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Saturday, November 20, 2010

College Football: Week 12 Pick'em

Last Week's Win/Loss: 7-3
Total Win/Loss since Week 2: 67-33

#6 Wisconsin at Michigan
Alex's pick: Wisconsin
Why: Michigan just cannot play defense. Simply put. But the strong running game of Wisconsin has been behind big left tackle Gabe Carimi, who had a superb month of October against top notch DE's. If Denard Robinson can keep pace with the pounding rushing attack of Wisconsin, we could have ourslelves a shootout. J.J. Watt will need to be disciplined in getting too far upfield, he will have to play a conservative contain against the dual threat Robinson, forcing him to pass. Wisconsin by 18
Troy at #17 South Carolina
Alex's pick: South Carolina
Why: Troy will give SC all they can handle with Jerel Jernigan their speedy wideout, but in all reality this Troy defense is no match for the explosive SC offense. No cornerback for Troy will be able to cover either of SC's big bodied WR's, Tori Gurley and Alshon Jeffrey, both of whom are 6'5. Add in the fact that Troy allowed over 650 yards of offense last week, and this game will and should be a blowout. SC by 28
Illinois vs. Northwestern
Alex's pick: Northwestern
Why: Essentially a home game, Northwestern lost their star quarterback Dan Persa last week with a torn achilles tendon. They will have a freshman start this week, but isn't that how both Mike Kafka's and Dan Persa's careers started? Northwestern's defense is stronger than Illinois' offense and this will be close, low scoring affair. Northwestern by 2
#7 Stanford at Cal
Alex's pick: Stanford
Why: Cal has won 7 of the past 8 matchups, and the previous 4 games; however Stanford is a different team this season. Balanced on offense, and equally dominant on defense, Andrew Luck should get to business here and win Stanford another ball game. Stanford wins a close win much like Oregon did last week; Stanford by 13
#14 Virginia Tech at #24 Miami (FL)
Alex's pick: Miami
Why: The resurgence of the Hurricane running game (185+ypg) as well as their lockdown pass defense, will result in a victory over the now ACC favorites Virginia Tech. Miami by 16
#8 Ohio State at #21 Iowa
Alex's pick: Ohio State
Why: One of the best defenses in college football, OSU will force Ricky Stanzi into turnovers, leading to quick and easy offensive scores. This game is expected to be a good watch, however I see this one getting out of hand quickly. OSU by 24
#13 Arkansas at #23 Mississippi State
Alex's pick: Arkansas
Why: If Mississippi State had any semblance of firepower on offense this could be a close game because of their strong defense. With that said, they do not have any strength on offense, and Ryan Mallet will tear them apart through the air. Arkansas wins in a blowout; ARK by 24
#9 Nebraska at #18 TAMU
Alex's pick: Nebraska
Why: Taylor Martinez is due for another breakout game. Nebraska still only a one-loss team, has the explosiveness on offense to really pound this TAMU defense; the inconsistency on offense, compounded by a young quarterback playing against a stout and experienced defense spells disaster for the Aggies. Nebraska wins by 17
#20 USC at Oregon State
 Alex's pick: Oregon State
Why: Matt Barkley has looked spectacular in recent weeks, however I feel Oregon State will pull the upset. JaQuizz Rodgers runs for over a hundred, and safety Lance Mitchell forces a couple of turnovers against the surging USC Trojan offense. Oregon State  by 6
#25 Utah at San Diego State
Alex's pick: San Diego State
Why: San Diego State scores points in bunches and could jump out to an early lead; they will need to be aggressive on defense and get into qb Jordan Wynn's head, leading to early turnovers in the Utes' passing game. San Diego State by 3


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