Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 12)

So, inevitably there comes a day when you just look stupid. For me, that day happened twice: last Thursday and last Saturday. It's funny because I used to take a lot more risks. A few years ago I probably would have picked Baylor and Stanford. Maybe I need to do some soul-searching and start taking more risks on this thing. Let's see what happens...

Last Week
Overall: 1-3
Upsets: N/A

Season
Overall: 47-14
Upsets: 9-6


3:30pm -- #25 Georgia @ #7 Auburn -- CBS (UPSET ALERT)

The Upset Hobbit seems convinced that this will be a better game than it might seem with Georgia slowly returning to full strength. The key, obviously, will be Georgia's ability to defend Auburn's running game but there are other things to watch for as well. Upset Hobbit will be looking to see who makes the most mistakes, specifically who turns the ball over. A big part of the success of Auburn's running game is their ability to make big plays downfield when the defense starts to creep up. But Nick Marshall has been inconsistent throwing the ball and Georgia knows how to create turnovers. If this were in Georgia, Upset Hobbit would probably pull the trigger but in Jordan-Hare, Auburn will likely pull it out.

The Upset Hobbit sez: Auburn

3:30pm -- #12 Oklahoma State @ #24 Texas -- FOX

I really think people are making a little too much out of Texas's winning streak. They won a big, emotional game against Oklahoma but haven't been too impressive since then--especially last week, giving up 40 points to West Virginia. I think the Cowboys' offense is too much for an inconsistent Longhorn D.

Hobbitcore sez: Oklahoma State


3:30pm -- #23 Miami (FL) @ Duke -- ESPNU

Everyone needs to calm down. Canes fans and others alike. There are actually Canes fans calling for Golden to be fired for some reason. Sure, they haven't looked great against inferior teams and got shellacked by better teams but put this in perspective. This is a very young team that has had a cloud hanging over it for several years and still Golden has done an excellent job putting them in a position to win games. A 10 win season is still in reach and the future looks very bright. FSU may be the best team in the country and although the Virginia Tech loss was ugly, it was also in the pouring rain and they were missing their best player in Duke Johnson--not to mention #1 receiver Phillip Dorsett, who has been out since early in the year. I like the Canes to respond big in a must-win game.

Hobbitcore sez: Miami

8:00pm -- #4 Stanford @ USC -- ABC (UPSET ALERT)

This is another one that could be better than expected. USC has been improving and they match up well with the Cardinal. This will be a good old fashioned smash-mouth football game that will be closer than the experts think but ultimately the style will play to Stanford's strengths and they'll pick up the win.

Hobbitcore sez: Stanford