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

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 13)

Another week, another upset or two I wish I had pulled the trigger on. And another embarrassing Canes loss. This has been a bit of a rough week for me and I've been pretty busy so I'm sure glad it's Saturday and I know I can't let my four or five adoring fans down!

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

Season
Overall: 49-16
Upsets: 10-7



3:30pm -- #12 Texas A&M @ #22 LSU -- CBS (UPSET ALERT)

This is a really tough pick. Two high powered offenses facing inconsistent defenses. LSU is 31-2 at home in the last five years (and favored by 5, surprisingly) but Johnny Manziel is undefeated on the road in his career. It's heart v. head again--Upset Hobbit's heart is telling him Johnny Football will go out with something to prove in the Heisman race and break out to lead his team to victory but his head is saying that LSU is just too tough at home and too balanced on offense for A&M's defense. We've been going head way too often. This week, we're going heart.

The Upset Hobbit sez: Texas A&M

3:30 -- #19 Wisconsin @ #25 Minnesota -- ESPN (UPSET ALERT)

It blows my mind that the Gophers are a 16.5 point home underdog, especially the way they've been playing over their last four games, since losing head coach Jerry Kill who is nursing his epilepsy after a seizure the morning of the Michigan game five weeks ago (a game Minnesota lost 42-13). As good as Wisconsin has looked this year, U.H. and I agree, you have to go with the inspired team with momentum on their side at home in a big rivalry game.

The Upset Hobbit sez: Minnesota


7:00pm -- #17 Arizona State @ #14 UCLA -- FOX (UPSET ALERT)

Another surprising home underdog. These are two very similar teams but man it's really hard to go against quite possibly the most underrated player in the country (though that's quickly changing): Myles Jack. His power and explosiveness will be the difference against a Sun Devil defense that doesn't do so hot against the run. The Upset Hobbit is dancing his hairy little feet off.

The Upset Hobbit sez: UCLA



7:45pm -- #8 Missouri @ #24 Ole Miss -- ESPN

These two teams may be a little closer than it seems. I'm interested to see how Mizzou does defending the running game of Ole Miss. Still, I don't think the Rebels can handle the Tiger passing game. I think Mizzou wins a shootout.

Hobbitcore sez: Missouri

GAME OF THE WEEK
8:00 -- #4 Baylor @ #10 Oklahoma State -- ABC (UPSET ALERT)

This is going to be a barnburner. Two potent, balanced offenses will put up lots of points. I think Baylor's defense will make just enough plays to keep them in a tough road test but I just think that this is too much pressure for a team that has never had to deal with this kind of pressure on the road in primetime. I like Oklahoma State to pull off the upset, even though U.H. is giving me shit for picking against the Cinderella story of this college football season.

The Upset Hobbit (begrudgingly) sez: Oklahoma State


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


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Never Thought I'd Want to High-Five a Teacher For Yelling at a Student, and I Was Right

So there's a video that's in the process of going viral right now and I'd like to say a word or two about it. I found it on Upworthy, which is pretty much the most prominent launchpad for liberal viral media. Here's the link to the post on Upworthy: http://www.upworthy.com/i-never-thought-id-want-to-high-five-a-teacher-for-yelling-at-a-student-but-i-was-wrong?c=ufb1

And here's the video itself:



SHAME IS NOT A TEACHING TOOL. SHAME IS NOT A TEACHING TOOL. SHAME IS NOT A TEACHING TOOL. I'll say it until I'm blue in the face. This made me sick to my stomach. For starters, did it ever occur to this woman that women (particularly women who don't look the way women are "supposed" to look--e.g. with an outward appearance that gives off some impression of queerness) are at least comparably open and vulnerable to oppression and persecution as are people of color? "You can change your hair" is a piss poor argument against people who are outwardly expressing the way they feel inside through their appearance. I get that people of color can't change their appearance but telling someone they have the "privilege" of being what society wants them to be instead of what they want to be in order to avoid persecution--um, yeah, that's still persecution. And OH, BY THE WAY, women CAN'T change their VERY VISIBLE appearance of being a woman any more than people of color can change theirs.

I don't know why this teacher felt the need to teach persecution and oppression by persecuting and oppressing and bullying her students and making them feel ashamed of their privilege but she's doing more harm than good. You can force people to acknowledge their privilege without rubbing their noses in it and alienating them. When this girl started to cry, she was feeling completely legitimate pain (wasn't that the whole point of the exercise?) but the teacher completely delegitimizes her pain with the horribly callous statement: "Martin Luther King was shot. Are you in any physical danger here?" Was she TRYING to get the kid to leave so that she could make some sanctimonious point about how she "chose" to leave? And why does she have to apologize for the way she reacted when the way she reacted is THE WHOLE POINT? You can say she "chose" to leave all you want, but you're the one who LITERALLY SENT HER OUT OF THE ROOM for not apologizing. You may think you're teaching people to understand racism and privilege but you're also teaching them victim-blaming. You're teaching them to make their point at all costs, even at the expense of others. You're teaching them that their pain and suffering has no value when compared to someone who has it worse. What the hell kind of lesson is that to teach our children?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Misogyny In One Blog Post

So there's this article that seems to be making its rounds around the internets at the moment by this unbearable douchebag by the name of "Roger Sterling, Jr." entitled "Why Girls Should Not Cut Their Hair Short." The article is written for a [sarcasm]seemingly very nuanced and classy[/sarcasm] blog called "Total Frat Move" where Mr. Sterling is a regular contributor. If the title of the article doesn't already have your blood boiling, stay tuned. It gets so much worse. (And I get that it seems a little petty to reprimand some random blogger but the sentiments he expresses are symptomatic of a much more comprehensive cultural problem we have in our society with patriarchy and body image and this article is a good excuse to talk about it.)


I guess I shouldn't be particularly surprised or outraged at what spews out of the fingertips of a guy who thinks he's a character on Mad Men--or at least the illegitimate son of one (this is his avatar for his blog posts and his Twitter feed)--but as a HUGE short hair aficionado (and, frankly, as someone who doesn't consider women objects placed on Earth for the pleasure of men), this made me nauseous. I'm finding it difficult to even process the nine thousand ways in which this is despicable so I'm just gonna go through and pick out the particularly wretch-inducing bits.

We start with the first line...

"None of us grew up looking at or imagining ourselves with women rocking a solid scissor fade."

So right off the bat, this is all about what men* find attractive. He denies it at the end of the article (more on that later) but that's really all this is about. Looking pretty for men. Making men like you. Finding a suitable male to hitch your wagon to and carry you through life on his broad, sculpted shoulders. Or whatever.

* - and by "men" of course I mean Roger Sterling, Jr. and the vastly-smaller-than-he-realizes population of "us" he seems to think he's speaking for

He then begins outlining this ostensibly "disturbing trend spreading across gender lines" of women he used to find attractive cutting their hair short. First he singles out Beyoncé with a photo of her looking pretty fucking adorable if you ask me. But then shit gets real when he goes after Jennifer Lawrence:

"Though every chick on the planet begs 'Can we just be best friends? Why is she perfect?', you’d only bang her if she lost ten pounds. Now, shedding some lbs. might not even do it. Lawrence didn’t go full-on pixie short, but the results are equally disastrous.


Should have cut her dessert instead."

First of all, I don't know what kind of ridiculous standards of female bodies are harbored by Mr. 1960s Misogynist but you look at that photo and tell me that you think Jennifer Lawrence needs to lose ten pounds. No, I mean literally tell me if you think that. It will save me the trouble of being friends with you or respecting your opinions in any way.

Secondly, and more importantly, Mr. Sterling: FUCK. YOU. You are the reason anorexia exists. You really think Jennifer Lawrence (OR ANYONE) ought to give a shit if you would "bang her"?! It's bad enough you're castigating women for the unforgivable crime of not being someone you want to have sex with and literally telling them what they should and shouldn't do with their bodies (in order to make you want to have sex with them), now you're implying that a perfectly healthy-looking woman should lose ten pounds in order that you may deem her worthy of your penis? How many different kinds of disgusting do you have to be to implicitly designate yourself as some sort of objective arbiter of what is and isn't sexually attractive--to the point where you're telling ME (and anyone reading this) that I would "only bang her if she lost ten pounds"? Don't even get me started on the dessert snipe. That kind of maliciously misogynistic cheap-shottery masquerading as light comedy has no place in human society.

But ANYWAY, now it's up to Mr. Sterling--or at least he certainly seems to think it is--to put a stop to this nefarious trend:

"Girls, I’m here to save you from yourself."

OH, THANK GOD FOR THAT. THANK GOD FOR THAT AND THANK GOD FOR YOU.


Here he is, ladies. Your Knight in Shining Armor. Mounted on his faithful steed and here to carry you away from the metaphorical castle tower that is your own control over your own body like the damsel in distress you are. All of you. Just make sure that you never forget that 1. you all need saving, 2. only a man can save you, and 3. you owe that man EVERYTHING for saving you.

God Bless You, Mr. Roger Sterling, Jr.


The next section of the article is entitled "If Celebrities Can't Pull It Off, You Can't" and starts off with this brilliant gem:

"As SFPL noted in his brilliant social commentary on high-waisted shorts, just because a celebrity or a supermodel can pull something off, does not mean you can. You might look at Rihanna and think That’s edgy. That’s worth aiming for, but she also rocks the 'I just got punched by my boyfriend' look, so her judgment is questionable at best."

Oh, good. I was wondering when we were going to get to the domestic violence victim-blaming portion of this ridiculous diatribe. Because apparently the only thing a woman can do that's worse than being fat (or 10 pounds overweight, or NOT OVERWEIGHT AT ALL) is being beaten up by her boyfriend.

He then, however, outlines why this argument doesn't even apply because even celebrities can't "pull off" (whatever THAT means) short hair, comparing spandex-clad Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises to short-haired Les Mis Anne Hathaway (who, by the by, CUT HER HAIR FOR A FILM ROLE) and a lip-licking Emma Watson (this guy talking about watching Watson "lick her lips" makes me cringe and shudder and gag simultaneously) with her new short-haired look.


In the next section, he proceeds to deconstruct the female form piece by piece (object by object, if you will) to enlighten women on the things guys notice and the things they don't notice "unless they're spectacular or spectacularly awful." This is the part where the man tells the woman what things about her a guy isn't supposed to notice--OBVIOUSLY "tits, ass, legs, and a couple other things" wouldn't make this list. (Why do I feel like he only put "a couple other things" because he couldn't think of anything other than tits, ass, and legs but didn't want to seem like he couldn't think of anything other than tits, ass, and legs?) Because obviously, other than tits, ass, and legs, women are supposed to be invisible. Nothing else about a woman should stand out. Not even her eyes unless "they look photoshopped in real life or if they are hanging out of their sockets."

For the final section, we really need to take it as a whole because it truly brings the whole thing to a close in spectacularly slimy fashion...

"If there are acceptable times for a lady to have short hair, it is at the two extremes of her life. My grandma has short hair and it fits her. My one-year-old cousin does, too, and that’s fine. The difference between them and you is that they have no one to impress. If you’re in the female sweet spot, between the ages of 18 and 28, you certainly do.

'But we don’t cut our hair for men, we cut it for ourselves!' the tired chorus cries out. This isn’t just about impressing guys, though. All of those odd insecurities you have about your looks are only highlighted with short hair. Other girls will notice them immediately as well. If you have bad teeth or some other sort of imperfection, with short hair, you’re putting it front and center. Even if you don’t have a glaring flaw, there’s one thing of which I’m sure: your face is going to look fat. Need further proof? Look at that picture of ole Jennifer Lawrence above and remember that she looked fine before."

Oh, where to begin with this slop. It really hammers home the thesis that the main reason girls shouldn't cut their hair short is because they have people (mainly men) to impress that are far more important than their own happiness and comfort with their own bodies. The best part is that he turns around an insists that this isn't just about impressing men. It's not so superficial as that. It's much deeper and more important. It's about impressing other women, too. It's about hiding all those glaring flaws that make you impossible to love instead of highlighting them. Most importantly, however--and you KNOW this is most important because it's the very last point he makes--cutting your hair short will make your face look fat. Just look at ole Jennifer Lawrence's cellulite ass. She looked fine before. Now she's unfuckable. And so are you.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 11--THURSDAY EDITION)

So I've really been trying to avoid covering Thursday games this year because, frankly, as you've seen, it's hard enough to get this thing done by Saturday morning. This week, however, it was unavoidable as the two biggest games of the week are BOTH Thursday night games--one of them a matchup of two top ten teams and the other a meeting of two top five teams. Not including these would kinda defeat the purpose of this column so I'm coming at you early this week because I love you all and want you to be happy (or something).

ALSO THIS WEEK: I will be tweeting LIVE from the Miami/Virginia Tech game at Sun Life Stadium

Last Week
Overall: 4-0
Upsets: 0-1

Season
Overall: 46-11
Upsets: 9-6

THURSDAY

7:30pm -- #10 Oklahoma @ #6 Baylor -- FOX SPORTS 1

Baylor has been mighty impressive so far this year, averaging nearly 64 points PER GAME. But they still have yet to play a team with anything resembling a pulse and will now spend the next five weeks in the states of Oklahoma and Texas figuring out who they really are. As much as I would LOVE to see Baylor pull off this incredible dream season, they haven't faced anyone like the Sooners. Not even close. In fact, they struggled to put away an unranked Kansas State team that held onto the ball almost twice as long as the Bears. Not only is Oklahoma much better at ball control offense than anyone the Bears have faced, but their defense is holding opponents under 20 points per game. My heart says Baylor but my head is screaming Oklahoma.

Hobbitcore sez: Oklahoma

GAME OF THE WEEK

9:00 -- #3 Oregon @ #5 Stanford -- ESPN

I wanted so badly to pick Stanford in this game. I actually picked them to face Alabama in the national title game this year because the schedule lined up and Oregon had just lost Chip Kelly. Sadly, that has not been the story this year. Oregon has been scorching everyone on their schedule while Stanford has struggled to hang on against teams like Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, and Oregon State, even losing a game to Utah. On offense, they may actually be better than last year with the deep threat of Ty Montgomery but the defense at times this year has looked like a shadow of its former self. Oregon, on the other hand, has somehow improved in all aspects of the game, especially defense, where they've been holding opponents under 17 points per game. As tempting as it is to pick the Cardinal at home, I just can't do it.

Hobbitpick: Oregon 31, Stanford 23


SATURDAY

7:00pm -- Virginia Tech @ #11 Miami (FL) -- ESPN

THIS IS WHERE WE PRETEND LAST WEEK DIDN'T HAPPEN. No but seriously. None of us didn't see that coming. The Canes are a young team and the Noles are outrageously talented. Still, as much as that one hurt, the outcome of that game meant very little in the Coastal Division standings compared to this one. The team that wins this controls their destiny in the Coastal and has the inside track to get to the ACC championship game (to borrow a few tired old sports cliches). The Canes may be down after a blowout loss to their biggest rival but Virginia Tech appears to be coming apart at the seams with back-to-back losses to Duke and Boston College following six consecutive wins. The Canes might have some trouble bringing Logan Thomas down but the secondary will have no trouble keeping up with VT's receivers and the Hokies' mediocre ground game will be a non-factor. The VT defense will keep them in it for a while and the lack of Duke Johnson will hurt a lot but the Canes will make enough big plays with a healthy Stephen Morris behind center and Dallas Crawford behind him to pull off the win.

Hobbitcore sez: Miami

8:00pm -- #13 LSU @ #1 Alabama -- CBS

Maaan this is a tough one. Last time Bama faced an elite QB, Johnny Football lit them up for 464 yards through the air, 279 of which were accounted for by Mike Evans on all of seven catches. Now they face a guy in Zach Mettenberger who is a much better pure passer, has several dangerous weapons at WR and Jeremy Hill to hand the ball to. If anyone is up to the task, it's the Tide defense who are flush with future pros (especially in the secondary) and holding opponents under 10 points per game. And that's with the 42 they gave up to Johnny Football and co. factored in. They've given up a grand total of 36 points in their other seven games combined. It's going to be really interesting to see how these two units match up. On the opposite side of the ball, Alabama's offense hasn't really lived up to expectations but then neither has LSU's defense which has struggled to contain some of the better running teams they've faced like Georgia and Ole Miss. If Bama can pound the ball on the Tigers, they should win. That plus the fact that it's at home and Nick Saban is like ten times the coach Les Miles is makes it almost impossible for me to pick LSU in this one as much as I'd love to.

Hobbitcore sez: Alabama


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

nineinchnails Mix CD

So at the very last minute an old friend of mine who works at the BB&T Center was able to snag me an extra ticket to see the almighty NIИ live in concert. It was my first time ever seeing NIИ live and it definitely did not disappoint. I'll have a full review up soon but for now, I was inspired to craft this sweet mix CD of 20th century NIИ songs (their 21st century material doesn't really do it for me). Enjoy!

1. Pinion
2. Wish
3. Mr. Self Destruct
4. Somewhat Damaged
5. The Day the World Went Away
6. Heresy
7. March of the Pigs
8. Something I Can Never Have (Still)
9. The Frail
10. The Wretched
11. We're In This Together
12. The Fragile
13. Just Like You Imagined
14. Dead Souls
15. Head Like a Hole
16. Terrible Lie
17. Hurt

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 10)

Had my worst week of the year last year. The games are getting harder and harder to predict, as they almost always do at this time of the year.

Last Week
Overall: 2-3
Upsets: 0-1

Season
Overall: 42-11
Upsets: 9-5


3:30pm -- #21 Michigan @ #22 Michigan State -- ABC

This is one of those fascinating matchups where one team (Michigan) has a solid offense but no defense and the other team (MSU) has a great defense but no offense. I love these matchups because not only will it be interesting to see Michigan's offense take on Sparty's D but I love watching the other side of the ball to see who can screw up least. What makes this even more difficult to pick is that while I feel confident that Sparty's D is better than Michigan's offense, I also feel confident that the Spartan offense is significantly worse than the Wolverines' defense. At the end of the day, I think MSU's defense makes enough plays on a mistake-prone Michigan offense to put their own offense in good enough position to squeak out a win at home.

Hobbitcore sez: Michigan State


3:30pm -- Georgia v. Florida -- CBS

Joe Tessitore had a great line on CFB Daily about this game: "The World's Largest Outdoor Infirmary." This is such a tough one to pinpoint with both teams decimated by injuries and relegated to mediocrity as a result. My gut is telling me to go with Aaron Murray but my brain is telling me his receivers can't possibly match up with the Gators' secondary. I'm going with my gut.

Hobbitcore sez: Georgia

7:00pm -- #18 Oklahoma State @ #15 Texas Tech -- FOX

This is another tough one. Both teams have the ability to put up a lot of points, OSU on the ground and TTU through the air. Last week, Oklahoma racked up 277 yards on the ground with FIVE players rushing for 35 yards or more and Oklahoma State is averaging about 166 yards per game on the ground this year with 19 rushing TDs. They'll be able to keep up with the Red Raiders on the scoreboard because they'll keep them off the field just long enough to win a shootout in Lubbock.

Hobbitcore sez: Oklahoma State

GAME OF THE WEEK
8:00pm -- #7 Miami (FL) @ #3 Florida State -- ABC (UPSET ALERT)

Florida State is a 21 point favorite in this one. 21 points in a matchup of unbeaten top 10 Miami and Florida State. No one is giving the Canes a chance in this game and if there's one thing we know about the Canes it's that when no one gives them a chance--especially in the biggest game of the year by far--is when they shine the brightest. The Canes will want to make this one messy and force as many turnovers as they can. I still don't think they have enough to match up with the ridiculously talented FSU skill position players but I sure as hell don't think they'll lose by three scores.

Hobbitpick: Florida State 23, Miami 20