22 September 2013

2013 College Football Predictions: Week 5

Quarterback Bo Wallace and the Rebels of Mississippi have looked very strong to kick off 2013 as they sit at 3-0 and look like a prime team to be a sleeper in the SEC. But they have themselves a monster of a match this week as they head down by the Black Warrior River to take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Texas A&M made their bones last year by upsetting the Tide on the road, can the Rebels do the same? Here are my week five picks.

Thursday, September 26th
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech - ESPN, 7:30
It never seems to be pretty with the Hokies but they are strong enough defensively to give the Yellow Jackets some headaches.
Pick: Virginia Tech

Iowa State vs. Tulsa - Fox Sports 1, 7:30
The Cyclones have been close but no cigar. They will get one this week on the road.
Pick: Iowa State

Friday, September 27th
Utah State vs. San Jose State - ESPN, 9:00
A fine matchup out west, but with how good Chuckie Keaton is playing, the Aggies are in good shape.
Pick: Utah State

Middle Tennessee vs. BYU - ESPNU, 9:00
Pick: BYU

Saturday, September 28th
#11 Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia - ESPN, 12:00
The Mountaineers just got demolished by Maryland, 37-0. That's not a good sign at all.
Pick: Oklahoma State

#12 South Carolina vs. UCF - ABC, 12:00
UCF is a good club but even at home, this will be a tough one.
Pick: South Carolina

SMU vs. TCU - Fox Sports 1, 12:00

#15 Miami (FL) vs. USF - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Miami (FL)

Northern Illinois vs. Purdue - ESPN2, 12:00
Purdue really looked awful against the Badgers and thus they better be on edge this week against a good NIU club.
Pick: Northern Illinois

Miami (OH) vs. Illinois - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Illinois

South Alabama vs. Tennessee - SEC TV, 12:00
Pick: Tennessee

East Carolina vs. North Carolina - ACC Network (OTA), 12:30
Pick: North Carolina

Virginia vs. Pittsburgh - ACC Network (RSN), 12:30
Holy smokes, was Pitt involved in a thriller against Duke or what (58-55 final). This should be another good one, and a key one if both want to go bowling, but the Panthers are coming alive offensively.
Pick: Pittsburgh

Navy vs. Western Kentucky - ESPNEWS, 2:00
Goodness, the Middies have been piling up the points and that should continue.
Pick: Navy

Akron vs. Bowling Green - ESPN3, 2:30
Pick: Bowling Green

Colorado vs. Oregon State - Pac-12 Network, 3:00
Pick: Oregon State

Troy vs. Duke - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Duke

Toledo vs. Ball State - ESPN3, 3:00
A key matchup in the West division of the MAC, I am a little concerned with the inconsistent quarterback play for Toledo. Give me Ball State at home.
Pick: Ball State

#6 LSU vs. #9 Georgia - CBS, 3:30
A fine SEC matchup is always appreciated in my book but I am not sold with Georgia's defense to slow down a rejuvenated Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers will be stiff defensively and I like them on the road.
Pick: LSU

#14 Oklahoma vs. #22 Notre Dame - NBC, 3:30
This should be a fun one in South Bend but what concerns me is how inconsistent the Fighting Irish have been on offense. If Blake Bell looks 75% as good as he did against Tulsa, Sooner Schooner is in good shape.
Pick: Oklahoma

#8 Florida State vs. Boston College - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
If the Eagles can slow down Jameis Winston, they deserve a medal of some sort.
Pick: Florida State

Iowa vs. Minnesota - ABC/ESPN2
This Golden Gophers squad is legitimate while I still have some doubts with the Hawkeyes. Home squad wins.
Pick: Minnesota

Wake Forest vs. #3 Clemson - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Clemson

Central Michigan vs. N.C. State - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: N.C. State

UTEP vs. Colorado State - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Colorado State

UConn vs. Buffalo - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: UConn

Army vs. Louisiana Tech (Dallas) - Fox Sports 1, 4:00
Hey, we love the Cotton Bowl.
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Houston vs. UTSA - FSN, 4:00
Pick: Houston

Temple vs. Idaho - Altitude, 4:00
Pick: Temple

#21 Ole Miss vs. #1 Alabama - ESPN, 7:00
Do I think the Rebels are capable of going into Tuscaloosa and pulling off a nice upset? I do actually and Bo Wallace should get opportunities to put up a lot of yards in the air. It should be a good game, but I still have to go with Bama.
Pick: Alabama

#10Texas A&M vs. Arkansas - ESPN2, 7:00
The Razorbacks are a good club, just coming up shy at Rutgers, but they don't have the firepower to duel with Johnny Manziel and his friends.
Pick: Texas A&M

Arizona vs. #16 Washington - Fox, 7:00
Couple of 3-0 clubs looking to make serious waves in the Pac-12, while I like the Wildcats, it's pretty tough to win on the road in Seattle when the Huskies are playing pretty well.
Pick: Washington

#20 Florida vs. Kentucky - ESPNU, 7:00
Jeff Driskel is a bad injury loss for the Gators, but the Wildcats are not there yet at all.
Pick: Florida

Wyoming vs. Texas State - Longhorn Network, 7:00
Pick: Wyoming

FAU vs. Rice - FCS, 7:00
Pick: Rice

Tulane vs. Louisiana-Monroe - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Louisiana-Monroe

Kent State vs. Western Michigan - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Kent State

UAB vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network (FSN) 7:30
Pick: Vanderbilt

Arkansas State vs. Missouri - SEC Network (CSS), 7:30
Pick: Missouri

Air Force vs. Nevada - CBS Sports Network, 8:00
Pick: Nevada

UNLV vs. New Mexico - Root Sports, 8:00
Pick: New Mexico

#23 Wisconsin vs. #4 Ohio State - ABC, 8:00
Wisconsin probably should be undefeated, but you don't play that game in college football. They will be the Buckeyes' first real test in 2013 but it seems no matter who Ohio State throws out at quarterback, they look like stars.
Pick: Ohio State

San Diego State vs. New Mexico State - Aggie Vision, 8:00
Pick: San Diego State

#5 Stanford vs. Washington State (Seattle) - ESPN, 10:00
Mike Leach and his clubs are always game but this Stanford club is rolling all over the field.
Pick: Stanford

Southern Miss vs. Boise State - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Boise State

USC vs. Arizona State - ESPN2, 10:30
Arizona State didn't look great in a loss to Stanford but USC wasn't all that impressive in a narrow home win over Utah State. Give me the Sun Devils in the desert.
Pick: Arizona State

Cal vs. #2 Oregon - Pac-12 Network, 10:30
Pick: Oregon

#25 Fresno State vs. Hawaii - KSEE/Oceanic Pay-Per-View, 11:59
Pick: Fresno State

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