Stanford should pass first test

By From page B2 | October 04, 2013

This week’s picks are as follows:

STANFORD over WASHINGTON … the first big test for the Big Dumb Tree. Cardinal doubters had to be impressed by how thoroughly Stanford dismantled Washington State’s supposedly potent offense last weekend in Seattle.

CAL over WASHINGTON STATE … the loser can pretty much make a permanent reservation in the league basement for the remainder of the fall campaign. The winner still has a chance to finish 6-6 and reach the Bright and Shiny Toilet Bowl.

ARIZONA STATE over NOTRE DAME … the Sun Devils just couldn’t help themselves, rolling up 62 points against pitiful USC, leading to the ungracious firing of Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin in the middle of the night at USC’s private airport terminal. The problem here for USC-haters — of which there are many in the Pac-12 — is that with Kiffin at the controls, the Trojans were terrible. Now they’ll go hire someone who knows what he’s doing and in no time at all, USC will be back where it’s supposed to be. Oh yeah, this week’s ASU opponent is Notre Dame. Let’s just say Irish fans are already waiting for next year.

OHIO STATE over NORTHWESTERN … the two best teams in the Big 10 put it all on the line, but Ohio State simply has too many horses. Or Buckeyes or whatever it is that makes them keep winning.

CLEMSON over SYRACUSE … somehow, some way, Clemson plans to sneak into the national title game come January.

EASTERN WASHINGTON over WEBER STATE … the best and the worst of the Big Sky meet on the field of play and the result is strictly no contest.

UPSET OF THE WEEK: Brigham Young over Utah State … quick, when is the last time the Aggies were favored over the Boys from the Y? Try never. My have football fortunes changed in the Beehive State. (Upset record: 1-4).

ROUT OF THE WEEK: Michigan over Minnesota … the battle for the Little Brown Jug will be a dull affair this time around. (Rout record: 5-0).

DON’T BET ON IT, BUT: Florida State over Maryland … Mary who? Yes, the Turtles have been surprisingly decent this fall and will not make it easy for the Seminoles, especially on their home turf. (Don’t bet record: 4-1).

FIVE EASY PICKS: Line up to collect your winning tickets on Oregon (over Colorado), Alabama (over Georgia State), Bowling Green (over Massachusetts), Louisville (over Temple) and Fresno State (over Idaho). (FEP record: 25-0).

AGGIES over SOUTHERN UTAH … the Thunderbirds are a decent, middle-of-the-road Big Sky team, which is saying something these days. We still don’t know about the Aggies, who are 1-2 against Big Sky competition, but 1-0 in league play because of scheduling that makes no sense to the average college football fan. Cedar City is beautiful in the fall. It’ll be a little less pretty after the Aggies get done. Take the Ags by 3.

OTHER GAMES: Navy over Air Force, Texas Tech over Kansas, Penn State over Indiana, Nebraska over Illinois, Buffalo over Eastern Michigan, Michigan State over Iowa, Rutgers over SMU, Boston College over Army, Virginia Tech over North Carolina, Marshall over Texas-San Antonio, Georgia over Tennessee, Miami (Fla.) over Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State over Kansas State, North Carolina State over Wake Forest, Northern Illinois over Kent State, East Carolina over Middle Tennessee, LSU over Mississippi State, Oklahoma over TCU, Florida over Arkansas, Mississippi over Auburn, South Carolina over Kentucky, Baylor over West Virginia, and San Jose State over Hawaii.

Last week: 29-5, season: 198-32, percentage: .862.

Bob Dunning

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