Smith is up against a tough Louisville defense, but the quarterback will continue to deliver…West Virginia 37, Louisville 23

Texas A&M at Oklahoma:
The Aggies do not know what it means to play a full four-quarter game this season and playing at Oklahoma won't jog their memory on how to perform in the second half. The Sooners still have a bad taste in their mouth from their loss to Texas Tech and will continue to put up big points when Texas A&M comes to town…Oklahoma 45, Texas A&M 31

Oregon at Washington:
The Ducks keep rolling. Oregon 41,Washington 20

North Carolina at N.C. State:
Two of the Tar Heels' three losses this season are on the road. They play away from home again this week but they face a Wolf Pack team that was shut out by Florida State last weekend…North Carolina 34, N.C. State 31

Bo Pelini has Nebraska back in contention for the Big Ten Legends Division crown

Northwestern at Nebraska: The Cornhuskers hosted an 11th-ranked Michigan State team last weekend and embarrassed the Spartans. This Saturday Big Ten opponent Northwestern comes to town as Nebraska looks for its fourth win in a row…Nebraska 31, Northwestern 14

Texas Tech at Texas:
The Longhorns' two losses this season were to powerhouses Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders' claim to fame this season is their win over the Sooners ruining their perfect season. Tech has to travel to Austin where Texas shut out Kansas last week and the Longhorns do not want loss number three at home.. Texas 27, Texas Tech 17

Arizona State at UCLA:
After a loss to Oregon, the Sun Devils bounced back with a big win over Colorado last week. Even though they have to take their momentum on the road, UCLA is the perfect place for them to take it... Arizona State 37, UCLA 24

TCU at Wyoming:
The Horned Frogs haven't had the toughest of opponents this year and this week is no different. A road trip to Wyoming shouldn't provide any surprises…TCU 40,Wyoming 21

Southern Miss at East Carolina:
The Golden Eagles are riding a six-game win streak and have even crept into the Top 25. Even though they hit the road to face a conference opponent, the Pirates won't get in the way of their special season. Southern Miss 33, East Carolina 21

ULM at ULL:
This is always a big game between the Cajuns and the Warhawks. ULL beat ULM on the road last year in dramatic fashion, but this year it looks like they will beat them more handily at home…ULL 35, ULM 24

Notre Dame at Wake Forest:
The Irish are coming off a big win last weekend against Navy and the Demon Deacons come home after a loss to North Carolina on the road. Wake hopes its home-field advantage will give it a lead up, but Notre Dame will take this one…Notre Dame 28, Wake Forest 14

Army at Air Force:
Both teams are coming off victories from last week where they shut out their opponents. It's a big game for both schools and the home team wins…Air Force 25, Army 10


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