Chi Psi College Pick’em – Week 14

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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 Associate Executive Director Donald Beeson.

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

GA Tech UGA

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia
Facebook fan favorite to win: Georgia 

FroeberHead Justin Froeber: This weekend will be the first time in a long time that the Georgia Bulldogs will play without QB Aaron Murray who is out with an injury. So it will be interesting to see how the Dawgs fair with another Qb at the helm. However, I still like Georgia in this game. The Dawgs are more talented and more athletic. Dawgs win their 5th straight agains the Yellow Jackets.
SamHead Sam Bessey: Georgia has had its ups and downs, but I just don’t see the Jackets pulling this one out. Dogs win.
 JonHead  Jon: Georgia Tech has defeated Georgia once since 2001. Ouch! That said, the Yellow Jackets have been strong at home this year and without Aaron Murray I’m not sure if Georgia can pull of the W. Tech wins.
Donald Donald Beeson: It is 2013 and why Georgia Tech is still running the triple option is a mystery. A team running offensive sets like that will NEVER move to the next level in this era of college football. These two teams might have the same record, but Georgia has three times as much talent as Georgia Tech. Yes, the Bulldogs collect great talent and underachieve every year. Yes, Georgia has played a relatively weak SEC schedule. However, at the end of the game, the Bulldogs will have the Yellow Jackets number. Look for a solid win by UGA.

South-Carolina-Clemson-Football

#10 South Carolina vs. #6 Clemson
Facebook fan favorite to win: Clemson

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: South Carolina has won 4 straight games in this in-state rivalry. However, I think this is the best team Clemson has had in years. Clemson comes in averaging 42.3 pts per game while only allowing 18 and I’m not sure that the Gamecocks can keep with Clemson’s high-powered offense. I like the Tigers in this one.
 SamHead Sam Bessey: South Carolina has looked great at times and at others they have lost to Tennessee. I think the Tigers get the better of their friends to the southeast.
 JonHead Jon: In what will undoubtedly be a close contest, I’m picking the Gamecocks to win on Saturday night.  USC has won four straight in this matchup and have the more impressive resume to date.  Br. Emerson will have reason to celebrate!
 Donald Donald Beeson: The Gamecocks are favored by 5 points in the battle for the Palmetto State, but look for Clemson to pull off the upset and do it in style. South Carolina has been consistently good the past four years. However, they need Jadeveon Clowny to step up to become elite, and that is clearly not happening while he battles injuries. This is only the second time in history that Clemson has lost four straight to South Carolina and that looks to end this weekend. Tajh Boyd is one of the best QBs to ever play ACC football, and Sammy Watkins is a consensus first round pick. Clemson’s offense is too high powered for the Cocks. They are both playing for a shot at an at-large bid, but Clemson gets it with a statement win.

Michigan Ohio State

Michigan vs. #3 Ohio State
Facebook fan favorite: Ohio State

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: At the beginning of the year, hoping that Alabama would drop one in SEC play (I hate Bama), I picked Ohio State as the national champion because they don’t have to play anybody. Michigan will probably their toughest test so far this year but with BCS Title hopes on the line I don’t think the Buckeyes will lose. Buckeyes win and continue to keep their fingers crossed for an FSU or Bama loss.
 SamHead Sam BesseyAs much as I want Michigan to win, I don’t think it will happen. Here’s hoping Ohio State schedules some good out-of-conference teams soon. At least Stanford will get to expose them on New Years Day.
 JonHead Jon: The undefeated Buckeyes have played great on the road this year, scoring an average of 52 points per game.  Meanwhile, the Wolverines sport an 18-1 record in the Big House under Brady Hoke.  Michigan will be rejuvenated by their return to Michigan Stadium, and should hang tough for the first half, but the Buckeyes will (unfortunately) win.
 Donald Donald Beeson: This will be painful. Living in Ann Arbor for two years taught me to hate Ohio State, but this will be an easy win for the Buckeyes. As we saw in the losses to weak teams from Penn State and Nebraska, Michigan continues to have lackluster offense and mediocre defense. Given this is a rivalry game, Devin Gardner and the Wolverines should put up a fight, but such an average football team has no shot to beat Braxton Miller and the undefeated Buckeyes. Ohio State wants to leapfrog Florida State in the BCS, so look for the Buckeyes to try and embarrass Michigan this weekend. Michigan’s only chance will come from the emotion that goes into playing their biggest rival at home.

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