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Jersey Contest: Week 5 -- Blogger Picks

Have you made your picks for week 4 of the jersey contest yet?  If not, please submit your picks via this form before the deadline (tonight at 11:59:59 PM PT).  And, in case you were wondering, here's a list of all the users that have successfully submitted picks this week, as of 6:15 AM PT today.  Finally, here's what those of us at ATQ thought about this week's games:

Dave Nick Jared Jeremy Paul Takimoto Matt Daddy
Wisconsin at Michigan State MSU MSU Wisc Wisc Wisc MSU Wisc
Texas at Oklahoma
Arizona State at Oregon State
Florida at Alabama (-7)
Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama
Penn State at Iowa
Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa Penn State Iowa

Wisconsin at Michigan State [Jeremy]:

Tough call. Latest line has Sparty a 2-point favorite at home. Both are ranked. Both have been tested and came out on top. I'm not ready to acknowledge Wisconsin as a juggernaut just yet - their wins haven't been that convincing. Just the same, while MSU tricked their way past Notre Dame, their diet of Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Northern Colorado has done little to prepare them for the physical Badgers. These teams are just about even for offensive output, but Wisconsin has a slight edge with their defense. I'm going with Bucky Badger in a tight one.

Texas at Oklahoma [Paul]:

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Longhorns were a perfect 5-0 and favored over the somewhat struggling 3-2 Sooners heading into the annual Red River Rivalry. This year, the tables have turned. The Longhorns (4-1) are coming off a downright embarrassing loss to UCLA in which they were manhandled by what many believed was a bottom-feeding Bruins team. Oklahoma (4-0), on the other hand, has looked dominant at times in its first four games, and I'm guessing the Sooners are ready to cash in on their payback. But I don't think it'll be quite that simple. I think Oklahoma will win, but I think it'll be closer than most people are expecting. I was at last year's game in Dallas, and the atmosphere alone is enough to keep things close.

Arizona State at Oregon State [Dave]:

I could easily be made a fool by this pick, as Oregon State always starts to pick it up after September.  But from what I saw last week, ASU's offense is really, really good, and OSU defense is really, really terrible.  I think the Sun Devils are going to romp all over the porous Beaver defense, and get a tough road W in Corvallis.

Florida at Alabama (-7) [Nick]:

While Florida has won big in their first four games of the season, they have yet to play any marquee opponents.  Alabama, on the other hand, had a dominating victory against Penn State earlier in the season and is coming off of a come-from-behind victory on the road against Arkansas -- a game they probably should have lost, yet somehow found a way.  Florida is averaging a robust 37.8 points per game but are averaging only slightly more than 350 yards of total offense.  I expect the Gators to struggle to move the ball and score against Alabama, who will pound them with Mark Ingram.  Look for Alabama to cover easily and to knock Florida well out of the top-10.

Penn State at Iowa [Takimoto]:

On paper, Iowa is better on both sides of the ball.  Ricky Stanzi has appeared to be rid of the inconsistant play that plagued him the last two seasons, they're running the ball well, and the defense is allowing only 12 ppg.  Add that to the fact that Iowa is at home, and all signs point to a Hawkeyes victory.  But I'm picking Penn State.  Call it playing a hunch, call it blind guessing, but this game will be Robert Bolden's coming out party.  Against all logic, the Nittany Lions win.