Wisconsin-Ohio State & LSU-Auburn Top This Week’s Picks
The champagne popped in Champagne while the bubble burst in Madison, an ankle popped in Tuscaloosa and corks are ready to explode in the Red Baton, Columbus and Norman.
As college football creeps into its ninth week on this creepy Halloween weekend, the gouhls have already made appearances on certain campuses while at others, teams are trying to keep away any mischievous gobblins.
There have been a lot of scary moments already this season and one thing is certain: that will continue well beyond this weekend’s witching hour. And it’s likely to start next week at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the annual Georgia-Florida game.
All times Pacific Time because The Pigskin Prognosticator lives on the West Coast.
Friday, Oct. 25
USC at Colorado (6 p.m., ESPN2)
Traveler gallops into the hilltop for a meeting with Raaalphie, who has looked pretty sick of late. The Buffs have been anything but buff the past five games as their season has turned from a potential stampede in the Pac-12 to lazy grazing in the Colorado pastures. Troy has suffered quite a few battlefield injuries this year but has enough horses in the stable to make this an easy Conquest. Winner: USC
Saturday, Oct. 26
Wisconsin at Ohio State (9 a.m., FOX)
‘Ol Bucky got badgered last week on the Illinois reservation and now heads to the land of four letters to see if he can recapture his early-season savagery. And when he arrives, the Chestnuts will spell it out for him, although the script is already written. All that’s left is for the band to dot the “i.” Winner: Ohio State
Oklahoma at Kansas State (9 a.m., ABC)
The Boomers literally rolled over last week, the Boomer Sooner wagon crashing on the field as the team was crushing West Virginia. Now they Kansas Cats are in their path. There was a time when the hosts were the Sneaky Snyders but they no longer have that kind of bite in them. This will lead to an OU victory much Sooner than later. Winner: Oklahoma
Mississippi State at Texas A&M (9 a.m., SEC Network)
This season has not gone according to plan for the State Dogs, as they have lost three in a row and four of their last five, beating only Kentucky. That puts them right in the firing line of a bunch of Cadets who have been misfiring much of the year. However, they will be on target this Saturday and Joe Moorhead may be taking shelter in the doghouse after this one. Winner: Texas A&M
Auburn at LSU (12:30 p.m., CBS)
The two SEC West Tigers get let out of their respective cages in Death Valley with life-or-death title results being the outcome. Joe Burrow will be burrowing in the Tiger Stadium turf a few times under that Aubie pass rush but will eventually realize the back of that D is not nearly as fearsome as the front of it. On the other side of the ball, the Gus Busers will be up to their usual tricks but won’t be able to pull a win – or much else – out of their helmets to offset what the the Bayou Boys eventually put up on the scoreboard. Winner: LSU
Penn State at Michigan State (12:30 p.m., ABC)
If Sparty has an upset in the season, this is the time and the place for it, for he just could catch the visiting Felines with their guard down between their past game with Michigan and the future one with Ohio State. After all, the State’ers haven’t exactly shown much cause for concern for the rampaging Lions, but they do have a pretty good defense and the top Big-10 teams have shown they are susceptible to the unexpected upset the past few years. Winner – in an upset – Michigan State
Arkansas at Alabama (4 p.m., ESPN)
The Tua-less Tide hosts the wallowing Pigs but there won’t be much woo-ing from the visitors from Arkansas because the rest of Bama will have them hog-tied all evening. Mack Jones won’t exactly slam them like a Mack truck, but he and the rest of the Crimson rollers have plenty of power to flatten these visitors. Winner: Alabama
Boston College at Clemson (4:30 p.m., ACC)
The Felines continue their feast on the roadkill of the East while at the same time they will be licking their jobs to sit at the big boys table. The Birds from Boston won’t prove to be more than a light snack, as beating them is the equivalent of eating Chinese food – it’s tasty at the moment but you’re hungry two hours later. Winner: Clemson
Notre Dame at Michigan (4:30 p.m., ABC)
The gold of the Domers will be shining under the Big House lights as Big Blue tries not to have their fans feeling blue, which is happening more than they expected under the Khaki Coach. The Weasels will show some fight in this one but in the end, the visiting Leprechauns will be dancing out of town with a victory. Winner: Notre Dame
Arizona State at UCLA (4:30 p.m., Pac-12)
Back up off the mat last week, the Trampolines are in trouble this week as they try to keep bouncing up after an unexpected win against Stanford. The invading Herminators are a bit sore from their fall last week and even though they have a flat offense, they will be able to find enough spring in their steps to put the Baby Bears back on their backs. Winner: Arizona State