As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.
- Illinois @ Michigan (ESPN): I was all set to instinctively pick Michigan but then I remembered that Michigan just lost to a not-very-good Penn State and that Illinois is 3-2 in the Big Ten to Michiganâ€™s 1-3. So, uh, yeah.
- Maryland @ Miami (ESPNU): Meanwhile, yes, I know Maryland is 3-1 and 6-2 overall and that Miami is missing Jacory Harris. Nonetheless, Maryland has had trouble scoring against teams that arenâ€™t â€œMorgan Stateâ€ or â€œWake Forsetâ€ so I still like the Canes here. Iâ€™m not terribly confident about it though.
- Air Force @ Army (CBSCS): Armyâ€™s better this year, but Air Force remains the obvious choice. A win here clinches their first Commander-in-Chiefâ€™s trophy since 2002, which is also the last time someone other than Navy won it.
- Wisconsin @ Purdue (BTN): Wisconsin.
- Florida @ Vanderbilt (SEC): Florida.
- North Carolina State @ Clemson (ACC): So after a potentially season-defining win over their biggest ACC rival (us), Clemson went out and lost to the worst offense in the conference 16-10. Screw them. I hope NCSU beats them by like 5 touchdowns. Theyâ€™re also missing Andre Ellington, so they may do well to score more than 10 points, which is somehow all they scored against Boston College.
12:30: Baylor @ Oklahoma State (FSN): The winner of this game will help simplify the Big 12 South race, as each of them then end their seasons against the Southâ€™s other 1-loss team, Oklahoma. Of course, OSU is one of, if not the best, teams that Baylor has played since TCU. With the slight homefield edge, I have to give the edge to OSU.
- Texas Christian @ Utah (CBSCS): I am listing this game first. First off, until the Iron Bowl, it is likely to be the only matchup of two top-5 teams this season. Secondly, it deserves your attention for the all reasons spelled out by someone more coherent than I am right now. If you have Time Warner, Charter, or Dish youâ€™ll even be getting CBS College Sports for free. I know Iâ€™ll be watching. That said, I also really like TCUâ€™s chances to prevail. Theyâ€™ve faced tougher opposition than Utah, and in addition to the pummelling they hand out on offense they also play defense of a caliber Utah hasnâ€™t seen all season.
- Alabama @ Louisiana State (CBS): This is the game most of you will be watching. However, without the Baton Rouge night game mojo, Iâ€™m not sure Les Miles and his hat can prevail over Nick Saban and co. Bama should win.
- Washington @ Oregon (ABC/ESPN2): The ABC and ESPN2 coverage maps are somewhat complicated this week, so Iâ€™ve linked them. At any rate, much like water on an actual duck, Oregon should roll.
- Northwestern @ Pennsylvania State (ABC/ESPN2): Picking Penn State after they beat two of the worse outfits in the Big Ten by 10 points? Sure, why not.
- Nebraska @ Iowa State (ABC): Nebraska, unless they manage to commit nine turnovers again. (I still canâ€™t figure out how that happened last year.)
- North Carolina @ Florida State (ABC): I suspect the ACC Chaos Machine will actually ensure that UNC wins this somehow, but in reality FSU should have this one. I think I said that last week, too. (Last weekend was a prime example of why every column starts with â€œall predictions wrongâ€. Itâ€™s not just a slogan, sometimes, itâ€™s a way of life.)
- Hawaii @ Boise State (ESPNU): Boise might only beat Hawaii by 20 instead of the customary 30 or 40. Either way, the only way theyâ€™re getting back to 3rd in the BCS is if Utah wins, and even then, maybe.
- Arkansas @ South Carolina (ESPN): The Visor remains the last, best hope for a team with less than 3-losses to win the SEC East. I think they can manage it and face Florida next weekend for the SEC East title.
- Oklahoma @ Texas Agricultural and Mechanical (FSN): How is TAMU 5-3 and you ask? Well, letâ€™s review those five wins: Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, Kansas, and Texas Tech. Assuming Texas â€œgets its **** mind riteâ€, as they might say in Coral Gables, TAMU could well finish 5-7. Theyâ€™ll at least go to 5-4 here.
- Oregon State @ California-Los Angeles (Versus): UCLA managed to lose to Arizona by a respectable one-score margin. It may be respectable, but they should probably lose to the Beavers too.
- Louisiana-Lafayette @ Mississippi (ESPNU): Well, um, huh. This game is on TV. Well then. Ole Miss.
- Arizona @ Stanford (ABC): Stanford is the best top-15 team youâ€™re not hearing anything about. Then again, thatâ€™s probably because other than their single loss to Oregon, they havenâ€™t really played anyone and their best victory to date is probably a 2-point squeaker over USC at home. Arizona meanwhile at least managed to beat Iowa though they also lost to Oregon State. Nonetheless, itâ€™s hard not to like the numbers Stanfordâ€™s offense puts up that would look even more ridiculous if they didnâ€™t share a conference with Oregon. Iâ€™ll take the Cardinal.
- Missouri @ Texas Tech (ABC): Texas Tech has the ultimate 6-6 schedule. They will contribute further to that by losing to Mizzou, who made me look terrible last weekend but oh well. See my earlier disclaimer in the UNC-FSU game.
- Texas @ Kansas State (ESPN2): By all rights, Texas should win this game. Kansas State isnâ€™t particularly good or anything and their high flying offense lost with a relatively low-key 14 points to Oklahoma State. And hell, perhaps being in Manhattan will help with them with the Iowa State (?!) and Baylor (!!!) loses being in Austin. I donâ€™t know anymore. Iâ€™m picking Texas out habit, shock, and disbelief, not out of logic and reason.
- Tennessee @ Memphis (CBSCS): Tennessee helps boost Memphisâ€™s home attendance numbers and gets a win in the process. Everybody wins! Well, except for the Memphis football team, but only in terms of literal wins and losses.
10:30: Arizona State @ Southern Cal (FSN): For those of you on the East Coast, this game may have two 1 AMs for you! For everyone else, it should be a classic high flyinâ€™ Pac-10 late night shootout and a good way to wrap up the day. Well, unless youâ€™re unlike me and have better things to do on Saturday nights. Either way, ASU should probably win.