As stackjr put it, my picks last week were weak. I went 4-4. Many of you did that same. I didn't see Baylor beating Missouri (congrats, Bears) or Nebraska upsetting Oklahoma. Let's try to make some better predictions this week.
Utah at TCU: Dan Jenkins called this the biggest game at Amon G. Carter Stadium since 1955. Jenkins would know. The longtime sportswriter and novelist is a TCU season-ticket holder and has seen or covered many games in Fort Worth. The sellout crowd and new uniforms should really excite the Frogs. But Utah is a solid team that knows how to win, which makes the fact that TCU is such a heavy favorite surprising. Utah's freshman quarterback, Jordan Wynn, has a real challenge in his second collegiate start. Look for TCU to disrupt the Utah offense with various formations and for Andy Dalton to do just enough against a stingy Utah defense to get the victory. BTW, I'll be in Fort Worth blogging and chatting at the game. Join me. Prediction: TCU 24, Utah 14
Texas at Baylor: I can't see the Longhorns looking past Baylor this week. The Bears just won a road game at Missouri, something I'm sure the Texas coaches reminded their players about this week. Texas has too much firepower. Look for Colt McCoy to put up some numbers and continue to make his case for Heisman Trophy consideration. And don't be surprised if the Longhorns' secondary gets involved in the scoring, either. This is a tremendous Texas defense. Prediction: Texas 44, Baylor 13
Texas A&M at Oklahoma: Both teams are looking to rebound from tough losses last week. Watch Sooners quarterback Landry Jones in this game. We're going to learn a lot about him. He threw five interceptions last week. Can he forget about that and bounce back this week? How will he respond if he throws an early interception Saturday? My bet is he plays well and the Sooners win. Oklahoma's defense played well against Nebraska last week. They need a similar performance this week. The Aggies keep it close early. Prediction: Oklahoma 35, Texas A&M 24
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State: Who will start at quarterback for Texas Tech? It could be Taylor Potts. Oklahoma State is the only other ranked Big 12 team besides Texas right now. And they should have plenty of motivation: If they keep winning, they'll play in a top-flite bowl. This should be a great matchup between two evenly-matched teams. But I'll take the Cowboys at home. Prediction: Oklahoma State 27, Texas Tech 24
UTEP at SMU: The Mustangs will face the best running back they've seen all year when Donald Buckram comes to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Buckram is fourth in the nation in rushing at 131.22 yards per game. SMU has a lot on the line on Saturday. A win and they are bowl eligible and probably headed to Hawaii. I can tell you that despite the attendance at last week's Rice game, SMU fans are excited. They should be. And they'll go bowling this year. Prediction: SMU 28, UTEP 21
North Texas at Florida International: It's not too late for the Mean Green to go on a run. They could start with Florida International. UNT did not run the ball well last week in a loss to Louisiana-Monroe (the La.-Monroe defense is 12th in the nation against the run). I think they're extra motivated to fix that Saturday. Look for Lance Dunbar to play well against a defense that is No. 118 against the run. Prediction: North Texas 38, Florida International 28
Your turn. What are your picks for this week?