Another week, another loss as Jason went 3-1 to better my 2-2 mark in last week's action. For the year, Jason stands at an eye-popping 32-19 while I'm holding down "2nd place" at 23-28.
With the regular season coming to a close we've got numerous conference championship games on tap including the one in San Antonio that's supremely important to Buckeye Nation. It's almost like Michigan week around Columbus - everyone at the water cooler is talking Sooners v. Tigers.
Since I've been suffering from "Just Got A New Plasma" syndrome, I was too lazy to line up a guest picker so we're on our own this week. Reader Wil's picks will undoubtedly be in the comments section so let's just say he's this week's guest.
Now on to the picks:
Oklahoma (-3) vs. Missouri (ABC 78:00) The Sooners beat Mizzou in the first matchup outscoring the Tigers 18-7 in the 4th quarter to prevail 41-31 in Norman. In that one, the Sooner's forced 4 turnovers but to hear the Tigers tell it, they gave the game away. That fact isn't lost on the Sooners who are playing up the comments in the press. Talking aside, the Sooners need to contain studs Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin if they're going to send the Buckeyes to New Orleans.
Chris: No reason not to bet with my heart at this point...Sooners 31-30. Jason: Echo that. Oklahoma 55, Missouri 17.
Pitt (+28) @ West Virginia (ESPN 7:45) With Dave Wannstedt at the helm, not even Mrs. Wannstedt thinks Pitt has a chance in the 100th episode of the Backyard Brawl. Maybe that's a good thing in a season that's seen its share of straight up craziness but it's hard to fathom the Pitt defense hanging with the WVU-O. Hopefully, a drunken Mountaineer fan will misfire and hit Slaton or White with a car battery instead of an intended Pitt target sending OSU to Da Suga.
Chris: Wann'stache caps 3rd straight bowl-less season in style. WVU 48-17. Jason: Absolutely no hope in this one, but for some reason, I think Pitt keeps it somewhat close before losing 38-14.
Tennessee (+7.5) vs. LSU (CBS 4:00) Let's see if the best team in the history of college football from the best conference in the history of college football can salvage their season by winning the SEC title. That shouldn't be too much to ask since they also have the best defensive lineman in the history of college football. Hell, Tennessee might just forfeit considering how dominant this LSU team is.
Chris: I just hope the Vols can make it out alive against this juggernaut. LSU 28-20. Jason: Tennessee doesn't have a chance -- they'll lose in triple OT 31-30.
Boston College (+4.5) vs. Virginia Tech (ABC 1:00) The ACC title is on the line as the Eagles and Hokies do battle for the 2nd time this season. The first matchup saw BC hang on to their then #2 ranking scoring 14 points in the final 4 minutes to pull out a 14-10 win in rainy Blacksburg. As a result, the Hokies are eager for a shot at redemption. PSA: This is your next to last chance to hear the announcers rave about those Hokie special teams so don't miss it.
Chris: BC can't beat 'em twice but will get the cover. Va Tech 27-24. Jason: Neutral field helps the Eagles this time as they win by 28-21.