Notre Dame, luck of the Irish?

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Manti Te'oBrian Kelly insists his Notre Dame team isn’t undefeated because it’s lucky, but being lucky certainly hasn’t hurt the Irish.

An uncalled penalty against the Irish during a potential game-winning Pittsburgh field goal is luck, no matter what Kelly states.

Notre Dame had two players on the field with the same number at the same time.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Both Bennett Jackson and Chris Brown were on the unit attempting to block Kevin Harper’s 33-yard field goal in the second overtime, and both wear jersey No. 2. Rules allow for duplicate numbers on a roster, so long as those players do not appear on the field together.

“No exception to it, it was a coaching mistake,” Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. “We had out our ‘Desperado’ team out there, and Chris Brown was part of ‘Desperado.’ We have to do a better job. An oversight that can’t happen.”

The Irish weren’t good against Pittsburgh, they were lucky. Lucky to still be in the position they are in.

The Irish have played five games at home and won all five by only a combined 23 points. The historic South Bend that leaves such a daunting task ahead of the opposition has been pushed aside.

Notre Dame hasn’t reached 9-0 without a little bit of luck and as the potential game-winning kick sailed just outside that pole it was all the luck the Irish needed, for now.

Oregon, Barner sticks it to USC


Kenjon+Barner+OregonHeisman trophy candidate Kenjon Barner knew it was his last time to play back in his hometown in front of dozens of friends and family members. He made sure he left them with a special performance to remember. Barner ran for a school-record 321 yards and five touchdowns as Oregon beat No. 18 Southern California 62-51.

It was just another example of the most potent offense in College Football showing their dominance.

Moving to (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12), the 730 yards and 62 points were the most allowed by USC, which began playing football in 1888.

Per Sports Illustrated, “Well, I’m from L.A., so it means a lot,” Barner said with a shrug. “We know we have an exceptional offense, but this was a great test for us to have to play four quarters and fight to the end. We’re going to benefit from this in the long run. As a competitor, you want to be in a great game if you can.”

Barner celebrated every touchdown with vigor, although the Riverside, Calif., native playfully refused to talk about what he might have shouted to the Trojans’ dismayed fans.

Barner, a product of Riverside, Calif., set a rushing record for a USC opponent by the third quarter, topping Curtis Enis’ 241 yards for Penn State in 1996, and smashed LaMichael James’ Oregon record shortly afterward.

He didn’t get his usual late-game break, either: With Matt Barkley and his receivers shredding Oregon’s defense, the Ducks’ offense stood up to its first late-game pressure of the season.

“We’re built for that, though,” said Mariota, who went 20 of 23 for 304 yards without an interception. “We go through a lot of conditioning, and we’re always ready to play four quarters. This was a good test for us.”

Oregon has won every game this season by at least 17 points. Most games have been over by halftime.

VIDEO: A RB throws a jump pass to a WR for a TD?

Strange as that might seem it took place today in Cincinnati during the start of the 2nd quarter in their game against Syracuse. The Bearcats, on a 4th down and two on Syracuse’s 37-yard-line, decided to pull off the trickiest trick play we’ve ever seen. The quarterback handed off to the running back who could barely see over the line of scrimmage. So he decides to make a “jump pass” to his wide receiver who went into the endzone untouched, giving Cincinnati the lead at 13-10. I hope the Jets OC  Tony Sparano watches this and opts to implement it using the tallest RB on the team who, incidentally, does have some experience throwing the ball!

See the video here…

2012-13 NCAA Basketball Preview: UNLV


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UNLV comes into this season as one of my favorite teams. Head coach Dave Rice stepped in his first year last season and led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 26-9 record and a birth to the NCAA Tournament. What he also did his first year, was my favorite part of all. He sped the game up. I love up-tempo teams that can get up and down the floor in less than five seconds. They’re the most fun to watch, and provide the most action in the smallest amount of time. Let’s get to the roster of this Elite Eight-bound team.

When you consider the fact that this team lost two of its best players over the offseason, and with them they couldn’t even make it to the field of 64 last year, how is it possible that I see this team making a lot of noise in March this season? Look at their recruiting class. The Rebels lose Chace Stanback, but gain Anthony Bennett, ESPN’s No. 7 recruit. The Rebels also lose a great scoring guard in Oscar Bellfield, but gain 6’5 scoring guard Katin Reinhardt. Whatever the Rebels lose from last season, they replace them this year with a version that should at least step in and do as good a job as their predecessor. Another great freshman addition in Savon Goodman will also play valuable minutes. Why did the power forward choose UNLV? Their up-tempo style of play. Vegas however didn’t only recruit great high school players this offseason. They added a former top 10 overall recruit in Khem Birch, coming from Pittsburgh via transfer.

What Birch brings is skill and size. He’ll be eligible in December, which is when this team will really start to show its true colors. The Rebels ultimately got Birch because he’s good friends with Bennett, who committed to UNLV this past offseason. Birch is a 6’9 power forward that showed his potential in a very small sample size at Pittsburgh last season. In his first career start, Birch put up 15 points with 10 rebounds and in his next game, totaled eight points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Once Birch, Bennett and Mike Moser, UNLV’s best player who we haven’t even mentioned yet, get together in the frontcourt, look out America.

Moser is a 6’8 power forward who is a former transfer from UCLA. Just imagine that Bruins team with Moser this year if they had kept him. They would be the favorite this year, without a doubt. What Moser brings to the table for the Runnin’ Rebels is just about everything you can ask from a 6’8 player. He averaged a double-double last season, shot 78 percent from the foul line, and plays great defense. He’s not an enormous 6’8 forward that can’t get up and down the floor. This should be already assumed considering he plays for UNLV, but that’s beside the point. He led the Mountain West Conference in steals last year. He’s that quick for his size. Moser was a first team all-conference player last year, and supposedly has worked hard again in the offseason. Expect another all-conference honor for Moser, and if he can successfully teach Birch and Bennett the ropes down low, UNLV winning the national championship shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody.  Read more…

Fantasy Football Week 9: Waiver wire pickups

As we begin the second half of the season, injuries are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the league so it is imperative that you choose players off of waivers carefully and be mindful of their match-ups. If you are in 10 and 12 player leagues, a lot of you are 4-4 or 3-5 and need to begin making a move before you find yourself on the outside looking in. It’s also a time to clean house and consider dropping early round draft picks that have not panned out.

Take Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall for example. Not only has he played but three games this season, but he’s found himself in a very crowded backfield, which includes Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. And here’s a stat for you Mendenhall owners out there who are still waiting for that ‘big game’ from him; he has only rushed for more than 100 yards in a game twice since December 5, 2010! Now that we’ve got your attention here are this week’s pickups…

 Titus Young-WR-Lions- Since Nate Burleson is now out for the rest of the season, Young has more than admirably filled in for the veteran exploding for 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week against a pretty good defense in the Seahawks. He was targeted nine times and caught nine passes! Does it get much better than that? In his last two weeks he has 15 receptions for 181 yards and two scores and now he’ll go up against a Jags defense that is 22nd in the league vs the pass. He is currently 58% owned in ESPN leagues and around 40% in most others. For those Jordy Nelson owners not sure if he’ll play this weekend, Young could be a decent replacement, especially in PPR leagues.

Carson Palmer-QB-Raiders- We’re not sure why Palmer isn’t more widely owned especially when compared with other quarterbacks who are putting up similar or less impressive numbers as he is. For example, Tony Romo has thrown for 132 more yards than Palmer but has more interceptions (13) than Palmer (5). Their fantasy points are similar (Palmer has 4 more than Romo), but Romo is owned in 90% of leagues while Palmer stands at 49%. The Raiders’ veteran QB has thrown for around 300 yards or more in four of the seven games this year so you know he can still bring it. And if you look at the remaining schedule, some of the teams he’ll face are just calling out his name; K.C., N.O.,T.B., Carolina, and S.D. Need a replacement for Eli in week 11? Carson will be facing the 4th worse defense in football, the Saints, at the Black Hole. Read more…

College Football’s 10th Weekend: Picks, predictions

(1) Alabama at (5) LSU

This game is being played in Baton Rouge which is what makes this matchup even more interesting. Talent-wise I think it’s safe to say that the Crimson Tide have the advantage. I like both teams’ tailbacks equally, but other than the running game, I favor the Tide in every other facet of the game other than maybe on the punting side of things.

In order for LSU to take down the nation’s top team, they have to change things up. Ultimately Les Miles is an enhanced version of Jim Tressel. Miles gets more top-end recruits, which makes his program more consistent (now) than what Ohio State’s was. Miles comes up with the occasional crazy trick play, but in the end, he’s conservative. Unless he can unleash Zach Mettenberger and he can throw it with success, Alabama shouldn’t have too much trouble here. Alabama wins 31-17.

(2) Kansas State vs (24) Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State isn’t a bad team. They’re ranked in the top 25, which is probably appropriate, but they’re on the road, facing a team that just doesn’t beat themselves. Collin Klein and company shouldn’t have problems against the Cowboys’ defense. Kansas State wins 45-21.

(3) Notre Dame vs Pittsburgh

This would be a classic letdown game for the Fighting Irish. Again, their defense keeps them in every game. It’s the offense that holds me back from pushing all in with this team. Pittsburgh isn’t a bad team, and although the Panthers are on the road, Notre Dame won’t win this game by as much as the No. 3 team in the country should. Notre Dame wins 31-17.

(4) Oregon at (17) USC

At the beginning of the year, this game was regarded as one of the top games in all of college football. Even a week ago, before USC lost to Arizona, this was still a highly anticipated game. Now we’re here in November and this matchup is still a good one, but many people feel that if Oregon is as good as perceived to be, they’re expected to win this game by more than a touchdown.

It’ll be tough for the Ducks, but I will assume they win by double digits. The game is at USC, so Oregon will have that going against them, but USC is coming off an emotional loss, so the Trojans won’t be going down without a fight. Like every other week, the Ducks will try and speed up the game as much as possible. The issue with doing this against the Trojans is that USC actually has the athletes to compete for 60 minutes. This game ultimately comes down to whether USC can slow down Oregon enough to let its offense put up 30+ points, which is what Kiffin’s squad will have to do if they want to win this one. Oregon wins 41-31. Read more…

Vanderbilt Commodores facing must win in Commonwealth

jordanrodgers-vanderbiltfootballThe Vanderbilt Commodores are a 4-4 team that need to find their way to two more victories this year if they have dreams of going to a bowl game. On the other side of the field on Saturday afternoon is going to be the Kentucky Wildcats, who are just 1-8 and really look like they are just dead in the water.

It’s not all that often that the Commodores are favored on the college football odds on the road, but they are laying a touchdown against easily the worst team in the SEC this year.

Kentucky knows that it is really just playing out the string at this point. Head Coach Joker Phillips is almost certainly going to be fired at the end of another unsuccessful season, and the time is here to see what the future of football here in Lexington will look like. That’s why QB Jalen Whitlow is essentially being thrown to the wolves as a starter as a freshman at this point. Whitlow has thrown for just 444 yards, and he has one touchdown pass against two picks thus far early in his career. Read more…

Can anyone keep Alabama from repeating?

In January, the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled past conference rival LSU 21-0 to claim the 2012 BCS national championship. Alabama used a ferocious defense to stifle the Tigers in New Orleans, led by linebacker Courtney Upshaw and safety Mark Barron.

With many of the starters returning from last season’s team, including quarterback A.J. McCarron, Alabama was a preseason favorite to compete for the national title. Almost two months into the season, the Tide has entrenched itself at the top of the polls, emerging as the front-runner to claim its second consecutive BCS title. However, there are several teams that could challenge the Tide in its quest to repeat. Here is a look at the teams that have the best shot at knocking Alabama from its perch.

LSU: The Tigers know how to beat Alabama, winning in Tuscaloosa last season in overtime. Though LSU was drummed out of the BCS title game, it should give the team plenty of motivation when the Crimson Tide pay a visit to Tiger Stadium on Nov. 3. Alabama has played a surprisingly soft schedule for a national power, though easy victories over Michigan and Arkansas would have more weight if those teams were having better seasons. LSU will have revenge on its mind for this rivalry game in Baton Rouge. If the Tigers win, they could gain a foothold in the chase for the national title. They have the home field advantage and a tough defense. The question will be if the LSU Tigers can muster up enough offense to top the Tide.

Florida: If the Tigers can not take down Alabama, it may be up to the second-ranked Gators to do so. Florida appears to be the favorite to win the Eastern Division of the SEC and could face the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game. Will Muschamp has his team playing inspired football in his second season as coach, using a stifling defense to knock off both LSU and South Carolina. The Gators may be undefeated heading into the SEC title game, so a BCS title shot could be at stake in Atlanta. Read more…

Spurrier: Alabama would be favored over Jacksonville

Alabama Crimson TideCould Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Jacksonville Jaguars or Kansas City Chiefs?

According to South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier who appeared on The Dan Patrick Show they would at least be favorite.

Spurrier said “What do I know?” afterwards, but when asked if the Crimson Tide could beat the Jaguars he said he did believe Alabama would be favored.

Dan Patrick and company are taking his words straight to Vegas as they try to come up with a line for a “make-believe” game.

The question has been asked many times, but this time around, there are two college teams that warrant the discussion.

The stellar defense of Alabama and the explosive offense of Oregon.

The argument usually comes to an end when we step back and remember a college team is filled with players who are Freshmen through Seniors and some at only 18 years of age going up against the men of the NFL.

But the NFL is already taking from the uptempo Oregon offense including Bill Belichick and scouts watch Alabama each and every week to pick the brain of Saban?

Maybe it’s not the players, but the scheme both programs are using that make the teams dangerous?

*Update,’s R.J. Bell messaged into the Dan Patrick Show, the Chiefs or Jaguars would be favored by 24 points if they played Alabama. 


Gene Chizik on his way out of Auburn?

Auburn standsPathetic, embarrassing, and humiliating are just a few words to describe the Auburn Tigers and Gene Chizik.

The 63-21 loss to Texas A&M are the most points Auburn has ever given up during SEC play which was founded back in 1933.

The 671 yards allowed was the most  in program history. A&M had 38 first downs, converted 9-of-11 third downs and averaged 8.2 yards per play.

After starting the season 1-6 and the poor play that has surrounded it one couldn’t imagine the Tigers bringing back Chizik in 2013 after this type of performance.

By now Chizik’s office should be packed and the boxes should be taped up.

It’s always a tough week when anyone loses a parent, even Chizik, whose presence has caused fans to send letters and voice mail’s to the school president.

The most pathetic thing about the loss is it came in Auburn’s home stadium, Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Texas A&M isn’t a push-over but never should a team with the standards of an “Auburn” be dominated like that.

Fans in the student section voiced their displeasure by leaving. A tweet by @JayGTate, who works for, showed how empty the student section was just after halftime: (@JayGTate)

Just think of the out-lash that will come from an Alabama beating…

College Football’s eighth weekend: West Virginia bounces back

Geno SmithTwo strong match up’s this week as Geno Smith and West Virginia look to bounce back after a subpar game against the Red Raiders.

The Florida Gators have gotten up to the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings and are the next team in line in the SEC that controls their own destiny. Alabama still holds the top spot and the top two teams don’t meet in the regular season, but the Gators have a tough road ahead of them. Last week I did pretty well, going 17-1 in my picks.

(1) Alabama at Tennessee

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro-Tennessee this and especially next year, but they don’t have the players on defense to keep this a close game. Tennessee’s offense is one of the most underrated offenses out there, but unless the Volunteers can at least slow down the Crimson Tide’s rushing attack, quarterback Tyler Bray will have to have a career day if they want to pull the upset. Alabama wins 45-24.

(2) Florida vs (7) South Carolina

The Gators come into this game with a lot of momentum and they get to play in front of their home crowd. South Carolina also doesn’t have their stellar running back Marcus Lattimore starting the game. My guess is he’ll play around 20 snaps, but he isn’t 100 percent, which kills almost any chance the Gamecocks had coming into this game.

LSU showed that South Carolina wasn’t worthy of a top five spot and unless quarterback Connor Shaw can break out in the Swamp, the Gators should be able to control this game. Quarterback Jeff Driskel is starting to get more comfortable the more he plays, and with the rushing attack led by Mike Gillislee, Driskel never feels like he has to force anything. Expect a ton of rushing plays from the Gators, and a win at home to keep their undefeated season going. Florida wins 31-21.

(3) Oregon at Arizona State

This game was played Thursday night* Oregon won 43-21. This game wasn’t as close as the 22 point difference indicated.

(4) Kansas State at (13) West Virginia

The Mountaineers are coming off a huge loss to Texas Tech and will be at home in this one looking for revenge. Geno Smith had a subpar game against the Red Raiders, and while Kansas State’s defense is certainly better than average, I expect Smith to get it going along with his wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.

What many people don’t know about this game is that we have probably the two Heisman favorites playing in this game.

Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein is as close as you can get to Tim Tebow, and with his rushing abilities, could lead Kansas State to yet another huge victory this year. If Klein outperforms Smith, which is certainly possible, he may get the win, and the nod when it comes to winning the Heisman. If the Mountaineers want to win, Smith doesn’t only have to play like he has all year outside of the Texas Tech game, but the defense has to at least slow down Collin Klein. I think both will happen just enough for West Virginia to make it a bounce back week. West Virginia wins 45-38.

(5) Notre Dame vs BYU

BYU is only 4-3 and are on the road against a very tough Fighting Irish defense, but this one shouldn’t be a blow out. BYU’s defense is better than many people realize, and with quarterback Tommy Rees getting the start over an injured Everett Golson, this could be the upset of the week. I expect the Fighting Irish to keep it on the ground all game long and be able to stay undefeated for one more week before they head to Norman, Oklahoma. Notre Dame wins 24-10.

(6) LSU at (18) Texas A&M

I’m certainly not an LSU guy, but beating South Carolina last week doing what both teams do best was fairly impressive. In this game, I’m picking the Aggies though. What’s even more odd is that Texas A&M has a freshman quarterback who’s starting for them. The most interesting part is that the freshman Johnny Manziel may be the best offensive player on the field in this game.

Manziel has the top two total yard games in SEC history already, and like I’ve said… he’s just a freshman. Manziel is extremely talented, not only being able to throw, but will soon be regarded as one of the most dynamic quarterback in the country. He’s not as fast as Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez, but he’s certainly in Braxton Miller’s category, which is still impressive. If the Aggies can keep LSU’s running game at bay, expect the unexpected. Texas A&M wins 34-24.

(8) Oregon State vs Utah

The Beavers don’t have top 10 talent but they’ll stay undefeated here. They’re at home and are simply the better team. Oregon State wins 38-14.

(9) Oklahoma vs Kansas

Much like in the game above, Oklahoma’s the more talented team and at home. But I can’t go on without mentioning how impressive the 63-21 beat down was against Texas last week. That not only showed how good the Sooners were, but how good Kansas State is. Collin Klein’s team is the only team to beat Oklahoma this year. Oklahoma wins 52-14.

(10) USC vs Colorado

Yet again, the vastly superior talented team is playing at home in this game. USC wins 56-7. Read more…

Denard Robinson continues breaking records, enjoy it while it lasts

Denard RobinsonMichigan’s Denard Robinson became only the fourth QB in FBS history to rush for at least 4,000 career yards in a victory over the Fightining Illini.

It started as it seems it always does for the Wolverines, Denard Robinson was hurt and left the game with an undisclosed injury in the first quarter.

Instead of sitting out, Robinson returned after only missing one possession and scored on a 6-yard run. The score was his second of four as Michigan started to pull away 17-0 late in the first half.

“It was just a boo-boo,” said Robinson, declining to say what sent him out of the game briefly. “It’s all good. It didn’t bother me at all.” According to

Obviously it bothered him a little.

Robinson, who is known for his “boo-boo’s”, accounted for 287 yards which game him 10,000-plus career yards on offense.

He also put up some unlikely passing numbers as he connected on 7 of 11 passes including a perfectly thrown ball to Devin Funchess in the end zone.

The 128 rushing yards accounted for his 18th career 100-yard game on the ground, including a highlight for the ages with a 49-yard run that gave Michigan a 24-0 lead.

“He made people miss tackles,” Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman said. “He’s a very, very good football player. He had a sensational game.”

There is no denying the offensive talent of Robinson, but his accuracy problems will never allow him to translate into an NFL quarterback.

While Robinson continues to set records for Michigan, don’t expect to see much of him in the NFL.

Move over Tebow, Jeff Driskel breaking Florida records

Jeff Driskel

Jeff DriskelIt’s always hard to compare as a running quarterback when you attend Florida, but Jeff Driskel is doing things even Tim Tebow didn’t do.

Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt 31-17 as they prepare for No. 3 South Carolina.

The most amazing part of Driskel’s career night? He only ran 11 times as the sophomore set the Florida record for rushing yards by a quarterback topping Tim Tebow’s 166 yards against Mississippi in 2007 on 27 carries.

“We kept running really the same play, and they didn’t really make adjustments,” Driskel said. “So we kept going to it. If something’s working, keep going to it.”

The Gators move to 6-0 on the season, 5-0 against the SEC with their 22nd straight win over Vandy.

Even more impressive for the Gators, three offensive lineman were out with injuries. Center Jonatthan Harrison, left guard James Wilson and left tackle Xavier Nixon didn’t play, and the Gators had receiver Latroy Pittman, linebacker Michael Taylor and tight end Jordan Reed injured during the game.

“We’re a little bit of a M.A.S.H unit on the offensive line,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “So I was really proud of those guys, as many looks as Vanderbilt gave us, in being able to rush for 300 and something yards. … It says a lot about our guys stepping up and manning up.”

“He did an awesome job,” Florida receiver Solomon Patton said of Driskel. “With him being able to run like that, it opened up a lot, as far as the run game and passing game. Teams don’t know if he is going to pass it or take off running.”ade too many mistakes.”

LSU dominates, BCS shake up upon us

Les MilesLSU dominated the No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks, although the score didn’t represent how lopsided the game was.

Along with a loss by No. 6 West Virginia the national title picture became just a bit more cloudy before the standings are released.

LSU got a huge boost by Jeremy Hill, who didn’t even play in their first two games.

Hill, a freshman and behind sophomore Kenny Hilliard and juniors Spencer Ware and Michael Ford, didn’t seem to fit into the Tigers plans this season. But, it was Hill who led the Tigers and all rushers with 123 yards on 17 carries as he scored the first touchdown. Hill’s power 235 pounds and speed was evidenced by his 50-yard run that was  eventually the game-winning score with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter.

LSU had a whopping 407 yards on the night to South Carolina’s 211. 110 of those yards came on the final two drives after the Tigers took a 23-14 lead.

The SEC continues to be a mess with Alabama perched up top. All eyes are on the Nov 3rd match up of Alabama at LSU.

2012 College Football’s Seventh Weekend: Picks and Predictions

Florida pulled off the upset I predicted this past week but Georgia lost its “battle” with South Carolina. For the week I ended up going 13-4, pushing my overall record to 80-13. This week’s slate of games is highlighted by South Carolina at LSU and Stanford on the road against Notre Dame.

(1) Alabama at Missouri

Alabama will be the fresher team coming off a bye, and is easily the more talented team. Alabama wins 45-10.

(2) Oregon – BYE

(3) South Carolina at (9) LSU

LSU is obviously coming off a devastating loss to Florida and will be hungry in a game of revenge, especially playing the No. 3 ranked team in the country. I don’t think LSU is that good, but I do believe they are a back-end top 10 team. As for South Carolina, I think they’re a back-end top 10 team as well. I didn’t think Marcus Lattimore would be able to run on LSU’s defense a week ago, but after seeing Florida running back Mike Gillislee run for 146 yards and two touchdowns, I have a feeling Lattimore can do the same.

What will be the difference maker in this game is whether South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will be able to get anything going through the air. Being on the road in a hostile territory at night, I doubt Shaw’s abilities in this game. That’s the only reason I’m choosing LSU. If South Carolina were at home, the outcome would be different. If South Carolina is a serious national title contender, they can prove it this week. LSU wins 24-17.

(4) Florida at Vanderbilt

The Gators pulled off the upset last week, so it’d be a classic letdown game if they lost on the road here. I don’t think it happens though. Quarterback Jeff Driskel didn’t have a great game against LSU, but he will here against the Commodores. Florida wins 38-14.

(5) West Virginia at Texas Tech

Texas Tech is 4-1 and at home, but let’s be serious. Can they keep up with West Virginia’s offense? I doubt it. West Virginia wins 56-42.

(6) Kansas State at Iowa State

Iowa State is also 4-1 and at home, but will they be able to stop Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein? Again, I doubt it. Kansas State wins 31-17.

(7) Notre Dame vs (17) Stanford

I don’t believe in Stanford being that good, which forces me to choose Notre Dame here. The Fighting Irish do have a good defense to fall back on, which is why they’re undefeated at this point. Because they’re at home, and Stanford isn’t as good as advertised, I think Notre Dame remains unbeaten another week. Notre Dame wins 31-14.

(8) Ohio State at Indiana

My Buckeyes have had an impressive past two weeks and get an easier game here. After beating Michigan State and Nebraska, Ohio State now has a rather easier schedule until the final two weeks of the season when they face Wisconsin and Michigan. Until then, I expect Urban Meyer to keep his perfect record intact. Ohio State wins 42-14.

(10) Oregon State at BYU

Oregon State isn’t the 10th best team in the country, but they are the more talented team here. The Beavers will remain unbeaten for now. Oregon State wins 34-21. Read more…