- Kevin Gemmell, College Football
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As you might recall, Ted and I put together the Ultimate Road Trip series to get you through those difficult summer months and to justify our multi-million-dollar salaries, exotic cars and private jets we take to and from games. Since we're at the midpoint, we figured it might be fun to take a trip in the way-back machine and examine our picks through the first seven weeks and see if we need to alter travel plans for the remainder of the season.
Our pick: Washington State at BYU.
End result: The much anticipated Air Raid fell flat and the Cougars failed to score an offensive touchdown.
In retrospect: Nicholls State at Oregon State would have been the better call. At least you would have gotten your money back.
Our pick: Washington at LSU.
End result: I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. (Don't laugh, Steve Sarkisian said it made him nauseous, too).
In retrospect: Nebraska at UCLA or Wisconsin at Oregon State were far superior games.
Our pick: USC at Stanford.
End result: The Cardinal stunned the No. 2 team in the country.
In retrospect: This was the right call -- though the Holy War proved eventful as well.
Our pick: Cal at USC.
End result: Meh, a 27-9 victory for USC.
In retrospect: Oregon State at UCLA proved to be the far more entertaining game.
Our pick: Stanford at Washington.
End result: Ugly offense, but one of the most thrilling games of the year.
In retrospect: Arizona State crushed Cal on the road and Oregon State at Arizona was a thriller. But this was the best game given Stanford's top-10 ranking.
Our pick: USC at Utah.
End result: A fairly exciting game considering how it started, with a 14-0 Utah lead in the first three minutes.
In retrospect: Arizona and Stanford's overtime shootout was one of the most exciting games in college football this year.
Our pick: Stanford at Notre Dame.
End result: Plenty of defense in wet, sloppy conditions, and a controversial finish between two ranked teams.
In retrospect: Oregon State's win was huge at BYU considering the quarterback circumstances, but this was probably still the right call.
Our pick: Stanford at Cal.
In retrospect: The Arizona State-Oregon game, which has turned into one of the marquee games of the 2012 schedule -- and it's on Thursday night, so you could still catch a flight from Phoenix to the Bay Area for the Big Game.
Our pick: UCLA at Arizona State.
In retrospect: Oregon State at Washington is very intriguing, but we're sticking with this one given the Pac-12 South implications.
Our pick: Oregon at USC.
In retrospect: Arizona State at Oregon State looks a lot more interesting than it did, but Oregon-USC is still the most anticipated game in the Pac-12 this year.
Our pick: Oregon at Cal.
In retrospect: Swap NorCal for SoCal. Arizona State at USC is Week 11's game of the week. Oregon State at Stanford looks interesting -- especially since Stanford is at home. But we like the Sun Devils and Trojans this week.
Our pick: Stanford at Oregon.
In retrospect: Leaning more toward USC at UCLA for this week. Pending the outcome of the ASU-UCLA game in Week 9, and ASU-USC in Week 11, the South division title could be on the line. Stanford has shown nothing to suggest it will beat Oregon -- let alone at Autzen.
Our pick: Arizona State at Arizona.
In retrospect: Yikes -- tough choices here. But we're now leaning more toward the Civil War simply because of the national championship implications that could result from the outcome.
As you might recall, Ted and I put together the Ultimate Road Trip series to get you through those difficult summer months and to justify our multi-million-dollar salaries, exotic cars and private jets we take to and from games.