Last week my wife, Stefanie, went 4-2 to win the head-to-head competition for the week. I was a disappointing 2-4 thanks to going out on a limb with Michigan over Rutgers and holding firm on Oklahoma, Alabama and Stanford. My wife correctly picked Notre Dame over Stanford and Rutgers over Michigan. What can I say? It was a bad week for me, and a good one for my wife. As a result, Stef takes a commanding 4-2 lead in the weekly results and owns a record of 21-15 to my 19-17 mark this season. Too bad I do not get a bye week to regroup.
Let’s get back at it this week.
All times eastern. AP rankings used.
No. 23 Missouri vs. No. 13 Georgia, 12:00 p.m. CBS
This was the toughest game for me to pick. Yeah, Missouri lost at home to Indiana, but they still have the look of a pretty solid team. Georgia running back may be the best player in the country, but I think Missouri is balanced enough to find a way to pick up another key win in SEC East play.
I Say: Missouri
Wife Says: Georgia, because Missouri lost to Indiana.
No. 3 Mississippi State vs. No. 2 Auburn, 3:30 p.m. CBS
Somehow, we’re both picking the road team in this huge SEC West battle. A week after picking Mississippi State to beat Texas A&M, both of us are turning our backs on the Bulldogs this weekend with Auburn rolling into town. I am looking forward to the Dak Prescott vs. Nick Marshall back-and-forth we should see develop, but I will put just a little more faith in Marshall and the Tigers coming up big.
I Say: Auburn
Wife Says: Auburn. Transitive property, Mississippi State beat LSU by 5 points, but Auburn beat them by 34
No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 9 TCU, 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2
In a suddenly huge Big 12 battle, we are split. While I do not buy into anything Baylor has done so far this season, I am at least picking them to win at home this weekend against TCU. My wife still wants to see Baylor prove something, which the Horned Frogs did last week at home against Oklahoma. We both picked against TCU last week against the Sooners.
I Say: Baylor
Wife Says: TCU. Baylor hasn’t played anybody yet. They’re overrated.
No. 18 UCLA vs. No. 12 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. FOX
This game could have been monumental, but both Oregon and UCLA were upset last week at home. Don’t be fooled into thinking this game doesn’t mean anything though. It could still end up being a Pac-12 championship game preview, although the loser of this game will have quite an uphill battle ahead of them with two straight conference losses. Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley should still be fun to watch.
I Say: Oregon
Wife Says: Oregon
No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 3 Ole Miss, 9:00 p.m. ESPN
I am not thrilled with this pick, but I will stick to the record and go with the Aggies picking up their first win against a ranked team in their stadium since joining the SEC. Ole Miss certainly has all sorts of momentum, but going on the road should be concerning, especially if Bo Wallace is off. The Aggies have no defense, which favors Ole Miss, but I think they play better on offense at home this week. If they can just keep it going after their first drive of the game…
I Say: Texas A&M
Wife Says: Ole Miss
No. 10 Arizona vs. USC, 10:30 p.m. ESPN2
We are all in on Arizona and Rich Rodriguez. Arizona’s big win last week at Oregon suddenly has the Wildcats in a very good position in the Pac-12 picture, and they can take a giant step forward this weekend with a home win against USC. USC was taken out on a Hail Mary by Arizona State last week and now heads on the road to Tucson to take on Arizona. Arizona’s offense should be in good shape against USC.
I Say: Arizona
Wife Says: Arizona
So that is who we are picking this week. Go ahead and share your picks and comments below, and let me know who you think will have the better week.