Houston @ South Florida: Strange things happen on Halloween. But not this strange. The Cards need Houston to win Thursday to keep a hope of a BCS bid alive.
Washington St vs. Arizona St: The more attrition that happens the better in the PAC-12. Go Cougars.
USC @ Oregon State: A Trojan win isn’t likely, but it is doable in Corvallis. Again attrition in the PAC-12 please.
#3 Florida State vs. #7 Miami: Either way, Louisville wants the winner of this game to run the table. But I don’t think Miami can reasonably do that and I think Florida State will put up a big margin on Saturday vs. the U. Need another loss or two for the loser after this game. Miami can probably provide that. FSU won’t.
UMASS vs. #17 Northern Illinois: The Minuteman have no shot of pulling this off. But I’ll be wearing my Paul Revere costume anyway. Cards need an NIU loss in a bad way.
Nevada @ #16 Fresno St. : Fresno State is going to lose it might as well be this weekend. But I don’t
Tennessee @ #9 Missouri: Cards fans understand how it feels to lose a game like the Tigers did last week. And Cards fans also understand the hangover. Mizzou can’t slip again without risking giving up the driver’s seat in the SEC East and Tennessee has run with a lot of big-time teams this year. Watch out for this one, Go Vols.
#21 Michigan @ #22 Michigan State: Someone has to lose. And typically I would be all about the Spartans, BUT Michigan has a lot of losses in their future. Michigan State looks like they may be able to go the distance until a Big 10 Championship. Go Blue.
#18 Oklahoma State vs. #14 Texas Tech: In reality the winner/loser of this game doesn’t really matter for the Cards. Texas Tech wins this game as I believe they are the stronger team. Oklahoma State is a team I don’t believe in at all and I feel is very over-rated and has future losses coming. Texas Tech is much better and could fight their way into the Top 10. Card fans want the Cowboys here, but I don’t think they will get it.
Iowa vs. #24 Wisconsin: The Badgers were a popular Orange Bowl pick this week in bowl projections. The idea of FSU blowing out Wisconsin for their 4th consecutive BCS doesn’t sound fun. So the Hawkeyes owe it to the nation to prevent this disaster.
Mississippi State @ #14 South Carolina: There isn’t a scenario where I could feel confident with picking the Bulldogs to win, BUT, maybe the Gamecocks are somewhat hungover following their big win in overtime over Missouri last week.
Virginia vs. #8 Clemson: A 2nd loss for Clemson might eliminate them from an at-large berth and shake some things up. The Tigers will avoid a good match-up in the ACC title game but does play South Carolina later. The Cavs are better than their 2-6 record, but they have no executed when needed this year and I can’t see that changing against Clemson.
Arkansas vs. #11 Auburn: Auburn is obnoxiously over-rated at 11, but they’ve done their part to get there after a dismal 2012. Arkansas isn’t the team to take them down, but I don’t see Auburn as overly strong that upsets can’t happen. It just won’t on Saturday.
Indiana vs. Minnesota: Indiana has a shot here. Minnesota is riding high after beating Nebraska for the 1st time since the 60s and now must travel to Bloomington to face a defensive-challenged Hoosier team. But IU can score. Minnesota holds a few advantages in computer polls over UofL.
Navy @ #25 Notre Dame: The Irish have a few advantages in CPUs and the media just can’t wait to mention them as an emerging at-large bid. Let’s have a Notre Dame-free November.
Boston College vs. Virginia Tech: At this point any team from conference with a potential 2nd bid (except for the champion bid) is public enemy #1 for Card fans. Focus on the phrase…..you want all major conferences to get one bid. Virginia Tech is not a threat at this time, but a loss here ends that idea altogether.
Northwestern vs. Nebraska: Nebraska is not a real threat, BUT there is no sense in letting a 2-loss Big Ten team hang around. End the Cornhuskers this week.
Cal vs. Arizona: The Bears beating the Wildcats would help in some of the CPU ratings, but not much and Cal really doesn’t stand a chance here.
Florida vs. Georgia: Both of these teams hold some computer rankings over the Cards, but Florida has more of a chance of losing future games than Georgia does. So go Gators.
Kansas @ Texas: Texas has been playing well the last few weeks and the computers have a few advantages over the Cards. Things get tough after this for the Longhorns, Kansas doesn’t have a shot but we’ll get behind the Jayhawks anyway.
Pitt @ Georgia Tech: It doesn’t mean too much, but GT has an advantage in the Massey ratings over the Cards.
#4 Ohio St. vs. Purdue: No one has to enjoy it, but the Cards need no surprises out of the Big Ten and need Ohio State to run the table in the Big 10. Plus it will be fun to point & laugh at two years of undefeated in the Urban Meyer without a sniff of the championship.
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|3||Florida St||Florida State||Florida State||Oregon||Ohio St||Ohio St||Florida St||Northern Illinois||Oregon|
|4||Ohio St||Ohio St||Ohio State||Ohio St||Stanford||Florida St||Stanford||Oregon||Ohio St|
|5||Stanford||Baylor||Baylor||Miami (FL)||Florida St||Stanford||Missouri||Ohio St||Auburn|
|6||Baylor||Miami (FL)||Stanford||Stanford||Oklahoma||Miami (FL)||Auburn||Stanford||Stanford|
|7||Miami (FL)||Stanford||Miami (FL)||Oklahoma||Clemson||Baylor||Miami (FL)||Auburn||Missouri|
|8||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Auburn||South Carolina||Missouri||Ohio St||Miami (FL)||Clemson|
|9||Missouri||Oklahoma||Missouri||Missouri||Missouri||Oklahoma||South Carolina||Baylor||Miami (FL)|
|12||Texas A&M||Oklahoma St||LSU||South Carolina||Northern Illinois||Northern Illinois||Baylor||BYU||Oklahoma|
|13||LSU||LSU||Texas A&M||Fresno St||Notre Dame||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Oklahoma||South Carolina|
|14||South Carolina||Texas A&M||Texas Tech||Michigan||Texas Tech||Fresno St||Northern Illinois||Fresno St||Texas A&M|
|15||Texas Tech||Texas Tech||Oklahoma St||Arizona St||Miami (FL)||Michigan St||LSU||Virginia Tech||Northern Illinois|
|16||Fresno St||South Carolina||Louisville||Texas A&M||UCF||Texas Tech||Mississippi||South Carolina||LSU|
|17||Northern Illinois||Louisville||South Carolina||Northern Illinois||Louisville||Michigan||Arizona St||Michigan St||UCF|
|18||Oklahoma St||Fresno State||Fresno State||Texas Tech||Auburn||South Carolina||Michigan St||Texas A&M||Virginia Tech|
|19||Louisville||UCLA||UCLA||Georgia||Texas A&M||Virginia Tech||UCLA||Mississippi||Mississippi|
|20||UCLA||Northern Illinois||Northern Illinois||LSU||UCLA||BYU||Notre Dame||LSU||UCLA|
|21||Michigan||Michigan||Michigan||Notre Dame||Brigham Young||Notre Dame||Georgia||UCF||Texas Tech|
|22||Michigan St||UCF||UCF||BYU||Michigan||Arizona St||Texas Tech||Texas Tech||Michigan St|
|23||UCF||Wisconsin||Michigan St||Michigan St||Texas||LSU||Florida||UCLA||Notre Dame|
|24||Wisconsin||Michigan St.||Wisconsin||Virginia Tech||Oregon St||Houston||Michgan||Houston||Georgia|
|25||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Arizona St||UCLA||Fresno St||UCF||Virginia Tech||Notre Dame||Michigan|
|27||UCF||Ball St||Oregon St||Texas||Houston|
|28||Texas||Mississippi||Fresno St||Oregon St||Arizona St.|
|30||Mississippi||BYU||Arizona State||Ball St|