The weather has changed these past two weeks and, believe it or not, it does influence some teams and especially here in the South. But the nice crisp temperature in the 40s for a game makes those hot toddies and hot butter rums taste even better at the game and tailgate parties.
Here are your 10 picks for the week, plus a tiebreaker for Nov. 4.
1. Clemson Tigers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack, ACC game of the week (1). The Wolfpacks feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel for them, if they win, for a chance at the ACC title. Sorry, not this week. Clemson by 3.
2. Syracuse Orangemen vs. Florida State Seminoles. Is this the real North vs. South game? No, it’s the Orangemen winning by 6. That game is Penn State vs. Alabama coming soon to your TV.
3. Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes, ACC game of the week (2). The winner of this game will rise to the top ranking; loser gets a big bowl bid. Not many people like a hurricane, and we here in Florida and Texas have had our fill. Hokies by 10.
4. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Cavaliers: Yellow Jackets are hot to trot but the Cavaliers are very cool and win this by 3.
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: The Fighting Irish are still running on their hype and the Deacons are just in the way. Irish by 14.
6. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Tennessee Volunteers: There is a possibility that the Vols could win this game if the defense can score two touchdowns — and probably the only touchdowns for Vols. Vols by 3, and that’s wishful thinking
7. LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide, SEC game of the week. Everyone has been waiting for this game. If LSU wins, they sign the coach to a two-year contract, but how do you stop a train? Not in Alabama you don’t. Tide by 21.
8. Ole Mississippi Rebels vs. Kentucky Wildcats. Wildcats Blue will be all over the Red Rebels at the Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s been years waiting for the Wildcats to be this good; win by 17.
9. Auburn War Eagles vs. Texas A&M Aggies. The home game for the 12-man in this game is a big factor. War Eagles want this game badly, but it’s a barn burner with high scoring. 12-man wins out; Aggies by 6.
10. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Dawgs: Dawgs cannot take this game lightly. Gamecocks are looking for an upset and it can be done, but the Dawgs pull the feather off the Gamecocks. Georgia win by 10.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Florida Atlantic Owls, showcasing “We are Marshall!” — and with none other than the opponent coach whom we all know so well: Lane Kiffin, who is always in trouble as a coach and missed his calling at Tennessee, USC twice, Fresno State, Colorado State, Jacksonville Jaguars Pros and Oakland Raiders Pros. And, now, divorced from Layla, a Florida Gator alumna — and it’s still downhill from here. Thundering Heard by 12.
The ACC as of now has 10 teams who are eligible for a bowl; that’s 10 out of 14 teams in the ACC. The SEC has the same number of teams but only eight will be eligible for a bowl.
Is the ACC taking over as the conference to beat?
Bill Everett is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and lives in the Baker area.