Picking This Week’s Games

The first week of the season is always a tough one to pick winners.  Accordingly, I went just 4-6 against the spread last week.  Now, time to get back on track:

Stanford (+3) at Wake Forest–The Cardinal are one of my surprise teams this year and I think they’ll win this one outright thanks to the tough running of Toby Gerhart.

Stanford 23, Wake Forest 20

UCLA (+10) at Tennessee–These are two teams trying to find their way offensively.  Hence, I think this will be an ugly, turnover-laden defensive struggle.  UCLA keeps it close but Tennesee pulls it out.

Tennessee 17, UCLA 16

Notre Dame (-3) at Michigan–The Wolverines are much improved but they still have freshmen quarterbacks to work with, which means there will be some growing pains.  The Irish have one of the best passing attacks around and will methodically take control of this one.

Notre Dame 27, Michigan 20

Houston (+15) at Oklahoma State–The Cowboys are coming off a big win and a let down is in the cards.  Houston is no slouch and will give OSU all it can handle.

Oklahoma State 45, Houston 35

USC (-7) at Ohio State–Unless the wheels come off of the USC freshman quarterback, the Trojans should control this one.  The Buckeyes have Pryor, but not much else at this point. 

USC 31, Ohio State 20

Florida (-36.5) vs. Troy–The Gators are just getting warmed up for SEC play.  I think they’ll start to hit on all cylinders in this one.

Florida 52, Troy 14

North Carolina (-4.5) at Connecticut–I think the Tar Heel defense stifles the Huskies and UNC wins solidly with Greg Little having a big game.

North Carolina 24, Connecticut 10

Syracuse (+28.5) at Penn State–The Orange have a little bit of life in them and I think they’ve gotten to the point where they aren’t an automatic pushover as in years past.  They’ll lose here but cover the spread.

Penn State 35, Syracuse 13

Central Michigan (+14.5) at Michigan State–I don’t think Dan LeFevour can be shut down two weeks in a row.  The Chippewas give the Spartans a tough time but MSU pulls it out.

Michigan State 27, CMU 23

LSU (-14.5) vs. Vandy–Back in the friendly confines of Baton Rouge, the Tigers roll behind Charles Scott and Jordan Jefferson.

LSU 28, Vandy 6

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2 Responses to Picking This Week’s Games

  1. AUman76 September 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    dahOleSuckeyeUberlosers do it again. This time they allow a true Freshman QB to drive his team the length of the field. Then Herbie has the gall to mention the possibility of his beloved OveratedStateUsless Suckeyes could be playin USC in the Rose Bowl for the BCS Title? What a stupid homer. But then again so are most of the ESPN anouncers and commentators. Guess Herbie and Lou the Spew Holtz can have a beer and cry on each others shoulders since Notre Lame blew it too. But hey at least it was was actually a good game. USC and Florida in the Rose Bowl will be a more likely match, that is if the Trojans can avoid their typical pac1 loss.
    Oh well, so much for Okie State. The real defense showed up this week. Which begs to ask how bad was UGA last week?
    Central Michigan? Oh well, seems Sparty was just being Sparty once again.
    Last but not least…damn you UCLA.! I wanted my AU Tigers to be the first team to piss in Lame Kitty’s milk. That was some kind of inovative play calling on the goal line wasn’t it?
    On a serious note…we need a playoff more than ever. There is very little difference in most conferences these days and anyone can beat anybody if things go right. Or maybe like in the OU BYU game…something goes wrong.
    now everybody grab a stick and stirr the pot!

  2. CloroxingtheGenePool September 13, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    The Buckeyes have Pryor, but not much else at this point

    Think you missed the mark on this one. Pryor’s abilities as a Qb are what’s lacking at this point (& for the foreseeable future). Coupled with Tressel’s incompetence as the o-coordinator, and well, you see 15 points scored.