Zig’s College Football Picks

by Bryan Z. on October 26, 2012 · 0 comments

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Well, what has two thumbs and knows how to pick winners…this guy! Who is the new king of college football? You guessed it…this guy! So, if you can’t tell from all my shameless gloating, I did pretty well with my picks last week. After going 3-1 I am now sitting at 5-6 for the year. Just one measly game below 500. If the first week of my picks wasn’t such a train wreck, I’d be on my way to Vegas to bet a small fortune on this week’s games. Maybe it’s for the best. I’m not one of those people who have what some would call “impulse control.” I’d end up putting everything on West Virginia and losing a small fortune. After all, my only miss last week was picking the lifeless Mountaineers to beat Kansas State. Seriously, if someone sees West Virginia’s offense, tell them we’re all looking for them. But let us not dwell on the negative. Let us ride this giant wave of momentum into this week’s picks. Let us suit up, apply the appropriate sun block, grab our board and head out to
the surf for the elusive 10 point wave. Now, where can we find an ocean in Columbus?

Surf’s Up…

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 10 Georgia

The world’s largest outdoor cocktail party is here. Wait, are they still allowed to call it that? Whatever they’re calling it, the party is going to be far more interesting than the game. After getting pimp slapped by an average South Carolina team, Georgia is back in the top 10. And what did they do to earn this honor? They beat Kentucky by four points. Georgia is the beneficiary of teams around them losing.  They didn’t earn a damn thing, and this week Florida is going to prove it. I will forever beat the drum of Florida being overrated, but they are certainly good enough to beat this pack of dogs. Pay attention to two things: 1) How UGA and Murray adjust to the pressure that the Florida defense brings, and 2) Can Florida create points like they did last week. Their offense isn’t good enough to go out and just win games, but the Gators can manufacture points as well as any team in the country. At the end of the day, they’re going to make plays and Georgia won’t.

Florida 31 Georgia 13

14 Texas Tech at No. 3 Kansas State

If you’re wondering why Kansas State jumped over Oregon in the BCS ranking, take a quick peek at their schedule. Kansas State already has two signature wins on their resumes while the Ducks have zero. They also have the best player in the country. Now, this game is going to be very fun to watch. Both teams have played Oklahoma. Kansas State beat the Sooners while Texas Tech lost by 21 points. So, conventional wisdom should tell you that Kansas State will win this game. But anyone that watches college football, or any sport for that matter, knows that you don’t always get the same team week in and week out. That holds especially true for 19 and 20-year-old kids. Texas Tech is scary, but they remind me too much of West Virginia. The thing that separates KSU from everyone else in the Big 12 is defense. I do think Texas Tech makes things interesting, and I am tempted to pick them, but the Manhattan Project is in full swing. It’s no secret, the Wildcats are national title worthy.

Kansas State 38 Texas Tech 27

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma

My oh my, what a world we live in. I have been looking forward to this game all season. Typically, we have to wait until the end of the year, in some meaningless, pompous bowl game to get this kind of matchup. Again, using football logic, you would think Notre Dame is a lock to win this game. Oklahoma’s best win of the year is almost beating Kansas State. The Sooners already lost at home this year, so any advantage the home field would typically provide is out the window. That, and Notre Dame fans travel like a pack of wild carnies. With games like this you need to look for the X Factor, and in this game there are two: 1) Manti Te’o’s; this kid is unreal. He is easily the best defensive player I’ve seen in five years. He is the best college linebacker I’ve seen since AJ Hawk, and 2) The Notre Dame offense. As I said in my top 10, they get less impressive every week. If they had more stability at the quarterback position, it might be a different story, but ultimately their offense will cost the Irish this game. Notre Dame has earned a spot in a BCS bowl, but the Irish are a year or two away from the national title game.

Oklahoma 27 Notre Dame 19

No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

I hate to admit it, but I love the SEC. Every single week there is at least two “can’t miss” games. I REALLY want to pick Mississippi State to win this game, but sticking with this whole logic thing, I can’t. They are physical and have a nasty defense, but show me their signature win. Show me one statement game they’ve had this year.  Then again, show me Alabama’s. Beating up on Michigan is like the 200 pound seventh grade bully beating up the fifth grade kid with glasses and a Lord Of The Rings lunchbox. It’s not funny; it should be outlawed. So why pick Alabama without giving Mississippi State a second thought? Two words, Nick Saban. That guy is better at coaching college football than anybody is at doing anything. He’s better at recruiting than Bear Bryant, Woody Hayes, Urban Meyer and Jim Jones rolled into one. He beats teams before they get off the bus, and coaches before they get out of bed. Go ahead, and drink the Saban kool-aid.  You know you want to. It is less painful than the realization that as long as he’s a collegiate head coach, everyone is playing for second place on the recruiting trail and on the field.

Nick Saban 41 Mississippi State 17

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