Friday September 21st, 2007

Week 4 Pickoff
No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) at Tulsa (2-0)
The Sooners haven't had much luck lately with BCS busters, landing on the wrong end of historic victories for both TCU (2005) and Boise State ('06). QB Paul Smith and the Golden Hurricane may be equally as dangerous as those two, but this year's OU squad looks much less vulnerable than its past two.
Oklahoma 44, Tulsa 27
Is it just me, or did LSU strike some sort of deal with the SEC to play all its games at home this year? First it was Virginia Tech. Now the Gamecocks. And soon will come Florida, Auburn and Arkansas. The way the Tigers have looked so far, there are going to be lot of long flights home.
LSU 31, South Carolina 14
If Alabama beats its second consecutive ranked foe and improves to 4-0, the state may well explode. Workers may even begin laying the first bricks on the future Nick Saban museum next door to Bear Bryant's. For now, however, Georgia's defense will calm everybody down (for a week).
Georgia 21, Alabama 17
Do you think JoePa starts cursing the second he sees the Big House? Those damn refs killed us in '02. If Carr doesn't get those three seconds back, we go undefeated in '05. If ever there was a year to exact revenge -- and end an eight-game losing streak to the Wolverines -- it's this one.
Penn State 24, Michigan 14
No. 21 Kentucky (3-0) at Arkansas (1-1)
If you thought Kentucky-Louisville was a shootout, get ready for this one. The nation's 87th-ranked rushing defense (Kentucky) sure as heck isn't going to slow down Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, nor does the No. 97 pass defense (Arkansas) stand a chance against Andre Woodson.
Arkansas 45, Kentucky 31
Iowa (2-1) at No. 9 Wisconsin (3-0)
What in the world has gone wrong in Iowa City? After posting a 31-7 record from 2002-04, the Hawkeyes have gone 15-13 since -- same as the score of their inexplicable loss to Iowa State last week. They've also had to suspend five players this season. All just great signs.
Wisconsin 27, Iowa 7
Washington (2-1) at UCLA (2-1)
It looks like UCLA QB Ben Olson won't start -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing for the Bruins. For whatever reason, UCLA has had better luck with the less talented Patrick Cowan (who started eight games last season, including the win over USC), and Lord knows this team needs a change of luck, fast.
UCLA 24, Washington 21
Duke (1-2) at Navy (1-2)
At first glance, it's a team with four straight bowl berths (Navy) playing host to a noted doormat (Duke) that just ended a 22-game losing streak. Beneath the surface, however, is a budding young quarterback, Duke's Thaddeus Lewis, going against a defense that hasn't stopped a single opposing passer so far.
Upset Special:
Duke 24, Navy 22
Last week's record: 4-4. Season record: 17-7.

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