Finally we get into the part of the season in which conference match-ups dominate the schedule.  I know that CFB doesn't have a preseason, but the last month has had that preseason feel for most games. 

With games like Auburn at South Carolina, Michigan State at Ohio State, Clemson at Virginia Tech, Alabama at Florida, and Nebraska at Wisconsin on the slate, it feels like October.  Last week I came away with a 16-4 mark. 

For the season I stand at 64-16.  Not bad, except KVV editor Joel Barker is making me look amateur with his 69-11 record in the same games.

 

Thursday, September 29

#16 South Florida (4-0) at Pittsburgh (2-2) – USF all of a sudden looks like a legitimate Big East title contender.  Bulls 34-23

 

Friday, September 30

Utah State (1-2) at Brigham Young (2-2) – I incorrectly picked against BYU last Friday, so since I can’t beat them, I’m joining them.  Cougars 29-28

 

Saturday, October 1

#14 Texas A&M (2-1) vs. #18 Arkansas (3-1) – Both teams lost on big stages last weekend, and one will do so again this Saturday.  Hogs 30-27

Minnesota (1-3) at #19 Michigan (4-0) –The UM schedule is notoriously back-heavy, as proved by this conference opener.  Wolverines 37-14

Northwestern (2-1) at #24 Illinois (4-0) – At least this one’s not being played at Wrigley.  Both end zones can be used this time.  Illini 26-19

Mississippi State (2-2) at Georgia (2-2) – I almost went with the old “Just pick the Bulldogs and you’re guaranteed to get it right.”  Ok, I actually went with it.  UGA 31-27

Penn State (3-1) at Indiana (1-3) – For all 800 in attendance, this one will be a yawner.  Nittany Lions 27-18

Air Force (2-1) at Navy (2-1) – The Naval Academy almost took down USC east two weeks ago, while the AFA has beaten two FCS programs so far.  Midshipmen 32-28

Kentucky (2-2) at #1 LSU (4-0) – The Bayou Bengals won’t need a walk-off Hail Mary to pull this one out.  Tigers 37-7

Buffalo (1-3) at Tennessee (2-1) – With four conference games to follow, UT is likely to come out looking ahead.  Volunteers 35-20

Nevada (1-2) at #4 Boise State (3-0) – The Wolfpack was the only squad to knock off Boise last season.  Expect harsh revenge.  Broncos 49-12

Auburn (3-1) at #10 South Carolina (4-0) – Last year’s SEC title game participants appear to be headed different directions early in the season.  Gamecocks 34-28

#15 Baylor (3-0) at Kansas State (3-0) – BU quarterback Robert Griffin III has the name of a stock broker but the game of a potential Heisman finalist.  Bears 33-25

#21 Georgia Tech (4-0) at North Carolina State (2-2) – The GT running attack is a machine that is sometimes well-oiled but occasionally broken down.  It will work this week.  Jackets 41-24

Michigan State (3-1) at Ohio State (3-1) – Surprising that this one features two unranked squads.  Spartans 30-20

#13 Clemson (4-0) at #11 Virginia Tech (4-0) – A possible preview of the ACC title game.  Defense will win this one.  Hokies 31-23

#3 Alabama (4-0) at #12 Florida (4-0) – Pretty soon, the SEC will be coached entirely by Nick Saban and his former assistants.  Tide 24-21

#8 Nebraska (4-0) at #7 Wisconsin (4-0) – This is going to be one of those games where you’re watching on TV saying, “Which team is which?”  Badgers 36-26

Notre Dame (2-2) at Purdue (2-1) – So far I’m 1-3 this year picking games involving UND.  Since they have a better record than me, I’ll side with them this week.  Irish 29-21

Ole Miss (1-3) at Fresno State (2-2) – Anyone else just aching with anticipation for that Ole Miss vs. Kentucky game on November 5?  Bulldogs 28-24