Much to my chagrin, my wife was more accurate in predicting straight-up winners in our assortment of games last weekend. In fact, my perfect wife was perfect with her picks. It all came down to Sunday night’s Tennessee home game against Utah State. My wishful thinking in Chuckie Keeton scoring a signature victory against the Vols was doomed early on and ultimately cost me.
Here’s a quick recap from last week. We each correctly guessed Ohio State over Navy, Auburn over Arkansas, Georgia over Clemson and Louisville over Miami. I stumbled by picking Wisconsin to beat LSU (which looked good until my wife went to bed, of course) and Utah State to upset Tennessee. I went 4-2. My wife is 6-0.
So it is on to week two. Here are the games we are picking this weekend.
Boston College vs. Pittsburgh: Friday, 7:00 p.m., ESPN
We will get off to a slightly earlier start with our picks this week by picking Friday night’s ACC contest between Pittsburgh and Boston College. Pittsburgh blew away a Delaware program that is a shadow of what it once was, and Boston College played ugly early before pulling away from UMass in Foxboro last week. I like the direction and attitude of the Eagles under Steve Addazio, but I love Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
I Say: Pittsburgh
Wife Says: Boston College
Toledo vs. No. 24 Missouri: 12:00 p.m., ESPN
This is a tough one. I want to think Toledo carries the MAC banner well at home against the defending SEC East champions, and the Tigers are not the same team they were a season ago (no more Dorial Green-Beckham or Michael Sam, for instance). Still, I think Missouri has enough in the tank to go on the road into the MAC (yes, an SEC team playing at a MAC school) and go home with a win. My wife is banking on MACtion.
I Say: Missouri
Wife Says: Toledo
No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 14 USC: 3:30 p.m., ABC
USC put up a whole ton of points and yards last weekend in Steve Sarkisian’s USC debut as head coach, but now they go up against the best defensive team in the Pac-12. Stanford also gets the home field advantage, for whatever that is worth. USC could be the most improved team in the Pac-12 this season, but for now Stanford feels like the safe pick.
I Say: Stanford
Wife Says: Stanford
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 7 Michigan State: 6:30 p.m., FOX
Can not wait for this one. When the Big Ten and Pac-12 agreed to a scheduling proposal, these are the match-ups I anticipated. Too bad the Pac-12 chickened out on the idea. Oregon has been known to have their wings clipped in match-ups like this (BCS Championship vs. Auburn, Pac-12 battles with Stanford), but there is a good chance they find a way to send the defending Big Ten champs back home with a loss.
I Say: Oregon
Wife Says: Oregon
No. 21 South Carolina vs. East Carolina: 7:00 p.m., ESPNU
South Carolina was embarrassed by Texas A&M last Thursday, and I would expect them to come back with a bit of a chip on their shoulders this weekend. Too bad East Carolina is not quite a team that should be expected to roll over and die to quickly. I’m going out on a limb with this one as the possibility of an 0-3 South Carolina team is starting to float around in my head, but my wife is more confident in a bounce-back week for Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks.
I Say: East Carolina
Wife Says: South Carolina
No. 8 Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech: 8:00 p.m., ESPN
Ohio State looked to show some glaring weaknesses last weekend in Baltimore against Navy. The loss of Braxton Miller was noticeable and should be a concern moving forward for the Buckeyes. This week is no easy task with the Hokies bringing what should be a good defense to Columbus, but the Buckeyes have plenty of talent to work with. Ohio State just needs to avoid making mistakes.
I Say: Ohio State
Wife Says: Ohio State
Who will come out with the better record this week? Share your picks in the comment section and check back next week for an updated look at the results.