Zig’s Weekly College Picks

by Bryan Z. on November 2, 2012 · 0 comments

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Talk about disappointment. After a monstrous 3-1 effort with my picks the week before, I followed it up with an average 2-2 effort last week. Am I really to blame? Did anyone see Oklahoma laying a complete egg at home… again! Did anyone other than Lou Holtz think the Irish were going to win? Also, I told you last week Florida’s offense wasn’t good enough to win that game against Georgia. I thought the Gators would need to create points on defense and special teams in order to win. Instead, Florida went ‘Jim Tressel’ and tried to beat a top 10 team with field goals.

How ‘bout those Bulldogs? I don’t know where that came from, but I do know one thing: Georgia is now in the driver’s seat for the SEC title game and the honor of being choke-slammed by Alabama. Speaking of choke slams, it’s time to pick myself up off the mat. It’s time to wipe away the blood and sweat left over from the beating college football gave me last week. It’s time to channel my inner Hulkamania, climb to the top rope, and deliver a flying elbow to the solar plexus of this week’s best games. What you gonna do college football when Zigamania runs wild on you?

Oh Yeah, Brother!

No. 23 Texas at No. 18 Texas Tech

This is a very difficult game to pick. Texas Tech is the favorite, but the Red Raiders have dropped the last three against The Longhorns. Both teams enter this game with a 6-2 record and a loss to Oklahoma. To be honest, there isn’t much separating these two teams. Both schools play well at times, and look like a complete mess at other times. Recent history says pick Texas. The statistics say to pick Texas Tech. After watching both teams play a handful of times this season, I’ll go with my gut. I’ll take Texas Tech simply because they seem to have the better offense and defense. Home field advantage should help as well.

Texas Tech 34 Texas 17

 

4 Oregon at No. 17 USC

This game got a whole lot less interesting after last week. You know, the week USC gave up almost 600 yards of total offense to Arizona. Some moron from ESPN will tell you the key to USC winning this game is to manage the clock and keep Oregon’s offense off the field. It’s that kind of earth shattering analysis that keeps those morons in hideous $5,000 suits. Every time Oregon plays a ranked opponent, this is the inevitable drivel we hear. I’ll take it in a different direction. The only way USC can win this game is to make sure Oregon doesn’t even make it to the stadium.  Since kidnapping is a federal offense, Oregon fans should go ahead and pencil in a victory. Hell, write it in permanent marker if you want to.

Oregon 45 USC 27

 

No. 24 Oklahoma State at No. 2 Kansas State

I’ll be honest, there isn’t much intrigue with this game either. Congrats to ABC for putting this game on primetime. I’m sure with the LSU/Alabama game on TV at the same time, you’ll get at least a dozen viewers. I am not going to insult you by pretending Oklahoma State has a chance to win this game, they don’t. Kansas State is on cruise control, they’re playing at home, they still have Klein and Coach Snyder…in short…they win. I guess if Oklahoma State played out of their mind they could make this game interesting, but I doubt it. Just be thankful Kansas State will handle this game with ease and save you the trouble of flipping back and forth to the “other” primetime game.

Kansas State 38 Oklahoma State 17

 

No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU

Speaking of the “other” game – the annual show down between LSU and Alabama is upon us. We’ve seen this game before, twice in fact. If you’re looking for some mind-blowing breakdown of this game, don’t bother. You don’t need it. It boils down to this…both teams play nasty, aggressive defense. Both teams try to run the ball right down your throat. Both teams have quarterbacks that simply manage the game. LSU has the advantage of playing at home. Alabama has the advantage of a seasoned quarterback starting to become more of a ‘playmaker.’ One more thing, Alabama has Nick Saban, and LSU most definitely does not. If you’re looking for your x-factor, then there you go.

Alabama 17 LSU 13

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