37-18, Not There Yet. Here's Week #8

By Amsinger - October 15, 2007


So I trimmed a few losses off my record from last week (which was a horrendous 31-25!!!) and improved vastly in a few picking departments, such as:

1. Stick with my gut. I said Kentucky would win the SEC in the preseason and despite my need for picking victories I stuck with the Wildcats and look what happened!

2. Don't be fooled by one great win. When Stanford beat USC last week, folks were playing paper, rock, scissors to get on the Cardinal bandwagon...especially against a lethargic TCU team. But I knew the Horned Frogs were a better team and stuck with TCU on the road. Smart move.

3. Home field is an advantage. UCF on the road vs. USF was a tough call for "some." I knew the Bulls wouldn't let that slip away at home. Texas Tech at home vs. A&M was a toss-up game in many opinions. Except for mine. I knew the Red Raiders would devour the Aggies and they did.

I did goof more than a few picks and for that I must apologize to the following programs:

Wake Forest. Last week marked the fifth time I've picked AGAINST the Demon Deacons this season. If you did the math, you're right. I've picked Wake Forest to win just ONCE this year! Sorry Jim Grobe, keep proving me wrong.

South Carolina. I have picked against the Gamecocks four times this season. I was right just once (vs. LSU). Steve Spurrier is doing the most he can with what he has...and I'm skeptical on how far this team can go.

Auburn. Picking the Tigers to win this year is a tough thing for me to do. I've picked against Auburn 5 times (they've only played 7 games). The offense is terrilble, but somehow Tommy Tuberville keeps scraping by and when looking at the Tigers schedule...they could win 8 games this season.

Virginia: For the 4th time this season I picked against the Cavs. There's something about Al Groh's team that has me sitting here saying, "It's gonna happen any second now...Virginia is going to fall apart!" But now, it looks as if that may not happen. Virginia could win 9 games! They won't. Expect Virginia to lost 4 of it's last 5 to end the season.

Enough with the apologizes and pats on the back, it's time to get crackin' on the week #8 edition of OFF PROMPTER!!!

In case you're counting, here's a statistical breakdown of how I'm picking so far this season:

Week #1: 53-17
Week #2: 54-8
Week #3: 47-19
Week #4: 43-17
Week #5: 44-15
Week #6: 31-25 (gross)
Week #7: 37-18

Overall Record for 2007-08 season: 309-119.
My weekly average is 44-17.

Like I do each and every week, I predict all Division 1A games (otherwise known as the College Football Bowl Subdivision). This blog will carry scores from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and MAC. On Wednesday, you'll get your full of CUSA, Mountain West, Pac-Ten, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: 2-4 last week, 39-20 overall in this league.

Army - 10
GEORGIA TECH - 27

GT's Tashard Choice

Can someone PLEASE tell me why I don't carry the rock 50 times a game? (gojackets.com)

C. Michigan - 24
CLEMSON - 41

Tommy Bowden

I NEED A WIN GUYS!!!! HOOK A BOWDEN UP!!! (usatoday.com)

WAKE FOREST - 23
Navy - 20

Jim Grobe

We've won five in a row after beating Navy...does anyone even care? (gatewaync.com)

Miami (FL) - 13
FLORIDA ST. - 17

QB Xavier Lee

How many times am I going to screw up? (tomahawknation.com)

N.C. STATE - 31
East Carolina - 27

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


The Pack is back BABY!!!! (eteamz.active.com)

Virginia - 14
MARYLAND - 24

Ralph Friedgen

I thought I told you to STOP THROWING GATORADE ON THE FRIDGE! (baltimoresun.com)


BIG 12 CONFERENCE: 5-1 last week, 47-17 overall in this league.

TEXAS A&M - 42
Nebraska - 23

The "Don't Fire Me" Bowl


(blogs.chron.com)
(everydayshouldbesaturday.com)

OKLAHOMA - 34
Iowa State - 13

Bob Stoops

Still in the hunt for a title? "I wonder....." (soonerspectator.com)

TEXAS - 48
Baylor - 7

Vincanity

Not this year 'Horns. (jumpropestore.com)

TEXAS TECH - 58
Missouri - 45

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

QB Graham Harrell

He still completed the pass! (collegepublisher.com)

Kansas - 21
COLORADO - 24

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

Mark Mangino

WHAT!? We can't lose! RHAAAHHHHH!!!! (flickr.com)

Kansas State - 31
OKLAHOMA ST. - 37


Even Gary Busey likes the Cowboys in this one! (sfgate.com)


BIG EAST CONFERENCE: 3-2 last week, 35-9 overall in this league.

S. FLORIDA - 34
Rutgers - 23

Jim Leavitt

Being #2 just FEELS GOOD!!! (cbssports.com)

LOUISVILLE - 31
Connecticut - 20

Brian Brohm

We're sorry we didn't help you a little more this year Brian...our bad. (sportsline.com)

CINCINNATI - 27
Pittsburgh - 16

Simply Beautiful

When fans buy stuff like this, things are going well!!!! (collegefanstuff.com)

Mississippi St. - 17
WEST VIRGINIA - 27

Rich Rodriguez and Bobby Bowden

"You go beat those Bulldogs okay Tommy?" - "Uh...I'm not your...um...nevermind." (msnsportsnet.com)

BUFFALO - 35
Syracuse - 31

Greg Robinson

I'm still here! Hahahahahahaha!!!! (fleetfeetsyracuse.com)


BIG TEN CONFERENCE: 3-3 last week, 43-14 overall in this league.

NORTHWESTERN - 34
Eastern Michigan - 21

Northwestern's C.J. Bacher

Have you seen my last two games? 1,010 yards, 9 TD and 0 INT!!!!! (nusports.com)

PENN ST. - 41
Indiana - 21

Joe Paterno

Even I was surprised we won last week! (msnbc.msn.com)

N.D. State - 41
MINNESOTA - 44 (OT)

Tubby Smith

All right! I won't be overshadowed by the football team!! (usatoday.com)

Northern Illinois - 13
WISCONSIN - 28

The BADgers

Which one of you should I blame for this two-game skid? (.com)

Iowa - 21
PURDUE - 24

Kirk Ferentz

I DON'T WANT A PAY-CUT!!!! (usatoday.com)

MICHIGAN ST. - 24
Ohio State - 23

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


#1 didn't last long...Whaaaaa!!!!!! (shop.dispatch.com)

MICHIGAN - 37
Illinois - 20

Mike Hart

The ankle is feeling just FIIIIIIINE!!! (the-Ozone.com)


MAC CONFERENCE: 5-3 last week, 45-24 overall in this league.

NORTHWESTERN - 34
Eastern Michigan - 21

EMU Eagles

Great, NOW Northwestern gets hot! (emueagles.com)

C. Michigan - 24
CLEMSON - 41


The Chippewas miss more than Brian Kelly's jokes. (mlive.com)

BUFFALO - 35
Syracuse - 31

James Starks: The reason Buffalo will win 3 in a row

Last two games; 427 yards and 5 touchdowns rushing! (athlonsports.com)

Miami (OH) - 23
TEMPLE - 27

Temple Owls

It's fun to practice again!!!! (.com)

Northern Illinois - 13
WISCONSIN - 28

NIU Offense

Too much of this for the Huskies (daily-chronicle.com)

BALL STATE - 42
W. Michigan - 34

Former Ball Stater Bonzi Wells

Sure is nice to see BSU win! (nba.com)

Bowling Green - 28
KENT STATE - 31

KSU Fans

Awww Yeah!!!! (kent.edu)

Ohio - 37
TOLEDO - 49


Go get that win Toledo! (collegepublisher.com)


Posted by Amsinger at 12:17 PM on October 15, 2007
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