Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 14: RIVALRY WEEK)

That's right, ladies in gentlemen, it's the second MOOOST WONDERFUL WEEEEEK OF THE YEEEAR! (next to Bowl Week, which is slowly approaching) So, let's not waste any time!

Last Week
Overall: 2-3
Upsets: 1-3

Season
Overall: 51-19
Upsets: 11-10


12:00pm -- #2 Florida State @ Florida -- ESPN

This is easily my favorite season in Gator history. And it's not getting any better today. FSU is favored by 28.5 and I would take them with the spread in a heartbeat. If they don't hang at least half a hundred on the Gators, the Buckeyes should play for the national title.

Hobbitcore sez: Florida State

12:00pm -- #3 Ohio State @ Michigan -- ABC

On paper, this one looks like a blowout too but I'm not sure the Buckeyes are the world-beaters everyone thinks they are and the Big House is always rocking for the biggest game of the year. This one could be closer than the experts think, at least for a while. I'm not ready to wake up the Upset Hobbit but he did mumble something about "don't count out the Wolverines" in his sleep sooo...

Hobbitcore sez: Ohio State


GAME OF THE WEEK
3:30pm -- #1 Alabama @ #4 Auburn -- CBS (UPSET ALERT)

This is a really, REALLY tough game to pick. Auburn runs the ball like no one else in the country but Alabama is built to stop the run. The most success teams have had against the Tide this year has been picking on their inconsistent secondary. The thing is, Auburn's running game is at its best when they're able to pepper in some effective throws when the opponent starts to creep up to the line of scrimmage. Alabama's offense has also been inconsistent but Auburn's defense has been as well. The Upset Hobbit keeps whispering "team of destiny" in my ear after the "Prayer at Jordan Hare" two weeks ago. This game is also at Jordan-Hare so, against my better judgment, I'm going with my gut on this one.

Hobbitcore sez: Auburn

7:00pm -- #6 Clemson @ #10 South Carolina -- ESPN2

This is probably the most underrated rivalry game of all and this year's edition is going to be the best game you'll see on ESPN2 all year. Clemson has been quietly doing everything they've needed to do since getting blown away by FSU while South Carolina has kind of stumbled through their schedule, losing to Tennessee with close calls against Kentucky, UCF, and Florida. I have to go with Tajh Boyd in this one.

Hobbitcore sez: Clemson

7:00pm -- #25 Notre Dame @ #8 Stanford -- FOX

There's no reason I can imagine that Notre Dame might win this game. Stanford's defense will smother the Irish.

Hobbitcore sez: Stanford


7:45pm -- #21 Texas A&M @ #5 Missouri -- ESPN

As much as I'd love to pick Mizzou at home here against a shaky Aggie D, playing for a birth in the SEC title game, I think Mizzou's D is shakier and Johnny Manziel will be playing with a lot to prove. If it really is the thumb that's still bothering him, then I'm going to look stupid again but I'm going with Johnny Football.

Hobbitcore sez: Texas A&M

8:00pm -- #22 UCLA @ #23 USC -- ABC

This should be a great one. Two very solid, complete teams in a bitter rivalry. Neither team is in contention for the Pac-12 title game but there's more than enough to play for in this one. One has momentum on its side and the other just lost a heartbreaker that eliminated them from the Pac-12 title picture and the other has won 5 in a row. I'm taking the latter (USC) because the way they've responded to interim head coach Ed Orgeron has been amazing. If they win this one, it should be a no-brainer that he gets named the permanent head coach of the Trojans. I think they win this one for him.

Hobbitcore sez: USC