Zig’s College Football Picks: Rivalry Week

by Bryan Z. on November 23, 2012 · 1 comment

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Well, if you haven’t noticed, I have been on fire with my picks lately. In the last three weeks I have gone 10-2, putting me at 17-10 for the season, including picking the number one team in the nation to lose in back to back weeks. With college football season winding down (wipes tear away from eye), I’ve decided to go all out. After feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and anything else I could get my grubby little hands on; I am ready to loosen my belt and summon the necessary energy to pick all the rivalry games this Saturday. I am looking to finish the year strong and cruise into bowl season. Grab a knife and fork…this is going to be a mouth full!

  • Disclaimer – I am a huge Buckeye fan. I will never “pick” a Buckeye game for reasons that are my own. That is why there will be a glaring hole in my rivalry picks. Sorry.


Chow Time:

Georgia Tech at No. 3 Georgia

There isn’t much to say here. I do think Georgia is overrated and nowhere near title worthy, but they are certainly the best team in the state of Georgia. Georgia Tech has a lot of work to do on the recruiting trail if they want to compete with the Bulldogs every year.

Georgia 38 Georgia Tech 14


No. 5 Oregon at No. 15 Oregon State

I did not see Oregon’s loss to Stanford coming. Who knew Stanford had that kind of defense? I do know one thing; Oregon State does not have that kind of defense. You also never want to face a pissed off Chip Kelly. Oregon will score enough points to win this game and last week’s game too.

Oregon 48 Oregon State 27


Auburn at No. 2 Alabama

The final nail in Gene Chizik’s coffin. With the NCAA now investigating Auburn’s recruiting (SHOCKER) and the terrible on the filed performance this year, there is no way Gene is back next year. Coupled with the fact that Alabama is back in the BCS title game, and this game is going to get ugly.

Alabama 42 Auburn 7


No. 4 Florida at No. 10 Florida State 

The best game of the weekend by a country mile. This is also a very difficult game to pick. Florida State is ranked higher in every category, but as they say, when it comes to rivalry games, you can throw all that out the window. Well, Florida can’t throw to save their life, so I’ll take the Seminoles to shut down the one-dimensional Gators.

Florida State 24 Florida 13


No. 21 Oklahoma State at No. 13 Oklahoma

This is another intriguing match-up.  Both teams have a lights out offense (at times), and both teams have an average defense (at times). Oklahoma has already lost two huge games at home, and Bob Stoops lost the moniker of “Big Game Bob” a long time ago. That being said, the Sooners will rise to the occasion and handle their business and take the intrastate bragging rights back.

Oklahoma 33 Oklahoma State 28


No. 12 South Carolina at No. 11 Clemson

The second best game of the weekend. This rivalry is starting to gain some national significance.  It helps when both teams are loaded with NFL talent and ranked in the top 15. South Carolina did a great job of outing themselves as a team that isn’t ready to be called elite. Clemson hasn’t done much to help their cause in that regard either, but I’ll take the Tigers over the Gamecocks anyway.

Clemson 24 South Carolina 21


Mississippi State at Ole Miss

The Egg Bowl…and boy does this game stink. Let’s face it, unless you live in Mississippi, or went to one of these fine Universities, you just don’t care about this game. And in terms of picking a winner, it doesn’t matter where they play this game; the Bulldogs are head and shoulders above Ole Miss.

Mississippi State 35 Ole Miss 17


No. 1 Notre Dame at USC 

The number one ranked Irish enter the final test of the season. And by test, I mean scrimmage. Even if Matt Barkley was healthy, and the Trojans’ no name backup quarterback didn’t shoot his mouth off, Notre Dame would still have a cake walk in this game. Notre Dame has something USC never will: character. The Irish players understand what’s in front of them, and players like Manti Te’o will lead the way. After the Irish make quick work of USC, they will have earned their spot in the BCS title game.

Notre Dame 38 USC 13


There you have it. I’ve picked all the rivalry games; the ones that matter anyway. There are no Old Oaken Bucket or Land of Lincoln trophies on this list. Seriously, can the Big Ten just stop playing football? The conference is a joke. Just make Michigan and Ohio State independent, or put them in the SEC, and call it a day. At least then we will no longer be subject to the likes of Illinois and Indiana football.

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Bill M. November 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

Bold statements in the ND/USC write up; I think it will be closer. Also, Ole Miss/MSU might be a stinker game, but the Ole Miss cheerleaders are hotsohot.

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