WalterFootball.com 10-Year Anniversary Content: <br> Week 10 College Football Picks
By NCAA Dan
This is part of the WalterFootball.com 10-Year Anniversary Content. NCAA Dan was a writer for this Web site from 2001 to 2003. He used to post picks for tons of college football games every week and submit other miscellaneous football articles. NCAA Dan is now recently married and works as a geographer in Maryland.
Week 10 College Football Picks
Northwestern at Iowa (-16.5): The Hawkeyes are the 2009 edition of the Cardiac Kids, but they just keep managing to win every week. I don't think this game should come down to the final possession, but Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Wildcats have a lot of fight in them. They were leading Penn State at halftime a week ago in Evanston, and hung with the Nittany Lions until the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes defense should propel them to victory here, but I think Northwestern can keep it close against Iowa for a while. Prediction: Iowa 27, Northwestern 16.
Oregon at Stanford (+7): My logic for the USC-Oregon game last week was dead on, yet I did not have the guts to make the logical pick. Oregon removed all doubt last Saturday that the Ducks are clearly the class of the Pac 10. It is possible Oregon could have a bit of a letdown after such an emotional win against USC, but I look for them to carry their momentum from last week straight into Palo Alto. I cannot see the Cardinal having an answer to the Ducks powerful rushing attack. Prediction: Oregon 30, Stanford 14.
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech (-16): The Yellow Jackets have surprised a lot of people this year with their success in the ACC. I believe the Deacons can keep this game closer than expected, even in Atlanta. Sixteen is too many points for me. Prediction: Georgia Tech 31, Wake Forest 24.
Ohio State at Penn State (-4): The series between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes has become pretty competitive in recent years. Last season Penn State went into Columbus and knocked off Ohio State in a defensive slugfest. Penn State was able to force Terrelle Pryor into making mistakes, which I think they will be able to do again in Happy Valley this year.
The Buckeyes have rebounded nicely after a disappointing loss against Purdue a few weeks back, but this week they face a much tougher opponent in Penn State. I expect a very similar game to last year; Jim Tressel's defense will make it difficult for Penn State to run the football. Daryll Clark will have to move the chains with the passing game, which I expect him to succeed in doing enough for Penn State to win. But it will not be easy, and it will not be Clark's prettiest game on the stat sheet. Penn State's victories against Ohio State in recent years have all been really tight games, and you can expect this one to follow that script as well. Prediction: Penn State 20, Ohio State 13.
LSU at Alabama (-7.5): The Crimson Tide have been licking their chops for this matchup against Alabama for a couple of weeks now, by virtue of having a bye last weekend. LSU has played pretty well, with the exception of their loss in Baton Rouge against Florida several weeks ago. Even with the bye week, I have not been terribly impressed with Bama's offense. Surely Nick Saban used the extra week to prepare for LSU, but I am not sure 'Bama can score enough to win this game, let alone blow LSU out. I think this game will be very competitive, and a turnover one way or the other may well make the difference. I think this game has the chance to be an upset though, and I am taking LSU in a hard-fought, mostly defensive struggle. Prediction: LSU 16, Alabama 13.
Florida State at Clemson (-8.5): The Tigers seemed to turn their season after losing to Maryland a few weeks ago. Florida State continues an up-and-down year for Coach Bowden, but winning this game in Clemson would be huge for the Seminoles. Clemson seems to have had Florida State's number in recent years and I think the Tigers will win this one, at home. But I look for a very close game that comes right down to the wire, and Clemson edging out a victory. Prediction: Clemson 24, Florida State 21.
Oklahoma at Nebraska (+6): Since the injury to Sam Bradford in the Red River Shootout, the Sooners have been involved in all close games. I see no reason to believe this contest in Lincoln will be any different, but I still feel Oklahoma has enough to beat Nebraska. Prediction: Oklahoma 24, Nebraska 17.
Connecticut at Cincinnati (-16.5): The UConn football team has been playing with a sense of purpose the last couple weeks for their fallen teammate, Jasper Howard. The Huskies have lost their past two games, but both were by the score of 28-24. I look for UConn to give the undefeated Bearcats a pretty good battle on Saturday night in Cincinnati, but the Bearcats to remain unbeaten when this one is all said and done. Prediction: Cincinnati 27, UConn 20.
USC at Arizona State (+10): I cannot remember the last time a Pete Carroll-coached Trojan team was licking their wounds after a game, but that is the case this week, as the Trojans just got waxed in Eugene last Saturday night. Oregon simply ran wild on the Trojan defense. Meanwhile, Arizona State is coming off a hard-fought and close loss against Cal for homecoming last week. Look for the Trojans to bounce back nicely in Tempe this weekend. Prediction: USC 34, Arizona State 17.
Wisconsin at Indiana (+10.5): For three quarters last week it appeared the Hoosier football team was going to pull of quite a stunner against Iowa last weekend. In the end, order was restored and Iowa won the game by 18 points. Indiana will not sneak up on the Badgers this week; Wisconsin is too fundamentally sound on defense and will pound Indiana with a strong running attack. Wisconsin rolled over Purdue last weekend and they will do the same this weekend in Bloomington. Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Indiana 13.