Daily Illini Writers’ Picks 12-5-2009

By Cody Westerlund

Fresno State at Illinois

Illinois 27,Fresno State 17

I’m a senior. It’s my last home game as a student. I feel obligated to do this. And it’s not like I have anything to lose. – Cody Westerlund

Illinois 28, Fresno State 21

I’ve got to believe Illinois will pull this out after their sudden offensive outbursts. – Anthony Zilis

Illinois 35, Fresno State 27

Juice Williams explodes on senior day, and Illini fans continue to wonder how it took this long for the offense to click. – Peter Zervakis

Illinois 38, Fresno State 28

There may be no logical reasoning behind this pick, but logic hasn’t exactly governed this season for the Illini. – Jay Lee

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 Florida

Alabama 24, Florida 23

Half the fun of this game is watching the big egos of Saban and Meyer coaching. Expect it to be a classic. – Cody Westerlund

Florida 31, Alabama 24

Florida is on its way to four football/basketball championships in four calendar years. – Anthony Zilis

Alabama 24, Florida 21

In a battle of defenses, the Tide gets the edge. Tebow finishes his career in the Sugar Bowl while ‘Bama goes to Pasadena. – Peter Zervakis

Florida 21, Alabama 10

If there was one person in the world I could have a bromance with, it would be Tim Tebow. – Jay Lee

No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 14 Pittsburgh

Pitt 38, Cincinnati 30

The Bearcats have a great offense and a not-so-great defense, as evidenced by the Illini’s 36 points. Pitt with the upset. – Cody Westerlund

Pitt 21, Cincinnati 14

Cincinnati is not “National Championship good.” – Anthony Zilis

Cincinnati 39, Pitt 17

Zach Collaros is from the same Greek island that my family is from. No wonder he’s such a stud. – Peter Zervakis

Cincinnati 35, Pitt 31

Bearcats definitely looked beatable against the Illini, but QB Pike is about as accurate of a passer as there is. – Jay Lee

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 21 Nebraska

Texas 27, Nebraska 3

I may pick a lot of upsets, but I’m not a total idiot. – Cody Westerlund

Texas 35, Nebraska 10

Remember when Nebraska was a national power? Neither do I. – Anthony Zilis

Texas 35, Nebraska 20

McCoy has another big game, making Heisman voters choose between him and Stanford’s Toby Gerhart. – Peter Zervakis

Texas 49, Nebraska 28

Colt McCoy could play himself to the Heisman. A 72 percent completion rate this season? Ridiculous. – Jay Lee

No. 12 Georgia Tech vs. No. 25 Clemson

Clemson 30, Ga. Tech 24

It’s the last week of TDT picks, and I’m playing for the win with this pick…errr, make that playing for the tie. – Cody Westerlund

Clemson 21, Ga. Tech 10

Go with your gut, Jay. I hear Sylvia Arnold is free this Friday. – Anthony Zilis

Clemson 38, Ga. Tech 28

The most versatile and dynamic tailback in the country, C.J. Spiller, leads the Tigers to a mild upset. – Peter Zervakis

Ga. Tech 28, Clemson 17

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah! Roma-roma-mamaa! Ga-ga-ooh-la-la! Yellow Jackets win. – Jay Lee