Week 4 stunk for all of us.
I and Guest Picker Brian Bassett went 6-6 but got there in various ways: I was 3-3 in the college ranks and 3-3 in the pros (overall 28-20: 12-12, 16-8); Brian as 2-4/4-2 (26-21; 14-9, 12-12) .
Dave Boninsegna was 5-7 at 4-2/1-5; he now moves to a 4-week record of 28-20 (17-7, 11-13).
Because of a mixup, I will not have a GP unless I can talk my alter ego into doing so!
Here are the games.
LSU at Texas A&M; South Carolina at Florida; Texas Tech at TCU; Kansas State at West Virginia; Florida State at Miami, Fla.; Stanford at California.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati; Baltimore at Houston; Washington at New York Giants; New York Jets at New England; Detroit at Chicago (Monday); Tennessee at Buffalo.
LSU: Trying to figure the Bayeaux Bengals out is like pulling teeth from an angry tiger who is fully away! When I pick then, they stink; when I don’t, they are world-beaters (not trying to be paranoid but ya think they know...)! Aggies are not very good on defense; LSU is. A&M doesn’t score a zillion points this week and Tigers score more than enough.
FLORIDA: Gamecocks had the chance to really show they have arrived and nearly pulled it off last week. On the road again in The Swamp, they have another chance. The pick here says this is a tough, bare-knuckled brawl but Gators get the SEC win.
TCU: This is not Mike Leach’s Red Raiders — but it’s still pretty good, knocking off the Mountaineers at home. TCU is known for defense but its offense is much improved. The Horned Frogs have more of a balanced approach overall and with the Red Raiders coming off emotional home win, get the home win.
WEST VIRGINIA: Geno Smith’s Heisman hopes took a hit but are not dead. Kansas State is a major player again this year but with this game being in Morgantown — and Smith wanting to get back on top of the Heisman list — WVa gets the “W”.
FLORIDA STATE: This game has lost some of its national luster but not in Florida. They do not like each other. Seminoles are explosive offensively and Hurricanes have been somewhat exposed defensively. All Seminoles have to do is hold down the fort and they get the win; so let it be written, so let it be done!
CALIFORNIA: I know Cardinal — symbolized by a tree!!! — are ranked and Golden Bears are not but this is one of this dipsy-doodle, nutty, crazy rivalries where literally anything can and does happen. Cardinal offense not very good but the defense is rock-solid; Bears are not bad, either. I like the home upset.
CINCINNATI: Steelers are banged up but Bengals not exactly hitting on all cylinders. For me, it comes down to the location. Though Steelers’ fan travel well — where do they get the moolah? — the team has not won a game on the road yet. Perhaps age is taking its toll, especially on defense. Whatever; Bengals get a close win.
HOUSTON: Ray Lewis - Gone for season. Top Cornerback Lardarius Webb - Out. Ed Reed - Very beat up. Terrell Suggs - Might come back. Texans - Stinging from first loss. All the fixins’ for a Houston victory.
WASHINGTON: G-Men dominated latest “it” pick, San Francisco, last week, which made them the latest “it” pick. Which means they will play a very ordinary game — if history serves — and RG3 runs wild on a still-suspect secondary.
NEW ENGLAND: Tom Brady showed up last week by big-mouthed cornerback from Seattle. Darrelle Revis is gone from Jets; guess who gets the brunt of Mr. Brady’s anger?
CHICAGO: Two more teams that despise each other in NFC Norris Division. Bears come off the bye and Lions come off upset of Eagles. In what likely will be a surprisingly low-scoring affair, Da Bears “D” rules the roost.
BUFFALO: Tuxedos had big win last Thursday over Steelers, while Bills have struggled defensively. Not sure who will QB Tuxedos. My trick knee tells me that Bills get the running game going in Wilson Stadium and that defense starts to earn its moolah.
LSU: The Tigers came away with a 23-21 victory over South Carolina; the sixth-ranked Tigers’ road doesn’t get any easier with Saturday’s visit to College Station. The 20th-ranked Aggies have won five consecutive games since their loss to Florida 20-17. In four of the victories, Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) scored at least 48 points and it’s coming off a 59-57 shootout win against Louisiana Tech. The Aggies had a bit of a scare last week against a team they should have handled; I am going to take LSU to get the win.
Florida: South Carolina had an impressive win over Georgia a couple of weeks ago but a slip-up last week against LSU; Florida moved up to number two in the rankings as they head into back-to-back matchups against ranked teams. I am liking the Gators’ defense and on top of that, Steve Spurrier is back to go up against his old squad in Florida. I am looking for the Gators to spoil Spurrier’s homecoming.
TCU: Both teams with identical records as they meet up for the first time as Big 12 rivals. Tech has the number-4 ranked passing team in the nation; TCU gives up the 10th-fewest points. If the Horned Frogs can keep Tech from making this a passing game, they can come away with the win. Let’s take them to do just that as TCU wins at home.
Kansas State: West Virginia is still ailing from last week’s beatdown at the hands of Texas Tech; the Mountaineers need Geno Smith to get back on track. K State just got by Iowa State a week ago. If this turns into an air game, Kansas State could be in trouble. The Mountaineers were exposed last week as being human. Kansas State could do that again this week to West Virginia and I expect that to happen again this week.
Florida State: This used to be the wide left/wide right game when the Seminoles would lose as time expired but the ‘Canes aren’t the team they used to be and State is now much stronger; they win going away this weekend.
Stanford: Stanford lost an OT game last week to Notre Dame and will take that loss out on Cal this week; they are a stronger team and that will show this week.
Cincinnati: The Bengals have lost two games in a row they had no business losing; despite losing to the Browns last week, the weekend wasn’t all a wash as the Steelers lost, too. Pittsburgh is 0-3 on the road; I am going to stick with my Bengals as they send the Steelers to 0-4 on the road.
Houston: The Texans got taken to the woodshed last week against the Packers; Baltimore took a blow with the loss of Ray Lewis for the rest of the season (possibly). I think Houston is going to rebound from the loss last week to take the win at home over the Ravens.
New York Giants: Eli Manning has his Giants back on track after their hiccup against the Eagles; this week, RG3 will get his first look at the Giants. Eli is more experienced and the Giants are headed in the right direction. I am going with the G Men.
New England: Tim Tebow as a running back? That’s the rumor; the Jets, however, are banged up and are running their mouths again as coach Rex Ryan is stating he wanted the Patriots to know his Jets are going to beat them. I think the Pats are going to overrun the Jets as New England wins their 4th straight over the Jets.
Chicago: The Lions have been playing the Lions of old and the Bears are atop of the division; it’s a good thing the people in Detroit have the Tigers to root for because they won’t have much to cheer about here. Bears win big.
Buffalo: The Titans are coming off a big win over the Steelers; Buffalo won in overtime against the Cardinals but these are still two really weak teams. It will be the battle of the lesser of the two; just for the fact that the Bills are at home and the Titans are 0-3 on the road, I will take Buffalo.