4Quarters Weekly College Pick’em: Week 9

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 –

2 Florida Gators (7-0, 6-0 SEC) v. 10 Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) Jacksonville Municipal Stadium/Jacksonville, FL,  2:30 pm/CBS
Mike – Do I think Florida is the second best team in the county? No, but they are in my top four. This will be your typical SEC game defense with a heavy dose of running. Jeff Driskil and the Gators win the 2012 edition of the “World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville, name appeasement be damned. The Pick: Florida 35 Georgia 17
Jerry – Georgia in a big game. That is all. The Pick: Florida 34 Georgia 10

14 Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1 Big XII) @ 3 Kansas State Wildcats (7-0, 4-0 Big XII), 2:30 pm/FOX
M – Everyone loves a good college football story, this game features two with Texas Tech and K-State meeting in the Little Apple. Optimus Klein against Seth Doege is as good a QB match-up as you’ll find this weekend but the home team plays better D. The Pick: Kansas State 24 Texas Tech 13
J –  Texas Tech has proved in recent weeks that it can score points against both offensive (West Virginia) and defensive (TCU) powers but they haven’t faced a team as complete as the ‘Cats. The Red Raiders will acquit themselves but that’s about it. The Pick: Kansas State 35 Texas Tech 27

Kent State Golden Flashes (6-1, 4-0 MAC) @ 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-0, 4-0 Big East), 2:30 pm/ESPN3
M – Rutgers is still unbeaten under first year head coach Kyle Flood but this will be a tough test for his Scarlet Knights. The Flashes will bring their impressive offense to Piscataway but I feel Rutgers remains unbeaten. The Pick: Rutgers 42 Kent State 35
J – Darrell Hazell’s group will look to follow Toledo’s example from last week but tough to see the Golden Flashes coming out of Piscataway with the win. The Pick: Rutgers 27 Kent State 13

5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0) @ 8 Oklahoma Sooners (5-1, 3-1 Big XII), 7 pm/ABC
M – Oklahoma is 1-8 all-time against the Golden Domers and handed Bob Stoops his first loss at OU in 1999 plus hasn’t lost two home games in a season. The Sooners haven’t seen a defense like Notre Dame but have the Irish seen an offense like they will on Saturday night? No, sure ND has played v. Navy (Dublin, Ireland), Purdue, @Michigan State, Michigan, v. Miami (FL) (Chicago, Illinois), Stanford and BYU but this will be too much. The Pick: Oklahoma 17 Notre Dame 10
J – Let’s say Oklahoma goes up 14-0 in the first quarter in front of a crazy home crowd in Norman, do you trust Tomrett Reeson to bring the Irish back? Yeah, didn’t think so. The Pick: Oklahoma 30 Notre Dame 7

11 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0 SEC) @ 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC), 7:30 pm/ESPN
M – I think Mississippi State can hang for a half or so but I’d feel better if this one were in Starkvegas than Tuscaloosa for the ‘Dawgs. Miss. State has a mirage of a record so we’ll see how they stack up against the Crimson Tide. At the end of the day ‘Bama will roll to win number eight with a bigger game next week. The Pick: Alabama 38 Mississippi State 21
J – The Bulldogs’ toughest opponent to date is Tennessee. This one might be a little tougher. The Pick: Alabama 37 Mississippi State 17

Mike’s Games (B1G/Pac-12)

Iowa Hawkeyes (4-3, 2-1 B1G) @ Northwestern Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 B1G), 11 am/ESPN
Both teams are coming off home losses the Wildcats to Nebraska, Iowa to Penn State so this game has huge Legends division implications. Northwestern is done in the hunt with a loss while the one loss Hawkeyes controls their destiny but must continue to win. The Pick: Northwestern 24 Iowa 21

UCLA Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) @ Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12), 2 pm/FX
Interesting story line here, former ASU offensive coordinator is on the UCLA sideline so he’ll be helpful in film study. However, I expect the Sun Devils to bounce back after being demolished by Oregon last Thursday night. The Pick: Arizona State 27 UCLA 17

Michigan State Spartans (4-4, 1-3 B1G) @ Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, 3-1 B1G), 2:30 pm/ABC or ESPN2
This is the third time these two have seen each other in the last year who could forget those meetings Michigan State wins on a hail Mary but Wisconsin winning the rematch in the first B1G championship game. These teams are different from a season ago but I’m taking the Badgers at home. The Pick: Wisconsin 17 Michigan State 13

Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 B1G) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-0 B1G), 4:30 pm/ESPN
Ineligible/Probation Bowl or whatever you’d like to call it on full display in Happy Valley, interesting nugget on whose been the head coaches in the last three meeting Joe Paterno v. Jim Tressel, Tom Bradley v. Luke Fickell and Saturday it will be Urban Meyer v. O’Brien. While PSU is prepping for Braxton Miller how much he plays is in jeopardy which favors the Nittany Lions I feel. The Pick: Penn State 20 Ohio State 17

22 Michigan Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 B1G) @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1 B1G), 7 pm/ESPN2
Here is why this game is huge in Lincoln the winner has the inside track to win the Legends division. Denard Robinson against Taylor Martinez will be fun to watch as well but will revenge by on the Minds of the Huskers after last season? Michigan won 45-17 against Nebraska last season in Ann Arbor and their two losses this season have been to unbeaten Alabama in Arlington and at Notre Dame. The Pick: Nebraska 27 Michigan 20

Jerry’s Games (ACC/SEC)

Mississippi Rebels (4-3, 1-2 SEC) @ Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2 SEC), 11:21 am/SEC Network
I feel like Hugh Freeze has Ole MIss playing better than their record would have you believe, and with a win here, 5-3 for the Rebs is quite an accomplishment. The Pick: Ole Miss 28 Arkansas 16

North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1 ACC) @ North Carolina Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2 ACC), 11:30 am/ESPN3
Coinflip game here, normally I’d take the home team but the Wolfpack have the better signature win this season. The Pick: North Carolina State 27 North Carolina 24

BYU Cougars (4-4) @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-4, 2-3 ACC), 2 pm/ESPN3
The Ramblin’ Wreck have played ugly this year but the Cougars can WIN ugly (and with a few breaks would be much better than 4-4). The Pick: BYU 20 Georgia Tech 10

Duke Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1 ACC) @ 12 Florida State Seminoles (7-1, 4-1 ACC), 2:30 pm/ESPNU
The Seminoles weathered an early storm in Miami last week to win by 13, but if they think they can play like that against the Blue Devils and get away with it, they’ll be sweating for their 8th win of the year. On the plus side, the officiating should be miles better than the NBA-like crew in Miami last week (I hope). The Pick: Florida State 34 Duke 21

20 Texas A&M Aggies (5-2, 2-2 SEC) @ Auburn Tigers (1-6, 0-5 SEC), 6 pm/ESPNU
Is it low-hanging fruit to have Auburn here? Yeah, but Mike has Indiana AND Colorado to pick from. The Pick: Texas A&M 48 Auburn 17

Rankings are from BcS Standings

Last Week: Jerry (4-6), Mike (7-3)
Season Total: Jerry (54-27), Mike (52-29)

Last Week’s Results

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