No. 25 Minnesota at No. 23 Nebraska (-10 Neb)- Both teams are coming off weeks in which they thought they would perform better than they did, losing conference games and solidifying another year without a B1G title. Here's just a guess at the offensive gameplan for the Gophers: run, run, run and run some more. If the Cornhuskers lose in this spot, coach Bo Pelini will be back on the hot seat, despite starting 8-1. Cornhuskers win but the Gophers keep it close.
No. 8 Ole Miss at Arkansas (-3.5 UM)- Everyone's favorite game of the year... The Nutt Bowl. Oh to not be a college football fan and understand what that means. Years from now, the legend of Houston Nutt will live on solely because of these two programs and their yearly get together. Based on some interaction with Rebel fans on this blog and in real life, they don't seem as worried to be down a top-flight receiver (Treadwell) and their leading tackler a year ago -- and world's greatest in-program recruiter-- (Nkemdiche). Both defenses have played well against fellow SEC West foes and will force this game to be a low-scoring affair. Still on an emotional high, and looking to show Uncle Verne and Gary a good time, the Hogs make taking the points the smart move here.
No. 15 Arizona at No. 17 Utah (-4 Utah)- Utah is the epitome of playing to their opponent, having played in three OT games; losing to No. 8 UCLA and USC by only two and three points, respectively, yet losing to Washington State by 1; and if not for a 14-point swing and a few late scores against Oregon playing them more closely than the final score indicates. Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez is auditioning for other jobs at this point, as it seems as if he has taken his program near the height of its capabilities. Utah loses another close one at the paws of the Wildcats.
No. 16 Wisconsin at Iowa (-9.5 UW)- Even with a 10-point spread on this game, the Badgers are overwhelming favorites to dominate on Saturday. Most of this is based on the 408-yard rushing attack my Heisman favorite, Melvin Gordon, handed out last week. Some people have it all: a 4.3 second 40-yard dash, a NCAA record, and a quality name like Melvin. He might only gain another 125 tomorrow as the Hawkeyes will try to put 13 in the box to slow him down. Take Wisconsin in a landslide because Iowa can't figure out how to score.
No. 20 Missouri at Tennessee (-3.5 UT)- The Tigers have played better away from the friendly confines of Columbia and travel once again this week. They have to win their final two games, both conference battles, to win the East outright. After traveling to College Station and winning in the final two minutes and being back on the road this week, the Tigers have their back against the wall. The Vols offense is rolling at the perfect time and may win the game, but not by more than a field goal.
Vanderbilt at No. 4 Mississippi State (-30 MSU)- As if the season couldn't be harder for the Commodores, they get to go on the road for a night game against a team coming off its most meaningful loss in the Dan Mullen era. Drowning their hopeful sorrows in the clanging of cowbells, State defeats the worst team in the conference handedly to keep SEC Championship hopes alive
No. 19 Southern Cal at No. 9 UCLA (-3.5 UCLA)- In what is an overlooked rivalry to Southerners, the Bruins look to fend off the four other ranked opponents within its division and gain control of the Pac-12 South. At home, and with USC down 30 scholarship players because of sanctions, take the Bruins to come on top.
Last week: 4-3, three winning weekends in a row...
Here is the season update on our season long pick off with Razorbloggers.net. It looks like it will come down to the final week to determine the winner.
Arkansas Fight: 49-57-4 (46.2%)
Razorbloggers: 32-39-3 (45.1%)