Worst Week Ever! Week 6 Save Me!

By Amsinger - October 02, 2006


38-17. My lowest win total of the season. Just a bad week on so many levels. A few upset specials were blown out of the water like (#1) Boise State smashing Utah 36-3. How about (#2) Duke over Virginia? That worked out didn't it? Cavs won 37-0! (#3) San Diego State really hooked me up too, losing to San Jose State 31-10.

I must admit, a couple picks came REALLY close to panning out. Going with (#4) Washington State over USC drew plenty of criticism, but the Cougars were one 40-yard heave away from knocking off the Trojans. (#5) Wyoming lost to Syracuse in overtime, (#6) USF dropped a two-point-conversion that would have sent Rutgers to overtime on the road and who in their right mind expected (#7) ILLINOIS to beat Michigan State? (#8) Central Michigan gave it their all against Kentucky but lost, (#9) Bowling Green woke up at Ohio, (#10) Akron messed the bed AGAIN losing to Kent State and (#11) UCF is having a BAD season! George O'Leary's guys drop to 1-3 with a loss to Southern Miss. (#12) SMU continues to prove me wrong (I have picked just one SMU game correctly all season) as the Mustangs beat Tulane, (#13) Fresno State is having a terrible season following a loss to Colorado State and (#14) TCU burned me big time! The Horned Frogs were smoked at home by BYU!

And then there's the Sun Belt Conference. Boy, did the Sun Belters whip me good. (#15) Arkansas State got by FIU, (#16) North Texas was BLOWN OUT by Middle Tennessee State and the (#17) FAU OWLS beat Louisiana Monroe!!!

Rough.

Still, I went 38-17 in week five. My overall record stands at 235-77.

Keep in mind, I was 29-6 in BCS Conferences. So the little guys confused me a bit.

Here's how I've faired so far this season.

Week 1: 61-12
Week 2: 46-18
Week 3: 47-15
Week 4: 43-15
Week 5: 38-17

I'm ready for a single-digit loss column this week. Before we get going, I'm changing things up a bit. Since my loyal readers can't seem to follow my system of picking conferences (half the conferences one blog, the other half on the next blog) - I'm giving you my picks for ALL THE CONFERENCES!!!!

It's going to be quite long, so look for your favorite conference and have fun with OFF PROMPTER!!!!

And, we're off!

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: 5-1 last week, 39-7 overall in this league.

Bowling Green - 3
OHIO STATE - 51

*The Buckeyes proved they're the best football team in Division 1A last week in Iowa City. This week, Troy Smith, Antonio Pittman, Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez all score touchdowns in this non-conference cakewalk.

Michigan St. - 21
MICHIGAN - 35

*If the Spartans would have showed up last week and won, this pick would be tough. But since the MSU season is ruined after a home loss to ILLINOIS, the Spartans will arrive in Ann Arbor embarrassed and lose to a Wolverine team that is a legit national-title contender. It won't be a blow-out like so many Big Blue fans think, because Mike Hart will control the clock and ground game en route to 180 yards and two touchdowns.

PURDUE - 30
Iowa - 24

UPSET SPECIAL #1

*Two straight losses in Iowa City! The Boilermakers proved they're not a joke last week in South Bend. This week, the Hawkeyes make it clear, they're a bit overrated. Ohio State blew them out at home and QB Curtis Painter will throw for 350 yards and three touchdowns as Purdue improves to 5-1. With Northwestern next on the schedule, Joe Tiller can hammer down a bowl bid early.

Penn State - 30
MINNESOTA - 34

UPSET SPECIAL #2

*The Golden Gophers played well against Michigan last week. Losing by just two touchdowns showed a lot. Penn State isn't as balanced offensively and head coach Glen Mason knows it. Expect eight in the box on every down in order to shut down RB Tony Hunt. The senior had three touchdowns against a lowly Northwestern defensive front, Minnesota's is better - but not by much. This is a risky pick, but if Minnesota keeps turnovers and penalties to a minimum, Amir Pinnix and Co. will get the home victory.

Indiana - 20
ILLINOIS - 35

*Don't think I'm saying Illinois is a good team now that they upset Michigan State last week. This pick is more about how bad Indiana is - than Illinois being "good." The Illini fans finally have something to show up and get excited about. A two game winning streak.

Northwestern - 17
WISCONSIN - 42

*I know it was against Indiana, but Wisconsin QB John Stocco couldn't have played better. 15-17 for 304 yards, 3 TD and 0 picks = PERFECT. Throw in another 100+ rushing performance from the consistent P.J. Hill Jr. and this Badger bunch may go 10-2. Go ahead, look at their schedule.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE: 6-1 last week, 38-7 overall in this league.

Arkansas - 10
AUBURN - 20

*Expect a big game from Hog RB Darren McFadden. Keep in mind, the Auburn defense hasn't faced a stellar running back yet this season. If you go back to week one, the Washington State Cougars backfield gained over 120 yards with an average of over 4 yards a pop when they faced the Tigers. Keep in mind, QB Alex Brink's sacks subtracted from those stats. Brink was -24 yards rushing that day. Therefore, McFadden will keep it close, but Kenny Irons will put it away for Auburn.

LSU - 10
FLORIDA - 13

*The Gators are finding ways to win. Despite LSU's impressive record and performance against Auburn, the Tigers simply do not have the balanced offensive attack to win a game like this. Much can be said about Auburn's defense and how good it is, but Florida's unit is better. According to ncaasports.com, the Gators have the 13th best overall defense in college football. Auburn is #17. Who's #1? LSU. So why am I picking the Gators? They have more offensive weapons to get 13 points.

TENNESSEE - 21
Georgia - 13

*Have you ever owned a car that was about to drop its transmission? Then, one day - BOOM! It's over. The Georgia Bulldogs are "the car" and their record is the "transmission." Defensively, the Dawgs have given up just three touchdowns all season, but Tennessee QB Erik Ainge is on fire and WR Robert Meachem is the nation's best deep threat. Big road win for Phillip Fulmer. As for Mark Richt, I have your quarterback solution. Let RB Danny Ware play QB and with Lumpkin and Brown - you'd roll teams with the triple-option!

S. CAROLINA - 45
Kentucky - 27

*For those of you who missed WR Sidney Rice's 5 touchdown receptions against FAU, get ready. I predict Rice will haul in FOUR - count 'em FOUR touchdown receptions against Kentucky on Saturday. Steve Spurrier finally has a quarterback in Syvelle Newton and the duo will get Gamecock fans smiling again after a successful trip to Lexington.

W. VIRGINIA - 31
Miss. State - 7

*It will be close at halftime. Then, Steve Slaton gets back in the saddle for the Mountaineers. Rich Rodriguez wants a dominating win in Starkville, because a resurgent Syracuse team is coming to town next week.

Duke - 0
ALABAMA - 49

*Kenneth Darby FINALLY rushes for over 100 yards in a single game this season! As for Duke fans, I hear Josh McRoberts is improving his free throw touch.

VANDERBILT - 19
Mississippi - 17

*I think Ed Orgeron is a good head football coach. Eventually his critics in Oxford will agree with me. Right now, his talent level isn't where he expected it would be and after this loss the Rebels fall to 1-5. Vandy may be the best 3-3 team in college football. Look at the Commodores losses, Michigan (by 20), 'Bama (by 3) and Arkansas (by 1) and head coach Bobby Johnson is doing a fantastic job with little talent.

PAC-TEN CONFERENCE: 4-1 last week, 26-10 overall in this league.

Washington - 23
USC - 35

*Hey, a 4-1 start to '06 is just what Tyrone Willingham's doctor ordered. Still, the Trojans almost lost to WASHINGTON STATE!!! Pete Carrol reminded his guys of their near-mishap all week and has his guys ready to play in front of the home-town crowd. Expect true freshman RB Emmanuel Moody to get even more touches this week. On the season, Moody is averaging over 7 yards a pop.

Oregon - 42
CAL - 45

*What a game! The quarterbacks steal the show as Cal's Nate Longshore throws for 4 touchdowns while Oregon's Dennis Dixon throws for 2 and runs for a pair. The difference will be RB Marshawn Lynch who leads a 4th quarter drive down the field that drains the clock and gives the Bears the lead.

Stanford - 7
NOTRE DAME - 58

*Walt Harris should cancel the season.

Arizona - 17
UCLA - 24

*Another hard-fought loss for the Wildcats. I think head coach Mike Stoops will even admit his program is one year away from being a serious player in the Pac Ten. The Bruins, meanwhile, need to get quarterback Ben Olson back on track. In his last two games, Olson is 38-68 for 354 yards, 0 TD and 4 picks!

Washington St. - 28
OREGON ST. - 30

*A last-second field goal sends thousands in Corvallis home happy! OSU RB Yvenson Bernard finally breaks out against a worthy opponent and shows why NFL scouts think so highly of him. Wait, did I call Washington State a worthy opponent? YOU BET I DID! I picked the Cougars to pull off a fluke against USC and they came close! Unfortunately for the fans in Pullman, this game is on the road. Sorry for the buzz-kill.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: 5-1 last week, 32-11 overall in this league.

FLORIDA ST. - 27
N.C. State - 14

*Bobby Bowden had a bye week to get ready for his good buddy Chuck Amato. The Wolf Pack will keep this game within reach with their great defense, but FSU is starting to figure things out. Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden is under serious heat in Tallahassee - more this year than ever before. Fans want him out - now! Expect him to open things up a bit in Raleigh as the 'Noles improve to 4-1.

CLEMSON - 48
Wake Forest - 17

*The Demon Deacons loved looking at their 5-0 record. Here's why, they knew 5-0 was as good as it would get. With N.C. State, Boston College, Florida State and Virginia Tech left on their schedule, Wake Forest better celebrate a realistic 7-5 mark at the end of the season.

Maryland - 13
GEORGIA TECH - 31

*WR Calvin Johnson is the best college football player in America. Let's give Virginia Tech's defense some credit. The Hokies fantastic pass stoppers planned and schemed for Johnson for a whole week and he still looked like a man among boys. On the other side of the field, Maryland barely beat FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL!!! Throw in the fact that the Terps three wins are all at home and this road game gets ugly in Atlanta.

Duke - 0
ALABAMA - 49

*Kenneth Darby FINALLY rushes for over 100 yards in a single game this season! As for Duke fans, I hear Josh McRoberts is improving his free throw touch.

N. Carolina - 10
MIAMI - 35

*Larry Coker's job is not saved because the 'Canes came back against Houston. Give the guy some credit though, he realized true freshman RB Jevarris James (Edgerrin's cousin) is the future of the program. This kid is explosive, strong and super-talented. Sounds like Miami backs of old right? The Canes offense explodes against a bad Tar Heel team.

Virginia - 16
E. CAROLINA - 17

UPSET SPECIAL #3

*Al Groh probably thinks I hate him. I don't at all. I had a chance to chat with Al in July and I found him very interesting. He loves The Rolling Stones - like big time. Can't get enough Mick Jaggar. I can't get enough upset specials involving his program. Last week, it was Duke - this week it's an East Carolina club that really played well against West Virginia.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE: 6-0 last week, 43-10 overall in this league.

Baylor - 20
COLORADO - 24

UPSET SPECIAL #4

*Here it is! Dan Hawkins finally wins one at Colorado! First of many I'm sure. I know Baylor upset Kansas State (which I predicted) last week, but the Bears were home and this week Boulder will be rockin' to get the Buffs their first win. QB Bernard Jackson does it all in this game, throwing for 200 and rushing for another 100 yards.

MISSOURI - 41
Texas Tech - 37

*This will be another classic shoot-out. Gary Pinkel is putting points on the board thanks to his sophomore sensation at quarterback Chase Daniel. For those of you thinking Texas Tech has more passing weapons than any other team in the nation - the Tigers are about to prove you wrong. Missouri has the best tight end combo around with Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman. Throw in big-play wideouts William Franklin and Brad Ekwerekwu and Mizzou's pass attack is almost impossible to stop.

Texas A&M - 19
KANSAS - 23

UPSET SPECIAL #5

*Based on records, this is an upset. Based on teams, it's not. The Jayhawks almost beat Nebraska in Lincoln! Jon Cornish is the real deal in the backfield for head coach Mark Mangino and expect him to rush for 150 yards with 2 touchdowns against an un-tested group of Aggies.

Texas - 24
OKLAHOMA - 34

UPSET SPECIAL #6

*The upsets keep coming! The Sooners had a bye week to get ready for their rival and it will show in Dallas. Adrian Peterson shows up a Heisman contender and leaves a Heisman frontrunner after rushing for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Longhorns are a good team, but aside from Ohio State (who they lost 24-7 to by the way), who have they played? Iowa State? Please. Oklahoma gets it done and fans in Norman can finally stop talking about the officiating in Eugune, Oregon.

NEBRASKA - 38
Iowa State - 17

*Sure the Cornhuskers barely beat Kansas, but Iowa State beat 1AA Northern Iowa by ONE POINT!!! Which is worse? I'm saying the Cyclones win smells more, therefore Nebraska wins the "Overrated Bowl."

OKLAHOMA ST. - 21
Kansas State - 20

*The Cowboys lone loss on the road to Houston looks much better after the Cougars lost by just one at Miami. OSU is a program on the rise and this road win over a reeling K-State team will prove it. Sophomore quarterback Bobby Reid has the offense moving the ball and he'll be the reason the Cowboys leave Manhattan with a win.

BIG EAST CONFERENCE: 3-2 last week, 27-8 overall in this league.

LOUISVILLE - 49
M. Tenn. St. - 10

*The Cardinals have the nation's best offense WITHOUT Brian Brohm and RB Michael Bush. The backups have filled in admirably. QB Hunter Caldwell struggled a bit at Kansas State, while the Louisville backs stayed red hot! Kolby Smith and George Stripling will chew up the field against a Middle Tennessee State team that burned me last week by shutting out North Texas.

PITTSBURGH - 35
Syracuse - 24

*The Orange is full of life again! Unfortunately for Greg Robinson the Panthers have more talent at just about every position. Expect Syracuse to lead at the half thanks to a strong pair of quarters by QB Perry Patterson. Then, the PITT defense comes out and makes a play which sets up the underrated QB Tyler Palko to ignite the offense. Very important road win for the Panthers, especially since UCF, Rutgers and USF wait in the wings.

UConn - 14
USF - 31

*The Huskies wanted to show up and play well against the Bulls, but don't come close. QB Matt Grothe is the real deal. After watching the redshirt freshman bring the Bulls back against a very good Rutgers team - he made a believer out of me. The future is extremely bright for USF football.

Akron - 6
CINCINNATI - 21

*Akron fell off the map after beating N.C. State in one of the more exciting games I've seen all season. Sure the Zips beat North Texas, but so did Middle Tennessee State. The Bearcats are improving and will win their second straight. Remember Cincy's battle with Virginia Tech? That may be the best the Bearcats have looked in years.

W. VIRGINIA - 31
Miss. State - 7

*It will be close at halftime. Then, Steve Slaton gets back in the saddle for the Mountaineers. Rich Rodriguez wants a dominating win in Starkville, because a resurgent Syracuse team is coming to town next week.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: 2-5 last week, 22-13 overall in this league.

TCU - 40
Utah - 27

*What happened last week in Salt Lake City? Boise State showed up and spanked the Utes and since the Horned Frogs may have ruined their BCS hopes with a home loss to BYU, they'll be ready to smash Utah. Expect a huge day from sophomore running back Aaron Brown. He was held in check last week by the Cougars, this week he runs wild!

San Diego State - 21
BRIGHAM YOUNG - 45

*Cougar QB John Beck couldn't play much better than he did last week against TCU. 320 yards, 3 TD and 0 picks against the same defense that held Texas Tech to 3 points!!!! The Aztecs, on the other hand are in a desperate situation. After coming close to beating UTEP in week one and losing 14-0 on the road to Wisconsin, Chuck Long's first season is becoming a dud quickly. Beck surpasses 400 yards in the air as the Cougars are becoming the class of the Mountain West.

NAVY - 49
Air Force - 45 (OT)

*An instant classic! Navy's offense is so effective and so far this season the Mids defense has stepped up and made a few game-changing plays along the way. Expect the same in overtime as the Navy forces the Falcons into a 4th and long and Air Force settles for the field goal. To make the drama even more entertaining, QB Brian Hampton wins the game with a pass! Make sure you tune into this one on CSTV at 2 pm eastern.

WYOMING - 28
New Mexico - 24

*Come on Joe Glenn!!! Help a blogger out! The Cowboys have burned me THREE TIMES this season! I picked Wyoming to beat Virginia, Air Force and Syracuse. This time it happens! The Cowboys are due.

UNLV - 10
COLORADO ST. - 23

*The Rams impressed me earlier in the season against rival Colorado (just about everyone impressed me that played Colorado) and last week's win over Fresno State on the road made a believer out of me. CSU will be a major player in the Mountain West this season and could be as good TCU and BYU.

CONFERENCE USA: 5-2 last week, 32-14 overall in this league.

SMU - 27
UTEP - 44

*The Mustangs may be the weakest 3-2 in college football. With three consecutive wins over Sam Houston State (0-2 vs. 1A), Arkansas State (best win over Army) and Tulane (1-3), Phil Bennett is about to hit the skids in CUSA play. UTEP struggled again last week barely beating New Mexico State 44-38. WR Johnnie Lee Higgins is a star for head coach Mike Price. QB Jordan Palmer needs to stop making bad decisions. I believe this is his week.

SO. MISS. - 31
Tulsa - 23

*The Eagles are a very good football team. Tulsa beat Navy on a missed extra point. I know Tulsa beat Southern Miss in Hattiesburg a year ago, but things are different. The Eagles are fresh off a win over N.C. State and a road victory in Orlando over UCF. Head coach Jeff Bower may have the best team in the CUSA. This game will help him make a convincing argument. Looking for the CUSU Freshman of the Year? Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher has almost 500 yards and 5 touchdowns through four games. He's a future superstar and could become CUSA's next D'Angelo Williams.

UCF - 23
Marshall - 17

*Come on George O'Leary! Like Wyoming, the Golden Knights have burned me a few times. This game will go down to the wire and QB Steven Moffett (who's played poorly) will lead the Knights down the field for the game-winning touchdown. Gotta feel for the Thundering Herd, what a schedule. AT West Virginia, AT Kansas State and AT Tennessee!!! Tough pick, still I'm going with my hunch.

Virginia - 16
E. CAROLINA - 17

*Al Groh probably thinks I hate him. I don't at all. I had a chance to chat with Al in July and I found him very interesting. He loves The Rolling Stones - like big time. Can't get enough Mick Jaggar. I can't get enough upset specials involving his program. Last week, it was Duke - this week it's an East Carolina club that really played well against West Virginia.

Memphis - 9
UAB - 13

*The Blazers defense has been strong, but Saturday head coach Watson Brown will watch his club's best defensive performance of the season. The Tigers are in a bad situation at 1-4 but will get healthy against Arkansas State next week.

Rice - 34
TULANE - 35

*Check it out, the Owls "in" another game! Seriously, Rice may be the most improved program in all of college football. The Green Wave are kicking themselves for losing their first game back at the Superdome since Katrina and will squeek out the comeback win.

La. Lafayette - 13
HOUSTON - 52

*The Cougars are the hot item in the city of Houston right now. Barely losing at Miami has fans going nuts for this program. QB Kevin Kolb boosts his stats in this non-conference laugher. Houston is heading to a pretty nifty bowl game right now. At the midway point of the season, the Cougars are the class of CUSA.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: 5-3 last week, 29-8 overall in this league.

Nevada - 35
HAWAII - 49

*One possession losses to Alabama and Boise State have Hawaii looking pretty good right now. Nevada is a stellar opponent, but playing on the island at midnight will have an effect. The Warriors have great balance with June Jones calling the plays on offense and Jerry Glanville calling the shots on defense. What's that? Oh, you didn't hear. Giving up 35 points for Hawaii is like pitching a shutout. Great work Jerry.

NEW MEXICO ST. - 45
Idaho - 16

*The Aggies are fresh off a strong showing against UTEP in El Paso. A game where sophomore quarterback Chase Holbrook threw for over 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. He chucked the pigskin over 70 times!!! I love entertaining football and so far NMSU has delivered. With a pair of six-point defeats, the Aggies are the up-and-up! Dennis Erickson gets thrashed at home.

FRESNO ST. - 62
Utah State - 7

*Bulldog fans are very loyal. But even THEY are pissed with this 1-3 start. I do recall not having Fresno State in my preseason Top 35 poll and had to peel off the profanity from FSU fans. I guess my prediction makes more sense now. As for Utah State, well...I feel bad for Utah State.

Louisiana Tech - 10
BOISE STATE - 45

*The Broncos could not be playing any better right now. Last week was a statement game on the road against Utah. To beat the Utes 36-3 in Salt Lake City is down right remarkable. It's about time RB Ian Johnson starts receiving serious Heisman talk, his numbers are staggering.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE: 4-3 last week, 30-16 overall in this league.

W. Michigan - 15
OHIO - 21

*The Bobcats end this three game losing streak at home against a very strong WMU team. This was a hard game to predict, but considering Frank Solich being due and the Broncos losing to INDIANA in week one, well - I'm going with Ohio.

Bowling Green - 3
OHIO STATE - 51

*The Buckeyes proved they're the best football team in Division 1A last week in Iowa City. This week, Troy Smith, Antonio Pittman, Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez all score touchdowns in this non-conference cakewalk.

KENT ST. - 41
Temple - 17

*KSU is one of those programs I've consistently picked against numerous times this season. Each time I pick against them, I get burned. If I get burned this time - I'll freak.

Ball State - 34
BUFFALO - 38

*Hey BSU fans, isn't sad I can't call this an "Upset Special?" As for Buffalo fans, HOORAY FOR YOU!!! Head coach Turner Gill has plenty to be proud of when scoping out his schedule. He beat Temple (thankfully), then lost three straight competitive road games including to Auburn (it was 10-0 Tigers at half). Buffalo is on the up-and-up!!!!

Akron - 6
CINCINNATI - 21

*Akron fell off the map after beating N.C. State in one of the more exciting games I've seen all season. Sure the Zips beat North Texas, but so did Middle Tennessee State. The Bearcats are improving and will win their second straight. Remember Cincy's battle with Virginia Tech? That may be the best the Bearcats have looked in years.

C. MICHIGAN - 49
Toledo - 27

*Guess who has Chippewa fever? YOU BET I DO!!! Last week I had CMU beating Kentucky in Lexington and it almost happened!!! They were down two with under 5 minutes to play. Redshirt freshman QB Dan LeFevour is the real deal. This kid passed for 360 yards, 4 TD and 0 picks against an SEC team! Granted, it was Kentucky - but still!!!! Toledo meanwhile, is fresh off a spanking at PITT and despite being the home team - the Chippewas haven't lost to non-BCS program yet. That trend continues on Saturday.

N. ILLINOIS - 41
Miami (OH) - 13

*Garrett Wolfe rushes for 306 yards and 4 touchdowns. After the game REDHAWK fans are chanting, "Wolfe for Heisman! Wolfe for Heisman!"

SUN BELT CONFERENCE: 2-3 last week, 26-7 overall in this league.

La. Lafayette - 13
HOUSTON - 52

*The Cougars are the hot item in the city of Houston right now. Barely losing at Miami has fans going nuts for this program. QB Kevin Kolb boosts his stats in this non-conference laugher. Houston is heading to a pretty nifty bowl game right now. At the midway point of the season, the Cougars are the class of CUSA.

LOUISVILLE - 49
M. Tenn. St. - 10

*The Cardinals have the nation's best offense WITHOUT Brian Brohm and RB Michael Bush. The backups have filled in admirably. QB Hunter Caldwell struggled a bit at Kansas State, while the Louisville backs stayed red hot! Kolby Smith and George Stripling will chew up the field against a Middle Tennessee State team that burned me last week by shutting out North Texas.

La. Monroe - 10
ARK. STATE - 24

*The Indians keep giving the ball to freshman RB Reggie Arnold and good things keep happening. The kid backs up his 140+ yards rushing performance last week with another 150 this week. The Warhawks continue to struggle after burning me last week against FAU.

FLORIDA INT. - 17
North Texas - 9

UPSET SPECIAL #7

*The Mean Green offense has been terrible this season. RB Jamario Thomas has talent, just no supporting cast. FIU snaps the losing streak after coming so close against Middle Tennesse State, USF, Bowling Green and Maryland.

INDEPENDENTS: 4-0 last week, 15-5 picking Independents.

Virginia Military - 0
ARMY - 34

*Army is 3-3 midway through the season! Bobby Ross for National Coach of the Year? What do you think?

KENT ST. - 41
Temple - 17

*KSU is one of those programs I've consistently picked against numerous times this season. Each time I pick against them, I get burned. If I get burned this time - I'll freak.

NAVY - 49
Air Force - 45 (OT)

*An instant classic! Navy's offense is so effective and so far this season the Mids defense has stepped up and made a few game-changing plays along the way. Expect the same in overtime as the Navy foces the Falcons into a 4th and long and Air Force settles for the field goal. To make the drama even more entertaining, QB Brian Hampton wins the game with a pass! Make sure you tune into this one on CSTV at 2 pm eastern.

Stanford - 7
NOTRE DAME - 58

*Walt Harris should cancel the season.

NAIA GAME OF THE WEEK: 1-0 last week, 2-3 overall picking my alma mater.

EVANGEL U. - 28
Lindenwood U. - 21

*Boy, what a loyal alum huh? I go AGAINST my Lindenwood University for the third consecutive week and I'm ready to even my overall record at 3-3. Evangel comes to St. Charles, ranked 28th in the NAIA Weekly Poll. After losing on the road to William and Mary 17-14, the Lions don't stand a chance against once of the nation's top teams. Come on coach Ross, bring the boys back!!!!

Posted by Amsinger at 01:03 PM on October 02, 2006
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