Well, I started out this college week pretty crappy with my West Virginia-Louisville pick, but honestly, should that shock you? Here I go again, trying to legitimize my doing these picks. Who knows, at least I’ll probably find a stupid Youtube video to mask my lack of college football betting knowledge.
To the picks…
USC (-4) at California
Prior to the season, everyone thought that this game would be the big game of the Pac-10 season. That was before Booty Sanchez was created and Kevin Riley had an absolute brain cramp against Oregon State. Now, this is the battle for the Holiday Bowl. Actually, the Holiday Bowl is fun. I guess I’ll take the home team here, especially since they are dogs.
California 24, USC 20
Arizona State (-7) at UCLA
Knowing UCLA, this is the type of game they’d win, as they are at home against a superior team that is coming off a tough loss. But all I know about UCLA is that Karl Dorrell is insane and that it was the motivation for the movie “Blue Chips” with Nick Nolte, Shaq Fu and Penny Hardaway. Speaking of Penny, remember this commercial?
Arizona State 28, UCLA 26
Auburn (+2) at Georgia
Everyone is now all over Georgia after they beat Florida two weeks ago. I’m sorry, I just don’t see it. The Bulldogs are the same team that was busted up by a mediocre Tennessee squad and beaten by a borderline-crappy South Carolina team at home. While I think the SEC is a collection of average teams, I like Auburn because they play D. That’s rare in the SEC this year and it will come through big.
Auburn 23, Georgia 17
Illinois (+15) at Ohio State
Every time I’ve picked against the Buckeyes, they’ve blown the spread away. I don’t like Ohio State, so I’m going to stop doing that. I’m not going to listen to those who say that Illinois is talented and can man up with the Buckeyes.
Ohio State 31, Illinois 13
Florida State (+6.5) at Virginia Tech
Two teams with great defenses and shoddy offenses doesn’t exactly make for entertaining football. I will give the Seminoles props for making me look like an absoulte jackhole last week. I’m not predicting them to win, but they’ll stay with Va. Tech.
Virginia Tech 19, Florida State 17
Kansas (-6) at Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State almost made me look like a genius last week, as they took Texas to the wire before collapsing at the end. But alas, that collapse, where Okie State blew a 21-point fourth quarter lead, is the reason why I’m taking Kansas. Say what you want about the Jayhawks, but they keep rolling. Against a bummed Cowboys team, they’ll roll again.
Kansas 38, Oklahoma State 23
Michigan (-2.5) at Wisconsin
Michigan hit the spread right on the nose against Michigan State last week and has the big game with Ohio State next week. That leaves Wisconsin as a dangerous trap game theoretically. However, the Badgers are banged up and historically don’t do well against the Wolverines. Take Michigan to win a hard-fought game.
Michigan 27, Wisconsin 16
Connecticut (+6.5) at Cincinnati
Like Ohio State, I keep picking against the Huskies. I’ve also made quite a few lame basketball jokes in UConn writeups as well. However, I will admit that UConn is a good football team. Not exciting, but effective. I like Cincy to win, but I’m not picking the Huskies to lose by much.
Cincinnati 23, Connecticut 21
Air Force (-3.5) at Notre Dame
This is your basic neener-neener game. You get to look at the Fighting Irish, who before last week last lost to Navy when John F. Kennedy was president, and haughtily laugh. It’s fun, you should definitely try it. Also, watch this video, it rocks.
Air Force 31, Notre Dame 22
Houston (+1) at Tulsa
Yeah, this game is weird. But Oregon’s not playing, LSU is playing La. Tech and I refuse to pick the rest of the SEC games on principle. So I’ll go with the game between the two best teams in Conference USA. While Houston is best known for Phi Slamma Jamma and Tulsa is best known for being a Hurricane that is golden, this should be a high-scoring, rock-em, sock-em contest. I’ll go Houston in a game that should kill the Vegas over.
Houston 48, Tulsa 44