So, another week is upon us and I am ready to move past that rough patch in my Utes’ otherwise great season.
This past week has been full of drama, both on and off the field. Utah and Alabama kicked themselves out of the national championship discussion, while LSU and Stanford further solidified their BCS cases.
My picks last week were pretty split between good ones and bad ones.
Minnesota at Michigan State
Arizona at Stanford – this was my best game this week
Texas A&M over Oklahoma
Utah over TCU – humbling
Missouri over Texas Tech
South Carolina over Arkansas
And now…week 11’s picks
#25 Texas A&M at Baylor – Tough one here. Baylor was ranked higher than Texas A&M the last 2 weeks, so I have issues saying Baylor winning would be an upset. Baylor wins 31-24.
#23 South Carolina at #22 Florida – Florida is making a steady return to winning football games. South Carolina has been very inconsistent but clearly capable of beating big time teams in big time games. Florida is too good in the swamp and wins 35-21.
#21 Nevada at Fresno State – Nevada has worked its way back from their heartbreaking loss to Hawaii a few weeks ago. They still have that Boise State game coming up soon and they can play spoiler to the Broncos. Nevada wins at Fresno 28-24.
#20 Virginia Tech at North Carolina – The Tarheels took care of business last week against Florida State. Virgina Tech has won 7 straight and UNC will not likely stop them. Hokies win 42-27.
USC at #18 Arizona – If there is a team that can surprise Arizona, USC is it. USC’s offense is a sleeping giant and defensive minded legend Monte Kiffin has had 10 weeks shaping their schemes and coverages breaking in all the young players. I like USC if Matt Barkley has a good game against that Arizona defense. Trojans win 28-24.
#24 Kansas State at #17 Missouri – Missouri has not had a great past 2 weeks. First, losing to Nebraska, and then, losing to Texas Tech last week. Kansas State is coming off a big win over Texas. Whoever can keep their momentum will have the best chance here. I give the advantage to Missouri. Tigers win 31-17.
Texas Tech at #16 Oklahoma – Oklahoma was embarrassed on the road by A&M last week. They will look to rebound in Norman this week. Oklahoma wins 42-24.
UTEP at #15 Arkansas – Arkansas is riding high after laying a big whooping on South Carolina. UTEP has a whooping comin’ 45-10.
#14 Utah at Notre Dame – Talk about needing the rebound game of all time. Utah may have laid an egg last week against TCU, but luckily, the Utes play in the Mountain West and the biggest game in their history was broadcast on CBS College Sports channel, therefore, no one saw the game. Saturday’s game, however, will be broadcast on NBC all over the nation. As Coach Whittingham said, “you could say this is a ‘golden’ opportunity.” Utes win 35-17.
#13 Iowa at Northwestern – Iowa has shown signs of greatness and weakness this season. I foresee a Hawkeye victory. 35-28.
#19 Mississippi State at #12 Alabama – Mississippi State has been a surprise this season. Not as big a surprise as if they get the win over Alabama, though. Tide Rolls 28-14.
#10 Oklahoma State at Texas – Texas is…uh…horrible. They have now lost 3 straight to the likes of Iowa State, Baylor, and Kansas State. Turns out the Nebraska win wasn’t a rebound, it was a fluke. Oklahoma State wins 45-21.
Penn State at #9 Ohio State – Joe Paterno just got his 400th win last week. Let’s hope that he celebrated big, cuz he will have nothing to celebrate Saturday. Buckeyes win 38-17.
Kansas at #8 Nebraska – Nebraska is back on track and have put the Texas loss behind them. Let’s hope Kansas doesn’t think it can repeat Texas’ feat. Nebraska wins 42-14.
Indiana at #7 Wisconsin – Wisconsin may not be flashy, but they are the most balanced and efficient team in the Big 10 this season. Slow and steady will win this race. Wisconsin wins 34-21.
#6 Stanford at Arizona State – Stanford is Rose Bowl bound and there’s nothing anyone, especially not Arizona State, can do about it. Stanford rolls 35-17.
Louisiana Monroe at #5 LSU – The Tigers are coming off a huge win over Alabama last week and now can relax against awful LA Monroe. LSU wins 28-7.
#4 Boise State at Idaho – Boise State will continue its dominance over the weak WAC and stomp the Vandals 63-17.
San Diego State at #3 TCU – This game is going to be TCU’s last challenge of the season. After Utah completely laid down and allowed TCU to simply walk past them without so much as an argument, TCU is on easy street. Frogs win 49-13.
Georgia at #2 Auburn – The outcome of this game will be determined by how distracted Cam Newton and the rest of the team have been over the allegations surrounding Newton. The outcomes are both Auburn winning, but by how much is the question…Auburn wins 35-17.
#1 Oregon at Cal – This will be a great game…for Oregon, is the end of that sentence. The Ducks cannot be stopped, derailed, or even inconvenienced it seems on offense. Oregon may not be the best team in college football, but they are, however, the most unbeatable team in college football. They will continue their national championship campaign by beating Cal 59-28.
Inactive teams this week: #11 Michigan State.
There ya have it. I am beyond ready to move forward with the season. Go Utes!!!