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Post Thank goodness for Kelly Quinlan

Friday September 8, 2006

Kelly was the only guy who kept me out of last place in last week’s UGASports.com media pick ’em. 7-3 straight-up isn’t terribly good, but at least I’m in good company with ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. Mark Weiszer of the ABH needs to hop a plane to Vegas. This week is the on-the-road edition where I pick six of ten road teams to win.

Georgia at South Carolina: Georgia’s the better team, but South Carolina has plenty of tactics it can use to make this game close.

Ole Miss at Missouri: I think the Rebels will continue to settle in behind the new quarterback, but one of the nice surprises last week was the play of tailback BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Ole Miss will need to play better defense, but they should have enough firepower to hold off a lukewarm Missouri team.

Colorado State at Colorado: Colorado will rally around this game as they try to forget the humiliating loss to Montana State. If they can’t win this rivalry game, stick a fork in their season. They’re still searching for answers on offense, and I think they won’t find them for a while.

Ohio State at Texas: Much is being made of Ohio State’s losses on defense, but I’m not entirely sold on their offense yet. Ginn and Smith are fine talents, but they will need the balance of a running game. My money is on Texas and Gene Chizik whose last loss as a defensive coordinator was in 2003 to Georgia.

Clemson at Boston College: This is the first test of Clemson’s lofty ranking. Lose on the road to BC and stay out of the Top 20 for the next year or two.

Texas State at Kentucky: Many states have "State Universities" with decent sports programs. N.C. State. Ohio State. Mississippi State. Louisiana State. Montana State. Texas is not one of those states.

Arizona at LSU: Arizona isn’t as bad as they used to be, but they’re not as good as LSU.

Minnesota at California: This is the one game where I really go against the grain this week. I believe that Minnesota has every bit the amount of scoring potential that Tennessee did. The real question is Cal’s offense. We know Lynch is legitimate, but can the quarterback duo settle into this new offense? It’s a lot asking the Gophers to go on the road and beat a mad and talented Cal team, but I’m saying they can do it.

Penn State at Notre Dame: Penn State begins to realizes that last season was like the movie Awakenings where catatonic patients left for dead wake up and experience a brief period of vitality before slowly slipping back into their vegetative states.

Oregon at Fresno State: The Ducks looked mighty impressive against Stanford. Fresno becomes an early scratch from the "BCS Buster" list.

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