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October 24, 2008 1:17 PM

Crystal Helmet, Week 9

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Last week represented a first in the two-month history of Crystal Helmet. I had the polarity of a presidential election: a perfect 5-0 picking college games and an imperfectly perfect 0-5 on the NFL.

For those who consider me more of a pro guy, take that.

Then again, you could say I got lucky on the colleges and proved that I don't know the NFL, either. So, um, never mind.

New week, new predictions. Let's see if I can have a more balanced performance this time.

College picks

Notre Dame 42, Washington 16
Why: The Irish can throw the football well, with quarterback Jimmy Clausen hitting receivers Golden Tate and Michael Floyd. That should be enough to shred the hapless Huskies defense. Tyrone Willingham will clinch his fourth straight losing season at Washington -- therefore reaching absolute certainty he will be fired after the season -- against the team that previously canned him.

Texas 45, Oklahoma State 28
Ohio State 17, Penn State 13
USC 38, Arizona 24
Oregon 30, Arizona State 20
(Bye 70, Washington State 3)

NFL picks

San Francisco 20, Seahawks 17
Why: If Matt Hasselbeck were playing, I'd pick the Seahawks. But he's not, and the 49ers will play hard for interim coach Mike Singletary now that Mike Nolan has been fired. Like their meeting in Week 2, this game could come be decided by a field goal on the final play.

Dallas 24, Tampa Bay 20
New England 28, St. Louis 14
New York Giants 19, Pittsburgh 14
San Diego 28, New Orleans 27
(Staph infections 17, Superstars 0)

Last week's record: 5-5
Season to date: 52-28

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