Last Week: 4-3 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
Craig's Week: 3-4 (spread)
This Season: 43-40-1 (spread); 65-19 (overall); 6-5 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 38-45-1 (spread)
Florida State at No. 1 Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny: Do I dare take the result that I desperately hope for Saturday afternoon in The Swamp? It would be great if Florida State could somehow reverse its recent horrible past against the Gators and pull off an upset that would shake up the BCS once and for all. But can it happen? Probably not. Florida has won the last two meetings 45-12 and 45-15, so it would take a monumental effort from the Seminoles. Still, I believe FSU will put up a fight. The Pick: Florida (-24.5) wins it 31-21.
No. 2 Alabama at Auburn 2:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny: This Friday battle is another game that could shake up the BCS. If Auburn can pull off the upset in the Iron Bowl against its bitter rival, TCU could sneak into the national title game if Alabama then bounces back and beats an undefeated Florida in the SEC championship. It’s asking for a lot, I know, but I can dream. Alabama won 36-0 last year, but the rest of the recent history says the game will be close. And I’m sticking with history. The Pick: Alabama (-10.5) wins it 27-23.
Illinois at No. 5 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny: I realize that Cincinnati is ranked fifth in the country, but I still believe that if the Big East wants some true credibility, than the Bearcats are going to have to put a whooping on the Big 10’s Illinois Friday afternoon. The Big East needs a big win in the worst way, and with starting quarterback Tony Pike back for the Bearcats, they should be able to get it. The Pick: Cincinnati (-21) wins it 42-14.
Georgia at No. 7 Georgia Tech 8 p.m. ESPN2
The Skinny: With ABC sticking with the Notre Dame-Stanford game in primetime Saturday, I’m going to give you a very special GameDay DoublePlay. So, not only will I pick Tech-Georgia on ESPN2, I’ll throw in the Irish-Cardinal game as a bonus. You can thank me later if they both win. If they don’t, well, you know where to send the hate mail. The Picks: Georgia Tech (-7.5) wins it 33-20. Stanford (-10) wins it 38-24.
No. 8 Pittsburgh at West Virginia 7 p.m. ESPN2
The Skinny: If I haven’t mentioned it already, it is Rivalry Week in college football, and this one, while it may not get the same hype as others, is as fierce as it gets. The last time these two met in Morgantown the Panthers, at 4-7, upset second-ranked West Virginia to cost the Mountaineers a shot at playing for a national championship. Look for some payback Friday night. The Pick: West Virginia (Pk) wins it 24-23.
No. 19 Miami at South Florida 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Skinny: Miami is saying all the right things heading into this new rivalry game with South Florida that will end each other’s regular season for the next five years. The Hurricanes are focused on reaching the 10-win plateau for the first time since 2003 and, later on, winning a bowl game for the first time since 2006. Hopefully, the Canes aren’t looking past USF. The Pick: Miami (-6.5) wins it 31-24.
Nebraska at Colorado 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Skinny: Nebraska will hope for a nice tuneup Friday for its Big 12 title game with Texas. The Pick: Nebraska (-10.5) wins it 24-3. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Florida State, Auburn, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Miami, Nebraska. Check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.