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College GameDay Rewind: Halloween Has Been A Treat So Far For Picks

Consider this a Halloween treat from Brad Carroll's GameDay Blog - an early peek at my College GameDay Rewind column that will run in full in the next day or so. We still got two games to play tonight - the big ones, of course - so this is just a start. If you went with my picks, you got another treat so far, as you've turned an early profit. If you went with Craig's picks, well, sorry about that trick. There's a lot to be happy about tonight if you're a sports fan, with two huge college games and World Series Game 3, so enjoy this early installement and pray that the rain goes away in Philly so we can see some baseball.

Indiana +17.5 at No. 7 Iowa
My Pick: Iowa 27, Indiana 12
Actual Score: Iowa 42, Indiana 24
What the heck happened here? Indiana led by 10 in the fourth quarter and the Iowa offense was dreadful all game long … so, with the spread being 17.5, I was already thinking about going 7-0 on the day. Of course, I didn’t believe for a second that Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi would go 3-for-3 for 177 yards and two scores in the final period. The final stab through the heart came with 1:12 to go in the game when the Hawkeyes added a 27-yard touchdown run. Nice defense, Indiana. By the way, I’m watching the final seconds of UConn-Rutgers and the fans are cheering like it’s a basketball game. “Let’s Go Huskies … clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.” That’s not how you cheer at a football game, guys. Whatever … it’s UConn. Craig and I both get burned by the Hoosiers in a half-point loss to fall to 0-1. Before I move on, UConn took the lead in the final minute, but then just allowed Rutgers to complete an 81-yard touchdown bomb to Tim Brown to fall behind 28-24. What an embarrassing, ugly, humiliating loss for the Huskies. Again, when will coach Randy Edsall feel the heat? Well, never … because it’s UConn.

Georgia +14.5 at No. 1 Florida
My Pick
: Florida 31, Georgia 14
Actual Score: Florida 41, Georgia 17
Even though the score would say otherwise, I had to sweat this one out as well, as Florida turned a losing 14-point lead into a winning 17-point advantage with a 44-yard field goal with under eight minutes to play. Soon after, the Gators put the game away with an interception return for a touchdown. During the game, Craig sent me a text message that said, “Georgia blows.” To that, I simply replied, “You blow for taking Georgia.” We all know Georgia can’t cover when facing a big-time opponent. And even though I thought for a long while about taking the Bulldogs in this game, luckily, I remembered that GameDay fact. So, I move to 1-1 on the day, while Craig falls to 0-2.

UNLV +35 at No. 8 TCU
My Pick
: TCU 49, UNLV 7
Actual Score: TCU 41, UNLV 0
While watching Miami take the lead on Wake Forest in the final moments, I didn’t see the final few minutes of TCU’s victory over UNLV. When I finally got the chance to turn back to that game, it was over, and I thought for sure TCU had only won by 34 – giving me a one-point loss. After writing up the Florida-Georgia summary, I hesitantly went to ESPN.com for the score and got a minor shock – TCU 41, UNLV 0. Yes! Believe me, that doesn’t happen very often. TCU scored with 1:39 to play to give me the victory. I move to 2-1 on the day, while Craig went with the big-points and got the loss, 0-3.

No. 18 Miami -7 at Wake Forest
My Pick
: Miami 28, Wake Forest 13
Actual Score: Miami 28, Wake Forest 27
Miami came from behind to beat Wake Forest in a game Craig probably enjoyed, but the Hurricanes didn’t do either of us a favor with the spread. Not much else to say, as this one never really had a chance to produce a positive result. I drop to 2-2, while Craig continues his march into the abyss with a 0-4 mark.

No. 12 Penn State -17 at Northwestern
My Pick
: Penn State 33, Northwestern 10
Actual Score: Penn State 34, Northwestern 13
The Miami-Wake Forest game didn’t hurt as much as it should have, though. Why? Because it seemed every time I switched channels from Miami-Wake to Penn State-Northwestern, the Nittany Lions would score. I saw the Lions take a 20-13 lead with 12:27 to go in the fourth. Then, again, switched the channel in time to see quarterback Daryll Clark roll out and hit on a 53-yard score with 10:16 to go. The next time I switched, I got to see the best thing of all – a score that was covering the 17-point spread, with Penn State in front 34-13. But things are never that easy. Northwestern drove down to the 10-yard line with two minutes to go. The Lions defense came up big, however, causing a fumble and the offense sealed the game from there. That ends the early games with me clocking in with a 3-2 record. Craig finally breaks through with a win, improving to 1-4 with two late games to play. Of course, the Yankees take priority from here.

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GameDay Live: Woodland At St. Paul

St. Paul 28, Woodland 27
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
W-Jack Debiase 40 run, 11:33. (Brandon Fowler kick).
SP-Byron Jones 12 pass from Tanner Bachand, 7:01. (Chris Bachand run).
Second Quarter
W-Brandon Fowler 50 pass from Steve Petracca, 5:54. (Conversion failed).
W-Jack Debiase 6 run, 1:19. (Brandon Fowler kick).
Third Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 26 run, 3:12. (Chris Bachand run).
SP-Chris Bachand 39 run, 0:31. (Conversion failed).
Fourth Quarter
W-Brandon Fowler 51 pass from Steve Petracca, 11:03. (Fowler kick).
SP-Tanner Bachand 1 run, 3:17. (Conversion failed).

GameDay Live: Indians At G'bury

No. 2 Glastonbury 34, Newington 20
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
G-Ryan McCarthy 10 pass from Sean McQuillan, 4:23. (Kick good).
N-Mike Buonocore 17 pass from Jonathan Snyder, 0:18. (Kick good).
G-Ryan McCarthy 34 pass from Sean McQuillan, 0:02. (Kick good).
Second Quarter
G-Malcolm Crosson 3 run, 9:09. (Kick failed).
G-Malcolm Crosson 29 run, 7:06. (Kick good).
Third Quarter
N-Jonathan Snyder 2 run, 4:04. (Kick good.)
G-Sean McQuillan 11 run, 2:50. (Kick good).
Fourth Quarter
N-Jonathan Snyder 1 run, 8:41. (Kick failed.)

GameDay Live: Canes At Middletown

New Britain 38, Middletown 0
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
NB-Tebucky Jones Jr. 41 fumble return, 7:25. (Rafal Garcarz kick).
NB-Tebucky Jones Jr. 26 pass from Larry Garcia, 2:52. (Garcarz kick failed).
Second Quarter
NB-Kian Downs 5 pass from Rafal Garcarz, 8:58. (Garcarz kick).
NB-Chris Linares 35 interception return, 8:08. (Garcarz kick failed).
NB-Chris Linares 13 pass from Rafal Garcarz, 4:27. (Garcarz kick failed).
NB-Kaiuway Boima 61 run, 1:04. (Run failed).
Third Quarter
None
Fourth Quarter
None

GameDay Live: Berlin At Eastern

Berlin 21, Bristol Eastern 3
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
None
Second Quarter

BE-Nick Randles 23 field goal, 6:53.
B-Max DeLorenzo 53 run, 2:11. (Mason Powers pass from Dan Hackett).
B-Mason Powers 21 pass from Dan Hackett, 0:05. (Pass failed).
Third Quarter
None
Fourth Quarter

B-Max DeLorenzo 51 run, 2:31. (Devin Silverman kick).

GameDay Live: Simsbury At Knights

Simsbury 29, Southington 26
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
S-Tyler Dube 6 pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 6:38. (Kick blocked).
SIM-Connely Cummings 2 run, 1:58. (James Poggio kick).
S-Anthony Florian 73 pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 1:42. (Pass failed).
Second Quarter
SIM-Safety, 9:20.
SIM-Kyle Decker 9 run, 6:08. (Poggio kick).
SIM-Connely Cummings 23 run, 4:03. (Poggio kick).
S-Mike Rhodd 24 pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 1:57. (Conversion good).
SIM-Connely Cummings 4 run, 0:54. (Poggio kick failed).
Third Quarter
S-Tyler Dube 17 pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 8:43. (Pass failed).
Fourth Quarter
None

College GameDay Picks Column: You Want Upsets? Two Of The Top Four Go Down Tonight

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 2-5 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
Craig's Week: 5-2 (spread)
This Season: 31-24-1 (spread); 44-12 (overall); 5-3 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 27-28-1 (spread)

Georgia at No. 1 Florida; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: This rivalry was taken to a new level two years ago, when after scoring an early touchdown, the entire Georgia team charged the field and celebrated like they just won the national championship. They went on to win the game. Then, last year, Florida coach Urban Meyer called two timeouts in the final minute when the Gators were leading 49-10 to rub it into the Bulldogs. So, what happens this year? I’m hoping for the upset, but I just don’t think Georgia can pull it off. The Pick: Florida (-14.5) wins it 31-14.

No. 3 Texas at No. 13 Oklahoma State; 8 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: Oklahoma State hasn’t beaten Texas since 1997 but the Cowboys believe this is their best (and possibly only) chance to beat the third-ranked Longhorns. The last time these two teams played in Oklahoma, Texas came back from 21 down in the fourth quarter to take a 38-35 victory. Colt McCoy threw three picks in that game, but has a solid history against the Cowboys, completing almost 80 percent of his passes. Still, I see Oak State shocking the world tonight. The Pick: Oklahoma State (+9.5) wins it 37-34.

No. 4 Southern Cal at No. 10 Oregon; 8 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: Everyone remembers the infamous punch at the end of Oregon’s loss to Boise State in the opening week, but since then, the Ducks have become one of the hottest teams in the country. And with a victory tonight against USC, Oregon could very well become a darkhorse national title contender. Southern Cal, on the other hand, needs a big victory to stay in contention. The Pick: Oregon (+3) wins it 28-27.

Indiana at No. 7 Iowa; 12 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Iowa lost its second starting running back to a season-ending injury last week, so the pressure will be on quarterback Ricky Stanzi to keep the Hawkeyes undefeated season in tact today. While that shouldn’t be a problem against Indiana, Iowa has seemingly won every game this season in the final moments, so an absolute blowout probably won’t be in the forecast. The Pick: Iowa (-17.5) wins it 27-12.

UNLV at No. 8 TCU; 4 p.m., VS
The Skinny
: TCU is in an unfortunate battle with Boise State to claim probably the one and only BCS berth reserved for a non-major conference team. That is the college football world we live in at the moment – and it’s not going to change. If TCU and Boise both win out, they should both get BCS bids, but it won’t happen. So, TCU is going to have to rout rival UNLV today. The Pick: TCU (-35) wins it 49-7.

No. 12 Penn State at Northwestern; 4:30 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Northwestern had to rally from 28-3 down to beat Indiana last week 29-28, so I don’t like the Wildcats chances against an awesome Penn State defense today. Quarterback Daryll Clark and the Nittany Lions offense has been clicking as well, making this game a nightmare for a sub-par Northwestern squad. Hopefully Penn State isn’t looking ahead to Ohio State next week. The Pick: Penn State (-17) wins it 33-10.

No. 18 Miami at Wake Forest; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: The Hurricanes should bounce back from a devastating overtime loss to Clemson last week. The Pick: Miami (-7) wins it 28-13. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Georgia, Texas USC, Indiana, UNLV, Penn State, Miami. Remember to check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

College GameDay Rewind: Hot Dog Gate And The Yankees-Phillies World Series Prediction

I’ll start College GameDay Rewind with a controversy as big as anything in the sports world today – Hot Dog Gate. Well, not exactly, but it has created a stir. If you didn’t see it, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez ate a hot dog on the sideline during his team’s 38-0 win over the Raiders. Sanchez said he was feeling queasy and needed to eat something, and when someone offered a hot dog he took it. Of course, being New York, the episode has blown up into a mini-controversy. I laughed when I saw it on television but thought immediately that he was going to get heat for it. But when you sit down and think about it for a second, who really cares? I haven’t heard anything from the Raiders about it, so why should any of us care? We shouldn’t. Of course, it makes for good copy for the mid-week doldrums of covering professional football, so it won’t go away completely. Sanchez did turn the controversy into a positive, however, as he donated 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, N.J. Now, he just has to go out and kill the Dolphins on Sunday.

For our second part of Rewind controversies, Jimmy Rollins went on national television saying that the Phillies were going to win the World Series in five games over the Yankees. Of course, the New York media has jumped all over it and put him all over the back pages. In both the Daily News and the New York Post the headlines were similar – Shut Him Up! I love it when newspapers get behind there teams and make it a war. And that’s what New York does best. On a small scale, I try and do that in The Bristol Press and the New Britain Herald. You can see a little bit of that in today’s Herald. As for the series itself, I’m going with the Yankees in six … close it out at the new Stadium. Post your predictions in the comments section, or e-mail me at bcarroll@centralctcommunications.com.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 2-5 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
My Season: 31-24-1 (spread); 44-12 (overall); 5-3 (upset picks)
My Money: UP $460 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 5-2 (spread)
Craig's Season: 27-28-1 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $380 (season)

Minnesota +16 at No. 18 Ohio State
My Pick
: Ohio State 35, Minnesota 12
Actual Score: Ohio State 38, Minnesota 7
Ohio State blew the game open in the second half to turn a 7-0 halftime edge to an easy 31-point victory. A fumbled kickoff turned the tide early in the third quarter to start us off at 1-0. Craig also went with OSU to start 1-0.

No. 13 Penn State -4.5 at Michigan
My Pick
: Michigan 23, Penn State 21
Actual Score: Penn State 35, Michigan 10
After Michigan took a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game – the first team all season to score a touchdown in the first half against Penn State – I thought I had another upset pick in the bag. But that was the last of the good will the Wolverines would hand out at the Big House. Penn State went up and down the field on Michigan and ended its long losing streak at Michigan Stadium with a big win. Michigan looked terrible, especially at the end of the first half when it blew a chance to cut the lead to 19-14. What started as a first-and-goal from the two turned into a spike play on third down with a ton of time left and Michigan had to settle for a field goal. It was all downhill from there. I’m 1-1 on the day, while Craig improves to 2-0.

Tennessee +14.5 at No. 1 Alabama
My Pick
: Alabama 12, Tennessee 10
Actual Score: Alabama 27, Tennessee 10
Tennessee had a shot to pull off the upset, but its last-second field goal was blocked and Alabama survived. Despite my pick of Alabama, I was rooting for the upset, as the last thing I want at the end of the season is having only Florida, Alabama and Texas with a chance to play for the national championship. Each of those teams have looked horrible (more than once) this season and I’m not happy in the least that it’s almost a lock that two of those will play for the title. I want some new blood and I would love if Boise State could somehow find its way into the game. I drop to 1-2 with the Alabama pick, while Craig falls to 2-1.

Boston College +7.5 at Notre Dame
My Pick
: Notre Dame 33, Boston College 20
Actual Score: Notre Dame 20, Boston College 16
Looking back, I should have gone with Boston College and the points, seeing as though almost every game Notre Dame plays comes down to the wire. And that’s exactly what happened again, even though Boston College isn’t very good this year. The Eagles actually led at the end of the third quarter, but the Irish came back to end their hex against Boston College. In what is becoming a very bad day, I drop to 1-3. Craig, on the other hand, is making up some ground with a 3-1 record.

Auburn +7.5 at No. 9 LSU
My Pick
: LSU 9, Auburn 6
Actual Score: LSU 31, Auburn 10
I don’t know how in the world that LSU could score 31 points on anyone, let alone an SEC rival. But the Tigers did and I have to take yet another loss on my record to drop to 1-4. Craig, of course, went with LSU to improve to 4-1 on the day.

No. 2 Florida -23 at Mississippi State
My Pick
: Florida 45, Mississippi State 14
Actual Score: Florida 29, Mississippi State 19
I should have listened to what I wrote in my GameDay column and went with the former coach facing his old team. It almost always results in a well-played game that gives the underdog a shot at the end of the game. But I thought that Urban Meyer would run up the score after some disappointing victories in the last few weeks. But Florida just isn’t good enough to do that and the Gators had to survive a scare from Mississippi State. That’s just another reason why the top three teams can’t play in the national title game. I drop another game and clock in at 1-5 with one to play. Craig also went with the Gators to fall to 4-2.

No. 3 Texas -13 at Missouri
My Pick
: Texas 35, Missouri 13
Actual Score: Texas 41, Missouri 7
Well, at least one team in the top three came to play on Saturday. Texas rolled to the win over Missouri to (finally!) get me back on the winning track. I end the day with a very disappointing 2-5 record. Craig makes a big jump back into the race with a 5-2 record.

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College GameDay Picks Column: Will I Ever Pick Against The Michigan Wolverines?

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 4-2-1 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 1-1 (upset picks)
Craig's Week
: 4-2-1
This Season
: 29-19-1 (spread); 38-11 (overall); 5-2 (upset picks)
Craig's Season
: 22-26-1

Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: With Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy looking very ordinary lately, Alabama RB Mark Ingram has jumped into the Heisman Trophy race. Ingram rushed for 246 yards last week in a 20-6 win over South Carolina, the third highest in school history. Today against Tennessee, he could go a long way to jumping to the top of the class with a big game. But he’ll have to do better than last year against the Vols, where he rushed for a grand total of one yard. The Pick: Alabama (-14.5) wins it 27-10.

No. 2 Florida at Mississippi State; 7:30 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Even though Florida dropped to No. 2 in the AP poll, the Gators are still tops in the BCS standings. Florida, however, will want to make a statement tonight against Mississippi State and coach Dan Mullen, the Gators former offensive coordinator. Typically, I would take the points when a big favorite is facing a former coach (remember Washington-USC?), but Urban Meyer is going to run it up on struggling Mississippi State. The Pick: Florida (-23) wins it 45-14.

No. 3 Texas at Missouri; 8 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: Missouri is nowhere near the team it has been the past couple seasons when they won back-to-back Big 12 North titles. That, coupled with the fact that the Tigers have had no success against Texas, says this one could and should be a rout. The Longhorns need to bounce back with an impressive performance, after a not-so-impressive win over Oklahoma last week. The Pick: Texas (-13) wins it 35-13.

Auburn at No. 9 LSU; 7:30 p.m.; ESPN2
The Skinny
: This is one matchup that could turn out to be a barnburner — if you consider a game that ends 9-6 on a late field goal a barnburner. LSU has no offense and Auburn isn’t very good either, so this one has all the makings of a defensive showcase that will have viewers searching for an alternative. Playing at home will be the difference as LSU wins a close game. The Pick: LSU (-7.5) wins it 9-6.

No. 13 Penn State at Michigan; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: The Big House hasn’t really been a place of horror for opposing teams in the recent past, well, except for Penn State. The Nittany Lions haven’t won in Michigan Stadium since 1996, which spans five games. The Penn State defense, however, has been very good this season and could very well end that streak today. Still, I think the Wolverines pull it out. The Pick: Michigan (+4.5) wins it 23-21.

Minnesota at No. 18 Ohio State; 12 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Ohio State has fallen on such hard times that there is talk of benching quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was a darkhorse Heisman candidate at the beginning of the year. Pryor had four turnovers in a stunning loss to a horrible Purdue team last week to sink OSU to No. 18 in the rankings. The Buckeyes should bounce back today at home. The Pick: Ohio State (-16) wins it 35-12.

Boston College at Notre Dame; 3:30 p.m.; NBC
The Skinny
: Notre Dame came very close to pulling off the upset last week against USC ... today the Irish get an easy win. The Pick: Notre Dame (-7.5) wins it 33-20. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Alabama, Florida, Missouri, LSU, Penn State, Ohio State, Boston College. bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

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GameDay Live: Windsor At Indians

Windsor 34, Newington 0
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
W-Dazahn Wilson25-yard pass from Pierre Narcisse, 5:24. (Kick good)
Second Quarter
W-Peter Tiemann 14-yard pass from Pierre Narcisse, 2:03. (Kick good)
Third Quarter
W-Aaron Beradino 1-yard run, 9:00. (Kick good)
Fourth Quarter
W-Aaron Beradino 1-yard run, 11:53. (Kick failed)
W-Aaron Beradino 5-yard run, 6:13. (Kick good)

GameDay Live: Rocky Hill At Berlin

Berlin 20, Rocky Hill 0
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
B-Max DeLorenzo 56-yard run, 9:52. (Devin Silverman kick failed)
Second Quarter
None
Third Quarter
B-Max DeLorenzo 4-yard run, 5:50. (Pass failed)
Fourth Quarter
B-Taylor Tavarozzi 2-yard run, 5:52. (Brian Malloy from Dan Hackett)

GameDay Live: M'town At Knights

Southington 35, Middletown 7
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
S-Mike Rhodd 75-yard kickoff return, 11:48. (Conversion failed)
Second Quarter
S-Anthony Florian 94-yard pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 10:12. (Conversion failed)
M-Devon Carrillo 5-yard pass from Jason Woods, 6:05. (Jason Sinagra kick)
S-Dylan Danko 8-yard run, 3:35. (Conversion good)
Third Quarter
S-Dylan Danko 36-yard run, 11:45. (Pass failed)
S-Dylan Danko 4-yard run, 4:45. (Pass failed)
Fourth Quarter
S-Dylan Danko 27-yard field goal, 8:47.

College GameDay Rewind: Unlike Baseball Umpires, We Never Miss A Call Here At GameDay

The umpiring in the baseball playoffs this year has been so dreadful that I would seriously consider dumping every umpire that has made these embarrassing calls over the past few weeks. Just yesterday, in the Yankees-Angeles game, there were countless errors. And none of them were of the bang-bang variety where the call could have gone either way. Tim McClelland made two boneheaded plays at third base and his explanation on one of them should be reason enough to get rid of the guy. In talking about his decision to call Nick Swisher out at third base on a tag-up, a call that can only be made if you’re absolutely sure, he said this: “I said in my heart I thought he left too soon, but the replay showed that he didn't.” So, we’re making decisions with our heart now and not our eyes? That’s exactly what you want to hear from an umpire. The only thing more embarrassing than the call is that explanation. Just so I’m not playing favorites, the Yankees were the benefit of two disastrous calls as well. The umpiring should be getting better and better, not worse and worse in the playoffs. Hopefully, MLB doesn’t let these umpires off the hook.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 4-2-1 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 1-1 (upset picks)
My Season: 29-19-1 (spread); 38-11 (overall); 5-2 (upset picks)
My Money: UP $810 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 4-2-1 (spread)
Craig's Season: 22-26-1 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $660 (season)

No. 20 Oklahoma +3 vs. No. 3 Texas
My Pick
: Texas 31, Oklahoma 27
Actual Score: Texas 16, Oklahoma 13
After watching Texas play so poorly in this game, I’m surprised the Longhorns are even considered a national title contender anymore. It was that bad. Playing against an Oklahoma team that lost Sam Bradford early, Texas should have taken control and erased any doubt of its status on the national stage. Instead, the Horns put forth an almost embarrassing display in barely escaping with the win. Oklahoma wasn’t any better, but without its star quarterback, that is almost expected. Fittingly, the game ended in a tie with the points, so it’s a wash to start.

No. 11 Iowa +2.5 at Wisconsin
My Pick
: Iowa 24, Wisconsin 21
Actual Score: Iowa 20, Wisconsin 10
Iowa scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to give us the “upset pick” victory. The Hawkeyes made it interesting, trailing 10-3 at the half, but came through in the end to give both Craig and I our first win.

Minnesota +17.5 at No. 14 Penn State
My Pick
: Penn State 35, Minnesota 10
Actual Score: Penn State 20, Minnesota 0
Well, the analysis of the game was spot-on; too bad the score was a little too close for comfort. Nevertheless, it’s another victory for both of us as Penn State’s defense came up big and didn’t allow Minnesota to get on the scoreboard. Both Craig and I improve to 2-0-1 on the day.

Arkansas +24.5 at No. 1 Florida
My Pick
: Florida 31, Arkansas 17
Actual Score: Florida 23, Arkansas 20
I was already leaning toward giving Florida a loss in the SEC Championship game against (most likely) Alabama … now, I’m thinking it’s going to be an easy pick for the Crimson Tide. Florida barely escaped at home against a run-of-the-mill Arkansas team, needing a last-second field goal to win. The Gators have since dropped to No. 2 in the rankings. I said in GameDay that the Hogs would stick around in the fourth quarter, I just didn’t believe they would have had the chance to win – and they did. Luckily for Florida, Arkansas missed a field goal to set up the winning score. Craig and I both get another victory, improving to 3-0-1.

No. 6 Southern Cal -10 at No. 25 Notre Dame
My Pick
: Notre Dame 31, Southern Cal 30
Actual Score: Southern Cal 34, Notre Dame 27
This may very well have been the first time I’ve rooted for Notre Dame to win a game – and we all know why. I went out on a limb and picked the upset for the Irish, and they were one play away from sending the game to overtime. But a few horrible plays near the goal line at the end of regulation ruined the pick and the game for ND. Matt Barkley was huge for USC and the sole reason why the Irish couldn’t pull off the upset. That’s a great sign for the Trojans going forward. With or without the upset, Notre Dame still improves my record to 4-0-1. Craig drops to 3-1-1 with the USC pick.

No. 4 Virginia Tech -3 at No. 19 Georgia Tech
My Pick
: Virginia Tech 30, Georgia Tech 20
Actual Score: Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 20
Virginia Tech had its chance to move into the national championship discussion and give the ACC some respect, but that all went up in flames at Georgia Tech. Not much else to say as I was preoccupied with the Yankees in the ALCS. I take my first defeat of the day, while Craig gets back with the win, as we both check in with 4-1-1 records.

No. 22 South Carolina +17.5 at No. 2 Alabama
My Pick
: Alabama 38, South Carolina 24
Actual Score: Alabama 20, South Carolina 6
All I know about this game was random scoring updates as the Yankees were locked in a classic with the Angels. It would have been nice if Alabama’s offense could have showed up, so I take another loss to finish the week a very good 4-2-2. Craig also gets the winning week, finishing 4-2-2 as well.

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UConn Starting CB Jasper Howard Stabbed To Death On Campus

STORRS (AP) - A University of Connecticut football player died Sunday following an on-campus stabbing, hours after the team's victory over Louisville.

Twenty-year-old Jasper Howard of Miami, a junior and starting cornerback, was stabbed during a fight early Sunday. A message posted on the university's Web site said the fight and stabbing happened near Hillside Road, which is near the center of the Storrs campus. The perpetrator was still at large.

University president Michael Hogan told The Associated Press that the stabbing is a tragedy for the entire university community. He says state police are working with campus police.

A message with UConn police was not immediately returned.

Howard was credited with 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in UConn's 38-25 victory Saturday over Louisville. He led the Big East in punt returns last season.

(Mike Orazzi photo)

GameDay Live: Berlin At Simsbury

Simsbury 28, Berlin 14
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
B-Dan Hackett 3-yard run, 6:48. (Devin Silverman kick).
Second Quarter
S-Connely Cummings 5-yard run, 5:54. (Jim Poggio kick).
S-Kyle Decker 3-yard run, 3:17. (Kick blocked).
Third Quarter
S-Connely Cummings 31-yard run, 11:14. (Decker run).
Fourth Quarter
S-Kyle Decker 1-yard run, 6:42. (Poggio kick).
B-Max DeLorenzo 17-yard run, 4:12. (Silverman kick).

GameDay Live: Indians At Rocky Hill

Newington 27, Rocky Hill 20
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
N-Anthony Szewz 28-yard pass from Jeremy Rodriguez, 7:15. (Kick good).
RH-Joey Carducci 25-yard interception return, :28. (Kick good).
Second Quarter
N-Golden Tate 5-yard run, 1:38. (Kick good).
Third Quarter
N-Malik Golden 24-yard pass to Jonathan Snyder, 4:40. (Kick good).
RH-Will Roccanello 2-yard run, :51. (Kick good).
Fourth Quarter
N-Daniel Vasquez fumble recovery, 7:36. (Kick failed).
RH-Mike Dance 7-yard pass from Bryan MacDonald, 3:42. (Kick failed).

College GameDay Picks Column: Notre Dame Over Southern California? Yes, And I Know I'm Crazy

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 3-4 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
Craig's Week: 2-5
This Season: 25-17 (spread); 33-9 (overall); 4-1 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 18-24

Arkansas at No. 1 Florida; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow should be back to full-strength (both physically and mentally) this week, but I don’t think the Gators will push him too much in what should be an easy win. Arkansas upset Auburn last week, but has no shot to win this game at The Swap – but that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to keep it close. With quarterback Ryan Mallett on the field, and the Hogs full of confidence, I can see them pushing the game into the fourth quarter. The Pick: Florida (-24.5) wins it 31-17.

No. 22 South Carolina at No. 2 Alabama; 7:45 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny: South Carolina is looking to match its longest winning streak in the Steve Spurrier era, but winning that fifth straight game will be a monumental task tonight at Alabama. The Tide moved up to No. 2 in the polls this week, jumping Texas, but that ranking means little considering the potential SEC Championship showdown with Florida will determine everything. South Carolina has a tremendous defense, but no offense, which means Alabama rolls to the win. The Pick: Alabama (-17.5) wins it 38-14.

No. 20 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Texas; 12 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: The Red River Shootout doesn’t have the same hype that was expected when the season kicked off, as the Sooners lost two games with star quarterback Sam Bradford on the sidelines due to injury, but plenty is still at stake for Texas. If the Longhorns win out, they will play for the national title. For the Sooners, Bradford is back and healthy, so the game could go either way. The Pick: Texas (-3) wins it 31-27.

No. 4 Virginia Tech at No. 19 Georgia Tech; 6 p.m.; ESPN2
The Skinny
: If you haven’t already noticed, today is a big day for college football fans. This ACC showdown is just another attractive game on the docket. Virginia Tech’s only loss on the season came in the season opener against Alabama, which doesn’t look so bad now. The Tech offense and defense are both playing at a high level, which isn’t good for the Yellowjackets and their porous defense. The Pick: Virginia Tech (-3) wins it 30-20.

No. 6 Southern Cal at No. 25 Notre Dame; 3:30 p.m.; NBC
The Skinny: Call me crazy, but I actually believe the Fighting Irish have a real shot to win this game today at home. I know, I know. I’m insane. But Notre Dame has been playing real well since its loss to Michigan. USC, on the other hand, hasn’t been a world-beater. That, coupled with the fact that the Irish are playing for Charlie Weis’ job, and we got ourselves a possible upset pick. The Pick: Notre Dame (+10) wins it 31-30.

No. 11 Iowa at Wisconsin; 12 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny: Wisconsin really disappointed me last week in its big loss to Ohio State. But it did prove the Badgers weren’t ready for primetime. Iowa simply continues to win games, now up to 11 straight, despite not getting much offense. The Hawkeyes have won their last three games by three or fewer points, so this one could come down to the wire – again. Look for Iowa to win with a late field goal. The Pick: Iowa (+2.5) wins it 24-21.

Minnesota at No. 14 Penn State; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: This game features a bad offense (Minnesota) against a great defense (Penn State). That’s not a good thing for the Gophers. The Pick: Penn State (-17.5) wins it 35-10.
Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Georgia Tech, USC, Iowa, Penn State. Remember to check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

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GameDay Live: St. Paul At S.Heart

St. Paul 60, Sacred Heart 29
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
SP-Byron Jones 28-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 10:50. (Conversion failed).
SP-Chris Bachand 29-yard run, 8:38. (Conversion failed).
SP-Tanner Bachand 30-yard run, 4:58. (Travis Thomas run).
SH-Rohan Ifill 1-yard run, :44. (Ruben Berger kick).
Second Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 44-yard run, 11:41. (Bryon Jones reception).
SH-David Coggins 37-yard pass from Rohan Ifill, 9:13. (Kick failed).
SP-Chris Bachand 77-yard run, 6:34. (Conversion failed).
SH-Ruben Berger 85-yard pass from Rohan Ifill, 1:50. (Ruben Berger reception).
SP-Chris Bachand 17-yard run, :05. (Conversion failed).
Third Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 19-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 11:17. (Conversion failed).
SH-David Coggins 64-yard pass from Rohan Ifill, 5:04. (Ruben Berger reception).
SP-Chris Bachand 80-yard run, :46. (Tanner Bachand run).
Fourth Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 19-yard run, 10:32. (Kick failed).

College GameDay Rewind: So, What Happened To The Red Sox Sweeping The World Series, Sox Fans?

Three sweeps in the first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs is a great thing. Why? Because it means TBS will be limited in its coverage of the playoffs. If you’ve watched any of the coverage, you know what I’m talking about. TBS has ruined playoff baseball, starting last year and continuing this month. The announcers are horrible – pathetic even. The graphics are bad – something that I wouldn’t even typically notice. The sound of the games is off too, as the crowds seem subdued when I know they aren’t. And the biggest thing is the network’s horrible decision to refuse to put the games on local television in the home markets that don’t have cable television. That is the most pathetic decision ever made and Major League Baseball should be called out on it. Even the big, bad NFL still puts games on local television when they are on cable. Unfortunately, those in the National League will have to suffer through the NLCS on TBS as well. I never thought I would be happy to see Joe Buck and Tim McCarver and the FOX crew in the ALCS.

By the way, where exactly are the Red Sox right now? All I heard from their fans over the past week was that they were going to roll into the World Series. It didn’t exactly turn out like that, did it? Red Sox fans have become the most hilariously misinformed and misguided people on the planet. (On a side note, anyone want to compare Jonathan Papelbon and Mariano Rivera anymore? Didn't think so.) Yankees fans, on the other hand, just laugh and say “we’ll see what happens” in response. And there you go.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 3-4 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
My Season: 25-17 (spread); 33-9 (overall); 4-1 (upset picks)
My Money: UP $630 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 2-5 (spread)
Craig's Season: 18-24 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $840 (season)

No. 17 Auburn -2.5 at Arkansas
My Pick
: Auburn 22, Arkansas 17
Actual Score: Arkansas 44, Auburn 23
The worst part about this game was the fact that no other channel was offering a worthwhile alternative. So, I suffered through this game, which was already deemed a loss very early on. Thank God I took off to watch Ireland and Italy soccer early in the second half and didn’t have to watch the end. The only other thing to say is that Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is still a quitter and a bum and a loser. Got any other adjectives? Craig and I both start with a loss.

No. 3 Alabama -4.5 at No. 20 Ole Miss
My Pick
: Alabama 33, Ole Miss 24
Actual Score: Alabama 22, Ole Miss 3
As I’ve said for the past few weeks, Alabama is the real deal, and I’m starting to believe that the Crimson Tide could knock off Florida. This game was supposed to be close, but Alabama easily took care of the fakers from Ole Miss. This was a good way to rebound and even my record at 1-1. Craig also went with the Tide and, in fact, he only has one pick different than me this week – that can’t be good … can it?

UConn +7 at Pittsburgh
My Pick
: Pittsburgh 33, UConn 22
Actual Score: Pittsburgh 24, UConn 21
Pittsburgh scored 21 points in the second half and outscored the Huskies 11-0 in the fourth quarter to take the victory, but it wasn’t enough to give me or Craig the win as we both drop to 1-2. UConn choked away a 21-6 lead with 3:56 to play in the third quarter, losing on a field goal with no time left. That is two horrible losses in the final moments for the Huskies this season, including losing on a safety to North Carolina. Is it time to get the hotseat warm for coach Randy Edsall? Well, of course not, because UConn and its coaches and athletes are untouchable in this state. There’s always this blog, I guess.

Wisconsin +16 at No. 9 Ohio State
My Pick
: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 17
Actual Score: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 13
Ohio State led 14-10 at the half and things were looking good for our Wisconsin pick. But the Buckeyes took control in the second, outscoring the Badgers 17-3 to beat both Craig and I. This one hurt as I thought Wisconsin would show up and put up a fight – for more than just a half. Now I know why the previously undefeated Badgers were 16-point underdogs. Me and Craig both drop to 1-3.

Colorado +32.5 at No. 2 Texas
My Pick
: Texas 49, Colorado 21
Actual Score: Texas 38, Colorado 14
This was an easy pick, although anyone can say that a couple days later looking back at a win. I didn’t think the spread should have been so high in the first place and it turned out to be true. Both Craig and I move to 2-3 on the day.

Michigan +8 at No. 12 Iowa
My Pick
: Michigan 23, Iowa 21
Actual Score: Iowa 30, Michigan 28
Craig might still be complaining about this game – saying that Iowa dominated and the score shouldn’t have been as close as it was. I just sit back and smile as I win the only came we differed on the entire day. What Craig didn’t notice was that quarterback Tate Forcier was horrible and was benched in the fourth quarter, and yet the Wolverines still had a chance to win the game late. This one does hurt, as I lost my first upset pick of the season, six weeks into the season. Not to mention that I’m a Michigan fan. With that said, I still get the win, improving to 3-3 on the day. Craig drops to 2-4.

No. 1 Florida -7 at No. 4 LSU
My Pick
: Florida 28, LSU 24
Actual Score: Florida 13, LSU 3
Alright, I knew LSU wasn’t the greatest team in the land. In fact, I know the Tigers aren’t very good compared to other teams in the SEC, despite their No. 4 ranking, which is inflated because there aren’t many great teams in college football this season. But is one touchdown too much to ask for in your home stadium in the biggest game of the year? Come on – a field goal is all you can muster? Really? If you told me Florida would score just 13 points, the only thing I would worry about is me losing my straight-up pick of the Gators. It was just a horrible loss for the Tigers. Craig and I both take the loss, with me finishing at 3-4 and him taking a 2-5 final record.

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College GameDay Picks Column: But First, Yankees Win, Thaaaaaaaaa Yankees Win

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 5-2 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 2-0 (upset picks)
Craig's Week: 4-3
This Season: 22-13 (spread); 28-7 (overall); 4-0 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 16-19

No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU; 8 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: CBS really struck gold recently with its big-network exclusive coverage of the SEC. The network has had so many great teams and so many great matchups that NBC, ABC and all the cable stations have to be jealous. Florida-LSU is just another example. The biggest question is whether or not Gators QB Tim Tebow will change his style of play, as he’s coming off a concussion two weeks ago. If he does, LSU, could actually pull of the big upset. The Pick: Florida (-7) wins it 28-24.

Colorado at No. 2 Texas; 7:15 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Texas QB Colt McCoy hasn’t exactly lit up the stat sheet this season in his quest to win the Heisman Trophy, but that doesn’t mean the Longhorns haven’t dominated their opponents. Texas is 4-0 on the season, including a 64-7 blowout of UTEP two weeks ago in which the Longhorns outgained their opponent 639-53 in yards. Things won’t be that easy tonight against conference foe Colorado, although Vegas believes it will be. The Pick: Texas (-32.5) wins it 49-21.

No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Ole Miss; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: What was I writing about CBS having all the good games? This is just crazy. Ole Miss came into the season with huge expectations and even rose to No. 4 in the polls this season, but the bottom dropped out quickly as heavily-hyped QB Jevan Snead has been terrible, especially in a loss to South Carolina. Alabama is better than advertised, if that’s possible. The Pick: Alabama (-4.5) wins it 33-24.

Wisconsin at No. 9 Ohio State; 3:30 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Wisconsin is 5-0, but has yet to crack the Top 25 this season, which really doesn’t say much for the Big 10. A win today at Ohio State, however, could be the Badgers ticket not only into the rankings, but into the Top 15. Wisconsin loves to run the football, but the Buckeyes defense has been stopping the running game at one of the best clips in the nation. The Pick: Ohio State (-16) wins it 31-17.

Michigan at No. 12 Iowa; 8:05 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: Iowa is trying to start a season 6-0 for the first time since 1985 and, interestingly, that is also the last time the Hawkeyes were ranked higher than the Wolverines. Back then, No. 1 Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan 12-10. Tonight won’t have the same significance, but could be just as close. Iowa is riding high with nine straight victories, but Michigan ends the party. The Pick: Michigan (+8) wins it 23-21.

UConn at Pittsburgh; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: UConn, the fourth-ranked defense in the nation, will be truly tested for the first time today against a talented Pittsburgh offense. The Panthers are seemingly better than year, even with RB LeSean McCoy now with the Eagles in the NFL. UConn could catch Pittsburgh looking ahead, as games with South Florida, West Virginia and Cincinnati await. The Pick: Pittsburgh (-7) wins it 33-20.

No. 17 Auburn at Arkansas; 12 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Auburn defeated Tennessee last week, 26-22, so expect a similar result today at Arkansas. Remember, College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com. The Pick: Auburn (-2.5) wins it 22-17. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week LSU, Colorado, Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pitt, Auburn.

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GameDay Live: Knights Vs. Canes

Southington 20, New Britain 14
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
S-Dylan Danko 6-yard run, 5:20. (Dylan Danko kick).
Second Quarter
S-Dylan Danko 5-yard run, 4:26. (Dylan Danko kick).
Third Quarter
S-Joe Pesce 45-yard interception return, 7:45. (Conversion failed).
NB-Rafal Garcarz 15-yard run, 1:00. (Rafal Garcarz kick).
Fourth Quarter
NB-Kaiuway Boima 69-yard pass from Rafal Garcarz, 4:11. (Rafal Garcarz kick).

GameDay Live: Naugatuck At St. Paul

St. Paul 28, Naugatuck 18
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 32-yard run, 7:52. (Travis Thomas run).
N-Kevin Ugaldi 4-yard run, :32. (Conversion failed).
Second Quarter
N-Joe Caputo 19-yard run, 7:02. (Conversion failed).
Third Quarter
SP-Byron Jones 21-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 7:24. (Conversion failed).
SP-Chris Bachand 9-yard run, 1:07. (Justin Gonzalez reception).
Fourth Quarter
N-Erich Broaderick 20-yard run, 9:00. (Conversion failed).
SP-Tanner Bachand 3-yard run, 1:58. (Conversion failed).

GameDay Live: Berlin At Tolland

Berlin 48, Tolland 13
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
T-Vinny Russo 39-yard pass from Alex Backus, 8:16. (Sal Pernullo kick).
B-Max DeLorenzo 37-yard run, 5:47. (Devin Silverman kick).
Second Quarter
B-Max DeLorenzo 53-yard run, 10:44. (Devin Silverman kick).
B-Dave Campagna 7-yard pass from Dan Hackett, 5:17. (Devin Silverman kick failed).
Third Quarter
B-Max DeLorenzo 38-yard run, 10:00. (Zach Parsons run).
B-Max DeLorenzo 5-yard run, :00. (Devin Silverman kick failed).
Fourth Quarter
B-Taylor Tavarozzi 12-yard run, 5:44. (Devin Silverman kick).
T-Luke Halgren 82-yard run, 4:09. (Pass failed).
B-Max DeLorenzo 80-yard run, 3:32. (Devin Silverman kick).

GameDay Live: RHAM At Plainville

RHAM 30, Plainville 14
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
R-Eric Brainard 41-yard run, 4:23. (kick good).
Second Quarter
R-Joe Coletti 31-yard field goal, 3:27.
P-Quintin Wells 8-yard pass from Rob Voisine, :05. (kick blocked).
Third Quarter
R-Eric Brainard 14-yard run, 7:17. (kick good).
R-Matt Goodwin 11-yard pass from Matt Fitzpatrick, 4:36. (kick failed).
Fourth Quarter
R-Surdan 4-yard run, 7:00. (kick good).
P-Rob Voisine 1-yard run, 2:06. (2-point good).

College GameDay Rewind: Once Again, Georgia Comes Through

It’s been a great start to the college football season for GameDay, as I finished with another winning week on Saturday to move to 9 games over. I also promised to man-up and go with more upsets picks, and I went 2-for-2 this week. So, it’s been as good a start as I could have hoped for. The same cannot be said for the so-called defending champion. Craig did clock in with a winning week on Saturday, but he is 3 under on the season and is down big in the money. He’s already six games back in the championship race. Don’t feel too bad for Craig, though, as he could have tied me this week if he went against Georgia. He didn’t and he suffered the consequences. Speaking of Georgia, did I pick it or what? It’s just getting a little too easy with the Bulldogs. Hopefully we’ll see more of them in GameDay because it’s become a no-brainer.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 5-2 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 2-0 (upset picks)
My Season: 22-13 (spread); 28-7 (overall); 4-0 (upset picks)
My Money: UP $770 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 4-3 (spread)
Craig's Season: 16-19 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $490 (season)

Arkansas State +22 at No. 13 Iowa
My Pick: Iowa 41, Arkansas State 10
Actual Score: Iowa 24, Arkansas State 21
Well, I was wrong twice on this game. One, I thought Iowa would come out firing after its upset of Penn State and make everyone believe that it could play in a BCS game with a big victory at home. The Hawkeyes didn’t come close. Two, Craig says that I shouldn’t even have put this game on the docket, considering Arkansas State isn’t a household name and nobody cares. True again, as both of us start the day with a loss.

No. 3 Alabama -16 at Kentucky
My Pick: Alabama 44, Kentucky 21
Actual Score: Alabama 38, Kentucky 20
I’m starting to believe in Alabama, as the Tide appear to finally have an offense to match an always stellar defense. The Tide scored 38 points in the first three quarters and held on for what turned out to be a close victory as Kentucky scored a touchdown in the fourth. But it’s all good this year with Alabama. Craig and I are both 1-1 after the early games.

No. 15 Penn State -7 at Illinois
My Pick: Penn State 28, Illinois 14
Actual Score: Penn State 35, Illinois 17
I was real worried about this pick coming into the game but the Nittany Lions put the game away with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Illinois was within 11 at the end of three quarters, but Penn State took control from there. We both went with the Lions and we both move to 2-1.

Florida State -4 at Boston College
My Pick: Boston College 31, Florida State 24
Actual Score: Boston College 28, Florida State 21
Florida newspaper columnists are asking for FSU coach Bobby Bowden to resign at the end of the season, which is something that is long overdue. But I don’t see Bowden stepping down. As far as the game goes, Boston College jumped out early and won the game late to give me my first true upset pick on the day. I improve to 3-1 with the win, while Craig inexplicably goes with the Seminoles and drops to 2-2.

No. 4 LSU +3.5 at No. 18 Georgia
My Pick: LSU 24, Georgia 21
Actual Score: LSU 20, Georgia 13
Ah, the Georgia Bulldogs. I thought for a moment you were about to break your ineptitude in big games … but then it was gone in an instant. Georgia actually took the lead with 1:09 to go in the game, but 23 seconds later they were on the short end of the scoreboard. I really don’t hate Georgia (I actually coached them in EA Sports’ College Football game several years ago), but its big-game failures are legendary … in my mind at least. This was yet another example. So, I improve to 4-1 with the win and also go 2-for-2 in upset picks. Craig, as I wrote earlier, goes with the Bulldogs and falls to 2-3.

Washington +12.5 at Notre Dame
My Pick: Notre Dame 31, Washington 30
Actual Score: Notre Dame 37, Washington 30
Unfortunately for Notre Dame fans, the Irish won yet another close game in the final moments. Why would that be bad? Simple, every win this season gives coach Charlie Weis yet another check in returning to the sidelines next season. Believe me, you want a new coach. Washington should have won the game, but the luck seems to be on the Irish’s side lately. Either way, it gives both Craig and I a win. I move to 5-1 with one night game left, while Craig evens his record at 3-3.

No. 8 Oklahoma -7 at No. 17 Miami
My Pick: Oklahoma 28, Miami 13
Actual Score: Miami 21, Oklahoma 20
Miami played real well and Oklahoma didn’t, so I take the loss and drop to 5-2 on the day. Even with the loss, however, I’m happy with the day. I’ll take 5-2 every single week. Craig went with the Hurricanes, of course, and gets to 4-3 for the week. A good week all around. We’ll try and keep it going.

College GameDay Picks Column: Here's A Shocker, Don't Ever Trust The Georgia Bulldogs

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week: 4-3 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 1-0 (upset picks)
Craig
's Week: 3-4
This Season: 17-11 (spread); 22-6 (overall); 2-0 (upset picks)
Craig's Season
: 12-16

No. 4 LSU at No. 18 Georgia; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny: I hate to sound like a broken record (however that sounds), but here I go again. Georgia is playing in a huge game today on national television and is favored to win at home. If you’ve read this column before, you know what I’m going to say. Go against Georgia. I don’t even need to research the game, it’s a gimmie. But here’s a quick breakdown, anyway. LSU’s offense has struggled, but will be looking for revenge against the Bulldogs today. The Pick: LSU (+3.5) wins it 24-21.

No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 17 Miami; 8 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny: Miami suffered a big fall in the rankings this week after getting blown out against Virginia Tech and now has to deal with yet another ranked opponent. The Hurricanes will be playing their fourth straight game against a Top 25 team, although they do catch a bit of a break as QB Sam Bradford will not play for the Sooners. Oklahoma is riding a two-game shutout streak into Miami tonight and should get the job done again. The Pick: Oklahoma (-7) wins it 28-13.

Arkansas State at No. 13 Iowa; 12 p.m.; ESPN2
The Skinny: Iowa is looking to open the season 5-0 for the first time since 1995, but a letdown alert has been raised at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa is riding high after its upset of Penn State last week, but plays a non-conference opponent that it should beat handily today. That could mean a relatively close game, however. But with the way the Iowa defense is playing, this one should be easy. The Pick: Iowa (-22) wins it 41-10.

No. 15 Penn state at Illinois; 3:30 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny: Penn State isn’t going to win another game this season if QB Daryll Clark doesn’t start playing better. After a quick start in last week’s loss to Iowa, Clark finished by completing just 12 of 32 for 198 yards and three interceptions. Two of those picks came in the final quarter. Luckily for the Nittany Lions, their opponent is struggling Illinois, which is 1-2 on the year. The Pick: Penn State (-7) wins it 28-14.

Florida State at Boston College; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny: There’s not a lot of ranked teams playing on TV this week for some reason, so GameDay is throwing in two straight matchups featuring unranked teams that play on national television today ... which is good for all. In this game, we all know the question, but nobody knows the answer: Which Florida State team will show up today? So, I’ll go with the home team. The Pick: Boston College (+4) wins it 31-24.

Washington at Notre Dame; 3:30 p.m.; NBC
The Skinny: Notre Dame’s home sellout streak will continue this week as the tickets returned by Washington put the team’s 208-game stretch in jeopardy. But the tickets were sold and the Irish won’t have to worry like that again until they play ... UConn, which also returned a good amount of tickets. ND has more than a month to sell those priceless pieces of paper. The Pick: Notre Dame (-12.5) wins it 31-30.

No. 3 Alabama at Kentucky; 12:21 p.m.; ESPN360
The Skinny: I’m really scrapping the barrel for games to pick here, so ESPN360 it is. Alabama will roll to the easy win at, yes, 12:21 p.m. this afternoon. The Pick: Alabama (-16) wins it 44-21. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Georgia, Miami, Iowa, Penn State, Florida State, Washington, Alabama.

GameDay Live: Knights At Windsor

Windsor 24, Southington 21
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter:
S-Dylan Danko 9-yard run, :05. (Dylan Danko kick).
Second Quarter:
W-Pierre Narcisse, 3:56. (Kick good).
S-Mike Rhodd 23-yard pass from Connor Butkiewicz, :21. (Danko kick).
Third Quarter:
W-Aaron Berardino 67-yard pass from Pierre Narcisse, 8:28. (Kick good).
Fourth Quarter:
W-Jay Acosta 36-yard field goal, 11:07.
S-Anthony Florian 17-yard pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 8:38. (Danko kick).
W-Brian McClian 37-yard pass from Pierre Narcisse, 7:29. (Kick good).

GameDay Live: Weaver At Berlin

Berlin 43, Weaver 0
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter:
B-Max DeLorenzo 8-yard run, 3:00. (Devin Silverman kick).
B-Max DeLorenzo 19-yard run, 1:52. (Silverman kick).
Second Quarter:
B-Dave Campagna 4-yard run, 11:24. (Silverman kick).
B-Taylor Tavarozzi 18-yard run, 9:22. (Silverman kick).
B-Max DeLorenzo 40-yard punt return, 8:21. (Silverman kick).
B-Safety, 1:18.
Third Quarter:
None
Fourth Quarter:
B-Dave Balfore 4-yard run, 8:25. (Run failed).

GameDay Live: M'town At Newington

Newington 26, Middletown 0
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter:
N-Anthony Szwez 70-yard pass from Jonathan Snyder, 11:43. (Kick good).
N-Jonathan Snyder 41-yard run, 8:07. (Kick failed).
Second Quarter:
N-Jeremy Rodriguez 5-yard run, 5:38. (Kick good).
Third Quarter:
N-Jeremy Rodriguez 13-yard run, 3:36. (Kick failed).
Fourth Quarter:
None

GameDay Live: Watertown At St. Paul

St. Paul 32, Watertown 29
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter:
W-Tony Simpson 19-yard pass from Matt Quatrano, 7:40. (Anton Galganov kick).
SP-Travis Thomas 49-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 6:49. (conversion failed).
Second Quarter:
SP-Tanner Bachand 1-yard run, 8:42. (Travis Thomas reception).
W-Dan Koeber 45-yard pass from Matt Quatrano, 8:17. (Galaganov kick).
W-C.J. Bendler 22-yard pass from Matt Quatrano, 1:36. (Galaganov kick).
Third Quarter:
SP-Travis Thomas 11-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 2:12. (conversion failed).
Fourth Quarter:
W-Joe Cianciolo fumble recovery, 10:39. (Bendler reception).
SP-Justin Gonzalez 7-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 4:11. (conversion failed).
SP-Byron Jones 55-yard pass from Tanner Bachand, 3:14. (conversion failed).