I didn’t quite have enough material to put up for a true “Thirsty Thursday” segment, however I did an amusing story involving a favorite children’s toy and ecstasy
With that being said: On to my predictions. As always, the lines are provided by Yahoo’s College Pick ‘Em unless specified otherwise.
THE SATURDAY MORNING HANGOVER HELPERS
#13 West Virginia(-26.0) at Syracuse – WVU’s offense was held in check last week by South Florida (who are looking like the clear-cut favorite to win the Big East at this point) and on top of that, Pat White’s status is still uncertain after he went out halfway through the USF game last week with a bruised thigh. It doesn’t matter though, because unless Syracuse’s offense goes up against a Louisville-caliber defense, they flat-out blow. Nonetheless, I have a hard time seeing WVU covering the spread as they may still be reeling from last week. WVU 38-14
Kansas (+3.0) at #24 Kansas State – Jayhawk fans aren’t necessarily counting down the days to basketball season yet. Not after a 4-0 start in which they have outscored their opponents by a whopping 214-23 margin. Even more impressive are the juggernauts KU has taken to school: Central Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana, Toledo and Florida International. Look out K-State, you guys are next on the list for “Mark Mangino’s Tour of Destruction.” KSU 35-17
#5 Wisconsin (+2.5) at Illinois – I know I’ve touched on this already but seriously, can you recall a time when a team ranked in the Top 5 was an underdog? I sure as hell can’t. The Badgers have been an extremely shaky team that plays exactly at the level of its opponents and tomorrow’s showdown should be no different. The difference here though will be Wisconsin’s far more efficient offense will do better than just 3 points in the red zone. Wisky 38-31
THE AFTERNOON SLATE
#12 Georgia (+1.0) at Tennessee – Phil Fulmer’s hot seat will burn him alive should Tennessee lose this game, and that’s looking highly likely considering how piss-poor the Vols have been defensively (88th against the run, 110th in scoring). UGA 34-21
#10 Oklahoma (-11.0) at #19 Texas (at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX) – The “Hangover Bowl” should favor the Sooners, who have looked more efficient offensively. Not to mention Texas QB Colt McCoy has become the Lonestar State’s Anthony Morelli. I’m taking OU and the points, 31-14
THE NIGHT CAP
#4 Ohio State (-7.0) at #23 Purdue – Look, Purdue has beaten NOBODY. Now that they are finally going up against a legit defense, watch as the Buckeyes make the Purdue offense look very pedestrian. Did I also mention that Purdue still sucks at defense? (68th in the nation). OSU easily covers the spread, 31-14.
#9 Florida (+8.0) at #1 LSU – Saturday night, Tiger Stadium, two Top 10 teams collide. Does it get any better than this? Florida will be up for the challenge and will shock the nation on Saturday night…by covering the spread. LSU 24-20