College Football Picks - Week Two
I think preseason football polls are just fine. They're fun to read and debate. The problem isn't with the polls, the problem is with the pollsters. They're far too rigid. Teams can't move up from the preseason poll unless the teams above them lose. That's the ridiculous part. The pollsters act as if the preseason rankings are written in stone. They're not. After they actually see the teams play, the need to shake it up a bit.
So anyway, on to week two!
#22 Boise State at Washington: I'm tempted to pick against Boise State on the road, but then I remember who coaches Washington. Ty Willingham put in perhaps the worst coaching job I've ever seen last year against some team I don't recall. It was a masterpiece of poor play calling and poor time management skills. So, the pick: Boise State.
South Carolina at #11 Georgia: Could this be the year I finally figure out the SEC? Probably not. The Gamecocks barely managed a win last week against Louisiana-Lafayette, but out of the game can this great quote from coach Steve Spurrier: "Now we know we are a bunch of average stiffs, and we will have an average year if we don't play better." That sounds like a guy ready to start building his team back up. The upset pick: South Carolina.
#19 TCU at #7 Texas: TCU is one of those teams that typically sticks around the polls with no losses until they play the one decent team on their schedule. This year, that decent team comes early. Texas didn't look great last week, but it was only week one. They're bound to get better. The pick: Texas.
#9 Virginia Tech at #2 LSU: I think Virginia Tech is over ranked because people want them to be good and have a magical season. LSU, on the other hand, really is good. I think VA Tech gets crushed. The pick: LSU.
#5 Wisconsin at UNLV: What an interesting weekend in Las Vegas. The Badger game will draw 20,000 or so Wisconsin fans and the Video Music Awards on Sunday will draw the likes of Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. Can you just imagine the scene in the casinos where Joe Bratwurst is bellying up to the craps table next to P. Diddy? It's gold, Jerry. Gold! On to the game. The Badgers' pass offense looked great last week against a weak Washington State defense. The offensive line gave Tyler Donovan all the time in the world, but didn't give P.J. Hill much room to run. That's gotta change. The special teams also have to change - they need to change into a unit that's actually decent. This one could be close. The pick: Wisconsin.
Bonus pick: Michigan beats Oregon (sorry Ducks).
Posted by at September 7, 2007 07:25 AM
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|# September 7th, 2007 10:05 PM themandownthehall|
|So you think UM will rebound with anger. Could be. I think that Oregon wins. That style of QB (running qb w/good arm) drives us crazy. Beats us almost every time.
Boise/Wa - I agree, but not just due to Ty Willingham. The BSU team is very well coached. And as Oklahoma found out, they can come to play.
VT/LSU - VT keeps it close. Covers the spread. Doesn't win. VT is a decent team and LSU is a tad overrated. Not enough from either to allow VT to win, but they should cover the 12.5 spread.
S. Carolina/GA - South Carolina is getting better, but has a long way to go. GA by 7.
TCU/Texas - Both overrated, but TCU more so. Texas in a big way. By 10 at least.
Wisc/Unlv - Boring... Wisconsin by 21.
In other games: Notre Dame covers the 17 but loses the game by 14.
Wake over Nebraska.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Hopefully mine will be better than last week.
|# September 8th, 2007 6:38 PM themandownthehall|
|Good Grief. 7-5 seems like pie in the sky... How embarrassing. It's one thing for the young defense to not show up. It's totally another for the offense to stink again.
Here's hoping your teams do better.
|# September 9th, 2007 12:42 AM kris|
|I'm bummed that I missed the Boise State upset, but pretty happy about getting the South Carolina game right.
And, SEC fans please take note, even though Michigan lost again, your own precious Auburn lost to South Florida. So there.
The Badgers played like crap but still won. Hopefully that's the only crap game of the season.