Saturday, October 2, 2010

College Picks, Part 2

Rolling into a beautiful Saturday in the northeast, the first that really makes it feel like football season. There are some great games today, many of them at night in primetime on the east coast. You can see my first set of picks here. Here are a few more games I'm going to take a run at.

Temple -6 at Army
Believe it or not this shapes up as a good game. Both these schools are 3-1 and on the rise. The New York Times had a great article on the Temple program before they took on Penn St. last week. Temple played the Nittany Lions tough, covering in a 22-13 loss. Army is off to its best start in 14 years and is coming off a big 35-21 win at Duke last week. These two teams played a tight one last year in Philly and Temple's win kept Army from going to a bowl. It's nice to see the Cadets back playing good football, but Temple is too good today. Take the Owls as Temple wins again this year at Michie Stadium.

Oregon -7 vs. Stanford
A ton has been written about these two 4-0, top ten teams, so I don't have a lot to add. Andrew Luck is considered a Heisman favorite and top NFL draft pick, but his decision-making has been suspect at times. I also think the Stanford secondary is ripe to exploited by Oregon's team speed. Stanford needs to make it a physical game, but I expect a high-scoring one with Oregon a surprisingly easy victor at home. Look for Oregon to get revenge for last year's loss with a double digit Ducks victory.

Games I like, but not at the level of official pick status: FIU +17.5 v. Pitt, ND -2.5 at BC, Connecticut -8 vs. Vanderbilt and Alabama if it comes back to -7 vs. Florida

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