Just like last year, I will be making regular picks on high school, college, and NFL games. Obviously the high school picks will be made straight up (though there are actual websites where you can get point spreads), while the college picks will be made against the spread.
I really can’t guarantee much of anything as far as my record is concerned. I just hope not to make a complete fool out of myself right now. We got a couple of decent games tonight and we’ll have a full slate on Saturday.
So here we go.
Oregon State (-3) at Stanford
A random fact from colleague J.P. Hoornstra – Oregon State has the most wins of any Pac-10 team not named USC over the past two years. Another not-as-random fact – the Beavers are replacing much of their defense. We still aren’t sure who will start at QB for the Cardinal – either USC hero Tavita Pritchard or Michigan transfer Jason Forcier – but Stanford showed some real progress under their first year of Jim Harbaugh. I’m going to go crazy and pick the upset, perhaps led by Norco grad Toby Gerhart and Aquinas grad Chike Amajoyi.
Stanford 24, Oregon State 20
N.C. State (+14) at South Carolina
The Gamecocks were ranked as high as No. 6 last year but fell apart due to inconsistent quarterback play, losing their last five games and missing the bowls entirely. However, there is a lot of buzz about the Gamecocks being a surprise, some generated by former coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz. While Holtz is off his rocker a bit (I’ll get into that more when I pick a Notre Dame game), I think the Gamecocks will come out and paste a Wolfpack team that’s still a work in progress.
South Carolina 30, N.C. State 14