Zig’s Weekly College Football Picks

by Bryan Z. on November 16, 2012 · 0 comments

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Now we’re cooking with gas! For the first time all season, I went 4-0 with my weekly picks. I know what you’re thinking, “Zig, didn’t you pick the Alabama game last week?” Well first of all, thanks for reading. Second, yes, I did pick the Alabama game last week. As we already said, I went 4-0 with my picks last week, so that means I must have picked Texas A&M in the upset. Bing, bing, bing! I sure as hell did. Since that is now the third time I’ve mentioned it since last Saturday, I promise I won’t do it again.

Looking ahead to this week’s schedule; trying to find good games to pick from is brutal. There are barely two games worth mentioning and the other two games on this list were picked because I have all the power and I felt like picking them. This is what you get towards the end of the season. The SEC is doing their annual, step-out-of-conference-late-in-the-season to play a cream puff routine. The Big 12 and PAC 12 have a few decent games, but nothing to stay glued to the TV for. The Big Ten and Big East provide a great three hour block of time for napping.

It’s a sad time of year. It’s the time of year when college football’s regular season is winding down only to bring a massive downpour of dreadful bowl games. The conference championship games are nice; especially when the teams playing in them have so much to lose. Please understand, I will still watch every game on TV for the rest of the season. I just feel less guilty about doing so when the games are actually good. Let’s grab the propane and matches. We’ll fire up the grill, and see if we can cook up a few upsets and make the bland uninteresting dishes come to life with spice. Or spin…

Bon Appétit


No. 18 USC at No. 17 UCLA

Two schools off of our “fair-weather fan” post unite. This game is being played in the Rose Bowl and both teams are ranked in the top 25. Yet I am willing to bet the official attendance at this game is less than 70,000. I am also willing to bet that half the crowd is gone by the end of the third quarter. As for picking this game, who cares…neither team means anything nationally, and they’re both playing for the right to get waxed by Oregon in the conference championship game. USC is still semi interesting because they could potentially throw a gigantic monkey wrench into Notre Dame’s plans. Since I put this game on the list, I’ll good ahead and pick the team with the better offense and defense.

UCLA 49 USC 41


No. 23 Texas Tech at No. 24 Oklahoma State

This is another game that no one outside of the coaches, players, parents, girlfriends, students and alumni should care about. I guess if you like video game football, with a ton of scoring and no defense, you might enjoy this game. Both teams score points like it’s nobody’s business. Both teams play defense like the coaches don’t care to make it their business. Seriously, the rash of unemployed defensive coordinators and coaches at the end of the season is going to be alarming. But again, I put this game on the list, so I am required to pick a winner. I’ve watch both teams play this year, don’t ask me why, so I’ll pick the team where the head coach isn’t slapping people in the face on the sidelines.

Oklahoma State 45 Texas Tech 42


No. 13 Stanford at No. 2 Oregon

Finally, a good game to watch. You can make a case that Stanford could pull off the upset. They have done an amazing job of keeping things together after losing their head coach and one of the best college quarterbacks of all time to the NFL. Schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Florida and Texas bounce back from those kinds of departures all the time. Stanford typically doesn’t have the loads of talent and coaching tree that those schools do. Stanford is a nice team, but Oregon is on a mission. I don’t care what any Duck fan says; they were not looking forward to playing an SEC school in the title game. Now for the moment, that seems to have been remedied, and the Ducks seem to be flying to south Florida for the winter.

Oregon 55 Stanford 38


No. 1 Kansas State at Baylor

At first glance, this game doesn’t look like much, but this game has bad news written all over it for the Wildcats. Their first time playing as the country’s number one team will come in primetime on ESPN. That brings nerves and all sorts of unneeded attention to the team. Throw in the fact that Kansas State has lost their last two trips to Baylor, and Texas is waiting for them next week, and you have an outstanding recipe for an upset. We haven’t even discussed the fact that Baylor has a really good offense. The last thing Kansas State wants is to get into a shoot out, especially since Klein is still banged up. Do not sleep on Baylor…I’m not going too.

Baylor 38 Kansas State 33

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