Here’s the Campus Press sports section’s picks of the week:
Stirling Wade-Sports Editor-Overall: 5-2, Last Week: 5-2
(4) West Virginia 35, Maryland 21-Pat White and Steve Slaton are going to run all over a mediocre Maryland defense.
(24) Tennessee 16, (3) Florida 20-Tim Tebow will be victorious in his first big test as the Gators’ starting quarterback.
(10) Ohio State 13, Washington 16-Ohio State didn’t do much to impress last weekend against Akron, and Tyrone Willingham has his Huskies playing extremely well early in the season.
Notre Dame 21, Michigan 26-The nation’s two premier quarterbacks coming out of high school last year, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Claussen, will do battle for two teams that are in desperate need of a win. I’ll take the home squad.
(16) Arkansas 20, Alabama 21-It was a tumultuous off-season in Fayetteville, and Nick Saban is one heck of a college football coach.
(9) Louisville 31, Kentucky 35-Louisville’s defense couldn’t stop Middle Tennessee State last week. This week they go on the road to face one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country in Andre Woodson. Advantage, Kentucky.
(1) USC 33, (14) Nebraska 20-Nebraska should’ve lost last week to a much inferior Wake Forest team who was playing without its starting quarterback. The Trojans will send all of the Huskers fans back to their farms disappointed.
(19) Boston College 9, (15) Georgia Tech 10-This will be a defensive battle, but in the end Georgia Tech has a little more.
CU 13, Florida State 24-The Buffs have shown improvement at times this year, but this Florida State team, although not a traditional Seminole squad, still has too much talent for the Buffs to overcome.
Margot Schneider-Sports Writer-Overall: 4-2, Last Week: 4-2
(4) West Virginia 27, Maryland 17-If West Virginia scores half the touchdowns they did in the second half of their game against Marshall last week, they should secure a win over Maryland.
(24) Tennessee 20, (4) Florida 28-Even without receiver Andre Caldwell, Florida still has more than enough players to take a win over the Volunteers.
(10) Ohio State 13, Washington 10-This game screams upset, but for some reason I think Ohio State can quiet that voice down. I don’t see the Huskies’ offense overtaking the Buckeyes’ defense.
Notre Dame 20, Michigan 24-Lloyd Carr shouldn’t feel too safe just yet, even with a win over the Fighting Irish. It’s his turn against Penn State next week.
(16) Arkansas 17, Alabama 20-This will be a good game, but tough luck knocking ‘Bama out of their conference home opener.
(9) Louisville 31, Kentucky 35-Kentucky has a defense.
(1) USC 24, (14) Nebraska 17-LSU should be number one, but that doesn’t mean USC can’t pull out a win or three, even with too many injuries and quite a few young players filling those spots.
(19) Boston College 13, (15) Georgia Tech 10-This is going to be a real defensive struggle and I see the Eagles with more offensive playmakers.
CU 24, Florida State 31-It’ll be all CU the first half, and then all FSU the second. Eventually one of these teams is going to get a hold on playing the entire game, but probably not in this match-up.
Amanda Walck-Sports Writer-Overall: 3-4, Last Week: 3-4
(4) West Virginia 28, Maryland 17-Steve Slaton will keep the chains moving for West Virginia.
(24) Tennessee 21, (5) Florida 28-Tennessee is playing well this year, but I doubt they will beat the national champs.
(10) Ohio State 17, Washington 24-Washington is a force to be reckoned with this year and I don’t think the Buckeyes can keep up.
Notre Dame 24, Michigan 30-After two really disappointing weeks, Michigan has to finally win one, right?
(16) Arkansas 31, Alabama 28-Arkansas is ranked number one in rushing yards. Darren McFadden and Felix Jones will win this one for the Razorbacks.
(9) Louisville 35, Kentucky 27-Louisville is a powerhouse on offense, but they have to step it up on the defensive side of things if they want to win.
(1) USC 31, (14) Nebraska 21-Even in Lincoln, the Trojans can still beat the Huskers without even breaking a sweat.
(21) Boston College 14, (15) Georgia Tech 17-This one will be close, but the Yellow Jackets should pull it out at home.
CU 14, Florida State 28-The Buffs always start off strong, and then things start to fall apart. I have a feeling that Saturday will follow the same formula.
Brad Cochi-Sports Writer-Overall: 4-2, Last Week: 4-2
(4)West Virginia 31, Maryland 14-West Virginia just has too many weapons on offense for Maryland to keep up with.
(24)Tennessee 17, (5) Florida 24-Tennessee is a good football team but Florida won’t lose this early in the season.
(10)Ohio State 20, Washington 17-Washington upset Boise State and looked good doing it, but Ohio State will be ready for them this weekend. This game will be close but there will be no upset here.
Notre Dame 24, Michigan 21-Jimmy Clausen looked pretty good last week, this week he’ll look better. Plus, guaranteeing games is never a good idea. That means you, Mr. Hart. Michigan continues the streak.
(16)Arkansas 21, Alabama 24-This will be a close game, but Alabama will pull it out a win late in the game at home.
(9)Louisville 41, Kentucky 31-Louisville played down to a weak Middle Tennessee State defense last week. This week they will get back to scoring a lot of points. Their defense just has to keep Kentucky in the low thirties.
(1)USC 35, (14) Nebraska 24-USC holds at the number one spot.
(21) Boston College 17, (15) Georgia Tech 21-Both teams will score points off turnovers, but Georgia Tech holds on for the win in Atlanta.
CU 20, Florida State 31-Colorado will battle the Seminoles for the majority of the game, but Florida State will assert their dominance on national television.
Derek Schimmel-Sports Writer-Overall: 5-2, Last Week: 5-2
(4) West Virginia 45, Maryland 13-Steve Slaton … 200 yards.
(24) Tennessee 10, (3) Florida 21-Tim Tebow can’t win his first big game? He played in the BCS Championship game last season. Gators dominate in the swamp.
(10) Ohio State 35, Washington 21-An upset special for a lot of people. Jim Tressel is the best coach in the country, good enough to overcome the often-scrutinized Tyrone Willingham.
Notre Dame 0, Michigan 3-Come on, two of the worst teams in the country.
(16) Arkansas 24, Alabama 10-Darren McFadden keeps the Heisman Race interesting with Brian Brohm.
(9) Louisville 21, Kentucky 28-Andre Woodson will become a household name once Mel Kiper Jr. starts dominating ESPN. Kentucky will take it in this week’s upset special.
(1) USC 35, (14) Nebraska 13-Nebraska shouldn’t have beaten Wake Forest last week. USC is in a laugher.
(19) Boston College 14, (15) Georgia Tech 24-Georgia Tech has been impressive starting out this season. They’ll continue this short winning streak during prime time Saturday on ESPN 2, being stuck behind the game of the week on ESPN.
CU 35, Florida State 3-Why not?