Thursday, September 23, 2010
Week 4 Big 12 predictions from ESPN
By ESPN.com staff
A weekly reminder (yes, there is still confusion in my mailbag), these are not my picks. My picks were posted this morning.
Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller:
Texas 30, UCLA 17: It's close at halftime. Then the Longhorns get mad in front of the home folks.
Big East blogger Brian Bennett:
Oklahoma 38, Cincinnati 17: You'd have to be an incredible optimist to go with the Bearcats in this one based on how both teams have played in the first three weeks. Sure, the Sooners had a couple of close calls with Utah State and Air Force, but Cincinnati hasn't yet showed the ability to beat a decent team. Oklahoma is too big and too fast for the Bearcats.
ESPN Insider Bruce Feldman:
Texas 28, UCLA 10: Both teams are coming off, by far, their best performances of the season. UCLA' s run game has been surprisingly sharp and MLB Patrick Larimore has stepped up and brought some much-needed toughness to the Bruins' D. Those are all good signs for the future, but I just don't see the shaky UCLA O-line and QB Kevin Prince producing against a fantastic UT defense on the road in a place where Texas has won 17 in a row.
Oklahoma 45, Cincinnati 21: The Bearcats are a mess right now with a suspect O-line and a pass D that is ranked 110th in the country. The latter is a bad deal considering they'll be facing Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles and a very potent OU offense.
Nebraska 55, South Dakota State 3: No one sleeps on the teams from the Dakotas any more. But this Nebraska team isn't Minnesota. The Huskers have a fantastic defense and a dangerous ground game. This team is rolling now and I don't see a team without the athletes to make some big plays being able to hang around.