Archive for September, 2012

4Quarters Weekly Big Ten College Football Pick’em: Week 5

Well 7-3 was the mark last week (had Iowa, Michigan and Illinois) but this week most of the teams start conference play so with that let’s see if I can get right.

Saturday, September 29 –

Indiana Hoosiers (2-1) @ Northwestern Wildcats (4-0), 11 am/Big Ten Network
Penn State Nittany Lions (2-2) @ Illinois Fighting Illini (2-2), 11 am/ESPN
Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0) @ Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2), 11 am/ESPN2
Marshall Thundering Herd (2-2) @ Purdue Boilermakers (2-1), 2:15 pm/Big Ten Network
14 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) @ 20 Michigan State Spartans (3-1), 2:30 pm/ABC
Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) @ 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1), 7 pm/ABC

Season Record: 37-9 (Last Week: 7-3)

Last Week’s Results

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4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Week 5

Here is this week’s edition between myself and Jerry going head-to-head in picking college football games. Five top 25 games, I pick Big Ten/Pac-12 games with Mr. Durney tackling ACC/SEC contests. With that said here are this week’s picks for you the reader.

Top 25 Games –

Thursday: 8 Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) @ Washington Huskies (2-1), 8 pm/ESPN
Mike – This has trap game written all over it with both Stanford and Washington both having last week off. The Huskies are staging a “blackout” tonight in Seattle but at the end of the day I think the Cardinal out physical UDub like LSU did a few weeks ago. The Pick: Stanford 27 Washington 14
Jerry –  Tempted to take Keith Price and the Huskies on Thursday at Century Link Field but the Cardinal have earned the benefit of the doubt. The Pick: Stanford 27 Washington 16

Note: Both of us are 0-1 after Thursday night

25 Baylor Bears (3-0) @ 9 West Virginia (3-0), 11 am/FX
M – Defense might be optional in West Virginia’s Big XII opener (WVU fans watch the couch burning PSA) in Morgantown. I’ll take Geno and the ‘Neers to keep winning against the defenselessly hapless Bears. The Pick: West Virginia 48 Baylor 24
J – The Mountaineers “Welcome to the party, pal” moment in Big 12 play comes against a very good Bears squad. I think Baylor makes this very interesting, but Geno Smith will tip the scales. The Pick: West Virginia 41 Baylor 34

14 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) @ 20 Michigan State Spartans (3-1), 2:30 pm/ABC
M – Braxton Miller and the Bucks have yet to play on the road this season so this will be interesting to how they handle their first test away from the shoe. Expect your typical low scoring defensive Big Ten game here in East Lansing. The Pick: Ohio State 17 Michigan State 10
J – People have forgotten about Michigan State since the loss to Notre Dame, but their defense is still among the best in the country. Braxton Miller has plenty of talent at QB for the Buckeyes, but I need to see him prove it in spots like this one on the road. The Pick: Michigan State 27 Ohio State 17

12 Texas Longhorns (3-0) @ Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1), 6:50 pm/FOX
M – I still don’t have a grasp on the ‘Horns but David Ash has played well this season in three games (against soft opponents). I’d pick Oklahoma State but they will still be without their QB I believe and Texas will D ‘em up. The Pick: Texas 31 Oklahoma State 24
J – The Longhorns have looked much improved this year but Stillwater can be a treacherous place to visit and this will be the first true test for the Texas defense. The Pick: Oklahoma State 34 Texas 30

19 Louisville Cardinals (4-0) @ Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-3), 7 pm/CBS Sports Network
M – Teddy Bridewater has been fun to watch so far this season and Southern Miss hasn’t done what has been expected yet. I’ll take the Cardinals to continue their unbeaten start at “The Rock”. The Pick: Louisville 35 Southern Miss 14
J – Charlie Strong is continuing to prove that maybe it’s been the assistants that have made Urban Meyer look so good. On the flip side, I wonder if Larry Eustachy tailgates with the folks in Hattiesburg. The Pick: Louisville 30 Southern Miss 10

Mike’s Games (B1G/Pac-12) –

Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0) @ Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2), 11 am/ESPN2
Trust me I love to see Iowa struggle and Minnesota do well in addition to this being Floyd of Rosedale (one of the best Rivalry trophies in all the land) weekend. Call me crazy but I say the pig stays in the Twin Cities for another year. The Pick: Minnesota 14 Iowa 10

Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) @ California Golden Bears (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12), 3 pm/Pac-12 Network
I know record wise this looks like a mismatch but I remain convinced that Cal is better than their record with losses to unbeaten Nevada, at Ohio State and at USC. That being said I think Sparky takes down the steady Golden Bears. The Pick: Arizona State 38 California 31

Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) @ 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1), 7 pm/ABC
Both teams will take part in the Adidas “Unrivaled” series Saturday night in Lincoln which is also homecoming for the Huskers (strange last week NU beat Idaho St 73-7 which was more homecoming like and after a road game). This game also has REDvenge written all over it for what the Badgers did to the Blackshirts in Madison last season and Wisky has started the verbal war of words. The Pick: Nebraska 27 Wisconsin 21

18 Oregon State Beavers (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) @ Arizona Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12), 7 pm/Pac-12 Network
Oregon State has been ruining Heisman trophy chances the first team weeks of the season but in this one they’ll get to dent Arizona’s good feelings some more. The Wildcats will bust out their Copper helmets but the Beavers won’t be impressed. The Pick: Oregon State 24 Arizona 10

2 Oregon Ducks (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) v. Washington State Cougars (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) @ Century Link Field in Seattle, 9:30 pm/ESPN2
This game will be the third at Century Link Field in Seattle this week and likely the biggest blowout of the three. Washington State LOST TO COLORADO! So how do they keep up with the number two Oregon Ducks? The Pick: Oregon 56 Washington State 10

Jerry’s Games (ACC/SEC) –

Missouri (2-2) @ UCF (2-1), 11 am/Fox Sports Net
I’m taking the Knights here and it’s not an indictment on Mizzou. Living in UCF territory I can tell you that facing any BCS conference team carries extra significance for the program as they look to make that transition to the next level. The team and fans have an extra bit of energy. In almost all cases, these games have been on the road or a bowl game. This is probably the second biggest in the history of Bright House Networks Stadium, Colt McCoy and Texas opening the joint in 2007 still your leader, and Blake Bortles has been a revelation at QB. The George O’Leary Era sees another peek. The Pick: UCF 30 Missouri 24

North Carolina State (3-1) @ Miami (FL) (3-1, 1-0 ACC), 11 am/ESPNU
Both teams slept on thanks to early losses but this will be chance for Miami to runaway with the lead in the ACC Coastal with a 3-0 conference record if they can get the win at home. For the Wolfpack, its the first true test for their defense, who failed them several times last year. Also worth watching is to see if Miami fans can continue their bandwagon nature by packing Lauren Tannehill Stadium (or whatever it’s called this week) following their OT win at Georgia Tech last week, since their previous home game had maybe 57 fans. (SHOTS FIRED) The Pick: Miami 31 NC State 14

Arkansas (1-3, 0-1 SEC) @ Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1 SEC), 11 am/SEC Network
You know what the John L. Smith Era in Fayetteville has made me do? SMIIIIIIIIIIILE!!!!!!!! The Pick: Texas A&M 30 Arkansas 26

Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC), @ 5 Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC), 2:30 pm/CBS
Two teams who are notorious for coming up small in big spots. Are you sure this can’t end in a tie? Jokes aside, the QB duel between Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray will be fun to watch. When in doubt, go home. The Pick: Georgia 36 Tennessee 24

4 Florida State Seminoles (4-0) @ South Florida Bulls (2-2), 5 pm/ESPN
FSU’s offense was able to trade punches with one of the nation’s best and the defense rose to the occasion in the 2nd half of last week’s win over Clemson. Conversely, USF just lost to Ball State. On top of all that, don’t doubt that the FSU senior class would love to get revenge for a 17-7 loss in Tallahassee in 2009 which expedited the process of Bobby Bowden’s forced retirement later in the year. The Pick: Florida State 45 South Florida 17

Season Total – Jerry (32-9) and Mike (27-14)
Last Week W/L – Jerry (8-2) and Mike (7-3)
Week 5 – Jerry (0-1) and Mike (0-1) – Bith had Stanford at Washington

Last Week’s Results

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Friday’s Weekend Primer

Getting you set for the Weekend


Guess who is back this weekend?

First Quarter: MLB Scoreboard/Series to Watch

1) MLB scoreboard
2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (86-70) J. Weaver (19-4, 2.74) @ Texas Rangers (92-64) R. Dempster (12-7, 3.07), 7:05 pm
3) Tampa Bay Rays (86-70) J. Hellickson (9-10, 3.20) @ Chicago White Sox (82-74) G. Floyd (10-11, 4.56), 7:10 pm
4) Washington Nationals (95-61) E. Jackson (9-10, 3.77) @ St. Louis Cardinals (84-72) A. Wainwright (13-13, 4.02), 7:15 pm

Second Quarter: 4Quarters College Football Games to Watch Week 5

1) 25 Baylor Bears (3-0) @ 9 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0), 11 am/FX
2) 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) @ 20 Michigan State Spartans (3-1), 2:30 pm/ABC
3) Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) @ 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1), 7 pm/ABC
4) 18 Oregon State Beavers (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) @ Arizona Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12), 9 pm/Pac-12 Network

Third Quarter: NFL Week 4

1) NFL Scoreboard
2) San Francisco 49ers (2-1) @ New York Jets (2-1), Noon/FOX
3) New Orleans Saints (0-3) @ Green Bay Packers (1-2), 3:25 pm/FOX
4) New York Giants (2-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-1), 7:20 pm/NBC

Fourth Quarter: Weekend Links

1) 2012 Ryder Cup scoreboard from the Medinah Country Club/Medinah, IL
2) NHL labor talks are still happening even if the preseason is lost.
3) Three big things from ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan on the Creighton Bluejays
4) Awful Announcing gives you your week four NFL broadcast pairings

See you on Monday and enjoy your weekend! Thanks for reading Four Quarters! Follow me on twitter @MikeVmos

4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Week 5 (Thursday Night Game)

We’ll give you the full rundown on Friday but wanted to pick tonight’s Thursday night football game between 8 Stanford and Washington. So here are what myself and Jerry see happening tonight in Seattle, again we’ll have the rest (and I’ll probably include this game just to make it look complete) of week five.

Top 25 –

8 Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) @ Washington Huskies (2-1), 8 pm/ESPN
Mike – This has trap game written all over it with both Stanford and Washington both having last week off. The Huskies are staging a “blackout” tonight in Seattle but at the end of the day I think the Cardinal out physical UDub like LSU did a few weeks ago. The Pick: Stanford 27 Washington 14
Jerry –  Tempted to take Keith Price and the Huskies on Thursday at Century Link Field but the Cardinal have earned the benefit of the doubt. The Pick: Stanford 27 Washington 16

Season Total – Jerry (32-8) and Mike (27-13)
Last Week W/L – Jerry (8-2) and Mike (7-3)

Last Week’s Results

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Thursday w/ 4Quarters

Almost done with the week here are four Thursday topics for you to enjoy.


Nebraska icon Tom Osborne announced he is retiring on Jan. 1, 2013. This was a bigger story in-state than national sadly. Photo by AP

First Quarter: MLB

1) Today’s MLB scoreboard
2) Day baseball in Cincinnati, Detroit, Queens, Arlington, Denver, Anaheim and San Francisco
3) Oakland Athletics (88-67) T. Blackley (5-3, 3.75) @ Texas Rangers (91-64) M. Harrison (17-10, 3.17), 1:05 pm
4) Tampa Bay Rays (85-70) J. Shields (15-9, 3.65) @ Chicago White Sox (82-73) J. Peavy (11-12, 3.40), 7:10 pm

Second Quarter: College Football

1) 8 Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) @ Washington Huskies (2-1), 8 pm/ESPN
2) Sneaky Game of the week: 18 Oregon State Beavers (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) @ Arizona Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12)
3) 4Q FCS Game of the Week: Cal Poly Mustangs (3-0) @ North Dakota Fighting Sioux (3-1)
4) ACC Game I won’t mention tomorrow: Duke Blue Devils (3-1) @ Wake Forest (3-1, 1-1 ACC)

Third Quarter: NFL

1) Thursday Night Football: Cleveland Browns (0-3) @ Baltimore Ravens (2-1), 7:20 pm/NFL Network
2) The refs are back tonight, so thanks Golden Tate, Green Bay Packers players/fans for allowing this
3) NFL Game that won’t make tomorrow’s cut: Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
4) 5th Best Game that will just miss the cut: Seattle Seahawks (2-1) @ St. Louis Rams (1-2)

Fourth Quarter: Thursday Links

1) Jason King did five questions with Creighton junior Doug McDermott
2) Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert has started a war of words with Nebraska picking on Taylor Martinez and Mad Chatter
3) Legendary Nebraskan Tom Osborne announced he is stepping down as AD on Jan. 1, 2013
4) Who will Nebraska replace Dr. Tom with? Lee Barfknecht looks at options for the Huskers, Big Red today with more TO news

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The Wednesday Edition

It’s the middle of the week!


No this isn’t in Living Color Fly Girls reunion but the Brooklynettes. Photo from the Brooklyn Nets

First Quarter: MLB

1) Today’s schedule
2) Day baseball in Minneapolis
3) Kansas City Royals (70-84) J. Guthrie (4-3, 3.00) @ Detroit Tigers (82-72) R. Porcello (9-12, 4.57), 6:05 pm
4) Cleveland Indians (64-91) J. Masterson (11-15, 4.97) @ Chicago White Sox (82-72) H. Santiago (3-1, 3.45), 7:10 pm

Second Quarter: College Football

1) MACtion is taking this Wednesday off
2) ESPN College Gameday is in East Lansing for the B1G opener for Ohio State (4-0) and Michigan State (3-1) match-up
3) Sneaky good match-up of the weekend? Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0) @ Iowa State Cyclones (3-0)
4) How did the picks turn out between Jerry and I this past weekend? Find out Thursday

Third Quarter: NFL

1) Yep the Monday Night Football game is still being discussed
2) Tomorrow Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network
3) 3-0 teams: Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans
4) 0-3 teams: Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints

Fourth Quarter: Leftover Links

1) The Brooklyn Nets will rebrand its dance team the Brooklynettes
2) Michigan and Notre Dame will stop playing each other year after 2014, Ivan Maisel, Matt Fortuna and Brian Bennett
3) The Ryder Cup is this weekend
4) Las Vegas didn’t like the MNF outcome

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Tuesday = Lots of Links

It’s Tuesday so bring on the links!

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This says it all about the Monday Night Football ending in Seattle.

First Quarter: Starter Links

1) Seattle City Council approves arena
2) Look how Gordon Gee is spending his Ohio State money
3) Mad Chatter from Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World Herald
4) Sam Mellinger of the KC Star’s Twitter Tuesday

Second Quarter: MLB

1) Today’s games
2) Texas one win away from its third AL West title
3) As the world turns Miami edition
4) If the MLB season ended today

Third Quarter: College Football

1) Tony Barnhart week four lessons learned
2) Bruce Feldman says Oregon has the D to go with its offense
3) College Football playoff sites chosen?
4) Stewart Mandel college football overtime

Fourth Quarter: NFL

1) So Monday Night Football eh?
2) Bill Belichick on the ending in Baltimore Sunday night
3) Michael Silver says replacement refs must go
4) At least he can rehab on Revis Island

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Monday Edition

Here are you four Monday topics for you to start the week

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Yep, I made the Omaha World Herald in a story Tom Shatel wrote. Photo by Alyssa Schukar Omaha World Herald

First Quarter: Monday 4Quarters Top14 MLB Power Rankings

1. Washington Nationals (92-60, LW-1)*
2. Cincinnati Reds (92-61, LW-1)* NL Central Champions
3. Texas Rangers (90-62, LW-3)
4. San Francisco Giants (89-64, LW-6)* NL West Champions
5. New York Yankees (88-64, LW-7)
6. Atlanta Braves (88-65, LW-5)
7. Baltimore Orioles (87-65, LW-8)
8. Oakland Athletics (86-66, LW-4)
9. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (84-69, LW-10)
10. Tampa Bay Rays (83-70, LW-11)
11. St. Louis Cardinals (82-71, LW-13)
12. Chicago White Sox (81-71, LW-9)
13. Detroit Tigers (80-72, LW-12)
14. Milwaukee Brewers (79-73, LW-NR)

Dropping Out: Los Angeles Dodgers (79-74, LW-14)

* = Clinched Playoff Berth

MLB scoreboard

Second Quarter: MLB Standings

1. AL Division Leaders: East – New York Yankees (Up 1), Central – Chicago White Sox (Up 1), West – Texas Rangers (Up 4)
Last Week: East – New York Yankees (Up 1), Central – Chicago White Sox (Up 2), West – Texas Rangers (Up 3)

2. AL Wildcards: Baltimore Orioles (Up 1) on Oakland Athletics (Up 2.5) on Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays (3.5 GB), Detroit Tigers (6 GB)
Last Week: Oakland Athletics (Up 2.5) on Baltimore Orioles (Up 2.5) on Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays (4 GB), Detroit Tigers (4.5 GB)

3. NL Division Leaders: East – Washington Nationals (Up 4.5), Central – Cincinnati Reds (Clinched), West – San Francisco Giants (Clinched)
Last Week: East – Washington Nationals (Up 5.5), Central – Cincinnati Reds (Up 11), West – San Francisco Giants (Up 7.5)

4. NL Wildcards: Atlanta Braves (Up 6) on St. Louis Cardinals (Up 2.5) on Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers (3 GB), Arizona Diamondbacks (4.5 GB), Philadelphia Phillies (5 GB), Pittsburgh Pirates (6.5 GB), San Diego Padres (9 GB)
Last Week: Atlanta Braves (Up 7) on St. Louis Cardinals (Up 1) on Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers (2.5 GB), Pittsburgh Pirates (3 GB), Philadelphia Phillies (4 GB), Arizona Diamondbacks (4.5 GB), San Diego Padres (6 GB)

GB = Games Back (I don’t mean to insult intelligence, just trying to help)

Third Quarter: 4Quarters College Football Top14

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0/1-0 SEC, LW-1)
2. Oregon Ducks (4-0/1-0 Pac-12, LW-3)
3. Florida State Seminoles (4-0/1-0 ACC, LW-4)
4. Georgia Bulldogs (4-0/2-0 SEC, LW-8)
5. Stanford Cardinal (3-0/1-0 Pac-12, LW-7)
6. LSU Tigers (4-0/1-0 SEC, LW-2)
7. Kansas State Wildcats (4-0/1-0 Big XII, LW-14)
8. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0, LW-5)
9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0, LW-11)
10. South Carolina Gamecocks (4-0/2-0 SEC, LW-12)
11. Florida Gators (4-0/3-0 SEC, LW-NR)
12. Ohio Bobcats (4-0, LW-13)
13. Northwestern Wildcats (4-0, LW-NR)
14. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0, LW-9)

Dropping Out: Oklahoma State Sooners (2-1/0-1 Big XII, LW-6), Clemson Tigers (3-1/0-1 ACC, LW-10)

Fourth Quarter: NFL

1. Monday Night Football Game: Green Bay Packers (1-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-1), 7:30 pm/ESPN
2. Replacement Refs continue to dominate the news even with the 3OT games that took place on Sunday
3. 4Quarters Most Impressive Team of the Weekend: Atlanta Falcons (3-0), (won 27-3 at San Diego)
Runner-Up: Kansas City Chiefs (1-2 won at New Orleans 27-24 OT), Minnesota Vikings (2-1 beat San Francisco 24-13) and Houston Texans (3-0 won at Denver 31-25)
4. 4Quarters Most Disappointing Team of the Weekend: New Orleans Saints (0-3, Blew 24-6 lead at home against KC), (lost 27-24 against Kansas City)
Also Disappointing: Cleveland Browns (0-3 lost to Buffalo 24-14)

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4Quarters Weekly Big Ten College Football Pick’em: Week 4

Another 9-3 week missing on Indiana (Ball State), Michigan State (Notre Dame) and Utah State (@Wisconsin) last Saturday. Let’s see how I bounce back from last week with a new slate of Big Ten games to pick.

Saturday, September 22 –

UAB Blazers (0-2) @ 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0), 11 am/Big Ten Network
UTEP Miners (1-2) @ Wisconsin Badgers (2-1), 11 am/ESPN2
Central Michigan (1-1) @ Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1), 11 am/Big Ten Network
South Dakota Coyotes (1-1) @ Northwestern Wildcats (3-0), 2:30 pm/Big Ten Network
Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-3) @ 21 Michigan State Spartans (2-1), 2:30 pm/Big Ten Network
Idaho State Bengals (1-1) @ 25 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1), 2:30 pm/Big Ten Network
Temple Owls (1-1) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (1-2), 2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2
18 Michigan Wolverines (2-1) @ 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0), 6:30 pm/NBC
Syracuse Orange (1-2) @ Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0), 7 pm/Big Ten Network
Louisiana Tech (2-0) @ Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1), 7 pm/Big Ten Network

Season Record: 30-6 (Last Week: 9-3)

Last Week’s Results

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4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Week 4

Here is this week’s edition between myself and Jerry going head-to-head in picking college football games. Five top 25 games, I pick Big Ten/Pac-12 games with Mr. Durney tackling ACC/SEC contests. With that said here are this week’s picks for you the reader.

Top 25 Games –

Thursday: BYU Cougars (2-1) @ 24 Boise State Broncos (1-1), 8 pm/ESPN
Mike – We don’t usually do Thursday night games but who could resist this one? Boise State is known for winning at home but Kellen Moore isn’t walking through that door so I’ll go with BYU. The Pick: BYU 20 Boise State 13
Jerry –  Very rare for anyone to go to Boise and come back with a win, not sure if BYU has that caliber of team, plus I imagine they have to be reeling from the way that upset loss to Utah ended. The Pick: Boise State 27 BYU 17

Missouri Tigers (2-1, 0-1 SEC) @ 7 South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 2:30 pm/CBS
M – Last week the Tigers survived at home against Arizona State while South Carolina hasn’t been test since week one at Vandy. This is another game that I feel Mizzou gets out “physicaled” against a good SEC defense. The Pick: South Carolina 31 Missouri 13
J – How well can Conor Shaw perform with his shoulder injury will be the question that hangs over the Gamecocks for the remainder of the season but I think that’s a question that can’t be anwered until he faces the likes of Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray, Taj Boyd and Jeff Driskel. While Missouri should present a tough test, South Carolina should pick up the W at home. The Pick: South Carolina 24 Missouri 13

20 Louisville Cardinals (3-0) @ Florida International Golden Panthers (1-2), 6 pm/ESPN3 (We can discuss this game if you want)
M – While your thinking why is this game on our schedule? Well because FIU beat the Cards last year in Louisville, I don’t think it happens again but that’s why they play the games. The Pick: Louisville 42 Florida International 20
J – Duke beat FIU by 20. You can guess where this is going. The Pick: Louisville 38 FIU 7

15 Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) @ 6 Oklahoma Sooners (2-0), 6:50 pm/FOX
M – This is a game that has my interest and I think has upset written all over it. Oklahoma struggled week one, destroyed Florida A&M while K-State has the weapon(s) to win in Norman. The Pick: Kansas State 31 Oklahoma 28
J – This series is full of surprises (Last October 29th, 2003 Big 12 Championship Game) and I think it continues here. Optimus Klein establishes himself as Top 10-pick material in Norman. Most importantly, always count on OU to trip somewhere they shouldn’t. The Pick: Kansas State 44 Oklahoma 38

18 Michigan Wolverines (2-1) @ 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0), 6:30 pm/NBC
M – Notre Dame has been living a charmed life to this point but last week was impressive to me. Michigan is a different animal and I don’t believe the Irish can stop “Shoelaces” all game. The Pick: Michigan 38 Notre Dame 31
J – I know that Michigan has had the better of Notre Dame recently and that the Irish have never come up with an answer for Denard Robinson, but they’ve made a believer out of me for the time being with the way they dominated Michigan State last Saturday in East Lansing. The Pick: Notre Dame 30 Michigan State 23

Mike’s Games (B1G/Pac-12) –

UTEP Miners (1-2) @ Wisconsin Badgers (2-1), 11 am/ESPN2
UTEP gave Oklahoma all they wanted week one but that was two weeks ago this week the Miners have the chance to defeat Wisconsin. I’m still not sold on the Badgers but in their last non-conference game they will get the win. The Pick: Wisconsin 28 UTEP 14

Oregon State Beavers (1-0) @ 19 UCLA Bruins (3-0), 2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2
Oregon State hasn’t played since knocked off Wisconsin and they’ll get a tougher test at the Rose Bowl. UCLA will make it back-to-back conference opening wins after beating the Beavers. The Pick: UCLA 41 Oregon State 24

California Golden Bears (1-2) @ 13 Southern California Trojans (2-1), 5 pm/Pac-12 Network
Cal showed people more than they expected last weekend narrowly going down in defeat at Ohio State. Southern Cal will come out as a wounded dog and I think they win this late. The Pick: Southern California 27 California 24

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-0) @ Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1), 7 pm/Big Ten Network
Louisiana Tech will not be intimidated going to Illinois and I almost expect the results to show as much. La Tech will push the Illini but I’ll go with the home team to prevail. The Pick: Illinois 35 Louisiana Tech 28

22 Arizona Wildcats (3-0) @ 3 Oregon Ducks (3-0), 9:30 pm/ESPN
If you like points a plenty then this is you game, but I expect things to turn one sided real fast as Arizona hasn’t seen what Oregon will bring to the table. Rich Rod has done great things early on in Tucson but the Ducks will run rough shot over the ‘Cats. The Pick: Oregon 56 Arizona 31

Jerry’s Games (ACC/SEC) –

Maryland (2-1) @ 8 West Virginia (2-0), 11 am/FX
Rivalry game for Randy Edsall and the Terps who face early Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith. If only Maryland had a QB that could be equal to the task. What’s that you say? They did? Oh. The Pick: West Virginia 41 Maryland 10

Virginia (2-1) @ 17 TCU (2-0), 11 am/ESPN
The Horned Frogs have made quite the first impression in their debut Big 12 season with this game being their first non-conference game of note. The Cavaliers are a shanked field goal away from being 1-2 and I’ll always side with a Gary Patterson coached defense. The Pick: TCU 33 Virginia 13

Miami (FL) (2-1) @ Georgia Tech (2-1), 2 pm/ESPN Gameplan
Georgia Tech is a play or two away from being 3-0 and they’re at home against a Miami team that has given up over 200 yards per game on the ground so far. Roscoe Dash is gonna be heard all day as Hurricanes get turnt on at Bobby Dodd (embed): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCElflebp34&feature=relmfu . The Pick: Georgia Tech 30 Miami 17

2 LSU (3-0) @ Auburn (1-2), 6 pm/ESPN
Can’t Vegas just take this game off the board? The Pick: LSU 47 Auburn 14

10 Clemson Tigers (3-0) @ 4 Florida State Seminoles (3-0), 7 pm/ABC
As a Seminole fan of almost 20 years, this is one of the few games I’ll be happy not to see as I am in NYC this weekend. Sure, the FSU defense has found another gear really ever since Taj Boyd and Sammy Watkins created their own highlight reel against them last September 24 but even despite the loss of Dwayne Allen, this remains a very dangerous Tiger offense. The question isn’t whether the defense is up to the tak but can the Seminole offense keep up with Clemson. FSU’s running attack looked as steady as usual last week in a 52-0 win over Wake Forest, including Chris Thompson going for 197 yards in the first half, but the pass protection (a concern coming into the season) for E.J. Manuel was minimal at best. Should Clemson put up a few points early, the Seminoles will need to chuck it. This is a prove it game for FSU, not just to the nation but a lot of their own fans as well. The Pick: Clemson 34 Florida State 24

Season Total – Jerry (24-6) and Mike (20-10)
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