I feel like Miguel Cotto getting tossed around like a rag doll by Manny Pacquiao. It was another brutal week and Mikey has just kicked it into overdrive to widen the gap to as big as it's been all year. I wish I had something funny or clever to say, but I'm just totally defeated.
Mattare’s Lock of the Week: Penn State (-3) over Michigan State
Sparty is not a very good team. I know, neither is Penn State, but they’ve got more than enough juice to take care of business in East Lansing.
Maryland +18…I mean I know Maryland is really bad, but Florida State shouldn’t be giving 18 points to anyone right now. The only exception would of course be BYU.
Texas Tech +6.5…Maybe—just MAYBE—if Oklahoma loses enough Bob Stoops will be our coach next year.
Indiana +3…I have met a staggering number of people who have not seen the movie Hoosiers. If you even remotely like sports that’s inexcusable.
Virginia +21…Al Groh is like Jason from the Friday the 13th movies. It seems like he’d dead in the water right now and Virginia boosters can’t be happier, but before you know it he’ll upset Clemson and Tech to save his job and set the process back another year.
Air Force +10…Because I can’t go a week without picking a service academy…and I still vividly remember the whooping the Criminoles gave BYU .
Arizona +6…The ‘Cats got caught looking ahead last week but I really think they give the Ducks a fight tomorrow night.
Texas -27.5…I hope that Texas drives the Jayhawks into the ground for being such sensitive cry babies. Every person who has come out and said Magino “verbally abused them” needs to go to Paris Island and learn how to bury those feelings and be a man.
Kansas State +16.5…Nebraska is good enough to give that many points.
Minnesota +10.5…Iowa stinks.
Mikey's Lock of the Week: Michigan (+12) over Ohio State
Got to love all those points in the biggest rivalry in college football. Michigan's at least talented enough to hang with the Buckeyes and it wouldn't surprise me if they got some calls and beat them outright.
Texas Tech (+5)- Oklahoma is the most inconsistent team in the country week to week. It seems like they only play hard at home to impress their fans and then go into hibernation on the road. I just want to hear Mike Leach's postgame speech either way, he's one of the top 10 comedians i the nation today.
Notre Dame (-6.5)- Yet again no reason to explain picking the Irish, just a glutton for punishment I guess.
TCU (-28)- This is a big line on the road but TCU knows they have to impress every week if they want a shot at the title. I think that motivation (along with Wyoming's terrible team) gives the Frogs the cover.
Indiana (+3.5)- Another Big 10 rivalry game this weekend. IU has got to pull out a win in one of these close games they keep playing and nothing would be more satisfying then closing their season with a win over Purdue.
Texas A&M (-7)- The Aggies can score in bunches, but only against bad defenses. Baylor definitely qualifies as a bad defense.
Fresno St. (-10)- Fresno has a ton of talent on their roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball. I don't think La Tech will stop them all night (unless they bring back Karl Malone to play linebacker) as they have to travel across the country for a conference game.
Oregon (-5)- Both teams have big rivalry games next week so this is a hard one to call. I still like the Ducks alot so I'll give them the edge in this one over a good Arizona team.
Oklahoma St. (-14)- This one will be over by half. Ok St. still has an explosive offense even without Dez Bryant and they'll show it off at home as they roll the Buffs.
South Florida (-10.5)- The Bulls are a much different team at home than they are on the road. They'll make up for that pounding at Rutgers by shutting out Louisville, who couldn't score if they played in the arena league.
YEAR TO DATE STANDINGS
Mattare: 46 points...(3-7 last week, 1-0 lock...40-54-6 overall, 6-3-1 lock)
Mikey: 60 points...(6-4 last week, 0-1 lock...54-44-1 overall, 6-4 lock)