Old School Rivalries Take Center Stage In Week 10
My 3-1 week, including picking Oregon over USC right and all of my Locks of the Week except Oklahoma being right, brought my overall record this season in the space to a very respectable 30-20.
This weekend is a tad thin in depth but two old school rivalries are renewed so lets get to the picks.
Saturday 8pm ABC - Connecticut at #4 Cincinnati [94% of FanIQ is picking Cincinnati]
In one of three regional games on ABC Saturday night, Cincinnati tries to keep their slim BCS championship hopes alive against a Connecticut team that is kind of reeling right now. Cincinnati is still without senior QB Tony Pike who broke his forearm a few weeks ago, but you never would have noticed it the way that backup Zach Collaros has played. Collaros has thrown for almost 800 yards and 9 touchdowns in two straight starts for the unbeaten Bearcats. Connecticut on the other hand has lost three of their last four, and all three coming in last minute heartbreaking defeats. Their four losses on the season have been by a combined 13 points. Connecticut though has had to deal with the painful loss of their teammate Jasper Howard, while losing these close games since his tragic death. Cincinnati is rolling on offense even without Pike and they are very good on defense, add that to the home field and the Bearcats should move to 9-0 on the season. Bearcats 31 Huskies 14
Saturday 7:00pm Fox Sports Net - Oregon St. at #23 Cal [85% of FanIQ is picking Cal]
This weeks big Pac-10 contest happens in Berkley as the Beavers and Bears battle it out for Pac-10 bowl positions.Oregon St. and Cal are two teams that have a lot of offensive firepower and not much defense. Both teams are in the top 35 nationally in yards per game and both average over 30 points per game. The Beavers have won the past two meetings and the Bears' last home win in the series was 33-14 on Nov. 1, 1997. With a win here Oregon St. will become bowl eligible while Cal has bounced back from back to back demolitions at the hands of USC and Oregon. This game could very well come down to who can get a stop in the fourth quarter because there will be a lot of points. I'll give the edge to Cal, only because of the home field and Jahvid Best. Bears 42 Beavers 38
Saturday 8:00pm ABC - #20 Oklahoma at Nebraska [70% of FanIQ is picking Oklahoma]
One of the greatest old time rivalries takes place in Lincoln on Saturday night. Oklahoma and Nebraska had classic battles in the 70's and 80's while Nebraska dominated the 90's and Oklahoma owning the 00's. When the Big 12 was formed in 1996, this rivalry lost a lot of its luster with the teams now meeting in back to back years before two years off. This rivalry use to decide who would play for the national championship but this season the winner will become bowl eligible, which is the latest the two teams needed to win this late in the season to claim bowl eligibility since 1961. Oklahoma is starting to jell offensively behind QB Landry Jones and the rebuilt offensive line. The O-Line has finally found its groove at the same time as the WR's settling in and finally catching passes. Oklahoma had been riding its defense up until last week when the offensive finally showed up. Oklahoma defense is only allowing 13 points per game but statistically will be the second best defense as the Nebraska "Blackshirts" are only allowing 11 points per game. Though when comparing the teams schedules, Nebraska hasn't played the same caliber teams as Oklahoma has so far this season. Nebraska could be starting a true freshman at QB in Cody Green who will have a very difficult time against the extreme blitzing style of defense of Oklahoma. This will be a hard hitting, defensive battle but I think that Oklahoma has more offensively than Nebraska and will make the difference. Sooners 24 Huskers 10
Saturday 3:30pm ABC - #15 Ohio St. at #11 Penn St. [72% of FanIQ is picking Penn St.]
The decades two Big 10 powerhouse teams take the field in a homecoming of sorts for Ohio St. QB Terrelle Pryor as he leads the Buckeyes into Happy Valley to take on Penn St. Both teams are still in the running for an outside BCS bowl with the loser of this game having no shot. Penn St. also has homecoming this week so Happy Valley will be rocking. Last season these two teams played a thrilling game in which Penn St. forced a Terrelle Pryor fumble on a third down run late in the fourth quarter, eventually cashing that fumble in for a touchdown and stealing a road victory at Ohio St. Terrelle Pryor has struggled at times this season with his accuracy and decision making and while facing this very hostel crowd, Pryor is going to have to be on his game if the Buckeyes want any chance to succeed. Penn St.'s senior QB Darryl Clark has really stepped his game up during this current 5 game winning streak, and his play against an aggressive Ohio St. defense will be the key. I think Pryor's inconsistencies will rear their ugly head and the Penn St. defense will capitalize on his biggest mistakes. Nittany Lions 17 Buckeyes 12
Saturday 3:30om CBS - #9 LSU at #3 Alabama [93% of FanIQ is picking Alabama]
The battle of the SEC West takes center stage Saturday afternoon. With a win here Alabama would lock up the SEC West and keep on the track for their SEC Championship showdown with Florida. LSU on the other hand can play spoiler to not only Alabama but Florida too in the SEC Championship game, and if they did that would throw the BCS into a complete mess. This will be a tremendous defensive football game, similar to the Oklahoma/Texas game. Lots of big hits and punts. Alabama will need QB Greg McElroy to step up and play like he was earlier in the season to help free up some space for Mark Ingram to attempt to run wild. LSU isn't the best offensive team but they have a game breaker in the return game in Trindon Holliday, and in a game with a lot of punts Holliday will be a factor. This game is going to come down to whichever QB can manage the game best and protect the football, and I give that edge to Alabama. Crimson Tide 21 Tigers 17
Now for my "Locks of the Week"
Iowa St. (+7) over Oklahoma St.
Texas (-34) over Central Florida
TCU (-24.5) over San Diego St.
Arizona (-32) over Washington St.
Houston (-1.5) over Tulsa
Houston/Tulsa OVER 67.5
So there you have it, the picks for week 10 of the College Football season. Give me your thoughts on my picks while sharing yours below.