RazorPicks 08 — Week 13 My Picks

Here they are:

1. NC State @ North Carolina
The Wolfpack aren't that good this year, especially away from home. The Tarheels are beat up and they just can't seem to win that one game that gets them over the hump in the wide-open ACC. They get this win though and then it is wait and see.
Pack 13 Heels 24
2. Tennessee @ Vanderbilt
The season that just wasn't for the Vols will continue today as they will lose 8 games in a season for the very first time in the history of Volunteer football. Yeah, Meeechigan did that last week and now the Vols pony up. Vandy becomes the best team in Tennessee for a year. They also get to 7 wins for the first time, in well, I honestly don't know how long its been.
Vols 13 Dores 17
3. Arkansas @ Mississippi State
Arkansas needs these last two games to become bowl eligible. It isn't really about going to the bowl game that this team needs or even wants. It is the extra 4 weeks of practice for one of the youngest teams in the country. Also, this week, the younger Dick, Nathan, will start under center. That leads to all kinds of problems for the Bulldog secondary as the Hog receivers get open time and again.
Hogs 31 Bulldogs 17
4. #15 Michigan State @ #8 Penn State
Happy Valley at night. Could be JoePa's last game in Happy Valley. No way on earth the Nitny Lions will find a way to lose this one. The Lions clinch a share of the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl tonight by stopping Ringer and Sparty.
Spartans 17 Lions 35
5. Mississippi @ #18 LSU
If there ever was a team that as struggling mightily during a season to find itself, it is the Tigers on the Bayou this year. Jarrett Lee, the embattled QB for the Tigers has thrown 7, yes, SEVEN pick-sixes this year. That doesn't count the other 8 INT he has thrown. WOW. Houston Dale will have the Rebels fired up, but if they can't stop Scott, it won't matter.
Rebels 21 Tigers 24
6. #14 BYU @ #7 Utah
Cougars and Utes. The Holy War has a LOT of meaning this year for the Utes. Can they hold off the Cougs and be the BCS Darlings this year? Will the high-flying Cougs ruin the Utes parade this year? It will be the best Holy War game in possibly all of history. In the end the Utes come out on top at home.
Cougs 17 Utes 20
7. #20 Pittsburgh @ #19 Cincinnati
So who wants to win the Big Least and a trip to the Orange Bowl? Doesn't appear anyone does really. And if they do are they actually even worthy of a BCS Bowl trip and payout?? I mean really. This conference has just cratered since Rich Rod and Bobby P left it. At home the Bearcats are amazing. If they can just find a QB for this last game, they should be fine.
Pitt 16 Bearcats 24
8. #21 Oregon State @ Arizona
The last major hurdle for the Beavers before a possible trip to the Rose Bowl for a re-match with the Nitny Lions. The Beavers were humiliated to open the season in Happy Valley and would like another shot please. To get past Desert Swarm they are going to have to play well the entire game. But i think they realize that and they have a GREAT coach to get them there.
Beavers 28 Wildcats 24
9. Florida State @ #25 Maryland
Yeah, Maryland is ranked. Amazing huh? This Terrapin team thought it's season was done after some tough non-conference losses and then some horrible road losses in the ACC. But alas, it is the ACC and if there is one conference that can compete with the Big Least for conference doormat status, it is the ACC. No one, and I repeat no one wants to win this conference. Just look at the egg Miami laid in Atlanta Thursday night. Geez! The Turtle defense gets this one done though.
Noles 17 Terps 24

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10. #2 Texas Tech @ #5 Oklahoma
While I would love more than anything in the world for Texas Tech to just roll Bob Stoops, I have to listen to reality here. The Raiders have lost 9 straight in Norman. They haven't been able to get over that hump each and every year in the Little XII. They have this year, you say. Not really. They had their two toughest opponents by far of the year in the friendly confines of Jones Stadium. This week, they travel to Norman. Tradition. Pageantry. And lots and lots of talent on both sides of the ball. The game will be close due to the inexperience on the defensive side of the ball for the Sooners. However, they can stop the run. This will allow the Sooners to be able to better control the game with their running game. Sam Bradford makes his bid for the Heisman and throws the Little XII South into a tizzy.
Raiders 41 Sooners 51