Last week: 6-0 again! That moves me to 24-6 on the season, which is none too shabby.
A little late this week, so we're going to make it quick and dirty.
#4 OKLAHOMA STATE (6-0, 3-0) AT MISSOURI (3-3, 1-2) (12pm ET, FX)
Sooner or later, Gus Johnson has to get a good game to call, right? It's a crime to waste his excited calls on boring blowouts, but that's what he's been saddled with so far this season. Last week's Baylor-Texas A&M game seemed promising in a back-and-forth first half, but the Aggie defense finally remembered how to play a second half and the Aggie offense decided not to even risk things and just kept scoring... and scoring... and scoring all half long. So will this game be any more competitive? There's reason to be hopeful on that front: Mizzou has three losses, sure, but they've come to three teams who are a combined 17-2 this year -- so, really, they haven't been losing to anyone they shouldn't be losing to. The Tigers also gave Oklahoma one of their toughest games of the season: they opened up a 14-3 lead on the Sooners before ultimately losing 38-28. Like that game, this game is a home date for Mizzou. On the other hand, Oklahoma State is already pretty battle-tested on the road -- they edged Texas A&M by a point in College Station and dispatched Texas in Austin last week. Ultimately, it seems like this game will follow the same blueprint as the Oklahoma game: Mizzou rides the emotion of the home crowd to an early lead and hangs tough with the 'Pokes for a while, but ultimately Brandon Weeden and Co. will pull away from the rebuilding Tigers.
THE PICK: OKLAHOMA STATE 38, MISSOURI 31
NORTH CAROLINA (5-2, 1-2) AT #8 CLEMSON (7-0, 4-0) (12pm ET, ESPN)
Try as they might last week, Clemson just couldn't give in to their innate Clemson-ness. They spotted Maryland multiple double-digit leads... then came storming back each time, ultimately winning a wild 56-45 shootout with the Terps. This week they head home to entertain a North Carolina team that's been better than I expected this year; I thought the Tar Heels might implde in the wake of the scandals that engulfed them in the off-season (not to mention the departure of HC Butch Davis), but no dice -- they're sitting at a solid 5-2. On the other hand, they kind of look like they've been running out of a little steam the last few weeks: they won an ugly 14-7 game against a mediocre Louisville squad, then lost to a struggling Miami team. But on the other, other hand, UNC battled back after getting behind 27-3 in that game, lost only 30-24 and bottled up Miami's explosive running back Lamar Miller. Unfortunately, Clemson has multiple explosive options on offense, led by super-frosh Sammy Watkins who's already accounted for 1200 total yards and nine touchdowns. Clemson might get tripped up yet this year, but I don't think it will be at home to a North Carolina team that's struggling a bit.
THE PICK: CLEMSON 34, NORTH CAROLINA 24