Friday, November 5, 2010

Kickin' Around this Week's College Games

A big 7-3 on campus last week brings the blog to 26-18 on the year, 59%.  Can you believe we are into the last few weeks of the season? We still have a full slate this week before the schedule starts to thin as we head toward the end of conference play.

In terms of level of play, the Canadian Football League probably falls somewhere between very good college and very bad NFL. It never gets any traction in the US because 1) we have plenty of our own 2) the rules are a bit crazy. If you don't think so, watch this play. Check out the video before you read the explanation and see if you have any idea what is going on.

On to the action. This week, six picks and three opinions.

Clemson -3.5 vs. #25 North Carolina St.
NC St. has been one of college football's pleasant surprises while Clemson, with their loss at Boston College, now officially falls into the disappointment category. With Florida St. and South Carolina still on the schedule this is an absolute must game if the 4-4 Tigers want to be assured of going to a bowl game. The Tigers defense has tightened, keeping opponents to 16 points or less the last four games. Clemson has won six stratight in the series. I expect them to kick the extra point at home on Saturday.

#16 Iowa -17.5 at Indiana
Indiana is 4-4, but 0-4 in the Big Ten. Iowa isn't going to have a letdown after blowing out Michigan St. last week. Ricky Stanzi has lead the Hawkeyes to an average of 34.1 points/game. I think 35 should be enough this weekend.

#9 Wisconsin -20 at Purdue;  Florida -14 at Vanderbilt;  Boston College -3 at Wake Forest;  USC -5.5 vs. Arizona St.

Opinions: Tulsa -17 vs. Rice;  BYU-18 vs. UNLV;  Penn St. -6 vs. Northwestern; Alabama -6.5 vs. LSU

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