I wanted to apologize to all of my fans. My picks last weekend were absolutely horrific. You could not pick much worse than I did. So in Week 8, I look to redeem myself and show you all that this past weekend was just a fluke.
Just know that this will be a weekend to remember for the Big 12.
So here is a look into a few of the marquee matchups.
LSU at Auburn: Two very surprising teams sit atop the SEC with undefeated records. Nobody saw this coming, but these squads are both tough. And as the year continues, they both have continued to get stronger. Auburn put on an amazing offensive outburst last weekend against a tough Arkansas team while LSU put up some numbers against a lesser foe. Well Saturday, get ready to see a team make a major statement. The winner of this game will place themselves in great position to play in the SEC Title Game and possibly the National Championship come January. These teams have some contrasting styles. Auburn relies on a dual threat quarterback, Cameron Newton. Mine as well start calling this kid “CN” for “Championship Newton.” He can do it all and leads one of the most feared offenses in all the land. LSU on the other hand uses two quarterbacks for various situations. Relying on an old school smash mouth rushing attack and a stellar defense. Can their defense contain the mighty CN? I think not. Auburn will have too much offensive burst in this one and win a real battle 20 to 17. Tigers by 3 at home. The raucous Auburn Stadium will be the differentiating factor in this intense battle.
Wisconsin at Iowa: Talk about a formidable Big Ten matchup. You better believe the old school Big Ten is wide open again. The Badgers did the entire country a favor in knocking off a very tough Ohio State team. Sadly for them, there is no time to celebrate. Instead they get to travel to Iowa to take on a very tough Hawkeyes team. This will be the Badgers last real challenge of the entire season. A win in this game could really put the Camp Randall boys back into the Big Ten race. Though Michigan State looks tough at the top. Iowa on the other hand has quietly gone about their business since a tough loss out on the West Coast to Arizona. Ricky Stanzi continues to manage games with the best of them and finds ways to win. Can Iowa ride their defense to a victory in this one? I am thinking so. Look for Wisconsin to suffer a major low after a major high last weekend. I got Iowa gutting out a big win at home by 3.
Nebraska at Oklahoma State: Can Nebraska recover after showing that Texas was their kryptonite last Saturday? You better believe it folks. OK State’s offense has been absolutely electric all year. Junior Quarterback, Brandon Weeden, aka, Old Man River, has been stellar in every sense of the word thus far. But he has not faced a defense like the one the Cornhuskers have yet. This will be a wakeup call for the Cowboys. It is a shame, because they have been great thus far. But sadly, they will drop a tough one at home as their offense struggles to find any rhythm or continuity due to a lacking rushing attack against Bo Pelini’s boys. I got Nebraska by 7 on the road.
Oklahoma at Missouri: A second major battle in the Big 12 of unbeatens? What a weekend it is in the last year of the Big 12 as we know it. Stoops and the boys head to Missouri ready to continue to make some noise. Missouri can no longer fly under the radar folks. This is the big time. Can Missouri’s stellar defense stop Oklahoma’s very balance offensive attack? They probably will hold them in check for a couple of quarters. Expect Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles, and Demarco Murray to go to work in the 2nd half though. Start calling Stoops “Big Game Bob” again folks. I see Oklahoma running away with this one by 13 on the road.
So there you have it. A huge weekend for the Big 12. A big weekend for the SEC. And a big weekend for the Big Ten. Can I get it straight this week?
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.