Picking This Week’s Games

It feels good to be coming off a 6-4 week.  On the year, I’m 9-10-1 against the spread.  Here’s hoping I can break that .500 mark after this round.  All lines courtesy of Doc Sports.  Once again, I am only picking games where I see a potential play.

Arkansas (+2) at Georgia–Tough draw for the Georgia defense to try to hold down the Ryan Mallett-led Razorback attack.  Georgia hangs tough, but the Hogs will be too much offensively.

Arkansas 31, Georgia 28

Kansas State (-4) vs. Iowa State–The Cyclone have no answer for Daniel Thomas, who should have a big day.  Arnaud continues to struggle for Iowa State.

K-State 27, Iowa State 17

San Diego State (+14) at Missouri–The Aztecs have a good thing going on offense and should stay in this game the whole way.  Blaine Gabbert pulls it out at the end, though.

Missouri 45, San Diego State 35

Hawaii (+12) at Colorado–Hawaii suddenly turns into road warriors.  One week after taking down Army, it gets the upset over Colorado.

Hawaii 38, Colorado 35

Nebraska at Washington (UNDER 53.5 points)–Nebraska puts the clamps on Jake Locker, but Taylor Martinez struggles, too, and the Huskers win an ugly one.

Nebraska 14, Washington 6

Mississippi State (+8) at LSU–The Tigers no longer scare teams like Mississippi State, who should’ve beaten LSU last year.  I think Dan Mullen comes up with a great game plan and almost pulls it off again.

LSU 23, Mississippi State 21

Notre Dame (+3.5) at Michigan State–Notre Dame just has too much offense for Michigan State to handle and the Spartan offense isn’t quite on the level of Michigan’s just yet.

Notre Dame 34, Michigan State 23

UCLA (+3) vs. Houston–With Case Keenum’s status in doubt, the Bruins put it all together and get their first win.  Breakout game for freshman back Malcolm Jones.

UCLA 41, Houston 34

Stanford (-17) vs. Wake Forest–The Cardinal get revenge for the controversial loss to the Demon Deacons last year.  Andrew Luck has a big day.

Stanford 48, Wake Forest 21

Baylor (+21.5) at TCU–This just seems like too many points to me.  I like for Robert Griffin to create some things with his feet and to give TCU fits for the first two-and-a-half quarters.  The Horned Frogs are a machine though and the Bears won’t be able to stop them.

TCU 42, Baylor 24

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3 Responses to Picking This Week’s Games

  1. Sean September 16, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    As one of the few people who is knowledgeable about football and track and field I have to ask: Are we witnessing the rise of the track star as football player- between Ford, Spiller, Griffith, and Demps last year and Robinson (and Demps and Griffith) this year I can’t remember a time when so many legitimate potential track stars actually played meaningful roles- whereas Track stars often played the game before they were generally like Trindon Holliday was the last few years at LSU- Kickoff and gadget players (see: John Capel at Florida)- now you have a guy like Demps who could end up as an all-SEC back- his progression is ahead of CJ Spiller’s at this point, and if he keeps adding 5-10 pounds a year he’ll graduate north of 200 lbs), or Robinson and Griffith who are QBs with crazy speed (I’m still arguing with someone that Robinson is faster in long speed than Vick- as evidenced by his 100 meters), what’s changed- is it the spread getting guys like this in space, is it track athletes developing lateral agility they previously lack due to new training methods, is it just coincidence? To what do you attribute this apparent (possibily misleading) trend?

    • Heismanpundit September 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

      I think there have always been track guys in football. There was a time, back in the 1960s and 1970s, when there were probably far more track guys involved than now. But I think you are on to something. I think the spread offense and other new offenses are giving track guys more space in which to display their speed and that’s why we’re getting more actual stars who do both sports now. Jeff Demps couldn’t function very well in the I formation…but for the spread he’s perfect.

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