RazorPress 2008 — Week 12 My Picks

1. #11 Ohio State @ Illinois (Big 10(1) vs Big 10(1))
Once again, another game in the Big 10 for the Buckeyes means another win for the Buckeyes. Illinois does have speed and that gives the Buckeyes fits, however, the Illini have underachieved all year, so don't expect miracles now.
Buckeyes 27 Illini 17
2. Rutgers @ South Florida (Big East vs Big East)
Rutgers has turned things around, sort of, as the year as gone along. However, when you play in the Big Least week in and week out, that is kind of easy to do. Look for the Scarlett Knights to give them a run, but in the end the Bulls are too strong at home.
Knights 20 Bulls 31
3. #10 Georgia @ Auburn (SEC vs SEC)
This season can't end soon enough for Tubberville. The question is, will it be his last on the plains? Phat Phil's era has ended in Knoxville and many predict that the season that wasn't is about to end for Tubberville, along with his coaching career there. Remember, this team started in the Top 10 pre-season. YIKES! Stafford has a heyday on the Plains.
Bulldogs 42 Tigers 20
4. #25 South Carolina @ #4 Florida (SEC vs SEC)
The final hurdle that Super Tebow will face in the regular season of the SEC. They still do have the Seminoles the last weekend, but honestly, the Seminoles play in the ACC, not the SEC. The Gamecock defense is pretty good. I say pretty good because my Hogs moved the ball at will on them, when they didn't shoot themselves in the foot. So, if Tebow can keep it between the lines, the Gators should roll in the Swamp.
Gamecocks 17 Gators 31
5. #16 North Carolina @ Maryland (ACC vs ACC)
Butch Davis and the Tarheels continue to surprise week in and week out. This will be a very tough test for this young team, but I think Davis will have them ready and it is late in the year, so those Freshmen are really Sophomores by now. Look for a close game though.
Tarheels 31 Turtles 28
6. California @ Oregon State (PAC-10 vs PAC-10)
In Corvalis, the Beavers are just too tough. They knocked off USC already there, so look for them to take care of the Bears from Berkley. The diminutive backs of Oregon State get lost in the OL and pile up the yards on the ground.
Bears 20 Beavers 35
7. #6 USC @ Stanford (PAC-10 vs PAC-10)
They say pay-backs are hell. Well, hell could come in Stanford today. After the monumental upset of the century in the Coliseum last year, the Cardinal now face a Trojan defense that is MUCH better than last year and an Offense that struggled last week. I think they were looking ahead to this game, honestly. Pete Carroll will take the opportunity to run up the score to impress voters. He hates the BCS.
Trojans 52 Cardinal 13
8. Vanderbilt @ Kentucky (SEC vs SEC)
The Vanderbilt Commodores are just free-falling. Remember when they were the feel-good story of the College Football season at 5 – 0?? Yeah, well after 5 straight wins to start the season, they have tanked and followed that up with 4 straight losses. The depth just isn't there for the Commodores and any type of injury REALLY affects them. The Wildcat offense appeared to find its stride last weekend again the Bulldogs. They came up just a little short. They won't this week.
Dores 17 Cats 38
9. Mississippi State @ #1 Alabama (SEC vs SEC)
Alabama continues to end streaks this year. 8 straight years of not winning the SEC West. Ended. 3 straight losses to LSU. Ended. 2 straight losses to the Bulldogs from Starkville? Ends today. Look for the Tide defense to once again rise to the occasion and possibly pitch another shut-out. JPW does just enough and the #1 Tide roll late.
Bulldogs 6 Tide 31

10. Boston College @ #19 Florida State (ACC vs ACC)
Bobby has suspended 5 WR for this game after an on-campus brawl in the Union at Tallahassee. This one though probably won't be decided through the air. The Noles have one of the best ground games in the country. However, the Eagles have one of the best run defenses in the country. This game will be decided up front. Can the Noles OL open up enough holes for the RB to work? Will the BC LB fill those holes enough to completely stop the Noles RB? I am going with the Noles at home, even if they don't have 5 of their WR.
Eagles 13 Noles 27