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College football predictions: Picking a rout easy in OU-Texas

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: October 10, 2013

Picking OU-Texas games is easy. Always pick who won last season. And picking OU-Texas games never has been easier. When you see two straight routs, go for a third.

Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas: Sooners 62-10. Trevor Knight will have a huge game. Right after Blake Bell has a huge game.

Baylor at Kansas State: Wildcats 31-30. Upset special. Baylor was 0-4 on the Big 12 road in 2012, and its only road win in 2011 was in overtime at Kansas. The Bears are going to have to prove it to me.

Iowa State at Texas Tech: Red Raiders 39-10. I guess I better start getting serious about Tech. If the Red Raiders win here and next week at West Virginia, they come to Norman unbeaten.

Kansas at TCU: Horned Frogs 31-7. I’m being quite generous predicting that KU will score a touchdown. I frankly don’t see how.

Florida at LSU: Bayou Bengals 28-12. Killer schedule for LSU. LSU played Georgia last week, Florida this week. Meanwhile, Alabama is waltzing with Kentucky. 

Missouri at Georgia: Bulldogs 45-25. Missouri seems to exist in the shadows of the SEC. Of course, Missouri seemed to exist in the shadows of the Big 12, too.

Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Rebels 38-35. Upset special. Johnny Manziel is fantastic, but A&M didn’t get the memo that Big 12-rooted defenses are supposed to be good in 2013.

South Carolina at Arkansas: Gamecocks 28-20. Do you suppose Steve Spurrier wishes Jadeveon Clowney never had delivered that hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl. Seems like it created a monster.

Alabama at Kentucky: Crimson Tide 38-14. The Bill Curry Bowl. Or the Bear Bryant Bowl. Either way you want to look at it. Bear left UK and eventually ended up at Bama. Curry left Bama under fire and went to Kentucky.

Bowling Green at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 42-22. Mississippi State scored 26 points on LSU but gave up 59. The Bulldogs gave up 21 to OSU but scored only three. Yep, that Big 12 plays some defense.

Western Carolina at Auburn: Tigers 41-3. The SEC’s practice of scheduling I-AA opponents deep into the season is rather unflattering.

Arizona at Southern Cal: Trojans 27-24. Without Lane Kiffin, USC loses all semblance of interest to America.

Oregon at Washington: Ducks 52-37. Washington showed me something playing tough at Stanford. But Oregon is not Stanford.

Oregon State at Washington State: Beavers 26-14. Mike Leach has the Cougars 4-2, but there aren’t a ton of easy games left. He needs this one.

California at UCLA: Bruins 49-16. UCLA is a chic pick, suddenly. I’ll grant the Bruins this. They are the Pac-12 South’s best team.

Stanford at Utah: Cardinal 31-21. Lots of talk about faking injuries to slow down opponents. The solution is simple. A stiffer penalty for being injured. Sit out three or five plays, instead of one.

Colorado at Arizona State: Sun Devils 52-20. Will Buff football ever been relevant again? Not in Oklahoma, it won’t be, but maybe not even in the flatirons.

Indiana at Michigan State: Spartans 29-24. Don’t count out Michigan State to win the Big Ten’s M&N Division. Michigan, Northwestern, Nebraska. The Spartans could win it.

Northwestern at Wisconsin: Badgers 27-24. I see no reason why this won’t be the game of the day. Hardest game to pick all season.

Nebraska at Purdue: Cornhuskers 66-13. If Purdue could beat Kansas, I’d be surprised.

Michigan at Penn State: Wolverines 30-17. I’m afraid the sanctions and the general atmosphere are starting to catch up to the Nittany Lions.

Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech: Hokies 31-19. Typical Frank Beamer team. Gets better and better as the season moves on. But those early performances are brutal.

Virginia at Maryland: Terrapins 27-23. You would be hard-pressed to find two more disappointing teams last Saturday than these. A blowout loss to Ball State and a 63-0 loss to Florida State in a game that was billed as marquee.

Georgia Tech at Brigham Young: Yellowjackets 28-27. One of these is a rushing juggernaut. Is it: A) the triple option wizards from Tech? or B) the team that rushed for 550 yards on Texas? The answer is A.

Boston College at Clemson: Tigers 45-10. I know it’s shard to believe, but BC joined the ACC in 2005 and played in the league championship game twice its first four years.

Syracuse at North Carolina State: Wolfpack 32-23. I’m afraid we’re going to have to wait until basketball season to get excited about the Orange being in the ACC.

Navy at Duke: Blue Devils 38-32. Duke has mastered the art of playing bad teams that you’ve heard of.

Rutgers at Louisville: Cardinals 44-26. This game is on Thursday Night Football. No way exposure will help the Louisville cause.

Temple at Cincinnati: Bearcats 26-7. Tommy Tuberville lost to South Florida last week.Is it possible that the UC ship has sailed when it comes to football?

South Florida at Connecticut: Bulls 26-24. Until upsetting Cincinnati, South Florida seemed as good a pick as any as worst coaching job being done this season. Willie Taggart has been unimpressive. Of course, UConn’s firing of Paul Pasqualoni moved him to the top of the list.

Memphis at Houston: Cougars 33-24. Justin Fuente had the Tigers on the brink of an upset last week against Central Florida.

San Diego State at Air Force: Aztecs 31-24. Thanks to the plethora of cable channels, I’ve seen two San Diego State games this season. The Aztecs are better than Air Force.

San Jose State at Colorado State: Rams 30-24. I’m not too crazy about either team.

New Mexico at Wyoming: Cowboys 51-24. You know, the Mountain West might just be bad. Wyoming routed Air Force, then went to Texas State and lost by three touchdowns.

Hawaii at Nevada-Las Vegas: Rebels 26-14. I can’t think of a more boring game. I’m not sure I’d watch even if it was on a Wednesday night.

Boise State at Utah State: Broncos 35-20. Utah State lost quarterback Chuckie Keeton to a season-ending knee injury. There goes the season.

Tulsa at Texas-El Paso: Golden Hurricane 27-24. Bill Blankenship better act fast. He’s about to have a disastrous season on his hands.

East Carolina at Tulane: Pirates 41-21. Hey, when did the Green Wave get good. Tulane leads Conference USA’s West Division.

Rice at Texas-San Antonio: Owls 33-21. Rice might be the favorite in the C-USA West.

Marshall at Florida Atlantic: Thundering Herd 59-29. Marshall might be the favorite in the C-USA East.

Middle Tennessee at North Texas: Mean Green 19-17. Tough loss for Dan McCarney, to Tulane.

Alabama-Birmingham at Florida International: Blazers 48-19. Garrick McGee fired his defensive coordinator this week. That’s never a good sign.

Last week: 33-13. Season: 249-61.

 


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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