16 September 2012

2012 College Football Picks: Week 4

The biggest game in the ACC all season is on Saturday night when the Clemson Tigers head down to Doak Campbell to take on the Florida State. In my opinion, both are the elite teams in the conference and whoever wins will have the inside track to get to Charlotte and the ACC Championship Game. The explosive Tigers offense and the physical 'Noles' defense. An improving Clemson defense and a balanced FSU attack. Who will come out on top? Here are my week four selections.

AP Rankings

Wednesday, September 19th
Kent State vs. Buffalo (ESPNU, 7:00)
Pick: Buffalo

Thursday, September 20th
BYU vs. (24) Boise State (ESPN, 9:00)
The Cougars are coming off a tight loss to Utah and it is really hard to go up to Bronco Stadium and win.
Pick: Boise State

Friday, September 21st
Baylor vs. Louisiana-Monroe (ESPN, 8:00)
These Warhawks are damn pesky but can they either pull off an upset or come close again? I'm feeling more of the latter, since I really like this Baylor offense.
Pick: Baylor

Saturday, September 22nd
Virginia vs. (17) TCU (ESPN, 12:00)
The Cavs were a disaster last week against Georgia Tech while TCU struggled to put away Kansas. That Georgia Tech debacle was just too disconcerting, quite frankly.
Pick: TCU

UTEP vs. Wisconsin (ESPN2, 12:00)
Wisconsin has been so disappointing this year, I do not have a huge amount of confidence that they could win this game comfortably at all.
Pick: Wisconsin

Bowling Green vs. Virginia Tech (ESPNU, 12:00)
Pick: Virginia Tech

Maryland vs. (8) West Virginia (FX, 12:00)
Pick: West Virginia

Ole Miss vs. Tulane (FSN, 12:00)
Pick: Ole Miss

UAB vs. (16) Ohio State (BTN, 12:00)
Pick: Ohio State

Central Michigan vs. Iowa (BTN, 12:00)
Pick: Iowa

Kentucky vs. (14) Florida (SEC Network, 12:00)
Pick: Florida

UMass vs. Miami (OH) (ESPN+, 12:00)
Pick: Miami (OH)

Army vs. Wake Forest (ACC Network, 12:30)
Pick: Army

Norfolk State vs. Ohio (ESPN3, 2:00)
Pick: Ohio

UConn vs. Western Michigan (ESPN3, 2:00)
Pick: Western Michigan

Miami (FL) vs. Georgia Tech (ACC Network, 3:00)
Pick: Georgia Tech

Missouri vs. (7) South Carolina (CBS, 3:30)
Do not have a lot of Faith (in Haith) in Mizzou. They were a mess against Georgia and came close to choking against Arizona State. If James Franklin is back, they'll have a chance but that is all.
Pick: South Carolina

Oregon State vs. (19) UCLA (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30)
The Bruins better watch out, because I think this Beavers team is better than I had thought in pre-season.
Pick: UCLA

Temple vs. Penn State (ABC, ESPN2, 3:30)
Temple is too sloppy and Penn State is coming off a great win against a bad Navy club. But why is this an ABC game?
Pick: Penn State

East Carolina vs. UNC (ESPNU, 3:30)
Pick: UNC

VMI vs. Navy (CBS Sports Network, 3:30)
Pick: Navy

Eastern Michigan vs. (21) Michigan State (BTN, 3:30)
Pick: Michigan State

South Dakota vs. Northwestern (BTN, 3:30)
Pick: Northwestern

Idaho State vs. (25) Nebraska (BTN, 3:30)
Pick: Nebraska

Marshall vs. Rice (CSS, 3:30)
Pick: Marshall

Gardner-Webb vs. Pittsburgh (ESPN3, 3:30)
Pick: Pittsburgh

Kansas vs. Northern Illinois (ESPN3, 3:30)
Pick: Kansas

Colorado vs. Washington State (FX, 4:00)
The Buffs are just an embarrassment to America.
Pick: Washington State

USF vs. Ball State (ESPN+, 4:30)
Pick: USF

FAU vs. (1) Alabama (Crimson Tide PPV, 5:00)
Pick: Alabama

Wyoming vs. Idaho (ESPN3, 5:00)
I will be in attendance at the Kibbie Dome, should be fun.
Pick: Wyoming

Cal vs. (13) USC (Pac-12 Network, 6:00)
The Trojans have been inconsistent that last two weeks but I have confidence they will get it together.
Pick: USC

Memphis vs. Duke (ESPN3, 6:00)
Pick: Duke

Citadel vs. NC State (ESPN3, 6:00)
Pick: NC State

(2) LSU vs. Auburn (ESPN, 7:00)
I have not seen enough consistency from Auburn this season on offense to think they could move the rock against this fantastic LSU defense.
Pick: LSU

Rutgers vs. Arkansas (ESPNU, 7:00)
Pick: Arkansas

South Carolina State vs. Texas A&M (FSN, 7:00)
Pick: Texas A&M

Utah State vs. Colorado State (KTVD, 7:00)
Pick: Utah State

South Alabama vs. (23) Mississippi State (Bulldog Sports, 7:00)
Pick: Mississippi State

Troy vs. North Texas (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: North Texas

Coastal Carolina vs. Toledo (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: Toledo

Alcorn State vs. Arkansas State (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: Arkansas State

(15) Kansas State vs. (6) Oklahoma (FOX, 7:30)
Once I made the prediction of Oklahoma in the championship game I knew I would regret it. I am a believer in Collin Klein, I think he has made the strides necessary as a passer and I think the Wildcats will pull the upset in Norman.
Pick: Kansas State

(18) Michigan vs. (11) Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30)
Pretty surprised that the Fighting Irish played as well as they did on defense Saturday night in East Lansing and I think they can do it again at home against the Wolverines. The key here is that Everett Golson has to play better this week.
Pick: Notre Dame

Akron vs. Tennessee (CSS, 7:30)
Pick: Tennessee

Vanderbilt vs. (5) Georgia (ESPN2, 7:45)
I thought about putting the Commodores in an upset here but I just do not think they have the horses the Bulldogs have.
Pick: Georgia

(10) Clemson vs. (4) Florida State (ABC, 8:00)
This game will decide the conference, in my opinion. I had the Tigers winning this game before the season and while I have been pleasantly surprised with Clemson's defense, I think the Noles are so good on defense, they can slow down Tajh Boyd and friends.
Pick: Florida State

Fresno State vs. Tulane (CBS Sports Network, 8:00)
Pick: Fresno State

Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (BTN, 8:00)
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Syracuse vs. Minnesota (BTN, 8:00)
Pick: Minnesota

New Mexico vs. New Mexico State (Aggie Vision, 8:00)
Pick: New Mexico State

Utah vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 Network, 10:00)
Pick: Utah

Air Force vs. UNLV (Altitude Sports Network, 10:00)
Pick: Air Force

(22) Arizona vs. (3) Oregon (ESPN, 10:30)
Arizona is getting there but certainly do not have the speed yet that Oregon has.
Pick: Oregon

Nevada vs. Hawai'i (NBC Sports Network, 10:30)
Pick: Nevada

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