Last week: 7-1; Season: 41-27
Pitt vs. West Virginia: I remember talking to West Virginia QB Pat White in the moments after the Mountaineers beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in January of 2006. With White and RB Steve Slaton freshmen at the time I remember wondering to myself how many national championship games the Mountaineers would play in with those two players in the backfield. I asked White about the future and he said "It's time to start a dynasty." Well, the Mountaineers never made it to a title game and the dynasty never came, thanks in part to the Pitt Panthers, who knocked WVU out of the BCS title game last year with the 13-9 win in Morgantown. Nothing will ever avenge that loss, but the Mountaineers will pay the Panthers back a little bit. WVU 24, Pitt 17.
Georgia Tech vs. Georgia: Is the ACC just really bad or really competitive? My guess is a combination of both. This is not a great Georgia team, but I like the Bulldogs to get the job done at home, 23-17.
Florida at Florida State: The Gators have never had much success at Doak Campbell Stadium, but this Florida team can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Two more wins and that early-slip-up against Mississippi will be erased and the Gators will play for a national championship. Tim Tebow and Co. won't let the upset happen, 38-28.
Oregon vs. Oregon State: No one really wants to see Penn State play Oregon State again, do they? Penn State-USC is much more appetizing. So let's root hard for the Ducks to beat the Beavers. Wishing...wishing...wishing...Ducks wins, 27-24.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State: The Sooners have been really impressive since their loss to Texas in the middle of the season. But this is a tough game in Stillwater. Of all the rivalry games with top-ranked teams involved I think this one could be the Upset Special. I like the Cowboys to shock the Sooners, 38-37.
Notre Dame vs. USC: Go figure. Pete Carroll couldn't hack it in the NFL as a head coach and he's got the Trojans rolling like no other program in the NCAA. Charlie Weis could do nothing wrong in the NFL as an offensive coordinator and he can't do anything right at Notre Dame. Carroll hammers the nail in Weis' coffin, 49-3.