Every week T-Roc will share his thoughts on what is going on in college football, make picks and fire back at your nasty comments. Want to learn more about him, check out his first post or visit his archive.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to any American readers, I wish I had your extended weekend for watching football. I’ll never complain about a day off at any time, but this weekend’s matchups are pretty kickass.

I’ve read so much in recent years about the diminishment of true rivalry in North American sports and I truly believe most of what I’ve read is true. So often it’s the fans who loathe each other far more than the players on opposing teams.

The most intense rivalries are frequently between individuals as opposed to teams, which makes you wonder if the source of the ill will has anything to do with the sport itself or if it’s just the byproduct of millionaire athletes acting like twats away from the field. For example, I’ll hazard a guess that the bulk of Red Sox players don’t like Alex Rodriguez, but not because the word “Boston” is written across their chests. They don’t like him because A-Rod isn’t very likeable.

College football’s in-state rivalries seem pretty genuine as far as the high-profile sports go. In extreme cases, the whole goddamned state essentially shuts down to watch which school earns bragging rights ‘til next year’s game. And that’s cool shit.

‘Cause it really should be all about pride and bragging rights. I learned that in my early basketball days, when I clued into the fact that when we played the Catholic school across town, all the girls I liked were watching, not just the ones in my school. No way those guys are winning without a fight, right?

So in the long-held tradition of “guys playing extra-hard against potential rivals for pussy”, I’m looking at a half-dozen in-state games taking place on Saturday. Knock yourselves out, fellas, all the ladies are watching you. All odds are from Pinnaclesports.com as of Thursday afternoon.

Clemson at South Carolina, noon ET: Under 44

Clemson’s scored more than 40 a game over its last six but beware the ‘Cocks!

South Carolina’s hit its annual second-half swoon, but the average total score in its last five is only 36.2. The recent 1-4 record’s the result of an offense gone dry, not a defence that’s given up.

Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 12:20 p.m. ET: Mississippi State +7 ½

The Egg Bowl was sulphuric rottenness last year. The 45-0 score and State’s five consecutive home losses likely explain why the Bulldogs are getting so many points this weekend.

I prefer looking at the quality of the previous visitors to Starkville, however, before dismissing the home team. All five losses came against schools in the Top 20. Ole Miss has too much of a fight on its hands to be so favoured as this.

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m. ET: Over 49

More Bedlam in Sooner country! Maybe not quite like last year’s 61-41 kind of Bedlam, but still…

Oklahoma State’s offence won’t feature nearly the firepower on Saturday as people might’ve expected back in August, but the remaining healthy and eligible Cowboys aren’t duds. And the Sooners have averaged 49.8 per home game this season.

Miami at South Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET: South Florida +6 ½

Yeah, the FSU/Gators game is the real Floridian rivalry, but I want to watch this one way more than the inevitable Tim Tebow cocksucking contest between CBS broadcast team members.

USF is a confounding team, but there’s every reason to believe the focus and effort will be there on Saturday. The Bulls are the rare team that recruits to match the U’s speed - here’s hoping both teams turn on the jets.

Georgia at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. ET: Georgia Tech -7 ½

I’m dissing the ACC in the Sunshine State game but loving the ACC in the Peach State matchup.

Tech beat the Dawgs in Athens last year and since then, the Yellow Jackets have gained even more confidence than Mark Richt’s boys have lost. GT matches last year’s 45 points but no chance UGA sniffs at last year’s 42.

UCLA at USC, 10 p.m. ET: Under 47 ½

Discounting the Bruins’ points-orgy at Wazzu, UCLA’s scoring less than 19 a game against Pac-10 opponents. That ain’t gonna rise against the men of Troy.

Speaking of struggling offences, USC’s had two full weeks to let the bad press sink in. They should win handily enough, but is there really enough talent to blow out a decent Bruins ‘D’?

Last week: 4-2

2009 to date: 36-34-2

Popularity: 1% [?]

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!