last week, going 4-1 after that disastrous Week 2. A six-pack
of picks is lined up for this coming Saturday, September 20...the
most we have utilized thus far. Word to the wise: some of
these would be better left alone, but for the purposes of
having fun...line 'em up.
competition this week is tight. It doesn't get any better
than the LSU/Georgia and Florida/Tennessee tussles. These
are "Statement Games" for both squads. We are very
interested in seeing just how good this LSU team is
with Head Coach Nick Saban reeling in monstrous recruiting
classes the last few years. These recruits are now hitting
the depth charts and Georgia is still riddled with
can beat Tennessee by more than a field goal, the media
(including NationalChamps.net) will have to send their preseason
apologies out to Gainesville and Ron Zook. Most prognosticators
honestly felt the Gators were in for a long season while Tennessee
and Casey Clausen were getting set for a Top 10 run.
Tech showed us all last week versus Florida State; the
17-3 Auburn win was far from being a fluke. Freshman QB Reggie
Ball looks tremendous for such a youngster and has superb
mobility to go with a strong passing touch. Clemson
is still struggling and will continue to struggle as Head
Coach Tommy Bowden finishes up his last season with the Tigers
as predicted by NationalChamps.net back in the summer. The
game is in Atlanta by the way.
Tech visiting Raleigh and NC State is very interesting.
We are not too sure this is a good pick, but for interesting
purposes the Red Raiders are sort of marching into Carter-Finley
Stadium on a 2-0 offensive roll and will face a Wolfpack defense
that has been a huge Achilles Heel so far through three games.
Recall this game went to overtime early last fall in Lubbock.
The Philip Rivers Show will likely take over the prime time
slot as the Kliff Kingsbury...or excuse us...the B.J. Symons
Show takes a back seat. Rivers continues his Heisman roll
with a sub .500 team...but by less then a touch down due to
a lacking defense. Can anyone foresee 47-44? I'll keep an
eye on this one to see if the spread can get back up to seven
again...just in case of overtime.
Mexico was set for a Dark Horse season after making an
appearance in last season's Las Vegas Bowl and then returning
18 starters for 2003. MWC Freshman of the Year RB Dontrell
Moore has been hobbling around on a sore ankle but looks to
take the field versus the Cougars. Washington State should
win this one, but 16.5 points were too much to pass up for
a very descent Lobo squad (just read our 2003 Preview). This
is almost a "must-win" non-conference game for New
Mexico if they desire to go bowling in the post-season again.
in the Carrier Dome is another one that scares us. Why? Did
I mention it was in the Carrier Dome? UCF pulled this one
out last year in one of our "Picks Of The Week"
down in Orlando. The passing of Ryan Schneider could be dangerous
for a weakened Orangemen secondary that has given up over
300 yards average per game thus far. Syracuse and Coach
Paul Pasqualoni needs this home win bad.