Maryland at Georgia Tech- Lets start with a game I blew last week. How about those Hokies. Anyway, if you can go into Blacksburg and blow out Virginia Tech, then you should beat Maryland at home. Calvin Johnson has made a quarterback out of Reggie Ball. Georgia Tech should make a mess out of Maryland.
Purdue at Iowa- Iowa needs to forget what happened last week against Ohio State. Most people, outside of Auburn, believe that Ohio State is the best team in the country. But, to be honest, Iowa did not play very well last Saturday night. Drew Tate needs to focus on the task at hand and not make the mental mistakes. Purdue is on the bottom of the Big Ten bowl pecking order and should not be taken lightly.
After getting pounded by Notre Dame last week, Purdue is in need of making a statement, along with Iowa. Iowa still has BCS wild card hopes. They go out the window with a loss. They won't, Iowa by a healthy margin.
Tennessee at Georgia- You would have been hard pressed before this season to say that this would be a major game for the SEC East, then Tennessee beat Cal to open the season and make the rest of the country take notice.
In many people's minds, the Georgia Bulldogs were supposed to finish no worst than second in the country's toughest division. While that still might be the case, an injury to starting quarterback Joe Tereshinski injured his ankle leaving the duties to more than eager freshman Matt Stafford. Stafford struggled. He struggled in a near loss to hapless Colorado, and struggled against Ole Miss last week.
Tereshinski is back for this prime time tilt, but not quite battle tested this year, which cannot be said for Volunteer quarterback Erik Ainge. Ainge has looked good at times, great at others. Now, the resurgent Vols go into Athens as the more confident team. With a loss at home to Florida, this becomes a must win game. For Georgia, they can gain a leg up before their "World's Largest Dr Pepper Party" in Jacksonville as the Gators await in two weeks.
Tereshinski needs to assert control if Georgia wants to see BCS, Tennessee knows that. Which is why the Vols win by six.
LSU/Florida, Texas/Oklahoma, and Oregon/Cal tomorrow.
While you await with tremendous anticipation for the release of this week's ITB preview podcast, I can go on the record for all of my six picks before the game. Mwahaha.
Actually for the record, they recorded it last night so the Maryland/Georgia Tech prediction is legit (and also Saturday, but I like this line), especially of Maryland wins. Mwahaha. Speaking of records, I went 4-2 last week. I leave for Vegas tomorrow, you will soon be able to call me at 1-900...oh, yeah, my picks.
The halfway mark of the '06 season is next week, something that will be lost amongst the post-game discussion of this week's slate.