Last week: 3-3; Season: 3-3
I picked against a couple of home teams last week and it cost me, but I'm a glutton for punishment. I'm going with four more visiting teams this week in my picks. Here's my take on seven of this week's biggest games, including my take on the Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia games.
West Virginia at Colorado: The Buffaloes and Mountaineers each had last week off, so there is no bye week advantage in this game. Neither squad has a very good feeling after their last game. The Mountaineers were embarrassed at East Carolina, 24-3, and the Buffaloes barely squeaked by Eastern Washington, 31-24. I’ll take Colorado for no other reason than the home-field advantage, 20-19.
Iowa at Pitt: The Hawkeyes have not allowed a touchdown in their first three games. The Panthers have had trouble moving the ball consistently on offense. This doesn’t seem like a hard game to pick, so why overanalyze? I’ll pick Iowa, 24-13.
Temple at Penn State: The Owls are 1-2, but they probably deserve a better fate. They lost to Buffalo last week on the last play of the game. Even if they were undefeated it wouldn’t mean a thing this week. Penn State is looking like a Big Ten contender and the game is at Beaver Stadium. I’ll take the Nits, 38-20.
Florida at Tennessee: We’ll have a pretty good idea over the next few weeks whether Phillip Fulmer will return as head coach of the Volunteers next season. In the next month, the Vols will play three teams that are currently in the top 10. Tennessee had better win this week because the Vols have to go to Auburn and Georgia on Sept. 27 and Oct. 11. I don’t think it happens, Gators win, 30-27.
Boise State at Oregon: Fresno State saw its BCS hopes take a hit last week when it lost to Wisconsin. Now the lone remaining BCS hopeful from the WAC goes to Oregon to keep its hopes alive. I like the Broncos to stay close, but Oregon is too tough at home, 31-24.
LSU at Auburn: It was apparent that Auburn has some problems on offense after last week’s 3-2 win over Mississippi State. This was a Mississippi State team, mind you, that lost to Louisiana Tech in its opener. LSU can play offense and defense, so I’ll take the Bayou Bengals in a low-scoring affair, 20-13.
Georgia at Arizona State: It is being hypothesized that the Sun Devils were looking ahead to this game, and that’s the reason they lost to UNLV. But good teams don’t let that happen. Georgia was solid in a road win at South Carolina last week, so I’ll take the Bulldogs on the road, 34-20.