College Football

Pick 6 – Week 4 (College Edition)

This is the fourth edition of the 2014 ‘Pick 6′ feature, where our staff makes their picks for 6 of the top games of the week.  There are some excellent games this weekend – some in-conference, some final out-of-conference matchups.  Should be an exciting week 4.  Here’s this week’s games:

1. (22) Clemson at (1) Florida St
2. Miami at (24) Nebraska
3. Florida at (3) Alabama
4. Virginia at (21) BYU
5. Mississippi St at (8) LSU
6. (5) Auburn at (20) Kansas St

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Taylor Venema (15-3 overall, 5-1 last week):
1. Florida State – had Clemson not looked so terrible in the second half against Georgia I might feel differently, but I don’t know if the Tigers’ offense is there yet to challenge the ‘Noles.
2. Nebraska – though it’ll probably be ugly. Despite so-so results the Canes’ D is pretty good and this may be the game where we finally see what happens when an opponent chokes out NU’s big plays. But the UM offense looks so bad I’m not at all worried about an upset.
3. Alabama – Kiffin’s offense against Muschamps’ defense in a matchup of 2006’s hottest coordinators.
4. BYU – Though two games UVA has shut down some pretty good offenses in UCLA and Louisville, but I don’t think the Cav offense has the weapons to hang with Taysom Hill.
5. LSU – in a rout.
6. Auburn – next to Michigan State/Oregon, this was the game I was most excited to watch this season. If anyone can slow down the Malzahn O it’s the Snyder D, but I don’t think the Wildcats can keep pace for four quarters.

Chris Hatch (12-6 overall, 3-3 last week):
1. Florida State. I bet Jameis Winston stands up on a table and delivers a rousing speech about killing some—okay, nevermind.
2. Nebraska. Finally a chance for past-clinging zealots and hand-wringing present-tensers to unite and cheer at the same time. The glories of the past reconciling with the hope for the future. I think the atmosphere for this one will be tremendous. Drunk on nostalgia and keg-beer hopefully Nebraska fans crank up the crunk and bring the #hiphophogwash noise.
3. Bama. Will Muschamp doesn’t have the goods. He has salon-quality hair. And that’s it.
4. BYU. Just because?
5. Mississippi State. I hate picking all chalk, so I’ll go with a major upset. I know it’s in Death Valley, but I just feel like this LSU team is bound to go down to a lesser opponent at some point.
6. Auburn wins. Their margin of victory will be directly proportional to the height of Bill Snyder’s waist band on his Khakis. Very high.

Danny Troutman (12-6 overall, 4-2 last week):
1. Florida State – Despite Jameis’ 1/2 game suspension, I think the ‘noles still take it.  It’ll be a little closer than it would have, but they still win big.
2. ‘skers take it.  Partially a homer pick, but I’m fine with that.  I think some things are greatly [even more] exposed this week, for instance the wide open RBs catching passes out of the backfield.  Duke Johnson will make sure that’s exploited.  Offensive line will continue to struggle.  But I think Nebraska takes it in a close game.  The spread is -7.0 and I think Miami beats it.
3. Alabama – They’re not gonna lose in Tuscaloosa to a team that’s a shadow of their former self.
4. Virginia – Both teams have had some an upset already.  I think this will be a good battle, but I think the Cavs take it.
5. LSU here.  Thought about picking the upset here.  Probably would have if it were a home game for them.
6. Auburn – should be a slaughter.  KSU has been none too impressive thus far.

Derek Hernandez (12-6 overall, 4-2 last week):
1. NOLES. It won’t be the laugher of last season, but FSU knows how to rise up for a big game. They won’t be ambushed by the Tigers in this one.
2. Canes. Before the season started I said NU would lose to either Fresno St. or Miami. Well…the Hurricanes will expose NU’s slow linebackers by running crossing routes and having Duke Johnson flair out of the backfield all night. Sorry, Huskers. I don’t even think Miami is any good, but I don’t think the Huskers are that great either.
3. Bama. Florida actually looks like they have a functioning offense this year, but I don’t see them going to T-Town and upsetting the Tide.
4. BYU. I’m on the Taysom Hill bandwagon.
5. Bulldogs. My upset special of the week. I’m a big fan of Dan Mullen and I think he gets a breakthrough win for his program behind the play of QB Dak Prescott.
6. War Eagle. I don’t even think this is going to be close. I mean, if ISU can hang with KSU, what’s Auburn going to do to them?

Anthony Amico (11-7 overall, 3-3 last week):
1. Florida State
2. Nebraska
3. Alabama
4. BYU
5. LSU
6. Auburn

Brian Brashaw (11-7 overall, 5-1 last week):
1. Florida State – In a matchup of two overranked teams.
2. Nebraska – I think this game will go a long way in us finding out if Nebraska is good.
3. Bama – Tide rolls.

4. BYU – Tough road trip for the Cavs.
5. LSU – Just good enough.
6. Kansas State, -Interesting match up, but this pick is simply anti-SEC. No other reason.

Tim Freburg (10-8 overall, 3-3 last week):
1. Clemson – Why not? Jameis is out for the first half. Plus, when Nebraska actually has one of the marquee games of the day, there has to be something big to deflect attention from it, right?
2. Nebraska – Home game, night game, big game. We all know which way this SHOULD go — but why am I so terrified of it? Oh, right, because Nebraska’s track record in these games is quite spotty.
3. Alabama – Tide rolls Gators.
4. BYU – #TaysomHill
5. LSU – The Tigers have scored something like 108 straight points since trailing 17-0 against Wisconsin. At home, I expect them to keep rolling.
6. Auburn – I’m guessing we’ll get a competitive first half before KSU lets it get away from them.

Here were last week’s games and the rankings for NCB’s championship through week 3.

1. (6) Georgia at (24) South Carolina
2. Tennessee at (4) Oklahoma
3. (12) UCLA at Texas [AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX]
4. Nebraska at Fresno St.
5. (21) Louisville at Virginia
6. Arkansas at Texas Tech

1. Taylor Venema (15-3, 5-1) still in 1st.  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Virginia, Arkansas.
2. Chris Hatch (12-6, 3-3).  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, LouisvilleTexas Tech.
2. Danny Troutman (12-6, 4-2).  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Virginia, Texas Tech.
2. Derek Hernandez (12-6, 4-2).  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Louisville, Arkansas.
5. Anthony Amico (11-7, 3-3).  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, LouisvilleTexas Tech.
5. Brian Brashaw (11-7, 5-1) on the up and up.  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Virginia, Arkansas.
7. Tim Freburg (10-8, 3-3).  Picked Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, LouisvilleTexas Tech.

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