This might be the worst week 5 we've seen in quite some time. No ranked teams are playing each other which left ESPN with the decision to go to South Carolina to watch a team that just lost to Indiana rebound in SEC play. I would have gone to Seattle or College Station.
Congratulations to the trio of DomerDore, Paint St. Paint, and Touchdown Jesus! for leading the way in week 5 with pick 'em records of 11-4. However, FigThings (NDZibby) holds on to this overall lead with a 55-22 record. He is the first person to go two consecutive weeks with the overall lead.
After starting 6-0 last week and feeling invincible I finished the weekend with a still-solid 10-5 record. Moving up the standings!
Big E: 50-27 (9th place)
Now for the picks this week...
UTEP (+27) at No. 25 Kansas State
The Wildcats are coming off a frustrating loss that could have drained them for preparation this week. UTEP gave Texas Tech a good game recently and I'll take the points for this 11 AM local start.
Wyoming (+28) at No. 9 Michigan State
MSU is averaging nearly 50 points per game while Wyoming has to make a long-ish trip back east for this one. So many indications that Sparty will cover but they're due for an offensive let down. Also, a noon start.
South Florida (+34) at No. 19 Wisconsin
I have zero faith in a team from Tampa traveling up to Madison and playing well. The Badgers were scary productive on offense last week and could face a team that does not want to be that close to Canada.
Tennessee (+17) at No. 12 Georgia
The Vols are coming off a bye and a moral victory in a defeat at Oklahoma in their last game. I think they can do just enough to slow down the Dawgs running game and keep this somewhat close.
No. 1 Florida State (-18.5) at N.C. State
Pick: Florida State
As mentioned in this week's TV Guide the Seminoles have had an abysmal record at NC State in modern times. That probably explains why this spread isn't 7 or 8 points higher. I bet NC State gets a rude welcome from FSU after starting with one of the weakest schedules in the country.
Arkansas (+9.5) at No. 6 Texas A&M
Don't look now but is Bret approaching DGT™ territory after a horrid start at Arkansas last year? The run game certainly has looked awesome in recent weeks and they are already at 1,298 yards and 17 touchdowns this year. I'm looking for that ground game to keep the Aggies offense off the field in a close game.
Western Kentucky (+7) at Navy
Pick: Western Kentucky
Most of Navy's games this year have been really close and WKU throws the ball all over the place. They'll put enough stress on the Middie's defense to cover or outright win.
No. 16 Stanford (-8) at Washington
UW appears to be working the kinks out with Cyler Miles and he's finally getting comfortable as the Huskies run the crap out of the ball. I think they matchup fairly well against Stanford.
Louisiana Tech (+33) at No. 5 Auburn
In recent times I wonder what Malzahn has done in the games after his offense has been stifled? I bet it isn't pretty for his opponents.
Cincinnati (+17) at No. 22 Ohio State
Pick: Ohio State
Early returns show us that Gunner Kiel might be real good but they also show that Cincinnati's defense might be all sorts of terrible. Perhaps the Bearcats move the ball with some success this weekend but when you're giving up almost 1,000 yards to Toledo and Miami (OH) how will you ever slow down Ohio State?
Missouri (+5.5) at No. 13 South Carolina
Pick: South Carolina
Was Missouri exposed last week? I'm going with, yes.
New Mexico State (+43) at No. 17 LSU
This should be a pissed off LSU team. There are few scarier things than a pissed off LSU team.
Memphis (+21) at No. 10 Ole Miss
Pick: Ole Miss
I've been buying Ole Miss stock this year. I don't think Memphis is going to make me re-think that position. Maybe Alabama or A&M later in the season. Not Memphis.
No. 8 Notre Dame (-9.5) at Syracuse
Pick: Notre Dame
A plummeting line late in the week makes me nervous, you guys.
No. 7 Baylor (-21) at Iowa State
On the one hand, Baylor lost at Iowa State last time they played in Ames. On the other hand last year's score was 71-7. When in doubt trust Baylor to run up the score, I guess.
Illinois (+21.5) at No. 21 Nebraska
Just a hunch that this will be a very close game with Nebraska escaping with a victory.
Oregon State (+9) at No. 18 USC
Pick: Oregon State
Like many of you I have not watched Oregon State play this year. USC typically does not play well in Corvallis but this one is in Los Angeles. Still scarred by that performance at Boston College.