Six Pick: Week Three

Last week did not disappoint, more quality matchups equaled more quality finishes. Imagine that. The weekend culminated at 11:30pm with a last second Michigan touchdown to beat Notre Dame in an all-time thriller. This week looks a lot like last week featuring 10+ quality games and a huge primetime matchup to boot. There is a very heavy southern presence, 9 of 12 teams are from the SEC or ACC. I just hope the ACC teams can prove they belong and get some conference respect back. Our conference can't perpetually be ass can it?

When you hear Brent Musburger say, "You are looking live at Doak Campbell Stadium ..." with the noise of 82k strong behind him, you know it's a big game. Brent can sometimes mail it in, but for big games, he almost always brings it. We'll get his focused attention throughout as it features no. 1 Oklahoma and no. 5 Florida State at 8pm Saturday night. The Sooners make the return trip to Tallahassee and are sure to be greeted by a loud, electric and lubed up crowd pumped full of Seminole-Backness. The Noles took a whooping in Norman last season, so they'll be looking for payback. This game has the makings of great theater, so even if you hate both teams, watch the game. The winner clears their biggest BCS Championship game hurdle.

Thursday, September 15th

3 LSU -4 at 25 Mississippi State 8:00 pm ESPN

The SEC is not kind. Imagine being Mississippi State. One week you play at the defending national champion Auburn Tigers (losing a heart-breaker at the goal line) only to have to play against LSU, a national championship contender just 5 days later. Haha. You in College Station, stop laughing this is your life starting next season. Starkpatch, as my Mississippi native and LSU grad friend likes to call it, is unlikely to ever become an SEC powerhouse, but if they dare to dream, winning this game would be the next step.

On My Radar: Mississippi State's mental and physical edge. Can they get up fast enough to take on a far more physical opponent in LSU. What can the Bulldogs do versus LSU on defense? The MSU defensive strengths are at defensive back, but LSU won't pass unless the run is stopped. I will be very surprised if the Bulldog front seven can hold up to the Tigers' ground and pound style for 60 minutes.

Pick: LSU covering, easily.

Saturday, September 17th
21 Auburn at Clemson -3.5 noon ABC

Auburn played many close games last year, but outside of Alabama, Clemson arguably was the Tigers most difficult obstacle. Dabo Swinney channeled his inner Tommy Bowden and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. That game was an early season one and it wasn't known, not even in Auburn, how good the Tigers would become. I am not saying either are going to make that type of run this season, but the winner here could surprise in conference going forward.

On My Radar: Two storylines, spread vs spread and resolve. Both favor Auburn. Clemson's new offense under Chad Morris is still in the early learning stage. How good they can become is still unknown. Gus Malzahn can take whatever spare parts he is given and make that offense very good to great. His credentials are above reproach, he has done this at Arkansas, Tulsa and now Auburn. More important than schemes is which team is going to play the best when it matters most. For 16 games straight Auburn has proven they can handle the pucker factor, for 2 decades Clemson has not.

Pick: Auburn getting points and winning outright.

***

18 West Virginia at Maryland -1 noon ESPNU

This is a border war game, though no one outside the two schools gives a crap. They don't even play for a trophy. This is disturbing to me, even Cincy and Pitt play for the Paddle wheel Trophy. Surely someone can find scraps of a burnt couch, busted police cruiser windshield and rubber bullets to fashion into a craptacular trophy for those derelicts to adore. I'd settle for a close game, though rarely does this happen, even when the talent seems comparable. Lately, it's been all eers, so a win here will help Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall push the Terps to a higher level. Beating a Big East "power" will get a lot more positive attention than some garish uniforms.

On My Radar: Balanced offense versus a wide open spread attack. Both teams are employing new offensive systems and the team that is most comfortable in week 3 has has the advantage. Overall talent favors the Mountaineers slightly, but their lack of a running attack puts a lot of pressure on the offensive line to protect quarterback Geno Smith. West Virginia's Jeff Casteel is an excellent defensive coordinator, but his replenished defensive backfield may be susceptible to the pass. Edsall is going to have to trust Quarterback Danny O'brein to win this for the Terps.

Pick: West Virginia, college football gods hate me.

***

Tennessee at 16 Florida -9.5 3:30 pm CBS

For too long, I've talked about the past history of this matchup. Yes, the fans of each school will talk mad trash all week and God bless 'em for it, but everything has changed. Both teams are at least two coaches away from Phat Fil and Steve Superior. RESET. Derek Dooley is in year two of the Fulmer/Kiffin Volunteer rebuild and Will Muschamp is a rookie head coach in charge of retooling the Gators. Just look in my man's eyes above and tell me Muschamp doesn't take this shit seriously! They snapped that picture while he was thinking of puppy dogs, his kids eating ice cream and summer walks on the beach. His intensity is like Bud Foster's, but with a manic serial killer edge to it. CBS is well aware of this, from Muschamp's days as defensive coordinator at Auburn. They know where not to point the field mics.

BOOM MFer!

On My Radar: This will be our first true look at Florida against a living breathing opponent. All indications are their transition from the spread to a pro-style offense has gone smoothly considering the mismatched parts given to Charlie Weis. The Gator's changing to a multiple front defense will be a handful for most opponents as long as the defensive line stays healthy. I don't think Tennessee can shut down any opponent, but they will be able to outscore a few. The Vol skill position players rank in the top half of the SEC and their passing game is very dangersous. If the still very young Tennessee line can block, the Vols will do some damage.

Pick: Tennessee getting points., Gators winning.

***

17 Ohio State at Miami -3 7:30 pm ESPN

You'll get no probation jokes out of me, partly because everyone is going to do it, but mostly because I spent all my best material already. That is not to say the off field trouble won't affect this game. It clearly will, but probably more so the Buckeyes than Hurricanes. With the return of most of Miami's suspended players, they'll have an advantage over the Ohio State, who will still be sitting 4 of their stars. If the Canes were being coached by Randy Shannon, I'd be inclined to be all in for the depleted Buckeyes. However, I am bullish on Miami's new coach Al Golden ... well, until he made Jacory Harris his starter at quarterback. I mean, DAMN. Really!?! The book isn't out on the Buckeye's Luke Fickell. He was given the job a few years before he was ready, but his first chapter will be written on Saturday night. I'd recommend a winning start or athletic director Gene Smith might start phone bombing Urban Meyer.

On My Radar: Gut check time. tOSU's close-call-victory against Toledo is sure to sharpen their effort and focus this week. Miami is coming off a bye week after a close loss against Maryland. They desperately need this victory for program moral. The 'want it' factor is going to be very high. This game will be about which team executes and commits the least number of mistakes. I am not high on the Buckeyes' Joe Bauserman, but he's also no Jacory Harris. Golden knows this, it's (running back Lamar) Miller time.

Pick: Against better judgement, Miami to win and cover.

***

1 Oklahoma -3 at 5 Florida State 8:00 pm ABC

So torn. Part of me wants to back the conference and see one of our own notch a win vs a top flight non-conference opponent. A-C-C, A-C-C, A-C, ahhhh eff it. Obviously, I would prefer that big time win to be delivered by Virginia Tech, but somehow I don't think beating Arkansas State gets first run on ESPN's highlights. Then there is another part of me that hates Florida State, a disdain that is only topped by Tennessee, West by God and uva. To be clear, this hate has burned in me well before January 4, 2000. The arrogance of a lot of the Nole fan base is back, even if the team hasn't proven they are yet. The movement is spearheaded by a popular Seminole blogger on Twitter, who wants to make me kick my dog

On My Radar: Florida State is going to score some points, too much talent not to ring up at least 20. OU hasn't exactly played dominant defense in a few years, so they can be had. My questions about the Noles concerns defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and his scheme. Quick history lesson: Mark learned the basics of this defense from his brother Mike. Mike learned it from older brother Bob, the Oklahoma head coach. Not only does Bob know how to attack it, with superior athletes, but FSU also has that whole "making a copy from a copy and it's not quite as sharp as the original" thing going on.

Pick: Florida State, college football gods hate me.

Beer of the Weekend

I won't be drinking my typical beers the next 3 weeks, for the 17th begins Oktoberfest. That means German beers and the German women who drink them. This week the choice is Hofbräu Original, a Munich Helles Lager, the superior older cousin to the American Lagerl. As you can see this young lady enjoys it.

Quick Recap:

LSU -4 at Mississippi State
Auburn at Clemson -3
West Virginia at Maryland -1
Tennessee at Florida -9.5
Ohio State at Miami -3
Oklahoma -3 at Florida State

As always leave your picks against the spread, comments and adult beverage for the weekend below.

Editor's Note: I made a mistake in last week's 6 Pick, giving Arizona State and Missouri both the points. Each participant was given the W.

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Comments

I prefer the Münchener Augustiner Edelstoff... amazing stuff

LSU
Auburn
Terps
UF
Canes
FSU

I'll be headed to Münich to join them in the celebration of my birthday week. You may all resume being jealous.

i am very jealous

i demand stories and pictures.

you've been before? give us a brief summary on what you will do or expect.

My picks!!

1.) LSU
2.) Auburn (can't pick Clemson in any big game)
3.) West Virginia (see my comments on Clemson as they also apply to Maryland... this game is sold out because of the WVU fans in the seats).
4.) Florida (Tennessee will get better, but this isn't the year that they win this game).
5.) Ohio State (Ohio State will load up on Miami's run game and make the Canes one-dimensional... we know they throw a lotta picks when that happens).
6.) Oklahoma (I just don't think FSU is back yet, but this will be a hell of a game. I'm rooting for FSU, though).

Tough Decisions

This week's picks are totally iffy
- LSU
- Tigers (clemson kind)
- Fighting Turtles
- Tennessee
- OSU
- Sooners

Ill hate myself

Because Im going to pick many schools I loathe

LSU -- I slept on that D against Oregon. MSU may cling on somewhat but I see LSU by at least 7
Auburn -- Clemson stumbled against Wofford and Troy. That Defense is lackluster and the Great Pumpkin isnt proven
UMD -- as one puts it "The Classless Bowl". I like how well the spread worked against daU. It'll be an F Bomb party.
Tenn -- I just want the points.
tOSU -- woof. Even with 4 out I think the talent goes to Ohio St. I want the W for the ACC but know better.
FSU -- Its in Doak. This is the only reason ill give them the advantage. Get ready for the bandwagon/ESPN boner.

BOTW: Bells Oktoberfest. Im finishing up my 6'er of Shiner but its as tasteless as these teams.

notes

picks are much harder this week ... i think. i flipped my choices multiple times on the last 4 games. i have no clue.

also notice the beer choice and the mug selection, it's the details fellas, the details.

miss state, has a lack of hot women quantity on the web. only vandy has less, though the cheerleader, holds her own.

the fsu fans pic, are a part of tomahawk nation.

Lots of good games. Couch meet ass.

LSU - fugheddaboutit
Auburn - slowly winning me over as a legit top 25 team
Derps - Cant wait for the uniforms
Florida - Swamp and a late FG to cover
OSU - I hate trying to pick this game
Boomer Sooner

I have a major pumpkin beer obsession going on right now

Good Week in College Football

I got

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Florida
tOSU
Oklahoma

Phillip

LSU Clemson The Turtles -

LSU
Clemson
The Turtles - maybe they'll have ninja turtle uniforms next?
Tennessee
Miami
Criminoles

I see i picked 4 ACC teams. Time for the conference to stand up and win. Only at 20% confidence in these picks.

DANNY COALE ALL THE WAY TO THE THREE

Week 3

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Florida
Miami
Florida State

I am always drunk when I make my videos.

hopefully a stronger showing this week..

LSU
Clemson
Maryland
Florida
Da U
OU

Logan 3:16

In hopes of better than .500 this week

LSU - no mad hatter moments necessary in this one
Auburn - I hope I'm wrong, but when you have trouble with Wofford....
Maryland - this is my upset pick of the week. If the terps come out in those gawdawful turtle shell helmets and anything in that blinding yellow, it may be by more than two TDs
Florida - I grew up in VA, but it was so close to TN that it was Vol country. I can't stand them. Please Will....Please crush their dreams
OSU - I think this may be a very close game, but only if Picory is replaced or knocked out early in the game
Okies - FSU is improved, which will be shown by not getting beat by 30 this year, only 15. Would be nice for the ACC, but don't see it happening.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Maryland

Ok, saw on the news last night that MD is going all black on westva, so it'll be a close one...still picking the terps though

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

<.< All Black

I fail to understand the obsession with all black. Feels like everyone and their mom has done it now. It's getting ooooooooooooold

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

These aren't as bad as the ones they wore against Miami.

But they're still bad.

I hate every single team I picked

And I hope I go 0 for 6.

LSU
War Damn Eagle
Terps
Florida
tOSU
Free Shoes U

NO TWEEDY, IT'S WHIP!!!!!!!

I hate most

not only are these games tough to pick spread wise, but then you have to stomach after. i like it, in a twisted way.

Week 3

LSU
Auburn
Twerps
Gators
Da U
Noles

It's a Miracle in Blacksburg...TYROD DID IT MIKEY!!! TYROD DID IT!!!

ACC Solidarity this week LSU

ACC Solidarity this week

LSU - this teams playing for the ship this year
Clemson - i'm fairly confident I'll be wrong about this one
Maryland - think this will be a great game, need a name for it though
Tennessee to win - UPSET CITY BABY
Miami - Really whoever throws less interceptions will win
Free Shoes U - ACC! ACC! ACC!

Picks

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Tennessee
Ohio State
Oklahoma

LETS GOOOO......

Week 3

LSU
Auburn (I'd be thoroughly impressed if Clemson won a big game)
Maryland
Tenessee
OSU (I'd be thoroughly impressed if Miami won a big game)
OU (I'd be thoroughly impressed if FSU won a big game)

Clemson, Miami, and FSU are perennial underachievers. Man, the ACC sucks at football. I hope I'm wrong about these picks and statements...

ACC! ACC!

LSU
Clemson
Maryland
Tennessee
Miami
Florida State

Predicting great headlines for the conference on Sunday

Week 3

LSU
Clemson
Maryland
Tennessee
Ohio State
Oklahoma

3-3

Did not think Clemson and Miami would win. I learned Auburn and OSU probably not as good as advertised.

Just can't pick FOR some teams...

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Florida
Ohio State
FSU

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

LSU Auburn Maryland Tennessee

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Tennessee
Ohio State
Oklahoma

Tough Week

I might as well just get this over with....although I think you could roll a dice for each game.

LSU
Auburn
WVU
Tennessee
Miami
Florida State

I hate all of these schools

LSU
Auburn
WVU
Tennessee
OSU
FSU

Yuengling Porter with a side of Bourbon.

Elleshoe Auburn West

Elleshoe
Auburn
West Virginia
Florida
Miami
Florida State

Mustang Harvest Lager

A bullhorn, a bottle of whiskey and a dream.

Six Pick: Week 3

Will be in the Burg this weekend so I can't roll with your beer selection but my picks are:

Miss St.
Clemson
Maryland
Florida
Miami
Florida State

Noel's Hokies

Posted twice cause I suck,

Posted twice cause I suck, pick against that

Backwoods Bastard

i'd delete this comment

but i like that you put yourself down. it stays.

Bitter Picks

LesU
AWWburn
Turdpins
Florda
o-I -o (national theme)
OU kNOws choke

Hopefully Double Heady Topper, for now Rock Art Belvidere Big IPA (BCO has a thing for Kokopelli, and it's logo is "this Ain't For No Mama's Boy or Daddy's Girl"

Backwoods Bastard

week 3

nervy coming off a perfect week....

L$U
defending champs
TMNT
gatorz
boats + hookers.
Okie

#vtarch

I predict 1-5 for me.

Mississippi State - Home underdogs in the SEC, especially the west this year, I can't roll against that.
Auburn - SEC, SEC, SEC
Maryland and just because:

Florida - Gators are at home, and are very talented while Tennessee is still rebuilding.
Miami - Why not?
Oklahoma - If the only thing considered when evaluating these teams was the preseason hype you'd think FSU was the number one team in the country. I bet the Sooners are tired of hearing it too, and will slap the "backness" right out of the 'Noles.

It's still football season so it's Maker's Mark and buckets of beers for me.

I approve of the Simpsons pic

But am ashamed to admit I can't place the episode.

Week Three

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Florida
Buckeyes
Boomer Sooner

Seattle Hokie Week 3 Picks

What a double edged sword these good Thursday night games are. I don't like making picks w/out being properly sauced so I will only go with the Thursday night game and finish with the rest of the picks on Friday, after I get a few in me.

Stark-Vegas - A home dog on a Thursday night. A completely hot cheerleader doesn't hurt either. Not that the LSU ones are bad, but BCO has posted a MSU one so I am going with them. Also, the mad hatter and Jarrett Lee have to screw up at some point, don't they. Now that I am at .500 on the season, I am guessing LSU wins by 4 but I am sticking with the dogs.

Auburn - F Clemson. I think I see that more on the interwebs than just a normal Clemson. I think Clemson should win this game, but they will disappoint the ACC just like they always do. The fact that they are giving up points make it worse.

WVU - I said it before, wrongly, that Maryland never delivers when you want them to. Well they certainly won't do it here. Red zone woes won't cut it in this game b/c they are facing a much better team than Miami and maybe the best in the Big East. I know lots of people from Pittsburgh that went to WVU and most of them couldn't find Maryland on the map, much less consider this a rivalry. Maryland hates Dook, but only in hoops. WVU hates Pitt and Marcus Vick.

Tennessee - Lots of points but think about this. Muschamp is intense and fiery. So are Brian Kelly and Mike Stoops. How are their records? It is great to yell and scream and blow a gasket when you are an AC or DC but not as a head coach. You have to keep your head in the game. Plus Tyler Bray has a sweet back tat, maybe the best in CFL.

tOSU - Princess Jacory Harris.

Oklahoma - Bobby Bowden is one of the best coaches ever. So is Jimbo Fisher. The Noles have never had more talent and better coaching than what they have now. This may be the best team ever in the history of man. There is a lot of pressure on the staff and team with this game. I don't trust Big Game Bob away from home but it is more than me just hoping that FSU doesn't win, even though it is good for the ACC and VT. I will love/hate watching this game but chances are I won't remember much of it.

Tonight's picks are brought to you by the previously mentioned Augustiner Bräun Edelstoff (H/T juxtahokie). One thing I love and can always depend on is a proper German bar will always have multiple pilsners and lagers available. My wife stopped by a beer store by her office on her way home today and the owner suggested the Edelstoff. Incredible. Took me about 2 minutes (probably less) to drink the first one it is so smooth. Most likely it will be Trummer Pils tomorrow as it seems I have drank my Hokie bar out of Rogers. Anyway, Oktoberfest is a holiday I can really get behind.

GO HOKIES.

Yuck, time to sink in the standings...

Miss St
Clemson
Maryland
Tenn
Miami
FSU

My picks sure to lose

LSU (MSU has a hangover game on a short week)
Auburn (They are never ever losing again, I'm convinced)
WVU
Florida
Miami
Oklahoma

3-3 wouldn't be bad

LSU
clemsux
the cousins
tenn
DA U
big game bob

dang i hope i don't have to pick too many of these in my pay-for-pickem...

...you know...
@j3ffress

Here we go...

Geaux Tigers
Clemson - I know I will regret this
Fear the Turtle
Gators
Buckeyes
Sooners

As for alcohol, I will be at the game, so it will most likely be a combo of bourbon and Miller Lite

twitter.com/weavez22

As much as it pains me...

LSU
Auburn
West BY GOD
UT-Knoxville
Miami
FSU

Excuse me while I go vomit.

Since you're keeping track

I guess I will have to put a little more thought and a lot less emotion into my picks this week. While my heart wants to pick 4 ACC winners and 2 SEC underdogs, I have found good teams and good programs normally come out on top.

LSU - I'd love Miss State to pull the upset, but off a short week after a physical game...I can't pull the trigger
Auburn - They are gaining confidence and Clemson is doing the opposite by barely beating Wofford
WVU - This will probably be a home game for WVU. Holgerson will show up the former Big East coach
Florida - Even though Florida is down, Tennessee is still further down
Ohio - This will probably be another home game for tOSU,since only about 10k Miami fans ever show up for games
Okrahoma - I hope for our sake that FSU isn't as good as all the hype. After all, isn't all that they did in the off-season was lose a first round draft pick QB? How do people think they are drastically better?

@TheTurkeyTavern

Picks

LSU - Defense, plus Les Miles magic
Auburn - Never picking Clemson until they can do more than arm tackle
Hillbillies - as uniforms don't win games, but too close to call
Gators - Never want to hear Rocky Top again
Prostitutes - ACC team with best chance of winning OOC game
Sooners - Best damn team in the land, and EJ Manuel sucks

fuck, i missed last week.

eye of the tigers (despite my hatred) [LSU] {sucks}
clemson (ACC ACC ACC) [i sure hope so] {caviar dreams}
west virginia (despite my hatred) [not kidding] {i really hate them}
the gators (rocky top is a horrible song) [sorry HokiESQ] {too damn catchy}
ohio state (i hope i am wrong) [ACC ACC ACC] {fuck ohio state}
boomer sooner (ACC ACC ACC) [fuck oklahoma] {team i hate the most}

Picks, 3rd Edition

LSU, the Mad hatter at work son.
Auburn cover and win.
West Virginia cover and win. well, that's the only way they cover, but you know what I mean. Geno shows up for this one, finally. (If not, he's just another Jacory in the crowd...) And now Murlan is wearing all black????
Tennessee plays em tight. Brantley still hasn't found his groove, and Pouncey isn't there to blame anymore
Miami they find a way, somehow.
Oklahoma. Free Shoes don't got nothing for dem!

Look for some fun finishes this week and a nice little shakeup of the top 25. And, for Notre Dum to go 0-3. Haha.
Time for some generic beers because we're getting a bushel of crabs Saturday!

I'm a man! I'm 40!
Hokie thru and thru.

week 3

LSU - I never bet against the madhatter. He tastes the grass to become one with the field and his defense this year is pretty tough. Auburn beat state last week with NO D what so ever, so LSU shouldn't have much a problem.
Auburn -Clemson just lost some Oline. ES EE SEE speed on this horrible Auburn team will put up just enough points to beat them even in Death Valley 2
Maryland - WVU won't know what to do with the Terps ugly uniforms or throwing the ball to the quick outs all night. As long as the terps don't make as many mistakes as they did against the U then the better QB should win.
Tennessee- should cover this spread. Florida is not as good as they were and 10-s-E is better than people think
Ohio State - yeah they struggled with Toledo last week, yeah they have no QB, and yeah their coach is a nobody but they will still beat princess Jacory.
Oklahoma - I know I keep picking against ACC but until we prove we can win then I will continue to pick against us. Oklahoma won't win the national championship but Manuel is not good. This game will probably be a shoot out and could really go either way but since Heather DumbBi##h doesn't know that free shoes is in the ACC and wasn't smart enough to book her hotel room 3 months ago then I can't pick one of her florida lovers.

Fall beer? I don't think so, it is still surface of the sun hot down here. Octoberfest starts for me next week and I will probably have a nice German beer against Marshall but this week I am drinking another canned beer from 21 amendment.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.' So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." Lee Corso Aug 23, 2000

http://www.thekeyplay.com

pick 6

LSU
Auburn
Maryland
Florida
Miami
Florida State

Picks from the future (Far East)

LSU - will physically beat up MS State, and even if game is close will somehow win...
Auburn - Clemson has to prove they know how to win
Maryland - Uniform momentum
Tennessee - why not
Ohio State - Jacory with 3 picks
Florida State - Buying into the "backness"

YEBISU, rice beer at its finest. Moving into Oktoberfest brews for next week.

Pick 6

Screw it, The LSU game is tied 3 to 3 so I'm putting my Pick 6 in anyway. Damn work!!!!

LSU
Clemson
Florida
WVU
OSU
FSU

well i'm missed last night but here goes

Auburn - Clemson sucks
West Virginee
Tennessee - they lose but cover
Ohio State - I hate both teams
Okleehomer - I'm picking against the acc to win any big games until i'm proved wrong