So far this year, the picking gods have not been with me. From Mississippi state winning their 1st SEC Opener in over a decade to Iowa looking like they are back in the 1940's and can't find any offense, the first couple of weeks have been tough. It is time to turn it around and get on the right side of .500 for the season.
1. California at Ohio State (-17) - Ted Tolford doesn't have the Golden Bears up where they usually are and Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes looking like they could be one of the 5 best teams in the nation.
Score: Ohio State 37, California 17
Actual Score: Ohio State 35, California 28 LOSS
2. Virginia Tech (-10) at Pittsburgh - Pitt hasn't looked like a team that should be a contender in the Big East, while the Hokies are rolling along.
Score: Virginia Tech 34, Pittsburgh 13
Actual Score: Pittsburgh 35, Virginia Tech 17 LOSS
3. Western Michigan at Minnesota (-3) - It is time to overrate another Big Ten team. Minnesota let me down in Week 1, so I will try again with them. Jerry Kill's Crew need to put together a strong showing, just not to beat the Broncos, but to prove that they can hang in the downtrodden Big Ten.
Score: Minnesota 21, Western Michigan 17
Actual Score: Minnesota 28, Western Michigan 23 WIN
4. Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn (-15.5) - Can the Warhawks cause two upsets in the SEC? I say no. The Tigers should understand that people are coming to give their best shots at the SEC teams and will adapt their attitudes.
Score: Auburn 28, ULM 10
Actual Score: Auburn 31, ULM 28 (OT) LOSS
5. Navy (+7) at Penn State - Yes, I know that Navy got blown out by Notre Dame. But I also know that Penn State lost to Ohio and that the Navy rushing attack can cause problems for the Nittany Lion defense.
Score: Penn State 28, Navy 24
Actual Score: Penn State 34, Navy 7 LOSS
6. Alabama at Arkansas (+20) - Tell me how a team that is ranked #9 in the nation loses one game, becomes unranked, and is then made a 20 point dog at home against the #1 team in the nation? I don't know how that is done, but this is where we find out exactly how Arkansas is as a team. I expect for them to keep it close.
Score: Alabama 31, Arkansas 21
Actual Score: Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 LOSS
7. Texas A&M (-11) at SMU - The Aggies were introduced to SEC football last week with a loss to Florida. They should bounce back. The June Jones offense at SMU just doesn't look right, almost like there is a dynamic there that is missing.
Score: Texas A&M 42, SMU 30
Actual Score: Texas A&M 48, SMU 3 WIN
8. Florida (+3) at Tennessee - Will Muschamp has the Gators winning, but not with style. And that angers Gators fans. But that doesn't concern me. I'm not sure what to make of the Volunteers yet.
Score: Florida 24, Tennessee 21
Actual Score: Florida 37, Tennessee 20 WIN
9. USC (-8.5) at Stanford - The Trojans should be able to beat the Cardinal handily because of the graduation of Andrew Luck and the talent disparity between the two teams. One reason that this might be closer than what many people think is the distraction that Lane Kiffin has caused because of his yanking of a scholarship from a walk-on.
Score: USC 38, Stanford 24
Actual Score: Stanford 21, USC 14 LOSS
10. Notre Dame at Michigan State (-5.5) - The Spartans should win this game. they have the better talent and are at home. Besides, the news that Notre Dame passed on yet another invitation to the Big Ten might give the Spartans an edge that they might not have otherwise had.
Score: Michigan State 29, Notre Dame 21
Actual Score: Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 3 LOSS
Last Week Results:
Road Favorite: 1-3
Road Underdog: 1-2
Home Favorite: 2-2
Home Underdog: 0-0
Road Favorite: 2-5
Road Underdog: 3-3
Home Favorite: 3-2
Home Underdog: 1-2