Battle of College Football Experts Week 9

10/26/06 in NCAAF   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

We're conducting a science experiment to find the real sports experts. Every week we're entering the "expert" picks published on the major sites (ESPN Gameday picks are also included). We also let the average fan enter their predictions. FanIQ tracks the results and reveals the"real experts" on Mondays.

Last week exceeded all expectations. A predicted down week turned into a flury of almost upsets. A true upset, Yahoo Sports' Terry Bowden (136-15) continues to lead all experts. While only picking Top 25 games along with the majority of pundits, 90% accuracy is still impresive. Marquee game rundown below: Expert/Fan Leaderboard

Fans and experts overwhelmingly agree on these big games:

Clemson over Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech over Miami
Florida over Georgia

Here's where it gets a little more interesting:

Oklahoma at Missouri
Experts Pick: Split
Fans Pick: Oklahoma (54%)

The Sooners are now a toss up with AD in the backfield, but they managed to put it together in the second half against Colorado. I've been picking against Missouri all year, so I figure it's time I side with the Tigers. Missouri has more of a balanced attack and the home crowd in Columbia should pull them through for a rare win against Oklahoma. My Pick: Missouri

Tennessee at South Carolina
Experts Pick: Tennessee (55%)

Experts Picking SC: Darin Darst (Sportsline), Jason Horowitz (Sportsline), Steve Greenberg (Sporting News), Matt Hayes (Sporting News, Sporting News), John Tamahana (MSNBC)
Fans Pick: Tennessee (84%)

Last year I called the Gamecocks upset in Knoxville. Not so confident this year. On top of the payback factor, the Vols are simply just a much better team. Columbia is not an easy place to play, but after last week's struggle I expect them to roll. Going to go out on a limb and say Corso picks the Cocks. My Pick: Tennessee

Florida State at Maryland
Experts Pick: Maryland (67%)

Experts Picking FSU: Harmon Forecast (Sportsline), Andrew Joyner (Rivals)
Fans Pick: Florida State (74%)

Who'd have ever thought the Seminoles would be an expert underdog to Maryland? Ouch. A top contender for the most disappointing team of the season, Florida State still has a lot to play for ... and apparently Bobby Bowden has some haters to prove wrong. My Pick: Florida State

Complete Expert Breakdowns

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