COACH PICK'EM: Good football after turkey day

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 08:36 AM

Now that we have all unbuckled our belts following a solid day of family and food, it's time to get serious about football.

This is rivalry week in college football, meaning there are a lot of great games out there in which to partake.

Your other option is holiday shopping on this Black Friday so I will assume football it is.

With that, here we go:


NO. 1 ALABAMA AT NO. 4 AUBURN: What a game this could turn out to be. A.J. McCarron is on fire but the Tigers have come virtually out of nowhere to be in contention for the SEC championship and, possibly a national title. Auburn can rack up the yards — ranked fourth nationally in total yards — but the Crimson Tide score more and is a little more consistent. Alabama by 10.


NO. 3 OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN: The Buckeyes will be crying foul if no BCS Championship game befalls them. Let's be honest, Ohio State is very good. Michigan, on the other hand, just wants to spoil the party. Probably not this year. Ohio State by 14.


NO. 2 FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA: This could easily be a trap game for the Seminoles, who control their own destiny for a national championship game. The Gators are experiencing one of the worst seasons in program history and I don't see it getting any better Saturday. Florida State by 7.


NO. 6 CLEMSON AT NO. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA: This has all the makings of a great game on Saturday in Columbia. Title implications and an in-state rivalry that has sparked of late present great viewing for the college football fan. Let's not forget this is the first time in the history of the rivalry that both teams have been ranked in the top 10. Tajh Boyd wants one last shot at the Gamecocks due to the fact he hasn't beaten them yet. Look for that to change. Clemson by 10.


NO. 24 DUKE AT NORTH CAROLINA: Never in a million years would anyone have thought this game would have any implications outside of bragging rights. The Blue Devils can win and play in the ACC Championship game against Florida State. Or, North Carolina can win and knock Duke down a peg or two. I like the Blue Devils. Duke by 3.


DENVER AT KANSAS CITY: Last time these two teams met — just two weeks ago — it was an old fashion shoot-out. This time, the game is in Kansas City, where Denver is hated about as much as Oakland. The Chiefs can regain their footing in the AFC West with a win and I think they can do it. Kansas City by 7.



NEW ORLEANS AT SEATTLE: In year's past, this game wouldn't mean a whole lot. Now, it means a bunch. Both teams have been solid all season with the Seahawks slowing pulling away in the NFC West. But, the Saints are very good with Drew Brees and company. However, I like Seattle simply for the fact it is at home. Should be a great game on Monday. Seattle by 7.