Read my week 11 picks here.
8:15 am – Watching Man U/Aston Villa. Might as well start watching bad football now with the state of the teams playing at noon.
9:18 am – This article on CNN is proof that it’s utterly pointless to try to understand teens’ behavior online. The rules of their world are, to put it nicely, draconian.
11:51 am – IU game kicks off in nine minutes. In 30 minutes, I’ll be watching something from the DVR. I’m thinking The Biggest Loser.
2:01 pm – I thought they were going to keep me in for the whole first half, but I’m definitely done now. Indiana going 0-for the Big Ten is now a very, very real possibility. No way Bill Lynch keeps his job if that happens.
2:36 pm – And no, I don’t care if Cam Newton plays or not. If even half of the allegations against him and his father are true, this whole season of Auburn football is getting vacated anyway.
2:50 pm – I’m telling you, Mack Brown is done at Texas after this year. It’s been too rough. Only Will Muschamp’s unit has been good enough. And this article only convinced me more.
4 pm – Despite not feeling all that lighthearted, I had to link to this on EDSBS: the 100 offenses of Cam Newton. My three favorites: Cam Newton is Putin’s political muse. Cam Newton wrote and directed I Know What You Did Last Summer. Cam Newton would like to introduce himself; he is a man of wealth and taste.
Record after week 10: 107-50 (78-76-3 ATS)
12 pm ET
Miami (6-3) at Georgia Tech (5-4) (+3)
Pick: Georgia Tech
Final: Miami 35 Georgia Tech 10
Well, that’ll do it for Georgia Tech. Sad loss.
Record: 107-51 (78-77-3 ATS)
(13) Iowa (7-2) at Northwestern (6-3) (+10)
Pick: Iowa wins but doesn’t cover
Final: Northwestern 27 Iowa 16
You’re welcome, Northwestern. Indiana softened them up last week and almost beat Iowa, so they limped into Evanston ready to lose (again). It’s our win, damn it. I hate this.
Record: 107-52 (79-77-3 ATS)
Indiana (4-5) at (6) Wisconsin (8-1) (-21.5)
Final: Wisconsin 83 Indiana 20
I stopped watching at halftime, so I have no idea how the fuck this happened. And, frankly, I don’t care. Bill Lynch should go. He might recruit well (for Indiana) and the team might play hard for him, but they don’t play WELL for him, and this kind of loss happens much too often.
I’m embarrassed. I’m not even pissed Wisconsin ran the score up, which I think most IU fans probably will be. We earned this beating by being shitty at football. It’s our fault as much as it is Wisconsin being full of assholes. I thought losing to Purdue the last two years badly would be the low point, but it’s not. This is.
Record: 108-52 (80-77-3 ATS)
Michigan (6-3) at Purdue (4-5) (+13)
Final: Michigan 27 Purdue 16
I wondered if Michigan’s defense would make Purdue’s offense look good or if Purdue’s offense would make Michigan’s defense look good. The answer is: yes.
Record: 109-52 (80-78-3 ATS)
12:30 pm ET
Kansas State (6-3) at (20) Missouri (7-2) (-12.5)
Pick: Missouri wins but doesn’t cover
Final: Missouri 38 Kansas State 28
Saw that coming. Does anyone care about who wins the Big XII North?
Record: 110-52 (81-78-3 ATS)
2:30 pm ET
(15) Utah (8-1) at Notre Dame (4-5) (+6)
Final: Notre Dame 28 Utah 3
Read my wrap of this game here.
Record: 110-53 (81-79-3 ATS)
3:30 pm ET
Georgia (5-5) at (2) Auburn (10-0) (-8)
Final: Auburn 49 Georgia 31
Read my wrap of this game here.
Record: 111-53 (82-79-3 ATS)
(16) Virginia Tech (7-2) at North Carolina (6-3) (+3.5)
Pick: Virginia Tech
Final: Virginia Tech 26 UNC 10
How does that loss to Boise State look now, BCS talking heads? The BCS absolutely kills me. Polls are entirely pointless until the final four weeks.
Record: 112-53 (83-79-3 ATS)
Pennsylvania State (6-3) at (8) Ohio State (8-1) (-18)
Pick: Ohio State wins but doesn’t cover
Final: Ohio State 38 Penn State 14
What, you thought Penn State had a chance? What idiot picks Penn State to beat the spread?
Record: 113-53 (83-80-3 ATS)
4 pm ET
San Diego State (7-2) at (3) Texas Christian (10-0) (-27)
Pick: TCU wins but doesn’t cover.
Final: TCU 40 SDSU 35
TCU didn’t look all that great against the Aztecs, and that includes their vaunted defense. Boise ALWAYS looks good. Will TCU be punished severely by the voters for winning close against an inferior opponent the way Boise would be? I sure hope so. At least then the voters’ hypocrisy would be consistent.
And seriously, SDSU, hang on to Brady Hoke with both hands. Many, many major schools are going to come calling this winter.
Record: 114-53 (84-80-3 ATS)
7 pm ET
Texas A&M (6-3) at Baylor (7-3) (+3)
Pick: Texas A&M
Final: Texas A&M 42 Baylor 30
Sorry, Baylor, seven wins is plenty for you. It’s still an inexplicable number, considering the teams you’ve beaten, so there’s something to be proud of.
Record: 115-53 (85-80-3 ATS)
7:15 pm ET
(22) South Carolina (6-3) at (24) Florida (6-3) (-6.5)
Pick: South Carolina
Final: USC 36 Florida 14
Urban Meyer said it best of his Florida team: “We’re just not very good.” And for that, I say, go to hell sir. There are dozens of programs that would kill for a 6-4 season, and that’s disastrously bad for Florida. Besides, they lost four games in 2007, the year Tim Tebow won the Heisman. Does this mean Meyer thinks the Gators will lose more games?
Record: 116-53 (86-80-3 ATS)
(17) Mississippi State (7-2) at (11) Alabama (7-2) (-13)
Final: Alabama 30 Miss State 10
Mississippi State, just like Baylor, has enough wins, though they’ll probably get another one when they face Mississippi in the Egg Bowl. And I don’t know who is remaining on Alabama’s schedule, but I bet that Saban is already looking ahead to Auburn. They’re definitely the only team on the Tigers’ schedule that can render all this controversy somewhat moot.
Record: 117-53 (87-80-3 ATS)
7:30 pm ET
(1) Oregon (9-0) at Cal (5-4) (-20)
Final: Oregon 15 Cal 13
The announcers said every number one team gets one of these games per year. I’m assuming he meant games in which every future opponent of the Ducks will watch this film and run the exact same gameplan. It’s going to be a lot tougher for Oregon, who also got extremely lucky because Cal’s kicker sucks.
Record: 118-53 (87-81-3 ATS)
8 pm ET
(12) Oklahoma State (8-1) at Texas (4-5) (+6)
Final: OSU 33 Texas 16
Everyone expects heads to roll in Austin after the season is over. There’s a better than average chance the Longhorns won’t even make a bowl at this point, making this probably the worst national championship loss hangover ever. It’s hard to believe Texas has even reached this point considering how they were feeling at this time last year. But 2010 has been absolutely brutal for Mack Brown’s team, starting with Colt McCoy’s injury and culminating with his team being 4-6 after 10 games. This is as big a meltdown from a major program as you’ll ever see.
Record: 119-53 (88-81-3 ATS)
Southern California (6-3) at (18) Arizona (7-2) (-4)
Final: USC 24 Arizona 21
It’s weird that this is such a down year for USC and they only have three fucking losses. Who knows what their final record would be, but I don’t think there are any buzzards circling anymore. That said, let’s see how they finish since the reality of a bowl-less winter is getting harder and harder to ignore.
Record: 120-53 (88-82-3 ATS)
10:30 pm ET
(21) Nevada (8-1) at Fresno State (6-2) (+8.5)
Final: Nevada 35 Fresno State 34
After watching this game, it makes perfect sense why both of these teams are leaving for the Mountain West after this year. Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno are so far and away above the rest of the WAC that it’s a little ridiculous. Who knows if it will keep up or not, but since the MWC could very likely be a BCS conference soon, those three teams might as well start making games like this one mean more than who gets to ruin Boise’s season.
Record after week 11: 121-53 (88-83-3 ATS)