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Weekly Picks: Predictions Sure to Go Wrong

Play along as the FOW staff tells you who is winning, who is losing, and who is worth watching.

Staff Picks

Here are this week’s picks!

#12 West Virginia (3-0) @ #25 Texas Tech (3-1) (11:00am, ESPN2)

Parker Fleming: West Virginia 38, Texas Tech 27 - Tech has looked awesome this year, but they struggled with Mississippi’s WR core, so I doubt they will bottle Wild Bill Grier and the boys.

Chris Conaty: West Virginia 41, Texas Tech 23 - I will admit that Texas Tech looks much better than I thought and their win last weekend was very impressive. However, this West Virginia team looks like one of their best.

Grant McGalliard: West Virginia 45, Texas Tech 28 - I think West Virginia comes out and makes a statement in this game. The Mountaineers haven’t faced a truly good team yet -- sorry, Tennessee, you don’t count -- and this is their chance to show they’re serious contenders. Don’t bet on this game though. Weird things happen in Lubbock.

Melissa Triebwasser: West Virginia 31, Texas Tech 28 - I have no idea.

Oklahoma State (3-1) @ Kansas (2-2) (11:00am)

Parker Fleming: Oklahoma State 42, Kansas 7 - I’m never picking Kansas again.

Chris Conaty: Oklahoma State 31, Kansas 10 - What Parker said.

Grant McGalliard: Oklahoma State 51, Kansas 13 - What Chris said.

Melissa Triebwasser: Oklahoma State 52, Kansas 17 - What Grant said.

Baylor (3-1) @ #6 Oklahoma (4-0) (2:30pm, ABC)

Parker Fleming: Oklahoma 35, Baylor 33 - Baylor has improved every week, and looked even more polished against a bad Kansas team. That’s what good teams do, beat bad teams. OU isn’t any worse off despite an almost L to Army that no one saw. Gimme the Sooners, but closer than you think.

Chris Conaty: Oklahoma 44, Baylor 28 - The Bears are trending up and putting pieces together, but I can’t see them pulling off a marquee victory like this quite yet.

Grant McGalliard: Oklahoma 45, Baylor 21 - The Sooners will want to wipe the taste out of their mouths after Army took them down to the wire. Baylor’s getting a motivated Oklahoma team that won’t overlook the Bears.

Melissa Triebwasser: Oklahoma 42, Baylor 31 - Oklahoma has had issues with bad Baylor, and the Sooners might be pressing a bit as they look ahead to Texas. This one could be tight early, but OU pulls away in the second half.

#18 Texas (3-1) @ Kansas State (2-2) (2:30pm, FS1)

Parker Fleming: Texas 28, Kansas State 10 - Texas’s first four game win streak in…? KSU is switching QBs, but that won’t be enough. They can’t switch offensive lines.

Chris Conaty: Texas 30, Kansas State 17 - No, Texas isn’t BACK back, but they have played well since losing to Maryland and they should be able to handle the Wildcats.

Grant McGalliard: Texas 27, Kansas State 3 - Kansas State ain’t making a bowl.

Melissa Triebwasser: Texas 27, Kansas State 13 - The Longhorns haven’t won in Manhattan since 2012, but... that streak ends today.

Iowa State (1-2) @ TCU (2-2) (6:00pm, ESPNU)

Parker Fleming: Iowa State 27, TCU 21 - I’m just still not sure this TCU team can consistently score under adversity. I’m sorry, I know I’m the Debbie Downer. It’s just late in the afternoon and my blood sugar is low, but still, I’m worried this TCU team is reeling.

Chris Conaty: TCU 27, Iowa State 17 - I agree with Parker that the Frogs have struggled with consistency on offense, but so have the Cyclones. I also think being back in the Carter should bring a sense of comfort back to the young Frogs.

Grant McGalliard: TCU 31, Iowa State 14 - Contrary to Parker, I just ate a free donut in the office and am on a sugar high. This game is not going to be fun to watch at all, but the Horned Frogs won’t lose three in a row.

Melissa Triebwasser: TCU 20, Iowa State 19 - The Frogs finally force a turnover, of the scoring variety, to take the lead late.

Around the Country (Score predictions only)

Syracuse (4-0) @ #3 Clemson (4-0) (11:00am, ABC)

Parker Fleming: Clemson 45, Syracuse 17

Chris Conaty: Clemson 55, Syracuse 13

Grant McGalliard: Clemson 51, Syracuse 31

Melissa Triebwasser: Clemson 42, Syracuse 24

#4 Ohio State (4-0) @ #9 Penn State (4-0) (6:30pm, ABC)

Parker Fleming: Ohio State 33, Penn State 17

Chris Conaty: Ohio State 33, Penn State 31

Grant McGalliard: Ohio State 28, Penn State 24

Melissa Triebwasser: Ohio State 34, Penn State 28

#7 Stanford (4-0) @ #8 Notre Dame (4-0) (6:30pm, NBC)

Parker Fleming: Stanford 17, Notre Dame 14 (... I guess?)

Chris Conaty: Notre Dame 31, Stanford 20

Grant McGalliard: Stanford 20, Notre Dame 16

Melissa Triebwasser: Stanford 24, Notre Dame 20

South Carolina (2-1) @ #17 Kentucky (4-0) (6:30 pm, SEC Network)

Parker Fleming: Kentucky 24, South Carolina 17

Chris Conaty: Kentucky 30, South Carolina 21

Grant McGalliard: Kentucky 38, South Carolina 24

Melissa Triebwasser: Kentucky 38, South Carolina 28

#19 Oregon (3-1) @ #24 Cal (3-0) (9:30pm, FS1)

Parker Fleming: Oregon 27, Cal 20

Chris Conaty: Oregon 34, Cal 17

Grant McGalliard: Oregon 38, Cal 13 (Chris took my score.)

Melissa Triebwasser: Oregon 41, Cal 35