First off, Trevor began his NBA preview so scroll down to check that out as well. Since we do predictions every week we should post our respective records at this point. So here they are:
Karl 22-8 (7-3 last week)
Spencer 21-9 (7-3 last week)
Jimmy 24-6 (10-0 last week)
Trevor 20-10 (8-2 last week)
Speaking of predictions, now seems like a good time to mention that I nailed my US Open predictions (Nadal beating Djokovic in the men’s final, and Clijsters winning the women’s), although predicting Nadal to win anything doesn’t take much expertise. Before my head swells I should also mention that my wife, mother, and three sisters-in-law all destroyed me in my NCAA tournament bracket last March.
Okay on to football. We are four weeks into the college football season so it seems like a good time to look at how the BCS conferences are doing, and what teams were overrated/underrated at the beginning of the season.
ACC: They had a better week last week, but that may be because someone has to win the three games that you play against each other. They have had a pretty bad start to the season with their three best teams (Va Tech, Miami, and Florida State) failing to show up when the lights were the brightest. Va Tech getting beat by James Madison University at home is just inexcusable. The ACC did not get any signature victories in non-conference play. Rank: 5/6 among BCS conferences
Overrated: I have to put the Hokies. It makes me sick that they still have as good a shot as they did before the season started at getting a BCS bowl game. That’s like getting voted “Most likely to succeed” in high school after getting rejected by every college in America. College football everybody!
Underrated: N.C State. They have a big game against Tech this Saturday that will show if they are for real (or at least as good as JMU). They had an impressive win over Ga Tech last week and Russell Wilson has been very impressive at quarterback.
Big XII: This is the hardest conference to evaluate because no one outside of Oklahoma has really played anyone. Their best non-Oklahoma win this season is probably Kansas beating Ga Tech. And Kansas lost to North Dakota St. the week before. Everyone else has won the games that they should have so that’s good. Nebraska looks pretty good despite barely showing up last week against South Dakota St (those Dakota teams are dangerous!). Rank: 4/6. They lose credit in my book for not scheduling anyone.
Overrated: Texas. I’ve been impressed with their young quarterback, but last week’s loss at home to UCLA was ugly. They have no run game whatsoever. They were way overrated to begin the year.
Underrated: I’ll say Oklahoma because no one else has done anything. Destroying Florida State was impressive. Barely beating Utah State, Air Force, and Cincinnati was not, but they all count as wins.
Big East: They don’t deserve an automatic BCS bid. Every team has a loss and their preseason favorites (Pitt) was completely overmatched at home against Miami last week. No one else has done anything worth writing about. Rank 6/6
Overrated: Pitt. See above.
Big Ten: I’ve been impressed with this conference as far as style points go. All of the top teams have taken care of business except for maybe Iowa’s slip to a decent Arizona squad. Other than Ohio St. defeating Miami, no team has really beaten anyone good (but you don’t have to in the non-conference. College football everyone!). 6 ranked teams is impressive. Rank: 2/6
Overrated: Penn State. They barely beat Temple and were a no-show against an Ingram-less Alabama team. If anyone else were coaching this team they wouldn’t be ranked.
Underrated: I’ll put Michigan to make Trevor and Karl happy. I think putting QB Denard Robinson is more appropriate but whatever. His style of play makes me nervous about a possible injury. He takes a lot of shots.
Pac Ten: Major props to these schools for playing Boise St. Texas, TCU, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. They may have lost most of those, but they were willing to play some tougher games. The PAC Ten is much better this year than in years past even though USC is not as good as they were. Rank: 3/6
Overrated: Washington. They are so bad they made BYU look like a top 25 team. And many (myself included) thought they could win the PAC Ten.
Underrated: Arizona. They weren’t on anyone’s radar until they beat Iowa a couple of weeks ago. I do think being ranked 14th is too high right now though.
SEC: The SEC is once again the best conference in the country. The offenses have looked better then the last couple of years too. They’ve played in conference more than the other five at this point, but they look good playing each other. Best non-conference wins are Bama over Penn St. and LSU over West Virginia. Nothing to drool over. Rank 1/6
Overrated: Georgia. They were ranked 23rd to start the season and have lost three straight. All three losses were to SEC teams but still.
Underrated: South Carolina. They began the year unranked and played pretty well in a loss to Auburn last week. They have very good skill players.
And now for this week’s picks…
Matchup: Karl Trevor Spencer Jimmy
Florida at Alabama Bama Bama Bama Bama
Stanford at Oregon Ore Stan Ore Stan
Texas at Oklahoma OU OU OU OU
Wisconsin at Michigan St.
Wisc MSU Wisc Wisc
Penn St. at Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa
Va Tech at N.C State
NC St. NC St. Tech Tech
Washington at USC
USC Wash USC USC
Notre Dame at BC. ND ND
Arizona St. at Oregon St.
ASU OSU OSU OSU
Miami at Clemson Miami Miami