Okay, so last week we learned that you should take advise from me if you're betting, but I did end up going 3 for 4 in my actual picks, so good for me. This week, we get some more cupcake games this week and a few good ones and one really big game. So, let's take a look at a couple of them.
Central Michigan At Kentucky
Now, Kentucky is an SEC team, but they're not exactly Alabama, so this may not be a slam dunk, it could be a surprise win if Central keeps their heads together and gets some good plays. Central didn't do much to impress anybody last week, but it was a win. Learning curve and all that. I'm not expecting a win, but the score is 10-3 Chippewas as a type this, and I don't want to jinx it. I expect Kentucky to win, but...fingers crossed.
#3 Alabama at #23 Penn State
Alabama has big national championship hopes this year, and this will be the first true test as they travel to Happy Valley. It's also a big test for Penn State, especially if this ends up being Joe Paterno's last year. The team will be fired up every week, and will be looking to get as many wins as possible for the old man. Alabama is stacked though, and just needs to play their game in order to win. Both teams are still trying to figure out who is going to be their quarterback for the year, and that is going to decide which way this game goes. Whichever team gets the better play from QB will win. I have to go with Alabama in this one. Their just too good.
Nevada at #13 Oregon
Will Oregon bounce back from a humiliating defeat last week, or will the sometimes surprisingly good Nevada pull a surprise and get the upset? Uhh, doubtful, but never doubt the pistol offense of Nevada. Still, it's much more likely for Oregon to wake up and start racking up some wins.
Notre Dame at Michigan
This is the big one of the day. The first football game under lights at the Big House. The atmosphere is going to be electrifying and both teams are going to come out fired up. Michigan rolled to an easy win last week, and showed they have a much improved defense. Unfortunately, wunderkind Quarterback Denard "Shoeless" Robinson did not sparkle as he adjusts to new U of M coach Brady Hoke's more pro-style offense. Shoeless had a solid but unremarkable game, and I can only hope that some of that can be chalked up to playing down to a weaker opponent. Also, the game last week was called in the middle of the third quarter, so he didn't get a full games worth of time to build up his stats. Meanwhile, Notre Dame had their own weather issues last week, but their bigger issue was under center as original starting quarterback Dayne Crist laid a big goose egg in the first half, got yelled at by ND head coach Brian Kelly, and set up a quarterback controversy. This week, Kelly is going to go with Tommy Rees under center. But what happens if Rees comes under fire early and can't hold up under the pressure? Will Kelly go back to Crist?
I have total faith in U of M to win tonight. I think the whole team is going to come out on fire. I think the defense is going to go after Rees early and often. I think Robinson is going to have another break out game like he did last year against ND. I will never believe the hype that constantly surrounds Notre Dame and I can't wait to see them lose again. It's going to be a great night in A2 tonight. And this is my STONE COLD LOCK OF THE CENTURY...OF THE WEEK!