Friday, September 24, 2010

College Football: Week 4 Picks

Despite losing three games by one point each, I was able to salvage a 4-4 record last week to remain five games over .500.
Oregon State +18: This is somewhat of a hedge bet. It has been widely assumed Boise State will need to win convincingly in all their remaining games to reach the BCS title game.
North Carolina -1: The Tar Heels have been decimated by suspensions, but players are finally starting to return. This will be their most complete team of the year, and if they have any hopes of earning a spot in a reputable bowl, they need to win games now.
Wake Forest +20: Wake has kept this game close (within two touchdowns) in each of the last five years. They have also covered in five of the past six meetings and won outright in their past two trips to Tallahassee despite being 'dogs.
Stanford -4.5: Time for Jim Harbaugh and his crew to make a statement in front of a national audience.
Georgia PK: Do or tie time for the Bulldogs of the UGA variety.
Virginia Tech -4 - Regular season ACC games are the Hokies' cup of tea. Their two losses Boise State (one of the best teams in America; James Madison team (classic letdown) - are explainable, although not defensible. The second half showing last week convinced me they are better than they've played thus far. I expect them to keep things rolling.
Best Bet: Arkansas +7 - In Mallett's rocket arm, I trust. 'Bama will be motivated, but the homefield advantage will help keep things close.
Upset of the Week: Temple +14 - The Owls treated me well last week when they knocked off UConn. They now sit 3-0 and are pried for another upset. Penn State hasn't beaten anyone of note, and this sets up as a textbook trap game (they travel to Iowa next week in the Big Ten opener).

Record: 13-8 (Best Bet: 2-1; Upset: 1-2)

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