Here are my picks for eleven of the best games this Saturday.
1. Michigan State (4-1 1-1) at Ohio State (3-2 1-1)
Michigan State will try to keep their challenge for the Big 10 title going with a win at the Horseshoe. Ohio State meanwhile will attempt to recover from the setback in Pennsylvania. Expect the Buckeyes to come out hungry and with guns blazing. Michigan State will bring their usual firepower, but it won't be as strong against the Buckeye D. OSU pulls out by virtue of the D.
Final Score: Ohio State 30 Michigan State 28
2. Penn State (6-0 3-0) at Michigan (3-3 1-2)
Everybody is on the Nittany Lion bandwagon after the titanic victory over Ohio State. Now they must get another titanic victory over OSU's eternal enemies: Meechegunn. The Wolverines are staring at the Sun Bowl right now, and if they have any shot at winning the Big 10, they HAVE to win this one. Penn State must find its offense more consistantly if they wish to follow through on the OSU win. I think Michigan will pull it out by coming out fierce and hungry after losing the Jug last week.
Final Score: Michigan 24 Penn State 16
3. Wisconsin (5-1 2-1) at Minnesota (5-1 2-1)
Essentially an elimination game for two teams who beat Michigan. Each team had opposite weekends last week, Wisconsin lost a barnburner, Minnesota won a nailbiter. Minnesota's annual collapse is due any time now, and Barry Alvarez will want to win his last Paul Bunyan Trophy. Its also a duel of two excellent RB's: Brian Calhoun and Laurence Maroney. I think Calhoun gets 175 and the Minnesota collapse starts here.
Final Score: Wisconsin 38 Minnesota 27
4. Northwestern (3-2 1-1) at Purdue (2-3 0-2)
Two teams seemingly moving in opposite directions. Northwestern got a huge win last week over Wisconsin, Purdue solidified itself as one of the season's biggest busts with a loss to Iowa. What to think of Northwestern? It seems like every year they upset someone, so was last week's game just a flash in the pan? Or are they legit? I think its a combination, they can compete with anyone in the Big 10, its just a question of whether or not they will. I think Purdue will try to get its season back on track, and the Wildcats suffer a letdown at Ross-Ade.
Final Score: Purdue 34 Northwestern 30
5. Kansas State (4-1 1-1) at Texas Tech (5-0 2-0)
After a fantastic win at the last second versus Nebraska last week the Red Raiders host the Kansas State Wildcats. The Cats will quickly prove that they do not deserve to be a 1-loss team, and the Red Raiders will play their usual pitch-and-catch ball. Tech won't have a tough time with this one.
Final Score: Texas Tech 45 Kansas State 20
6. Louisville (4-1 0-1) at West Virginia (5-1 2-0)
This is the Cardinals first Big East game since the USF debacle, and its a possible showdown for the Big East title and a spot in the Orange Bowl. I really hate the Big East. Dumerville will get sacks, Louisville will throw the ball, WVA fans will yell a lot. Yawn. Change the channel.
Final Score: Louisville 38 West Virginia 33
7. Colorado (4-1 2-0) at Texas (5-0 2-0)
Likely this is essentially a tune-up for the Big 12 Championship. Colorado is good enough to beat Texas, but the pieces have to fall the right way. Texas can't relax after finally beating Oklahoma last week, and Young has to protect the ball, this Buffs team is very underrated and has been flying below the radar for weeks. But... Young will get the W, with a lot of help from Jammal Charles.
Final Score: Texas 27 Colorado 17
8. Oregon State (3-2 1-1) at Cal (5-1 2-1)
I have maintained all season long that Cal is overrated. And I still hold that to be true. However, they will not lose this one at home. I expect Oregon State to make it a close game for the first half, but eventually the Beaver D will be worn down by the onslaught of Lynch and Forsett. Attribute this win to the Cal running game.
Final Score: Cal 41 Oregon State 21
9. UCLA (5-0 2-0) at Washington State (3-2 0-2)
UCLA looks incredibly beatable, especially considering the game against Washington. Washington State should hang in there, I wouldn't be surprised if UCLA was in a bit of a hangover after last week. Eventually thought the Maurice Jones-Dew show will get the best of the Cougars.
Final Score: UCLA 35 Washington State 25
10. Oklahoma (2-3 1-1) at Kansas (3-2 0-2)
Now that nobody cares about them any more the Sooners can focus on trying to reach a bowl. Reach? Yes, they still have important games left which they might lose. This one though is definitely one which OU should win. Kansas won't give them too much trouble unless Oklahoma comes out sluggish, which they won't.
Final score: Oklahoma 23 Kansas 10
11. Florida State (5-0 3-0) at Virginia (3-2 1-2)
Virginia is going to do what they do every year, come tantalizingly close and then fall apart. FSU wins this one. Read Sexy Results
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Final score: Florida State 31 Virginia 23