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September 26, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week Five

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Alabama vs. Ole Miss
Patrick Says: Alabama is a beatable football team this season. That's a fact. The Crimson Tide are not the machine they were last year or the year prior. Mostly, it was Texas A&M that's proved this but Nick Saban's squad has looked "meh" against undoubtedly inferior opponents. That said, this is still Alabama, the defending national champions. Ole Miss is a decent squad but they've lost the last nine to the Tide. That won't change Saturday. Alabama 41 Ole Miss 24
LSU vs. Georgia
Andrew Says: I like both of these teams a lot, and I want to pick Georgia at home, but I just can't get past the fact that Aaron Murray is the 'Dawgs quarterback. He'll be a high draft pick. Maybe he'll have some success in the NFL. But he just hasn't consistently won big games and Saturday is as big as it gets for Georgia in the regular season. LSU's defense has gotten better with each week, and the offense has playmakers on the outside that have been showing up. I expect LSU to make the plays that it needs to down the stretch to pull one out in Athens. LSU 24 Georgia 20
Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame
Andy Mac Says: Last year's game jettisoned the Fighting Irish into the BCS title picture. Can the Sooners return the favor and place themselves up for a title run? No they can't. They're not very good. Both programs are sub-par top 25 teams this year and while the historical value for each school will pique interests, I just don't see the intrigue or allure from them like I did last year. The difference maker in this one will be Blake Bell, who's coming off a 400-plus yard passing performance against Tulsa. If the Belldozer continues to find success through the air, Notre Dame's in for a long afternoon. Oklahoma 33 Notre Dame 24
Stanford vs. Washington St.
Marc Says: The rebuilding job that Mike Leach is doing at Washington State is starting to pay dividends this season as the Cougars played a very tough game against Auburn in the season opener and then got a huge home in two weeks ago against USC. Stanford will be a tougher test than those two opponents however as the Cardinal come in with a very balanced attack offensively behind junior quarterback Kevin Hogan and senior running back Tyler Gaffney. Stanford has been guilty of failing to put together two great halves of football at times this season so the Cardinal will need to be more consistent on Saturday to come away with a win and I think they will be. Stanford 41 Washington State 27
California vs. Oregon
Tom Says: The California Golden Bears travel to Eugene (Ore.) to face the No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks in Autzen Stadium Saturday. Cal QB Jared Goff and RB Brendan Bigelow will provide some offensive success early against the Ducks, but it will not be nearly enough to overshadow the high flying Oregon offense. Marcus Mariota will overwhelm the Cal Defense while also distributing the ball to RB DeAnthony Thomas and receivers Josh Huff and Bralon Addison. While Duck hunting season should be in full swing this weekend, the Golden Bears will go into hibernation once again and be trounced by Oregon. Oregon 63 Cal 20
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
Noon Says: Ever since Jen Bielema (Bret's wife) dropped her #Karma tweet, things have not been going well for the Hawgs. She got called out by Jen Vrabel, the Hawgs lost a big lead at Rutgers and now Johnny Manziel is coming to town to drink all their beer, woo all their coeds and beat the Hawgs beyond submission on the field on Saturday. #Karma is a cruel mistress. Texas A&M 45 Arkansas 17
Arizona vs. Washington
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech
Iowa vs. Minnesota
USC vs. Arizona St.

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