Six Pick: Week Ten

Welcome everyone, it's Week 10 of the Six Pick and I only have one game on my mind, VT vesus GiT. I'm not alone, 99% of you reading this are with me and I suspect the pregame tension is building with you as well. As a fan, you want every game, but some have that little extra to it, the ones where you want the win so bad you can taste it. That's Hokies-Yellow Jackets. It's Tuesday night and already my anxiety levels are skyrocketing. I fully expect to be bouncing off the walls by Wednesday morning. I sure hope my new workplace is OK with me wanting to square up and knock the piss out the next person who walks in my office wearing any navy or gold. Note to self, drinking coffee this week was a bad idea.

This week's Six Pick is going to be a bit different. It's GiT week and every other game is going to get short changed, I make no apologies for this. In this column, it's the game of the week and my personal Hokie Game of the Year and it will be discussed last. But first, a 'lil teaser of what I expect to see on Thursday.

To the other games...

Saturday, November 6th

21 Baylor at 17 Okie State -7.5 12:30 pm FSN

There's gotta be a lot of Texans dressed in burnt orange or Aggie maroon who are peeved that the two best football colleges in the Lone Star State are Tejas Christian and Baylor. Let that sink in for a second. Ok, so TCU has been around a bit and we all know how well coached they are, but the Baylor Bears are better than the Longhorns? That's some pretty shocking stuff. The Baylor success can be pretty much attributed to one man, quarterback Robert Griffin III, though he does get help from backfield mate in Jay Finley. Google Griffin's stats and you'll be impressed, but watch him play and I think you will be convinced there aren't ten quarterbacks better than him.

What to look for: Both quarterbacks and running backs will go off as very little defense will be played. One team may win by a couple of scores, but neither will inspire national confidence due to that defense.

Pick: Okie State by 2+ touchdowns.

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3 TCU -5 at 5 Utah 3:30 pm CBSC


Much like their football team, the women above are pretty solid, but they don't quite match-up to $EC material.

ESPN's Gameday is in Salt Lake City for a matchup of non-automatic qualifier schools. These two programs are not strangers to success, but both being this highly ranked at this point in the season is something new. At this point TCU, not Boise State has the inside track to sneak into the BCS Championship Game should the $EC and Pac10 schools falter. If Utah ends up beating the Horned Frogs, it's going to be real interesting to see if it's enough for the Utes to pass Boise State in the BCS rankings. On a selfish level I want two undefeated non-AQ teams to vie for one spot in the BCSCG, but not for the reason you might think. Right now the fans of Boise State and Utah/TCU are holding hands and singing Kumbaya together between dissident chants hurled at the BCS. What happens when push comes to shove and they realize in order to survive and advance it is takes more than outplaying the opposition, they will have have to outwit and outlast each other as well? I suspect if comes down to that, those two fan bases will be like backstabbing high school bitches chasing after the same guy, using the same arguments that the SEC and Pac10 have been using all year. Fans are fans, we are nothing if not hypocritical.

What to look for: A low scoring defensive struggle. Neither team will give up much on the ground, but even on the road I think Senor Frog Andy Dalton will get it done.

Pick: Tejas Christian winning by a touchdown.

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6 Bammer -6 at 10 LSU 3:30 pm CBS

Gotta love the $EC, at least once every week there is a matchup of teams and fan bases that respect, but hate each other. This week it's the Tide visiting the Bayou Bengals and there is no love lost for Nick Saban in Louisiana. You see, the Tigers are a jilted lover, because Saban lied to them about wanting a better job a few years back. How dare he want to see if he could coach at the highest level, what a douchy, scumbag. Never you mind that he built the LSU Tigers up from mediocrity coaching them to one national title and leaving 90% of the players Les Miles needed to win another. He's a no good ass-hat, they'll tell you. What they won't say is they secretly still pine for him and wish he was still their coach. Since that isn't happening, the Tiger faithful will boo as loud as they can for three hours, then complain about Les Miles after the game. Sounds like fun.

What to look for: The same old story, the limited LSU offense somehow taking advantage of their few opportunities and scoring enough to win. LSU's defense limiting the ground attack game enough to keep it close.

Pick: Alabama by a touchdown and extra point... covering.

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18 Ar-kan-saw +4 at 19 Souf Cackalacki 7:00 pm ESPN


There's a reason ESPN gave them their own logo.

I would love to know how both teams fans really feel about their teams. Obviously, this year's Razorbacks and Gamecocks are improved over the teams they have fielded the last couple of seasons. Unfortunately for the teams and their fan bases, history repeats itself as both teams have come up short in a couple of conference defining games. However, that doesn't mean the season is over, a win here could be the catalyst to finishing the season correct. South Carolina still has a good shot to make it the ATL as the SEC East representative in the Championship Game. Arkansas is looking to move up the in the $EC's bowl pecking order, while continuing to build on the program's foundation for a run at a conference title next season. Neither team will lay down and this will be a good game.

What to look for: The two biggest stars, QB Ryan Mallet for the Hogs and RB Marcus Lattimore for the Cocks to do what they do... put up big points and multiple 6's.

Pick: Arkansas to win out right.

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15Zona at 13 Stanford -9.5 8 pm ABC / ESPN

In my humble opinion, Stanford is easily a top 10 team that could win out the rest of the season. This isn't to say Arizona is chopped liver, they are solid and have proven by beating Iowa in week 3 that they can win against a physical team like the Cardinal. This time the Wildcats will have to do it on the road and with a potentially rusty quarterback. Nick Foles is likely to return as the Wildcats' starter but he has missed the last two games with a knee injury. Foles' replacement, former starter Matt Scott has played well in his absence, but neither one of them is Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck. The winner of this contest likely finishes the season as the no. 2 team in the Pac10 with a real shot at playing in a BCS game, maybe even the Rose Bowl if Oregon wins out. It will be another good Saturday night left coast game.

What to look for: Stanford to prove they are most physical team on offense this side of Alabama and impose their will on Arizona. The Cardinal defense to play good enough to limit Arizona's short passing attack to a few scores.

Pick: Stanford dominates this game.

Thursday, November 4th

GiT +13 at 22 VT 7:30 pm ESPN

John Graves will do his best Charles Jefferson impersonation this week.

Let's set the scene at 7:30 on Thursday night in Lane Stadium. It's dark and dreary with a light rain falling, but the enthusiasm of the 66k in attendance hasn't dampened. The place is going nuts as 'Enter Sandman' pumps through the speakers. This will be more than your normal Hokie crowd jumping up and down, this bunch will be going ape shit to reaching the same level as the 2003 Miami game.

Why the excitement for Georgia Tech? These guys aren't the hoos or the neers or the Canes, they are just some geek school in the middle of $EC territory. How did this rivalry get so intense? It was born when GiT athletic department hired Paul Johnson away from Navy 3 years ago. Since his arrival in Atlanta he has pushed his Yellow Jackets, now nipping at the heels of our Hokies as the best program in the ACC. You get the sense that the coaches on both sides respect each other, but are quite dam certain they don't like each other. I would imagine it's personal for both staffs this week. The games have been close, physical and not without controversy. In 2009 VT coaches and fans bitched about multiple illegal blocks that influenced the outcome of the game. In 2008 GiT coaches and fans bitched about multiple James Harrison impersonating personal foul penalties that influenced the outcome of the game. You aren't likely to hear about that from Yellow Jacket fans this week, as I said above, fans are hypocrites. Either way, both schools have real or perceived bad blood between each other and that is what makes this game great.

As for the game play, check the game preview later today for some of my thoughts, but I do think there is a great chance for fireworks, and I'm not talking about the ones lit off by the University on the practice field. I expect lots of big plays from both offenses.

What to look for: Bud Foster to give Josh Nesbitt many defensive looks, changing from series to series. I expect a lot of man to man from the corners with a single safety over the top, daring CPJ to call a pass play. However, all those looks, don't matter if the players can't execute the play calls. GiT will have plenty of big runs and at least one big deep pass. In kind, the Hokies will get a few big plays from the running backs, Tyrod's feet and arm, but with few long sustained drives.

Some BCO notes:

  • I normally like Coach Paul Johnson, but this week, he's an a-hole coach who teaches cheating to less physically gifted players.
  • This is my first Thursday night game in Lane since 2006, previously I made every Thursday night lights in the 'burg from 1993.
  • I mean no ill will to the fine GiT fans, but I want to kick them in their nads and do a victory dance around their prone bodies in the cold Blacksburg rain.

Pick: Hokies to win, but not cover.

As always, make your picks against the spread.

In honor of the triple option, there will be 3 options at my personal tailgate on Thursday.*

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

Straight from Georgia a nice, crisp, dry pale ale that makes for a good session ale that you can drink all day long.

Dales Pale Ale

A fall back, but another good Pale Ale that I can drink plenty of and being in a can, it makes them very potable as I hop from tailgate to tailgate.

Evan Williams Honey Reserve

A treat new to me, first taste will be at this tailgate.

*I was hoping for Sweetwater IPA but I couldn't get it up from Carolina in time.

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that Evan Williams is good

it needs nothing but a cube or two of ice

Okie State
TCU
Tide will Roll
Ryan Mallet riding the cocaine cowboy
Stanford though not a blow out
I have said since the first two losses that I wont pick VT and I haven't, here or in my other pickems. It has done terrible for my % of the year but I will pick GT for the TECHmo bowl.

Thursday night beer is where as this weekends drinking is confined to the half of keg of budlight I have left over from halloween

"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

I'm on my way to Blacksburg.

Oklahoma State
Utah - Really, I have no idea what's going to happen this game. But I think Utah is too big of an underdog at home.
Alabama
South Carolina - The Ball Coach is going to claw back some respectability for the SEC East.
Arizona - Stanford struggled with, wait for it, wait for it, Notre Dame's defense.
The Virginia Tech Hokies

The beer of the weekend won't be much because I imagine Wednesday night and Thursday are going to take it all out of me.

okie doke tc

okie doke
tc you
bam
souf
stamp ford
yeller jackets. [we win outright, but not by more than a td, since i will be THERE and i'm usually good for some bad luck...ugh]

#vtarch

Hokie Guru's picks

1) OK State
2.) TCU
3.) Alabama
4.) Arkansas
5.) Stanford
6.) Virginia Tech

Even worse

you have the same picks as me

"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

Double Fail

Hokie Game of the Year

When Dad got his season tickets in the mail this year he called me and asked 'OK which game do you want this season?'...wait a second...game? singular? So I pulled up the schedule and said 'Well Dad, if I have to choose one, I'll choose the GT game." (and FYI I've been arguing with people ALL week that WE Are 'Tech' and my neighbors - TN fans - now know that I HATE it when you call our mascot a Turkey and/or call us 'VaaaaaaTech'). Needless to say I've been to other games but this is the one game I've been looking forward to ALL YEAR. I'm so excited I can't hardly focus at work and I too have had too much coffee. Bad.Idea.

OK
Utah - underdog at home. upset.
Alabama - but it'll be close. Having said that, LSU is the LUCKIEST team in the NCAA so you never know.
Arkansas
Arizona
TT And the Hokies!!!!!

Leaving TN in the AM for Blacksburg. Hopefully I don't get a speeding ticket.

Will be watching from a bar

Cannot wait. Sad about my Rangers, time for my Hokies to pick me up.

Give me:

OK St.
TCU
Bama
Arkansas
Stanford
GT

Time to gain ground on Mr. Queer (joe)

Ok Utah Bama USC Arizona VT

Ok
Utah
Bama
USC
Arizona
VT

Wooooooooooooooo

Fighting Gundys win and cover
TCU wins and covers
Bama wins and covers
Cocks win and cover
Stanford wins and covers
Hokies win and cover

BOOM

LETS GO

1) OK State
2) Utah
3) Bama
4) USCe
5) Stanford
6) HOKIES

No picks, just jealousy

I have decided not to pick college football games this year, as I tend to just jinx myself. But lets be serious, the real winner in TCU/Utah will be the religious zealots. Right so, anyway...

I AM JEALOUS OF YOUR HONEY!!!! HokiESQBrother owns a liquor store but didn't have any in stock, and sent over Seagrams 7 Honey instead. Not even American Honey. CLEEEEEEARLY he does not understand what he has done, and will be adequately punished when it comes time for Christmas gifts. I may also strand him with family on my mother's birthday so that I may attend the UVA game.

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

European Bees

They're half responsible for the Killer Bee, so, fuck them.

Eff GT

1) Bears
2) Utah
3) Bama
4) ArKansas
5) I dont care or know either team, so Stanford
6) I can haz chop block? Hokies by 3 TDs

Two new tastes this Thursday:

Damn

Joe's picks same as mine.
Okies - get back star receiver after suspension
Utes - make it closer
Bammers - LSU not as good as advertised
USC east - AK leading receiver injured and won't play
Zoners
VT

#Let's Go - Hokies

November is here

has to be better than the putrid showing put up in October...
But then again, the Hokies are rollin!!!

1. Baylor. Robert Griffin is THAT good.
2. Utah, in the shocker. Let's mix up the BCS just a tad more, just for fun.
3. Bama. They're the best one-loss team in the world, ever, all-time, from what I've heard.
4. Souf Cakolacki. The SEC needs a mullet wearing QB to face Cam in the Championship, or do they?
5. Stanford. Really, does it matter beyond the Quack Attack in the Pac-10, 11, 12, however many they have today.
6. VT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've got a few of these...so they should be nice and tasty this weekend.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

these, and a few others

http://100proofbackfield.blogspot.com/2010/11/its-november.html
Can the Mullet win the SEC East?
Can the Ducks cover 5+ TD's?
Can Baylor really be the BEST team in Texas?
Can we care about #3 vs #5 if it's not on TV??!!!!!!!

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Dead Guy Ale

It's extremely delicious. I like to buy 1-2 of the 1/2 gallon growlers to keep me in check.

Picks

Well I am going to ruin my streak, but I'm going to continue my streak of picking against the Hokies. Seems to have worked well thus far. Will post tomorrow for the rest of the games.

Seattle Hokie Picks

Wow getting these picks in an a Thursday afternoon sucks b/c it means I haven't had anything alcoholic to drink yet. So these picks will either all be right on, all wrong or I will continue in 50% mediocrity. I have blocked off my calendar for 3:00 pm PST on so that I can take care of my dogs and get to the bar early. So these picks are brought to you by coffee bought at Cafe Vita. Yeah, there are coffee shops in Seattle, only about 14 of them within a 10 block radius of me.

Baylor - Griffin is really good and about 15 years younger than the Okie State's qb. I am afraid that there will be a letdown by the Bears so my gut tells me Okie State, that's why I am pulling an Opposite George and going with Baylor.

Frogs - I would rather see Utah play Oregon and TCU play Texas but oh well. I think TCU is ready to shine and they already have the backstabbing chip on their shoulder after their loss to Boise last year. Let the non-AQ Love/Hate begin, Gossip Girl style. (I wish I knew photoshop)

Bama - The hat is slowly showing his true self. His clock management, his choice of qb's, his offensive coordinator are all suspect. Bama can still win the national championship and if any SEC announcers have their say, they would be in the in the NC game already regardless of any outcome of any other games played. I am looking at your Vern Lunquist and Gary Danielsen.

Souf Cackalaki - Arkansas's only losses are to Alabama and Auburn. Not too shabby. They could have beaten Alabama. Sadly their best WR is out for the year and Cackalaki has Lattimore back so I give them the edge and the win.

Cardinal - The best part of this game is watching Arizona head coach Mike Stoops blow a gasket and drop 12 f bombs just from losing the coin toss. Harbaugh will happily give this Stoop an aneurysm with hard nose football and trick plays.

GiT - I hate GiT. I hate Paul Johnson. I hate no neck Nesbitt. Yes I have a lot of hate and I haven't even had a drink yet. GiT did something an opponent rarely does to me, they shut me up. I barely spoke a word during the second half of last years game. Since GiT had the ball for 22:28 of the second half, most of the camera shots were of Nesbitt and PJ, hence my growing hate for them. The only different look from Foster my beer soaked eyes noticed was a face that went from red with rage to purple with seething anger. Hopefully the off week will get this defense better adjusted but injuries can hurt. Also you should all thank me for not going to this game. I made the trek to Blacksburg last year for the UNC game and we came out a loser. Same for Boise St this year. I have imposed a self-ban from attending games. That being said Go Hokies and make me look moor stoopid then I already done.

Beer tonight will be Rogers Pilsner unless they have some sort of holiday beer. My beer of choice this weekend will be Ebenezer Ale, guaranteed to lighten the mood of an Scrooge.

going for 0-6

Cowboys
TCU
Crimson Turds - my Tigers can't play O
Aren'tKansas
Stanford
Chokies

Maybe...

my Tigers can't play O

Maybe The Hat purposely sandbags the offense to better setup opportunities for crazy ass comebacks to further his mystique.

Ha

Yes...that is it. Or he admires to be Stiney in the first half.

5 picks

Ok St
TCU
Bama
USCe
Stanford

Gotta luv the attention auburn's gettin' in the deep south. Cam's a bad-ass, no doubt; and his preacher-man daddy is the devil's reincarnation. Funny stuff. If the iron bowl was today, the Nat'l Guard would have to be called in. Drinkin' Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout 'cause it's colder than witches tiddies in a steel bra.....and I gotta do some yard work.

Will

Rest of my picks

LOL....the Hokies won AND since I picked GT for the double win. How about that? Not as awesome a DMFW backflip, but still pretty sweet.

Rest of picks:
Okie st
Tee ceee you
Roll Tide
AR-Kansas
Stanford

Continuation of my 5-1 streak? Hope so!