2010 NCAA College Football Pick’em: Week 5

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It was all even-steven for us in week four.  West Virginia didn’t do enough to beat LSU, but they did do enough to cover the large 11-point spread, while Boise State did win by an impressive 13 points, but when the spread has them at -17.5, that simply isn’t impressive enough.  As for our third game on the weekend, the bookmakers were right on as Oregon recorded an 11-point victory over Arizona State, which is exactly what they set the line at.  Perhaps somebody should give these guys a raise!

So with that, week four was quite reminiscent of our entire season in general.  An even 1-1-1 performance leaves us with an even 4-4-1 record on the season.  Now it’s time to put some winners together and make some money.

Here is a look at our predictions for week five.

Game: (7) Florida at (1) Alabama
Spread: Alabama -8
Pick: Alabama
Reason: The Alabama Crimson Tide got their scare last week in Arkansas when the came away with a thrilling 24-20 over the #10 ranked Razorbacks.  This week wont be any easier as Greg McElroy and company welcome the Florida Gators to Tuscaloosa.  These two teams met last year in the SEC Championship game at a neutral site, and it was the Crimson Tide who would come out on top by a score of 32-13, on route to a National Championship title.  This time around Alabama will still have the services of Mark Ingram, McElroy and Julio Jones, while the Gators will be without Tim Tebow, who has moved on to the NFL.  Looks for Alabama to take advantage of a rowdy crowd on route to another big win over their conference rivals.

Game: (9) Stanford at (4) Oregon
Spread: Oregon -7
Pick: Stanford
Reason: Most expect this game to be a shootout between two potent offenses, but don’t be surprised to see the Stanford defense find a way to contain the high flying Oregon offense.  On the other side of the ball, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has made a case for Heisman consideration, and we expect him to once again put up some nice numbers and get a great deal of help from his strong offensive line and smash-mouth running game.  Looks for Stanford to keep things close for the entire 60 minutes and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them pull out the victory on the road in this battle of the best in the PAC-10.

Game: (21) Texas at (8) Oklahoma
Spread: Oklahoma -2
Pick: Oklahoma
Reason: Last week’s loss to UCLA was a warning sign for the Longhorns.  This is not the same team that lost to Alabama in the 2009 National Championship Game.  With an absent rushing attack and an inexperienced quarterback,, the Longhorns will need to find a way to get the ball into the end zone more efficiently, but it wont help that one week after their upset loss they will have to take on their Big 12 rivals, Oklahoma.  The Sooners have weapons on offense, including running back DeMarco Murray, quarterback Landry Jones, and receiver Ryan Broyles.  Looks for these playmakers to make enough big plays to give the Sooners a victory in what should be another close game in this Red River rivalry.

Current Record: 4-4-1 (Last Week: 1-1-1)

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