Another week of college football led to another dismal week of picking college football games for me. Not so much for my wife. We once again went head-to-head in picking games this weekend, and once again I was the one looking like I have no clue what I am talking about.
We both whiffed on Arizona beating USC and Auburn beating Mississippi State. I also took the most embarrassing loss this week by picking Missouri to beat Georgia. That did not work out well for me at all. Baylor bailed me out with a fourth-quarter rally to overcome a 21-point deficit, which helped me get one back after Stef picked TCU and called Baylor overrated. I also went out on a limb by picking Texas A&M over Ole Miss, but that blew up in my face as well, while Stef picked Ole Miss.
At this point in the season I have an overall record of 21-21. Stef has gone 24-18. Stef is also on a hot streak head-to-head, winning another week to take a commanding 5-2 lead on yours truly. This week lacks much drama as far as picks go, because we are on the same page for all but one game, which means there will be a winner and a loser again this week.
All times eastern. AP rankings used.
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Kansas State, 12:00 p.m. ESPN
Huge game in the Big 12. The Sooners may not be able to afford another loss if they want to keep their Big 12 championship plans in play, because Baylor has already gotten by Baylor and remains undefeated. Kansas State is not an easy out for the Sooners and one should never underestimate a Bill Snyder team. We talked a little bit about this game on the podcast this week. Despite a challenge from Kansas State, we are both going with Oklahoma here.
I Say: Oklahoma
Wife Says: Oklahoma
No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 21 Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. CBS
Alabama is coming off a close win at Arkansas that has apparently touched a nerve for head coach Nick Saban. Despite some “struggles” on the road the past two weeks, Alabama is still a top ten team and can easily regain control of the SEC West before the end of the season. Texas A&M looks to be sinking and is one more loss away from falling out of the Top 25 after fooling voters with a road win at South Carolina in week one. Texas A&M won their last game in Tuscaloosa, but that’s not going to happen this time.
I Say: Alabama
Wife Says: Alabama
No. 12 TCU vs. No. 15 Oklahoma State, 4:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
How does TCU respond after blowing a 21-point lead on the road last week at Baylor? My guess is they come back strong this week and keep their Big 12 championship hopes alive. Oklahoma State could score an upset here and has enough to beat TCU, but I just have a feeling TCU storms back with a strong performance this weekend. Apparently my wife agrees.
I Say: TCU
Wife Says: TCU
Northwestern vs. No. 19 Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, Northwestern and Nebraska have played three very close games. Nebraska has won the last two meetings after being stunned at home in 2011 by the Wildcats, but the point differential in this Big Ten era series is juts one, in favor of the Huskers. Northwestern has already knocked off Penn State on the road and Wisconsin at home. Can Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats score one more key win against Nebraska and remain in the Big Ten West race? I’m not predicting it. Neither is my wife.
I Say: Nebraska
Wife Says: Nebraska
No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame, 8:00 p.m. ABC
Here is the big game of the week. I think some people may be quick to assume this game plays out in somewhat similar fashion to Notre Dame’s BCS Championship Game against Alabama two seasons ago, but not so fast! This Florida State team is not as dominant as that 2012 Alabama team, and this Notre Dame team may be better equipped than that Notre Dame team of 2012. The Irish have a leader in Everett Golson, but he will need some help. I think the Irish have enough to make things interesting, but if I need one team to make a big play in the second half, I’ll go with Jameis Winston and Florida State.
I Say: Florida State
Wife Says: Florida State
No. 17 Arizona State vs. No. 23 Stanford, 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Finally, we get to the one game we have chosen different teams. This week’s head-to-head results will all come down to this Pac-12 Championship Game rematch in the desert. Stanford absolutely has the edge on defense, while Arizona State has the clear advantage on offense. Something will have to give, and typically that ends up going the way of the team with the better defense, as it did in the Pac-12 championship game last season (also in Tempe). However, this year I see Stanford has nothing on offense and at some point they will have to score some points. That’s why I am picking Arizona State at home, but Stef is sticking to the better defense in this one.
I Say: Arizona State
Wife Says: Stanford – Looks like they have a better defense
So there are our picks for this weekend. As always, feel free to share your picks and predictions in the comments section, or just tell us who you think will win the head-to-head match-up this weekend.