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Jersey Contest: Week 11 -- Blogger Picks

If you haven't made your picks, you can do so here.  The deadline is tonight at 11.59 PM PT.

Here are your weekly game picks from the ATQ bloggers. Nick and Dave's comments were submitted without comment.

Northwestern at


Michigan State at


Tennessee at



at TCU


at California

Jared Illinois Purdue Tennessee TCU Arizona
Nick Illinois Purdue Mississippi TCU California
Dave Northwestern Purdue Tennessee TCU Arizona
Dominic Illinois Purdue Tennessee TCU Arizona
Jeremy Northwestern
Mississippi TCU
Paul Illinois Purdue Tennessee Utah Arizona

Northwestern Wildcats at Illinois Fighting Illini:

Jared: Illinois is more talented, and you know what, they should win this game, and seem to finally be on track. Then again, they are coached by Ron Zook, one of the worst game coaches in college football. But, Illinois has been rolling the last two games. I think that can continue for one more game. Pick: Illinois

Dominic: Northwestern is going to get more love than it should for beating Iowa last week and even though my high school shares their fight song, I just don't see them beating Illinois. After getting crushed in the early part of the schedule, the Illini have found a groove in winning their last two games. Pick: Illinois

Jeremy: I really hate this match-up. I guarantee I won't be watching this thriller. Northwestern is already bowl eligible, which may or may not be a surprise in the mostly crappy Big 10 this year. I'll take the smart guys over the better athletes who can't seem to figure out how to play like better athletes. Pick: Northwestern

Paul: Northwestern is coming off its biggest win of the season, and the program's best in at least a half decade after knocking off Iowa last week. And that just about guarantees a letdown. I've not been impressed with Illinois this year, but they're on a bit of a winning streak and playing at home, so I'm going with 'em. Pick: Illinois

Michigan St. Spartans at Purdue Boilermakers:

Jared: Purdue is favored and Bill C has them by 9. Pick: Purdue

Dominic: Purdue appeared to have righted the ship until they ran into Wisconsin two weeks ago on Halloween. Losing that big can never be fully discounted but the game was at Camp Randall. How did the Boilermakers bounce back? By handing Michigan a 38-36 loss. Purdue needs this game a lot more than Michigan State and being the last game at Ross Ade for the senior class, time to send them out in style. Pick: Purdue

Jeremy: Sparty is probably playing more consistent football, though that last-second TD against Iowa kinda cooked their goose for a pretty good season. Purdue isn't a push-over at home. If the Boilers can get their running game going and get a decent game from Elliot, I think they can get this one. Pick: Purdue

Paul: Really? Another Big Ten game to pick?  As if the Northwestern/Illinois game wasn't bad enough... I'll take Purdue, solely because the Ducks beat them and it makes Oregon look better.  I also think they could easily be 7-3, so they clearly have talent. At 4-6 with two games remaining, there's motivation to get bowl eligible.  Pick: Purdue

Tennessee Volunteers at Mississippi Rebels:

Jared: Here are two teams with serious issues. Tennessee had some hilarious off the field issues a few nights ago in one of the most pathetic robbery attempts of all time. Mississippi is just a bad football team, and are proving yet again how important line play is. Tennessee's offense is improving, and their defense is one of the best in the country. Pick: Tennessee

Dominic: How will the legal troubles affect Tennessee? I'm betting not a whole lot. Lane Kiffin has been managing distractions all year, even if they've mostly been his own doing. I like the Volunteers' play against South Carolina, but giving up 28 points to Memphis? That is the only reason why I'm a little nervous on the pick. Like I said though, only a little nervous. Pick: Tennessee

Jeremy: Was there a bigger pre-season poser than Mississippi? Then again Tennessee has become a punchline off the field, and they lost to UCLA for the love of Juju. That alone is pathetic. I'm sitting here looking at the SEC standings wondering, why no one is talking about the SEC being WAAAAAAY down this year? Where's the depth? Is it 6-4 Georgia? Or 7-3 Auburn. What a bunch of crap. Pick: Mississippi

Paul: Tennessee's starting to pick up steam, having won 3 out of its last 4 games with the only loss coming to No. 2 Alabama. They become bowl eligible with a win over Ole Miss on the road, which has also won 3 out of its last 4. But Ole Miss is already postseason eligible, so I like Tennessee's motivation, especially with former Rebels' head coach Ed Orgeron, the Vols' current associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, returning to Oxford to face many of his former recruits after getting the shaft two years ago. Pick: Tennessee.

Utah Utes at TCU Horned Frogs:

Jared: Utah is not a great football team, and have not really accomplished anything of substance this season, besides a close loss to Oregon. TCU is stronger on both sides of the ball. I think the Horned Frogs will dominate this game. FWIW, Bill Connelly of RockMNation is projecting TCU by 27 points. Pick: TCU

Dominic: TCU is going to a BCS bowl. Mark it down. TCU's win against BYU on their field really impressed me. Utah suffered too many losses in the offseason and TCU has the world to play for. Pick: TCU

Jeremy: TCU's defense is bad ass. More bad ass than Utah's offense. The Horned Frogs will take away the running game and force Terrance Cain to beat them through the air. He'll keep it close, but I think Utah will find it very difficult to match their normal scoring output. Pick: TCU

Paul: This is the game of the weekend...especially if you're a Boise State fan.  I like Utah coming into this game, but I'm not exactly sure why.  I think there's something to be said for teams that have been there before, and by "there," I mean, "on the national stage."  The Utes proved doubters wrong when they unloaded on 'Bama in the Sugar Bowl last year.  Like BSU, they play well when it matters most.  And with Gameday in Fort Worth for the first time, all the pressure's on TCU to prove to the country that they belong in a BCS bowl.  I don't like that pressure, despite TCU being more talented, so I'm going with the Utes.  Pick: Utah

Arizona Wildcats at California Golden Bears:

Jared: Oh fun. Another chance to pick Mike Stoops on the road. Somehow, Cal is a 3 point favorite in this game, and I have no idea how that is possible. Cal has looked very poor on the offensive line, and their defense has been a disappointment. Arizona has been looking good, and I think that continues. Pick: Arizona

Dominic: Jahvid Best is out and I'm a Wildcat believer. What can you say about Nick Foles? The Bears just haven't lived up to expectations and I'm curious if the Golden Faithful still believe Andy Ludwig will be just fine? Even though I wouldn't mind seeing Arizona lose this game to give us some cushion, I think they win it going away. Pick: Arizona

Jeremy: I keep thinking Cal is going to pull it together and trip a ranked team up before it's all over. It didn't happen last week. Bottom line: Cal hasn't beaten a quality team yet. They won't this week either. Ask me again next when they play the Big Game at Stanford. Pick: Arizona

Paul: Everyone is talking about the USC/Stanford game as the Pac-10 game of the week.  But the real Pac-10 game of the week is in Berkeley on Saturday, with all sorts of conference implications.  These two programs are seemingly going in opposite directions.  Stoops is 2-3 all-time against Tedford, but he's won both in the last three years. Although it pains me to say it, I think Arizona is legit, and will prove it this weekend in a road rout over Cal. Pick: Arizona