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Ol' Doc's Football Forecast Week 8
October 19, 2012 - Al Stephenson
Doc is beaming again this week. After going 3-0 (8-1 in the last three weeks), the pigskin prophet is 15-6 for the season. He correctly suggested that "backs to the wall" LSU would rebound and beat the Gamecocks of South Carolina. He also picked Oklahoma to beat Texas in the Red River rivalry though he had no idea it would be such a big blowout. I'm guessing Longhorn fans didn't expect the scoring differential either.
Finally Ol' Doc witnessed first hand the Bobcats of Ohio University remaining undefeated outlasting a game Akron team. The final minutes in Athens were very similar to Ohio State's game with Indiana. Both squads will have to figure out how to finish games, but hey, both are undefeated. Can't hardly complain about that. With the Cincinnati Bearcats also without a loss, the state of Ohio shows three teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation. How about them apples?
Here's Doc's take on three games for this week.
#17 Texas Tech at #23 TCU. The 5-1 Red Raiders made people sit up and take notice as they dismantled West Virginia and its high powered offense 49-14 last week. That has to make them the favorite in this interstate battle. I have actually been to Lubbock though it was years ago. Bobby Knight was still prowling the sidelines then and I did take note of the Buddy Holly statue. The only thing the Horned Frogs have going for it is, well the nickname. Still I like Tech.
Texas Tech 35 TCU 20.
Michigan State at Michigan. Staying with the interstate rivalry theme, here's one that at the beginning of the season many thought would be a battle of ranked teams. Michigan State has shown its youth particularly at QB, losing to Notre Dame, Ohio State and a double overtime loss to Iowa. Michigan lost as expected to Alabama in the season opener and also fell to Notre Dame at South Bend. I like the Woverines at home.
Michigan 24 Michigan State 13.
#21 Cincinnati at Toledo. All three games will feature in state opponents this week although you can't hardly consider this game a rivalry. The Bearcats only close game has been with Virginia Tech. They could be looking ahead to next week's contest with Louisville. It would not be a good idea to look past a 6-1 Rocket team whose only loss was to Arizona in an OT opener.
The Rocket have since beaten Wyoming, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina (the Chanticleers cannot be considered a football juggernaut) and the three MAC Michigan schools, Western, Central and Eastern. This is likely a high scoring affair and I think Cincinnati will not be looking ahead.
Cincinnati 49 Toledo 35.
The view from my seat suggests that if Ol Doc keeps this up, he may have to start taking this whole prognosticating thing seriously. Nah, not going to happen.
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