Butkus D. Dogg's Friday Fearless Forecast (Week 12)
Well nobody's perfect as evidenced by my picks last week. The two teams that were perfect, Alabama and Atlanta are perfect no more, thus I wasn't either going 8-2. Damn you to Cleveland, Johnny Football.
I'm still doing some good work, standing at 78-28 for the year.
Some things are different since we last talked. Mama and the Bald Guy stuffed the Fat Dog and me into a car and drove us to Alabama. I got to ride shotgun because they thought I would hurl. That was awesome. I had plenty of room to stretch out, whereas Mama was cramped in the back with the Fat Dog. I would have put him in the trunk, but that's just me. The coolest thing about the trip was I got to whiz on six states.
Okay, you know the drill. Five college, five pro, straight up. All coming at you from my new sweet home Alabama.
- Kansas State vs. Baylor: A lot of the pundits are looking at this as a possible upset, but while Baylor may be able to score, they can't play defense. K-State's defense is pretty good, so they should be able to slow the Bears down enough to keep them down. Take Kansas State.
- Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt: As bad as this year has been for Tennessee, they have enough speed and enough athletes to beat a pretty decent Vandy team. If not, Derek Dooley gets fired walking off the field. Take Tennessee
- USC vs, UCLA: Jim Mora Junior has done a fine job at UCLA while Lane Kiffin and the Trojans have been a huge disappointment. Saturday's result may be enough for Pat Hayden to get out his ax (and not for a turkey). Take UCLA
- Ole Miss vs. LSU: LSU isn't going to lose in Death Valley twice this season. Especially against Ole Miss. Take LSU.
- Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest: Some of the pundits think this could be an upset. It could be, but it won't. Take Notre Dame.
- Green Bay vs. Detroit: If the Lions can't beat Minnesota, imagine how Green bay must look. The only thing that may do the Pack in is their injured offensive line, but Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy will find a way. Take Green Bay
- Philadelphia vs. Washington: The good news for Eagles fans is that Mike Vick isn't going to play. The bad news is R.G. III is. Take Washington.
- New Orleans vs. Oakland: The surging Saints are playing in Oakland, a place where traditionally they have not faired well. But as bad as they were early in the year, they are much better now. Take New Orleans.
- Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh: This would be a much better match up if these two teams were healthy. The names of players not playing in this game comprise an all-star team. In the end, the Ravens have more key players available. Take Baltimore.
- Chicago at San Francisco: The Bears have not won in Frisco since 1985. I see no evidence to change that. Besides, Jay Cutler is out and Jason Campbell is very rusty. I'll believe it when I see it. Take San Francisco.