Temple @ Buffalo (+8)
Has it really only been two years since the Bulls were over .500 and playing in a bowl? Seems like forever ago.
The Call: Temple by 11
The Result: Temple 42-0
Since when does Temple thrash people 42-0? Wow - good for the Owls.
Michigan State @ Northwerstern (+6)
The Spartans are rolling and can at least feel good about their chances in the Big10 this year. The Wildcats are a surprising 5-1, but their schedule doesn't show any big wins over good teams.
The Call: Michigan State by 10
The Result: Michigan State 35-27
Now the real test comes for the Spartans - Iowa is their last big hurdle, though Purdue or Penn State might sneak up on them.
Purdue (+23.5) @ Ohio State
How will the Buckeyes respond to last weeks letdown at Wisconsin? There's no splitting the uprights here - they're either gonna lose again (improbable, but feasible), or they're gonna stomp the Boilermakers (likely).
The Call: Ohio State by 31
The Result: Ohio State 49-0
That's the Buckeyes we've come to know this year. Too bad it's a week late.
Wyoming @ BYU (-10.5)
Neither one of these teams has shown much so far this season, both being 2-5 on the year. That doesn't make for a 10+ point spread.
The Call: BYU wins, but Wyoming covers the spread
The Result: BYU 25-20
Yeah, pretty happy about this call.
Wisconsin @ Iowa (-6)
Remember what happened to South Carolina last week, coming off a win over #1 and taking on a so-so Kentucky? Same thing, except the Badgers are taking on a powerful Iowa.
The Call: Iowa by 10
The Result: Wisconsin 31-30
Yeah, not so much about this one. Poor management at the end of the game is uncharacteristic of the Hawkeyes - they need to get it back together.
LSU (+5.5) @ Auburn
This should be a good one. LSU's defense should be able to contain Cam Newton, at least holding him to an under-average day. But the story is going to be if LSU's mediocre offense can do anything against Auburn's mediocre defense.
The Call: Auburn by 9
The Result: Auburn 24-17
And LSU hits the wall. This does not bode well for their game against Alabama next week... Auburn is growing in leaps and bounds, but they better hope their D can improve...
Georgia Tech @ Clemson (-5)
The Yellowjackets fell off the map since losing to Kansas, but have put together a really quiet 5-2 resume and are gonna sneak up on the ACC. Mark my words.
The Call: Georgia Tech by 7
The Result: Clemson 27-13
Yeah, mark them down - in pen, no pencils here. (Then discount them, go get yourself another copy, and rewrite it. Argh.)
Colorado State @ Utah (-30.5)
I'm always leery about 30+ point spreads...
The Call: Utah wins, but Colorado State covers the spread
The Result: Utah 59-6
Yeah, perhaps I'm underestimating the Utes this year. I'll look into them more this week...
South Carolina @ Vanderbilt (+12)
This is the game where the 'Cocks get back on track.
The Call: South Carolina by 17
The Result: South Carolina 21-7
Not the most dominant performance, but the Gamecocks are still on a good path to the SEC title game.
Alabama (-16.5) @ Tennessee
Tennessee is still struggling and has been floundering all year. The Tide had a bit of a hiccup and can still bring it.
The Call: Alabama by 21
The Result: Alabama 41-10
North Carolina @ Miami FL (-6.5)
Adversity can bring a team together or it can destroy them. The Tar Heels better hope they have some strong glue.
The Call: Miami by 13
The Result: Miami 33-10
The Hurricanes are rebounding nicely and are making a solid run through the ACC.
Air Force @ TCU (-18.5)
It's just not wise to bet against the Horned Frogs this year.
The Call: TCU by 24
The Result: TCU 38-7
The TCU-Utah matchup in a couple of weeks is gonna be huge.
Oklahoma @ Missouri (+3)
Nope - not gonna have another #1 go down this week - sorry. Not really.
The Call: Oklahoma by 10
The Result: Missouri 36-27
And down goes #1. I can never bring myself to pick the big upset though...
Solid effort this week. 10-3 straight up, 9-4 against the spread. Much better than normal. On the year we're looking at 73-29 straight up, 52-50 against the spread. Better than I remember.