OK, it's put up or shut up time for the backers of Alabama. For the past few weeks, the Tide's critics have been mounting as Coach Nick Saban's team has won one-dimensional (all defense) close games.
After a week to regroup, the unbeaten Tide deals with a team, LSU, that can beat them -- even in Tuscaloosa. But will they?
We say not this week.
LSU at Alabama: Mark Ingram revives his Heisman Trophy chances and the Tide continues its roll toward the SEC title game against Florida
The pick: Alabama 14, LSU 10
Oregon at Stanford: Some people are crowning Oregon as the best team in the country after the Ducks demolished USC last week. Not so fast, my friend. Oregon is good, Stanford is dangerous at home. But this week, at least, it won't matter.
The pick: Oregon 42, Stanford 28
Ohio State at Penn State: In August, this one looked like a potential Rose Bowl berth/BCS title game berth matchup. The BCS thing won't happen, but the Rose Bowl is a possibility for the winner, if Iowa stumbles or stops getting calls in its favor from Big Ten officials. Playing at home will be the difference.
The pick: Penn State 21, Ohio State 17
Vanderbilt at Florida: The Gators seem to have regained focus and momentum. Don't count on Florida coach Urban Meyer to take the foot off the pedal as Gator Tim Tebow continues his Heisman campaign.'
The pick: Florida 56, Vanderbilt 21
Oklahoma at Nebraska: Remember when this used to be THE game in not only the Big 12, but the rest of the country? You're not that old? Never mind. Oklahoma is playing for pride and beating up on Nebraska (the Huskers lost to Iowa State at home) will help.
The pick: Oklahoma 41, Nebraska 14
Last week: 4-1
Season to Date: 29-16
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell