Chi Psi College Pick’em – Week 8

2009 - ESPN College GameDay

This year we’ve launched the first-ever Chi Psi College Pick’em blog series!

Each Tuesday afternoon, we’ll post on Facebook which three games we’re watching that weekend, and on Thursday we’ll announce here the picks from our three “experts” (Sam Bessey, Justin Froeber and Jon Moore) and one surprise guest. This week’s surprise guest is Chi Psi Brother and pro lacrosse player Sean Aaron, Pi ’12, of the Charlotte Hounds.

Check out this week’s games to watch and our picks below:

ClemsonFSU

#3 Clemson vs. #5 Florida State
Facebook fan favorite to win: Clemson

FroeberHead Justin Froeber: The Seminoles are scoring an impressive 53.6 points per game. Their rushing attack has been almost unstoppable, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 233 yards per game. Combine that with 322 yards per game through the air and you’ve got a high powered offense. But the question is can FSU‘s young Qb handle the pressure in Death Valley? I’M putting my money on Jameis Winston. FSU wins in a thriller.
SamHead Sam Bessey: Two top five teams under the lights in Death Valley with two Heisman contenders facing off in Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston? National Title hopes on the line? This is a dream scenario for ACC fans. It may not be the Little Three game of the season, but it should be a pretty good game nonetheless… Of course, field goals will come into play, and strangely, I see Florida State going to Clemson and winning. Overtime would not surprise me.
JonHead Jon Moore: Whenever Vegas sets a line that doesn’t make any sense to me, I get nervous. Clemson is a 3 point underdog despite playing at home, at night, and with the more veteran QB. Given all the stats I like to look at, this game is painfully close to call. What makes me want to pick Clemson is their tough defense, which creates a nation-leading 10+ tackles for loss per game. However, the Noles have won five straight with extra time to prepare and I think they’ll protect Winston and escape Death Valley with the win. (Sorry, Chris Wojdyla)
SeanAaron Sean Aaron: This game has the potential to burn out the scoreboard. Two teams with high-octane offenses playing in primetime! This game features two quarterbacks with Heisman caliber resumes and national championship dreams. Florida State enters the game having scored at least 41 points in every game, but they have yet to play a real quality opponent (yes, yes I know Maryland was ranked). Clemson comes in at #3 in the country with a top 5 win against Georgia. I like Clemson in this game because they are at home and I think the senior leadership from Tajh Boyd will carry the Tigers to victory in a close one.

WesleyanAmherst

Wesleyan vs. Amherst
Facebook fan favorite to win: Wesleyan

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: Wesleyan has only beat Amherst once since 2000 but Wesleyan is off to a 4-0 start with 4 very convincing wins. On the other side of the ball Amherst is also off to a 4-0 start. In this matchup of the unbeatens I like Wesleyan to turn to the table and get their second victory, against Amherst, of the new millennium. Wesleyan wins.
 SamHead Sam Bessey: In the most exciting matchup of the day and the Little Three game of the season, the 4 – 0 Wesleyan Cardinals travel to Amherst to face the 4 – 0 Jeffs. I predict an unhappy homecoming for Amherst as the high-powered offense and stingy defense of Wesleyan proves to be too much for the solder of the king. I’m just glad there will be two Active Alphas cheering at this game!
 JonHead Jon Moore: November 13, 2010…that was the last time the Amherst Lord Jeffs lost at home. Since then they’ve rattled off 10 straight wins at Pratt field with an average margin of victory of 18.6 points. The Jeffs continue the streak this weekend!
 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: I love a good Division III game and this one kicks off the first matchup of the season for the “Little Three”. Both teams enter the game undefeated at 4-0. Both teams have already played and beaten Hamilton, but I like Wesleyan in this game because they have a prolific offense averaging just under 41 points a game and a stout defense that has yet to give up more than 300 yards of total offense vs. any opponent this season. I know anything can happen in a rivalry game but I think Wesleyan runs away with this one late and wins by at least two touchdowns.

DukeUVA

Duke vs. UVA
Facebook fan favorite: Duke

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: While Duke comes in with a 4-2 start they have struggled this season against worthy opponents but UVA has not looked good at all. I like Duke to pick up their 5th win of the season. Duke wins.
 SamHead Sam Bessey:  Neither team is happy about its season thus far, but that’s okay because basketball season is around the corner. Virginia will get its first ACC win and move The Blue Devils to 0 – 3 in conference play.
 JonHead Jon Moore: “So, this a Duke-UVA game? I thought they’d do equations and stuff during the TV timeouts?” Here’s an equation for you:(2-4) + homefield + better defense + brutal schedule = Cavaliers for the win!
 SeanAaron Sean Aaron: The 4 and 2 Blue Devils march into Charlottesville to face the 2 and 4 Cavaliers. In a matchup of traditional ACC cellar-dwellers I like Duke to win their third straight game. They looked great against Navy last week and finally have their starting quarterback Anthony Boone back after breaking his collarbone in their week 2 game vs. Memphis. In Duke’s two losses, they have allowed 10 touchdowns through the air. If the Duke defense is able to contain UVA’s star tight end Jake McGee, who leads the team in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns, the Blue Devils should not have any trouble with the UVA offense.

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