Friday, October 21, 2011

Fab Five - Week 8 (NCAAF Predictions)

Things are starting to heat up in College Football as the season comes down to the final few weekends. We stayed on track going 3-1-1 last week on the Fab Five predictions. The BCS Rankings came out for the first time this week with LSU holding the top spot followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Boise St. Things are bound to get shaken up as LSU and Alabama play for what will likely be the SEC Championship next week and Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. will mix things up at the end of the year for the Big 12 title. A lot to still be figured out - but let's see if we can figure out five games that will be on national television this weekend...

UNC vs. No. 8 Clemson (-10.5), Noon - ESPN
Secretly Clemson has compiled an undefeated season in the ACC. There was a time in sports where going undefeated in the ACC actually used to mean something, unfortunately that time is not now. While Sophomore standout QB Tajh Boyd and the Tigers have been impressive, I look for UNC to keep this within 10 points. I'll take the Tar Heels plus the points on the road. 

No. 19 Auburn vs. No. 1 LSU (-21), 3:30 ET - CBS
LSU has suspended three of its players for this weeks contest because of failed drug tests. Even with the potential suspension of superstar CB Tyrann Mathieu and leading rushed RB Spencer Ware I think the Tigers Defense will overmatch Auburn and it first time signal caller Clint Mosely. I would expect this to be a low-scoring affair that LSU will inevitably win, but I think that the Tigers from Auburn will keep it closer than this three touchdown spread. Take Auburn plus the points in this one. 

USC vs. Notre Dame (-9), 7:30 ET - NBC
It's not every year that these two teams play each other as unranked opponents. In fact, this will be only the 10th time in their 81 year rivalry that neither team is ranked within the top 25. Both teams come into this game playing very well - USC has compiled a 5-1 record with their only blemish coming against a strong Arizona State team - Notre Dame has reeled off 4 straight wins after dropping the first two games of the year. The key to the success of the Irish lately has been taking care of the ball (No turnovers in their last two contests). I expect  QB Tommy Rees and WR Michael Floyd to put up big numbers in this matchup and will try my luck with Notre Dame minus the points at home. 

No. 4 Wisconsin (-7.5) vs. No. 15 Michigan State, 8PM - ESPN

I'm really looking forward to this matchup. Michigan State looked very impressive last week against the Michigan and Wisconsin has looked impressive all year long. I've said it all year long that I think that the Badgers are a legitimate contender for the BCS National Championship. They've put up over 50 points per game while allowing a measly 9.7 points against. That's a 40 point spread any given week! You can thank my 20+ years of higher education for that math. I like this Badger team too much and think that this will be the perfect stage for Badger QB Russell Wilson to write his Heisman ticket. I'll take the Badgers to win convincingly on the road in East Lansing. 

No. 22 Washington vs. No. 7 Stanford (-20.5), 8PM - ABC
Besides highlights, I have not watched a single snap of this Cardinal team from Stanford. I also haven't watched a single snap of this Husky team from Washington - so this prediction will come down to some wild speculation. I know that Stanford has a QB that every team in the NFL covets in Andrew Luck so I'm excited to see if he can meet all of these expectations against a decent opponent. Looking at the stats - the Huskies have a pretty good QB on paper as well in Keith Price who has thrown for 21 TDs against only 4 INTs - not too shabby. A good matchup of Pac-12 QBs but I like my chances with Andrew Luck in this one. I'll take the Cardinal minus the three TDs at home. 

Looking forward to this weekend in College Football - should help make up for some of the one-sided NFL Matchups this weekend.

Last Week: 3-1-1
Season Record: 17-11-2

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