A Huge Upset on the Horizon!!!
It’s the second week of October so I picked 13 games. Try and figure out the correlation between those two… Yeah, I don’t have a clue either… Holloween’s coming?? Anyway, last week I finished 6-8. That made me decide that even numbers were bad, so I took one less game this week. Leaving the chances of a push nearly impossible. I predict a big week out of myself. There are more upsets on the horizon.
North Carolina State @ Georgia Tech (-4.5) – The Yellow Jackets took their first loss of the season last week when they got destroyed by a very good Virginia Tech football team. Georgia Tech didn’t like the taste that game left in their mouth. They’ll be out to prove they are better than that game, and they’ll do exactly that against a Wolfpack team that has won one game thus far. NC State hasn’t been embarrassed, losing a tough game against the Tar Heels last week, and a four point loss to the same Hokies that destroyed Georgia Tech. My prediction is that Georgia Tech QB, Reggie Ball has a much better game this week than he did last. The Yellow Jackets will have a big bounce back game at home, taking the Wolfpack by a touchdown. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: North Carolina State Wolfpack 27 – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 34.
Illinois @ Indiana (-6) – The Hoosiers were beaten by a much better team last week in Wisconsin. This week the Illinois Fighting Illini and their three straight losses come to Indiana to prove they still have fight. Illinois has looked silly in their last couple games, (14-61 vs. Michigan St. and 7-35 at Iowa) The Hoosiers have a good young team led by Blake Powers and James Hardy. Powers is a solid young quarterback who will get better each week he plays. Hardy is as tall as a tree and blazing fast. These two future stars will hook up early and often as the Hoosiers move to 4-1. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini 21 – Indiana Hoosiers 38.
Wisconsin (-7) @ Northwestern – The Badgers are very, very, every bit as good as they’re said to be. Brian Calhoun is dominant, and the Badger offense doesn’t stop there. John Stocco doesn’t have great numbers, but he knows how to run his football team as well as anybody in the land. Last week Brandon Williams showed me he can be a big time playmaker for the Badgers, making them even better than I thought. As always, the Badgers can control the clock while keeping their defense fresh. Look for that trend to continue at Northwestern on Saturday. The Wildcats are no pushovers; they won two games early and played Penn State tough. However, if the Badgers play like they can, this contest should be out of hand early. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers 31 – Northwestern.
Virginia @ Boston College (-7) – After three early wins, the Virginia Cavaliers had high hopes. There was no good reason for that. The Cavaliers played Western Michigan, Syracuse, and Duke to start the season. That’s not exactly top tier talent. A 12 point loss at Maryland was more like it, and another big loss to a solid Boston College team is right up Virginia’s alley. Expect the world from BC after a big win at Clemson and a trouncing of Ball State. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Virginia Cavaliers 13 – Boston College Eagles 28.
Oklahoma @ Texas (-13.5) – Oklahoma always takes care of the Texas Longhorn National Championship run. Not this year Mr. Stoops. Mack Brown is out for redemption when the Longhorns host the Sooners on Saturday. Do you think Brown will hold back at all when the Longhorns are up big early? I think not. Expect Vince Young to showcase every single ounce of his ample ability, picking apart a sub par Sooner defensive unit. The Longhorns will stack the box against the Sooners, making them pay for all those times Bob Stoops’ squad took down Texas. The real Heisman star will show up in Texas! Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners 17 – Texas Longhorns 48.
Maryland (-28.5) @ Temple – The Maryland Terrapins are big point-scorers when they play bottom of the barrel teams like the Temple Owls. I don’t mean to pick on Temple, but they’re one of if not the worst team in college football. There are many D-2 teams that would give the Owls some tough run. Maryland will score upwards of 55 points holding the Owls to their season average of around 12. I’d like to thank Temple for giving me another win. Thanks! Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Maryland Terrapins 55 – Temple Owls 14.
Minnesota (+7.5) @ Michigan – I think last week was an aberration, for both these teams. The Wolverines walked into Michigan State an underdog and out of the AP’s Top 25 for the first time in many years. They walked out with a big shit-poked grin on their faces, a win, and a brand new AP Rank of 21. The Golden Gophers (ranked 18) went to Pennsylvania to play the Nittany Lions and got absolutely obliterated by Joe Paterno’s boys. This week will show me the true identity of both these teams. I don’t think Laurence Marooney will ever have a game as poor as the Penn State loss. I don’t think the Wolverines will beat another team like the Spartans all year. Take the Golden Gophers to upset the Wolverines and take their top 25 ranking for the second time this year. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers 38 – Michigan Wolverines 24.
Air Force (+1) @ Navy – Air Force started out the season with two big wins, then promptly lost three straight. Don’t write them off. Two of those three losses were by 3 points or less. Navy got their first win of the year against Duke, after losing two tough games early. This will be a dogfight, there’s no doubt about it. But the Air Force Falcons are the better football team, and Saturday’s contest will show that. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Air Force Falcons 28 – Navy Midshipmen 24.
Arizona @ USC (-37.5) – The Trojans have been playing like dog crap in the first half of late. Don’t think for a moment that Pete Carrol will continue to let that happen. Look for USC to take advantage of the 1-3 Wildcats, come out and absolutely dominate. USC doesn’t like pulling games out in the final minutes. USC will be done with this game after half time. But they don’t stop there. The Trojans have too much talent to finish this game anywhere close to Arizona. Look for an old fashion stomping. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Arizona Wildcats 3 – USC Trojans 49.
Georgia (+3) @ Tennessee – Tennessee doesn’t even know which of their two quarterbacks gives them the best chance to win. I’d say the answer is whomever doesn’t start for the team. This week, Erik Ainge will come in late and try to down the Bulldogs. But he’ll fail. Georgia hasn’t dominated their opponents like they should, but they win, and they’ll win this weekend. Luck has gone the way of the Vols too often this early season. Look for the luck to change when the Bulldogs come to town and outplay the Vols in every aspect of the game. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Georgia Bulldogs 24 – Tennessee Volunteers 14.
Ohio @ Bowling Green (-22.5) – Bowling Green has one of the most dominant players in college football. Omarr Jacobs is his name, and if you haven’t seen him play, you’re missing out on a truly special youngster Jacobs will shred the Ohio defense for big plays all day as Bowling Green wins a high scoring game big. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Ohio Bobcats 30 – Bowling Green Falcons 57.
North Carolina (+13) @ Louisville – Beware of the Heels! The Tar Heels are much better than people are giving them credit for, as they proved last week taking down NC State. Louisville has had a tough time of it since they were touted as a National Championship hopeful. Carolina plays tight with every team they play. They haven’t lost a game by more than 9 this year, and have only lost to G-Tech and Wisconsin. This has the makings of a huge upset if Louisville overlooks the Tar Heels for even a second. Tough Tar Heel D will keep this one closer than 13. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels 31 – Louisville Cardinals 28.
Oregon @ Arizona State (-10) – The Sun Devils already have two more losses than they thought they’d have all year. Watch them take their anger out on the Oregon Ducks who haven’t beaten anybody of note. The Ducks will be breathing hard against Sam Keller and the Devils in Arizona. It will be a hot one the Ducks wish they had back. This is a good match between two teams that had USC on the ropes before the Trojans snuck back into victory’s path. Take the much better Sun Devils to outlast the Ducks in Arizona. Lucky’s Fearless Prediction: Oregon Ducks 17 – Arizona State Sun Devils 45.