Chi Psi College Pick’em – Week 9

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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 former CO staffer Jordan Fiasca, I ’12.

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

football v. Oregon--KL

#12 UCLA vs. #2 Oregon
Facebook fan favorite to win: Oregon

FroeberHead Justin Froeber: I don’t know if anyone can slow down the Ducks and their high-powered No. 2 ranked offense that averages 57 ppg. While the Bruins are talented on the defensive side of the ball I don’t think it will be enough to slow down the Ducks in Eugene. Ducks win.
SamHead Sam Bessey: UCLA bounces back with a better performance, but it’s not enough to slow down Phil’s billboard. Oregon wins.
JonHead Jon Moore: This game features two of the best quarterback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft and I cannot wait to watch this one. Oregon has the #2 offense in America, the #8 defense, and the #1 ranked cheerleaders. Last week UCLA got beat up in Palo Alto by a physical Stanford team and this week they will get DEMOLISHED by the Ducks. The game won’t be in question, but it will be interesting to see whether or not the Ducks cover the mind-boggling 23.5 spread. Marcus Mariota will be the Heisman front runner on Sunday morning.
Jordan2 Jordan Fiasca: has really impressed me this year, with a nice win on the road against a Utah team that just knocked off Stanford and a rare “comeback-drubbing” of Nebraska in an emotional game, just days after the passing of teammate Nick Pasquale. That having been said, I think Oregon is the best team in the country, and their offense is just too much for the Bruins. Oregon big over UCLA.


#10 Texas Tech vs. #17 Oklahoma
Facebook fan favorite to win: Texas Tech

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: The Red Raiders have struggled the last couple times they have faced the Sooners, but this looks like the best team Texas Tech has fielded in the last couple years. The Sooners defense ranks 19th in the nation but the Red Raiders offense will be the Sooners toughest challenge yet. I like Texas Tech to shock Sooners in Memorial Stadium. Texas Tech wins.
 SamHead Sam Bessey: The dream stays alive in Lubbock another week. Texas Tech takes home a W.
 JonHead Jon Moore: In 2009 I watched Texas Tech demolish the Sooners at Jones AT&T stadium and have been fond of the Red Raiders ever since. Kliff Kingsbury’s squad is off to a 7-0 start, but winning on the road in consecutive weeks is a tough thing to do in college football. It’s even tougher when you’re playing at Oklahoma, who is 47-3 at home in conference play under Stoops. Sooners win.
 Jordan2 Jordan Fiasca: Oklahoma has the top ranked pass defense in the country, not allowing more than 226 passing yards in a game this season (and that was in a blowout win over Tulsa). Oklahoma hasn’t faced a passing attack like that of Texas Tech, though, and has looked a little shaky as of late. QB Davis Webb looks more than competent should Baker Mayfield miss his third straight game, but is the Texas Tech defense for real? Real enough apparently, Texas Tech over Oklahoma in a nail biter.

Minnesota Nebraska

#25 Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Facebook fan favorite: Nebraska

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: The cornhuskers are coming off a 44-7 win over Purdue and have won their last three games by at least 20 points. The Gophers have not put up more than 20 points in their last three games. With the extra week to prepare I like the Cornhuskers in this one. Nebraska wins.
 SamHead Sam Bessey:  I’m calling for the upset. Everything points to Nebraska blowing out the Gophers, but I think Goldie gets mad and eats some corn. Minnesota to win this one.
 JonHead Jon Moore: Neither team plays much defense. Minnesota has failed to surpass 300 yards of offense in any of their three conference games. The Huskers have been really good off a bye in recent years. Sorry, Dr. Dan, but the Gophers may want to stay in their burrows this weekend.
 Jordan2 Jordan Fiasca: Nebraska has only played one game against a truly quality opponent, a 41-21 loss to UCLA that wasn’t nearly as close as the score. Minnesota, meanwhile, is coming off a huge win at Northwestern, and Nebraska is going to be walking into a madhouse at TCF Bank Stadium. I would be worried about a hangover game for Minnesota, but from my experience, those don’t happen at U of M. UPSET SPECIAL: Minnesota over Nebraska

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