Round #2 of Week #5

By Amsinger - September 25, 2007


This is the pressure-filled half of my blog. CUSA, Independents, Mountain West, Pac-Ten, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC are loaded with difficult games. I've done a good job picking these conferences so far this season, but week five will be the ultimate test.

Reminder, if you're favorite team belongs to the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten or MAC - you have to check out yesterdays blog

CONFERENCE USA: 8-1 last week, 29-9 overall in this league.

Memphis - 27
ARKANSAS ST. - 31


There really is no need for this... (memphis.edu)

*In the preseason, I said Memphis would be a dangerous team in CUSA. Now, I'm starting to rethink that projection. After correctly predicting a loss to UCF last week (56-20 was the score!), I think it's safe to say the Tigers are still rebuilding. RB Joseph Doss isn't touching the ball enough! I know Memphis has been a bit "throw-happy" offensively, but when you have talent at the tailback position and the offense you're using now leaves you with a 1-3 record after this one, why not slow the game down and keep your defense off the field more? As for Arkansas State, I like the Indians! Their only losses are to Texas and Tennessee - while their lone victory was against another CUSA team. Keep an eye on budding superstar RB Reggie Arnold, he's just a sophomore and super explosive!
Leonard: 21-33, 217 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 6 carries, 31 yds
Arnold: 20 carries, 177 yds, 2 TD

Hankins: 16-30, 176 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Doss: 11 carries, 54 yds, 1 TD

S. MISSISSIPPI - 28
Boise State - 27

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Let's bring smurf turf to Hattiesburg! (goldeneaglesusm.homestead.com)

*Could be this weekend's best! In the preseason, this contest was viewed as the national championship game of the "little guys," therefore determining who will have the best shot at cracking the code and sneaking into a BCS Bowl Game. After losses at Washington (for Boise State) and Tennessee (for S. Miss), it's just a downright important game for both squads. Why do I think the Eagles will snap the Broncos 14 game non-conference winning streak? The first half in Knoxville. The score was 17-16 Tennessee at the break. Southern Miss. kept up with the Vols and Phil Fulmer's offense blows away what Boise State has going on right now. THEN...the Eagles go on the road and beat ECU one week after they knocked off North Carolina at home! This group is gritty, had two weeks to prepare for this game and ready to make a statement on the smurf turf.

Young: 22-38, 252 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 9 carries, 31 yds
Fletcher: 30 carries, 163 yds, 2 TD
Magee: 6 catches, 108 yds, 1 TD

Tharp: 17-36, 176 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Johnson: 34 carries, 121 yds, 2 TD

LSU - 55
Tulane - 0


Hold on Jimmy! (news.yahoo.com)

*Poor Tulane.

Flynn: 10-15, 238 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Perrilloux: 12-21, 193 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 6 carries, 83 yds, 1 TD
Hester: 14 carries, 122 yds, 1 TD

UTEP - 34
SMU - 24


How much longer do I have to mess with this thing? (utep.edu)

*The Mustangs are falling apart and HC Phil Bennett is about to lose his job. SMU is 14-1 when scoring 30 or more points dating back to 2001. The Mustangs MUST score 30 to win...because defensively they can't get it done scoring less. UTEP isn't turning the ball over like SMU this season and miscues will open the floodgates for the Miners. Freshman QB Trevor Vittatoe is coming into his own and will be one of the best all-time in El Paso when his four year career is over.

Vittatoe: 20-33, 254 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Thomas: 27 carries, 119 yds, 2 TD
Moturi: 7 catches, 133 yds, 1 TD

Willis: 17-40, 228 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT; 23 carries, 110 yds, 2 TD

La. Lafayette - 17
UCF - 42


Not even this shirt will throw off my team! (ucfathletics.cstv.com)

The (0-5 after this loss) Ragin' Cajuns have no shot on the road against one of the nation's hottest programs.

Israel: 8-12, 100 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT; 5 carries, 41 yds, 1 TD
Greco: 12-19, 174 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Smith: 24 carries, 155 yds, 2 TD

UAB - 24
TULSA - 45


This year's Kevin Kolb? (conferenceusa.cstv.com)

*HC Todd Graham will make sure his squad is ready to bounce back after being dismantled in the second half at home versus Oklahoma. UAB will be competitive in the first half, much like the Blazers performance in the Florida State game. In the end, Tulsa's offensive explosiveness, led by QB Paul Smith (who could be a first round NFL Draft pick on this pace) will be too much for first year head coach Neil Callaway.

P. Smith: 27-42, 320 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT; 8 carries, 51 yds, 1 TD
Adams: 15 carries, 111 yds, 1 TD
Clay: 5 carries, 16 yds; 7 catches, 90 yds, 2 TD

East Carolina - 20
HOUSTON - 24


Everybody Jump! Jump! The Cougars make me wanna Jump! Jump! (uh.edu)

*Very difficult game to predict. The Cougars are becoming one of my favorite teams to watch this season. HC Art Briles is doing a fantastic job replacing NFL Draft Pick Kevin Kolb. He's using two quarterbacks, but in a positive way. Redshirt freshman QB Case Keenum is the starter and sophomore Blake Joseph will play. He handles the duo much like Georgia HC Mark Richt handled former QB's David Greene and D.J. Shockley a few years ago (both are in the NFL by the way). The difference maker in this contest is clearly Anthony Alridge. The senior is dealing with a banged up foot, but is fighting through the pain to lead Houston to a possible CUSA championship.

Keenum: 18-26, 272 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 8 carries, 44 yds
Joseph: 5-7, 66 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 10 carries, 73 yds, 1 TD
Alridge: 22 carries, 115 yds

Pinkney: 14-28, 132 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 11 carries, 45 yds
Kaas: 6-11, 81 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 3 carries, 24 yds


INDEPENDENTS: 3-1 last week, 13-3 overall.

Notre Dame - 14
PURDUE - 49


He's safe! Whoops, wrong offense (utvols.com)

*Picking against Notre Dame isn't even fun anymore.

Painter: 31-53, 367 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 53 yds, 1 TD
Sheets: 21 carries, 117 yds, 2 TD; 9 catches, 122 yds, 1 TD
Bryant: 10 catches, 159 yds, 2 TD

Notre Dame still doesn't have an offense. Therefore, no stats can be provided.

Temple - 17
ARMY - 20


Almost Temple, Almost. (templefootballforever.blogspot.com)

*Tough game to predict. The Owls are improving, but so are the Black Knights. HC Stan Brock did a great job of getting his team ready for Boston College last week and the Knights actually hung tough for most of the game! If you go back to the beginning of the season, Army has played REALLY well! Losing at Akron (22-14), beating URI (14-7),
losing at Wake Forest (21-14) and Boston College (37-17). The Black Knights may be at the beginning of a three game winning streak.

C. Williams: 17-27, 206 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
McMahand: 12 carries, 62 yds, 1 TD
Trimble: 6 catches, 88 yds, 1 TD

W. Kentucky - 38
BOWLING GREEN - 44


Worst media guide cover...ever. (bgsufalcons.cstv.com)

*The Falcons are a quiet 3-1 after this win. 19-year-old sophomore QB Tyler Sheehan is a sleeper for MAC Player of the Year. Western Kentucky made me look like a bum after they beat Middle Tennessee, but here I am - still picking against them. The Falcons offense is simply too much and will win in a shootout.

Sheehan: 37-53, 404 yds, 5 TD, 1 TD
Barnes: 8 catches, 116 yds, 2 TD

Air Force - 42
NAVY - 44


I...can't...beat YOU GUYS! (www.af.mil/weekinphotos/wipgallery.asp)

*Another CLASSIC between the two academies. Navy is still riding the emotional roller-coaster that was last week's come-from-behind win over Duke! HC Paul Johnson had an eventful week going off on a certain member of the media and will turn his frown upside down with a solid win against an Air Force team that really let me down last week against BYU. Air Force QB Shaun Carney will end his career 0-4 vs. Navy.

Kaheaku-Enhada: 10-16, 168 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 20 carries, 122 yds, 2 TD
Ballard: 15 carries, 88 yds, 1 TD
Kettani: 16 carries, 118 yds

Carney: 13-23, 131 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 17 carries, 96 yds, 1 TD
Ollis: 11 carries, 85 yds, 2 TD


MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: 4-3 last week, 18-12 overall in this league.

Utah State - 13
UTAH - 24


The fans are still here! YEAH!!!! (alumni.utah.edu)

*The Utes are the most UNPREDICTABLE team in college football!!!!! While it's driving me crazy (and their fans), I think this pick is safe. Utah State has lost to its bitter rival (they've played eachother since 1892) the past 9 times they've faced eachother. Last year, the Aggies were crushed 48-0, the biggest blowout loss for USU in series history (106 meetings!). Utah will win - what should be - one of the uglier games of the weekend.

B. Johnson: 26-41, 288 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 7 carries, 26 yds
Mack: 23 carries, 116 yds, 1 TD

UNLV - 23
Nevada - 21


It's a football town now! (glassmechanix.com)

*RB Frank Summers will be the story once again for the Rebels! After rushing for 190 yards and a total of 3 touchdowns last week, this 5'10, 240 lbs. tailback is the main scoring threat once again for UNLV. Redshirt freshman QB Travis Dixon is having "freshman moments" lately and a solid running game is taking the pressure off of him. Keep in mind when watching this UNLV team, the entire offense was based around expected starting QB Rocky Hinds (a USC transfer). Rocky is a dual-threat quarterback with "loads of experience" and was the projected "leader" of this team. Losing him for the season due to injury left this team in limbo. We may be watching the Mountain West Coach of the Year in Mike Sanford.

Dixon: 18-33, 192 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 14 carries, 80 yds
Summers: 31 carries, 202 yds, 2 TD

Colorado St. - 13
TCU - 24


I'd blame the fog. (colostate.edu)

*HC Gary Patterson's defense is not the problem. The Horned Frogs never figured out how to replace their top passer (Jeff Ballard) and top receiver (Quentily Harmon) from 2006. The defense will score a touchdown in this one to help give Colorado State the distinction as the best 0-4 team in college football.

M. Jackson: 4-11, 36 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 71 yds, 1 TD
Dalton: 11-18, 107 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
A. Brown: 20 carries, 114 yds, 1 TD

Hanie: 15-29, 206 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT; 11 carries, 30 yds
Bell: 26 carries, 110 yds, 1 TD

BYU - 27
New Mexico - 24


We must defend this title! (ksl.com)

*The second-best game in the Mountain West this weekend (Air Force-Navy being #1). The Cougars will trail in the 4th quarter and QB Max Hall will make a huge play to set up the go-ahead touchdown. BYU may be 3-2 after this win, but have a realistic shot at 8-4 this season. It was hard NOT taking New Mexico in this game, with RB Rodney Ferguson being the team's star and having a great senior campaign. But in the last 35 years the Lobos are just 4-31 against BYU. Sorry New Mexico, the facts are the facts.

Hall: 33-49, 351 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Unga: 23 carries, 117 yds, 1 TD
Collie: 9 catches, 181yds, 2 TD

Ferguson: 28 carries, 167 yds, 2 TD

CINCINNATI - 23
San Diego St. - 7


We're the best in the Big East baaaaaby! (msnbc.com)

*The Cincinnati defense is legit and HC Brian Kelly is getting an A+ in year one with the Bearcats. HC Chuck Long is still waiting to find any kind of chemistry with this Aztecs. Expect QB Ben Mauk to reclaim his starting spot after Dustin Grutza did a fantastic job filling in.

Mauk: 16-28, 227 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Benton: 20 carries, 91 yds, 1 TD
Barwin: 6 catches, 77 yds, 1 TD

Air Force - 42
NAVY - 44


Bring it on Air Force! (annapolis.gov)

*Another CLASSIC between the two academies. Navy is still riding the emotional roller-coaster that was last week's come-from-behind win over Duke! HC Paul Johnson had an eventful week going off on a certain member of the media and will turn his frown upside down with a solid win against an Air Force team that really let me down last week against BYU.

Kaheaku-Enhada: 10-16, 168 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 20 carries, 122 yds, 2 TD
Ballard: 15 carries, 88 yds, 1 TD
Kettani: 16 carries, 118 yds

Carney: 13-23, 131 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 17 carries, 96 yds, 1 TD
Ollis: 11 carries, 85 yds, 2 TD


PAC-TEN CONFERENCE: 5-0 last week, 25-7 overall in this league.

CALIFORNIA - 48
Oregon - 38


Gimme some! (ebdailynews.com)

*The Golden Bears will be up 24 points in the 4th quarter before Dennis Dixon and company make the score look respectable. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this Oregon team. Offensively, they're about as dangerous as they come. Defensively, there happen to be issues. The first half against Stanford last week exposed Mike Bellotti's defense and I expect HC Jeff Tedford (Bellotti's former OC) to take advantage all game long. QB Nate Longshore will have the best game of his sub-par season. This is not the sexy pick, considering the home team has won the last four meetings between the two.

Longshore: 27-37, 305 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Forsett: 25 carries, 143 yds, 2 TD
Hawkins: 7 catches, 125 yds, 2 TD
Jackson: 4 catches, 92 yds, 1 TD

Dixon: 18-32, 192 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 17 carries, 129 yds, 1 TD
Stewart: 23 carries, 154 yds, 2 TD

UCLA - 34
OREGON STATE - 35

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Make us proud OSU! (wikia.com)

*The Pac-Ten is a crazy conference this year...so much parity. This game is a perfect example. QB Sean Canfield isn't looking over his shoulder anymore and his confidence is restored at home against a Bruins team dealing with QB issues of its own. QB Ben Olson will start, but he's not 100%. RB Yvenson Bernard will have a huge game helping the Beavers end their 4 game losing streak to the Bruins.

Canfield: 24-41, 277 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Bernard: 26 carries, 164 yds, 2 TD; 3 catches, 44 yds
Stroughter: 8 catches, 136 yds, 2 TD

Olson: 15-32, 182 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT
Bell: 22 carries, 89 yds, 1 TD
Markey: 15 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

USC - 45
Washington - 17


PEACE WITH GREG! PEACE WITH GREG! (theultimatehoopschallenge.com)

*USC fans aren't happy with me this season. After picking against the Trojans versus Nebraska, "Off Prompter" has been lit up with hate mail from USC loyalists. Allow me to set the record straight. USC is clearly one of the top teams in the country. Are they as good as USC teams in the recent past? No. Will they win the national championship this year? Maybe. But only if a one-loss team is allowed in the BCS title game like Florida was last year - and USC is selected. In the preseason I said USC would lose two games this year. I'm not abandoning that projection yet, I will say it's a LOCK they lose one of the following road games; Oregon, Cal or Arizona State. Again, it's my opinion and it's not a knock on USC's team, instead props to the parity in the dynamite conference called the Pac-Ten. As for this game, the Huskies can't stop the run and USC can run over anyone.

Booty: 23-35, 265 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Johnson: 12 carries, 105 yds, 2 TD
Washington: 13 carries, 92 yds, 1 TD
Hazelton: 6 catches, 127 yds, 1 TD

Locker: 18-37, 233 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT; 12 carries, 53 yds, 1 TD

Washington St. - 24
ARIZONA - 35


RUN THE BALL CATS! (mypickspal.com)

*I expected a lot more out of Washington State last week. No, I didn't say the Cougars would beat USC, but I thought the game would be more competitive than it ended up. This week, WSU hits the road and faces an Arizona team that beat them last year 27-17 in Pullman! The Wildcats are in dyer need of a running game after 4 weeks and the pressure on QB Willie Tuitama to play well is severe. I expect the ground game to get clicking a bit more and HC Mike Stoops walks away smiling after a much needed victory. With trips to Oregon State and USC upcoming, this win is crucial for any shot a bowl game.

Tuitama: 40-58, 365 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Thomas: 13 catches, 193 yds, 2 TD
Grigsby: 15 carries, 77 yds, 1 TD

Brink: 31-49, 310 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT

ARIZONA ST. - 49
Stanford - 34


Should we tell them now that I'm leaving at season's end? (asu.edu)

*Dennis Erickson sounds like the Pac Ten Coach of the Year to me.

Carpenter: 35-48, 427 yds, 5 TD, 0 INT
Torain: 25 carries, 131 yds, 2 TD
M. Jones: 9 catches, 190 yds, 2 TD


SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE: 5-2 last week, 26-7 overall in this league.

LSU - 55
Tulane - 0


Go easy on 'em boys! (lsu_football.com)

*Poor Tulane.

Flynn: 10-15, 238 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Perrilloux: 12-21, 193 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 6 carries, 83 yds, 1 TD
Hester: 14 carries, 122 yds, 1 TD

ALABAMA - 17
Florida State - 14


It's good to be King! (www.locustfork.net)

*U-G-L-Y!!! Florida State can't score, while Alabama will be faced with adversity in bouncing back from a heart-breaking home loss go Georgia. Mix the two together and you have a drawn-out, smash-mouth football game. It won't be pretty, but Saban improves to 4-1 and gets ready for two easy wins over Houston and Ole Miss. FSU meanwhile, is still on pace for a six-win season and possible bowl berth. Oh wait, that's TERRIBLE for Florida State!!!!

Wilson: 20-32, 225 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Grant: 32 carries, 152 yds, 1 TD

Weatherford: 15-39, 183 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Smith: 24 carries, 81 yds, 1 TD

Mississippi St. - 13
SOUTH CAROLINA - 23


We can't score. How are we 3-1 again? (usatoday.com)

*Sure LB Jasper Brinkley is done for the season and the quarterback situation is in flux with senior Blake Mitchell not being productive, but the Gamecocks STILL have more offensive firepower than the feel-good-story Bulldogs. Everyone and their mother will be rooting for HC Sylvester Croom to guide Mississippi State to its first four game winning streak since 1999 (which happens to be the last time MSU beat South Carolina)!!!! Unfortunately for fans in Starkville, the Gamecocks ground game will wear down this hard-playing pack of dogs.

Smelley: 18-32, 195 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Boyd: 16 carries, 84 yds, 1 TD
M. Davis: 10 carries, 61 yds, 1 TD

Dixon: 24 carries, 118 yds, 1 TD

Ole Miss - 20
GEORGIA - 27


Ya'll still like me...right? (dawgsports.com)

*Another "almost" for Ed Orgeron. Unfortunately, he's not going to "almost" keep his job. The fans in Oxford are tired of near upsets and they want wins now! Last week's thriller against Florida was so vital for Orgeron's job status. A comeback victory would have energized the fan base. Instead, the pressure is on the Rebels to pull off an upset. Last year, Georgia barely snuck by Ole Miss 14-9. The Dawgs have won seven straight against the Rebels and will not lose their first two SEC home games.

Stafford: 20-36, 250 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Moreno: 21 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 14 carries, 55 yds
Henderson: 5 catches, 103 yds, 1 TD

Adams: 23-42, 234 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT
Green-Ellis: 22 carries, 73 yds

Florida Atlantic - 27
KENTUCKY - 51


Hey, the hair! Don't mess with perfection! (firerich.com)

*My pick to win the SEC is getting better by the week! Who cares if the FAU Owls come in 3-1? The 'Cats return to Lexington where fans will show how much they appreciate last week's SEC road victory over Arkansas and this football resurgence in general. Keep in mind, my preseason SEC Player of the Year was Andre Woodson and SEC Coach of the Year - Rich Brooks. Holla at your boy!

Woodson: 36-51, 455 yds, 4 TD, 0 INT
Little: 20 carries, 142 yds, 2 TD
Burton: 13 catches, 216 yds, 2 TD

North Texas - 14
ARKANSAS - 44


I am NOT in a good mood! (media.rivals.com)

*Darren McFadden takes out his frustrations on poor North Texas.

McFadden: 32 carries, 238 yds, 4 TD
Jones: 16 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD

Auburn - 10
FLORIDA - 35


Wasn't our studio audience a tad bigger three weeks ago? (usatoday.com)

*Get ready for a "complete game" from the Gators. After a scare in Oxford, HC Urban Meyer went back to basics this week in practice and made sure his club is ready to go. The Tigers are the last team to beat Florida and are fresh off a dominating victory over New Mexico State. HC Tommy Tuberville looks at this matchup the same way HC Lloyd Carr viewed last week's Penn State game. A win and folks will cool down the hot seat. Unfortunately for Tommy, his Tigers don't stand a chance against "arguably" the nation's best team.

Tebow: 22-29, 240 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 24 carries, 138 yds, 2 TD
Harvin: 7 catches, 101 yds, 1 TD; 6 carries, 71 yds, 1 TD

E. Michigan -10
VANDERBILT - 34


My name is Earl. (vanderbilt.rivals.com)

*Vandy is a well coached team. HC Bobby Johnson will have the Commodores ready to pick up their 3rd win. I really like this team in large part to their developing offensive talent. QB Chris Nickson is healthy and playing well. WR Earl Bennett is a hidden gem in this conference. When Vandy throws - it's almost ALWAYS going to him! RB Cassen Jackson-Garrison could be the answer Bobby Johnson has been looking for at the tailback position. I think Vandy will reach 6 wins and get to a bowl game with a grueling schedule.

Nickson: 17-30, 220 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 14 carries, 93 yds, 1 TD
Jackson-Garrison: 22 carries, 111 yds, 1 TD
Bennett: 12 catches, 164 yds, 2 TD


SUN BELT CONFERENCE: 3-2 last week, 19-7 overall in this league.

Memphis - 27
ARKANSAS ST. - 31


McFadden isn't the only talented tailback in Arkansas! (athlonsports.com)

*In the preseason, I said Memphis would be a dangerous team in CUSA. Now, I'm starting to rethink that projection. After correctly predicting a loss to UCF last week (56-20 was the score!), I think it's safe to say the Tigers are still rebuilding. RB Joseph Doss isn't touching the ball enough! I know Memphis has been a bit "throw-happy" offensively, but when you have talent at the tailback position and the offense you're using now leaves you with a 1-3 record after this one, why not slow the game down and keep your defense off the field more? As for Arkansas State, I like the Indians! Their only losses are to Texas and Tennessee - while their lone victory was against another CUSA team. Keep an eye on budding superstar RB Reggie Arnold, he's just a sophomore and super explosive!

Leonard: 21-33, 217 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 6 carries, 31 yds
Arnold: 20 carries, 177 yds, 2 TD

Hankins: 16-30, 176 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Doss: 11 carries, 54 yds, 1 TD

La. Lafayette - 17
UCF - 42


If our helmets were a bit smaller - we might win a game! (usatoday.com)

The (0-5 after this loss) Ragin' Cajuns have no shot on the road against one of the nation's hottest programs.

Israel: 8-12, 100 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT; 5 carries, 41 yds, 1 TD
Greco: 12-19, 174 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Smith: 24 carries, 155 yds, 2 TD

Florida Atlantic - 27
KENTUCKY - 51


Playing for more hardware! (courier-journal.com)

*My pick to win the SEC is getting better by the week! Who cares if the FAU Owls come in 3-1? The 'Cats return to Lexington where fans will show how much they appreciate last week's SEC road victory over Arkansas and this football resurgence in general. Keep in mind, my preseason SEC Player of the Year was Andre Woodson and SEC Coach of the Year - Rich Brooks. Holla at your boy!

Woodson: 36-51, 455 yds, 4 TD, 0 INT
Little: 20 carries, 142 yds, 2 TD
Burton: 13 catches, 216 yds, 2 TD

North Texas - 14
ARKANSAS - 44


You go GET 'EM Darren! (kermittheblog.wordpress.com)

*Darren McFadden takes out his frustrations on poor North Texas.

McFadden: 32 carries, 238 yds, 4 TD
Jones: 16 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD

Florida Int. - 10
M. TENNESSEE - 20


Why this game?! Whaaaaaa!!! (www.bbc.co.uk)

*The battle of the winless goes to the team that's been the most competitive this season.

La. Monroe - 31
TROY - 34


Greg's picking us AGAIN! (azcentral.com)

*Whoa! Much closer than many expect! The Trojans are hot right now, this will be their third straight win. You may be asking why I have the score so close, considering Louisiana Monroe is winless. Well...the Warhawks schedule is brutal. They opened up at home versus Tulsa, then on the road against Clemson AND Texas A&M. All the while, senior running back Calvin Dawson is averaging a whopping 132 yards per game! Against competition like that, he's ready to put up serious numbers against fellow Sun Belters.

Haugabook: 27-45, 319 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT; 11 carries, 75 yds, 1 TD
Cattouse: 23 carries, 104 yds
Allen: 6 catches, 130 yds, 2 TD

Dawson: 35 carries, 207 yds, 3 TD

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: 1-3 last week, 26-4 overall in this league.

S. MISSISSIPPI - 28
Boise State - 27

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Stop messing with our TURF! (singensanggesungen.wordpress.com)

*Could be this weekend's best! In the preseason, this contest was viewed as the national championship game of the "little guys," therefore determining who will have the best shot at cracking the code and sneaking into a BCS Bowl Game. After losses at Washington (for Boise State) and Tennessee (for S. Miss), it's just a downright important game for both squads. Why do I think the Eagles will snap the Broncos 14 game non-conference winning streak? The first half in Knoxville. The score was 17-16 Tennessee at the break. Southern Miss. kept up with the Vols and Phil Fulmer's offense blows away what Boise State has going on right now. THEN...the Eagles go on the road and beat ECU one week after they knocked off North Carolina at home! This group is gritty, had two weeks to prepare for this game and ready to make a statement on the smurf turf.

Young: 22-38, 252 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 9 carries, 31 yds
Fletcher: 30 carries, 163 yds, 2 TD
Magee: 6 catches, 108 yds, 1 TD

Tharp: 17-36, 176 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Johnson: 34 carries, 121 yds, 2 TD

Utah State - 13
UTAH - 24


You'll be FINE without me, I promise. (sptimes.com)

*The Utes are the most UNPREDICTABLE team in college football!!!!! While it's driving me crazy, I think this pick is safe. Utah State has lost to its bitter rival (they've played eachother since 1892) the past 9 times they've faced eachother. Last year, the Aggies were crushed 48-0, the biggest blowout loss for USU in series history (106 meetings!). Utah will win - what should be - one of the uglier games of the weekend.

B. Johnson: 26-41, 288 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 7 carries, 26 yds
Mack: 23 carries, 116 yds, 1 TD

UNLV - 23
Nevada - 21


Rocky, when will you play? Hmmm...2024. (reviewjournal.com)

*RB Frank Summers will be the story once again for the Rebels! After rushing for 190 yards and a total of 3 touchdowns last week, this 5'10, 240 lbs. tailback is the main scoring threat once again for UNLV. Redshirt freshman QB Travis Dixon is having "freshman moments" lately and a solid running game is taking the pressure off of him. Keep in mind when watching this UNLV team, the entire offense was based around expected starting QB Rocky Hinds (a USC transfer). Rocky is a dual-threat quarterback with "loads of experience" and was the projected "leader" of this team. Losing him for the season due to injury left this team in limbo. We may be watching the Mountain West Coach of the Year in Mike Sanford.

Dixon: 18-33, 192 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 14 carries, 80 yds
Summers: 31 carries, 202 yds, 2 TD

U.C. Davis - 17
SAN JOSE ST. - 23


I found their helmet. (theultimatehoopschallenge.com)

*The Spartans proved me wrong last week when they beat Utah State on the road. Against even lesser competition like U.C. Davis, I MUST take SJSU.

HAWAII - 54
Idaho - 13


Coach I've only got 700 yards this game! Put me back in! (oregonstate.scout.com)

*Colt has some Heisman ground to make up after missing last week's game.

Brennan: 45-63, 528 yds, 6 TD, 1 INT
Rivers: 10 catches, 192 yds, 2 TD
Grice-Mullins: 8 catches, 206 yds, 2 TD

Ark. Pine Bluff - 6
NEW MEXICO ST. - 62


What? Am I supposed to throw it THROUGH his head? (newmexicostate.scout.com)

*After getting pounded by Auburn last week, the Aggies are back looking for a blowout.

Louisiana Tech - 27
FRESNO STATE - 30


It was a toss-up and Greg picks us!!!! (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

*One of the better games you may not catch this weekend. Fresno State has a brutal schedule with trips to Texas A&M (which they almost won) and Oregon (which they were blown out). Louisiana Tech is in the same boat. The Bulldogs almost beat Hawaii at home (lost 45-44) and were blown out on the road at Cal. So, when looking at this matchup, series history is the key. Fresno State is 4-1 against Louisiana Tech at home and the home turf will do the trick once again in this toss-up game.

Brandstater: 21-35, 268 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Mathews: 16 carries, 97 yds, 1 TD
Miller: 13 carries, 52 yds

Posted by Amsinger at 11:11 AM on September 25, 2007
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