Friday Night Predictions

Well, Oklahoma was in a dogfight for a while at Tulsa, falling behind 7-0 early and throwing an interception inside Tulsa’s 10-yard line but it appears now that the Sooners have finally taken command of the game, with a 35-14 late 2nd quarter lead.  The game’s on ESPN2 in case you’re interested.

As always, the odds on the Top 25 games are taken from Yahoo.com.

UNC (+13.5) at #23 South Florida  –  Two weeks removed from a win over Auburn (which looks less impressive now that Auburn lost to Mississippi State), the Bulls look to continue their ascent into the Top 25 with a win over a well-coached UNC squad.  Look for that vaunted South Florida defense to pressure UNC’s frosh QB T.J. Yates into making mistakes and giving him a day to forget.  I’m taking South Florida and the points, 31-13

#3 Florida (-23.0) at Ole Miss –  The Tim Tebow Travelling Circus comes to Oxford and looks to put on a dazzling display of offensive fireworks.   While Florida has not won a game in the state of Mississippi since the mid-90’s, the only thing standing in their way this Saturday is Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron’s arsenal of Hummers.

I’m taking Florida and the points, 38-10.

#12 South Carolina (+16.5) at #2 LSU –  Given how dominant LSU has looked this year, one may be tempted to take the Tigers plus the points.  I’m not falling down that trap door, Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks have already been victorious in one defensive struggle in a 16-12 win over Georgia a couple weeks ago and they will be prepared for another slugfest in Baton Rouge.  Unfortunately for the Ol’ Ball Coach, who sports an 11-1 lifetime record against LSU, he doesn’t quite have the horses that he had at Florida (where he was coach the last time he faced LSU).  The ‘Cocks will beat the spread but LSU wins this one, 17-10.

Iowa (+7.5) at #9 Wisconsin –  Normally I would say take Wisky and the points but their “D” has been very suspect as of late (see Exhibit A: Last week’s game against The Citadel) and that could allow Iowa to keep this one close.  Make no mistake about it though, the Hawkeyes just are not that good right now (Exhibit B:  Last week’s debacle at Iowa State).  Wisconsin 35-28

Washington State (+25.0) at #1 USC – QB Alex Brink at the Washington State offense are pretty good…too bad their defense is not.  USC “fights on” and covers the spread with a 45-17 victory.

#10 Penn State (-3.0) at Michigan –  I’m not going to crack like Run Up The Score did earlier this week and change my tune, even though it’s been announced that Mallett’s starting at QB for Michigan.  I’ll believe it when I see it…  Michigan, 24-21.

HHV has seen too many instances of this scenario to be confident of a win tomorrow.

Last but not least…

Michigan State (-12.5) at Notre Dame –  All week long, the talk on ESPN has been about whether this will be ND’s last chance at a win before November.  I’m going to make a bold prediction here and say that this Saturday will be ND’s first…offensive touchdown of the season.  Michigan State 24-10.

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