It’s getting annoying, I know. But I just can’t help the hotness.
Last week, your Irishcentral.com college football predictor specialist went 6-1 against the spread, raising his season total to 36-19 (17-4 against the spread the last three weeks). There were the birdies; Clemson to beat Miami, FSU to win at UNC and the bogey; thinking Notre Dame was going to win by more than four points (which is like missing a tap-in).
I’ll remain silent, ease my boasts, and flip on the predicting switch. Of course, we’ll start with the Irish.
Notre Dame vs. Washington State (San Antonio, TX)
This game requires a very brief explanation. The entire county knows what kind of chaos the Washington State football program has been in. It’s a funk worse than you’ll find on a U.S. Open golf course. Notre Dame is going to win, it’s just a question of by how much. Interesting stat, ND has scored 40 or more points in only one game since the 2006 season. They’re laying four touchdowns…They win three and a half. Prediction: ND, 42, WSU 24.
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech (Thursday night)
I’m sure you’re all familiar with Rule 1A by now; always take Virginia Tech at home on a Thursday night, no matter what. Seems cliché, I know. But it’s true, there’s something about night games at Lane Stadium that tickles the defensive savvy of the Hokies. UNC lost a tough one at home last week on Thursday night, and now they have to travel to Blacksburg. Their only hope is if RB Greg Little breaks a few runs, which probably won’t happen tonight. Prediction: VT 31, UNC 10
USC @ Oregon (Game of the week)
Matt Barkley said Autzen stadium won’t faze him. My brother used to tell me I was adopted. I didn’t believe him and I sure as hell don’t believe Barkley. The humble freshman is going to learn a tough lesson, especially since he’ll be without his favorite target, TE Anthony McCoy (injury). Jeremiah Masoli and the Oregon offense will find a way to score points against a defense that’s given up 27 and 36 points in back to back weeks. Prediction: Oregon 27, USC 17.
Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, FL)
I’ve watched just about every Florida game this year and their offense has gotten progressively worse. Tim Tebow and the Tebes are lucky they have a world-class defense; otherwise they’d have three losses this year. Meanwhile, Georgia has been getting owned in this rivalry for the past few years. Last season, it was a 49-10 drubbing. Hopefully A.J. Green can catch a few deep ones to keep this close. Prediction: Florida 24, Georgia 13
Texas @ Oklahoma State
I think people are forgetting that OSU has only one loss. Zac Robinson is doing his best to keep this team together. RB Keith Totson has filled in nicely for Kendall Hunter, but his fun is about to end. Colt McCoy is staging a mid-season charge and the Texas defense has been just as impressive. A classic pull-away-late game for the ‘Horns. Prediction: Texas, 41, OK State 27
Ole Miss @ Auburn
Auburn is colder than the ice water that runs through Michael Jordan’s veins. They’re on a three game losing streak in which they’ve scored 47 points (they scored 127 in the first three games of the season). Ole Miss seems to be gaining some swagger back and their timing to visit Auburn is right on. Also, the Rebels are actually getting the ball to Dexter McCulster, something they should’ve been doing all season. We’ll make it four in a row for Auburn. Prediction: Ole Miss 38, Auburn 31
Central Michigan @ Boston College
Dan LeFevour and the Chippewas are doing work right now. They’re currently riding a seven game winning streak, doing it mostly with offense. Boston College has to find the offense to make this a shootout, otherwise they’ll get shot. Wait, I’ve confused myself… Prediction: Central Michigan 30, BC 27