“It doesn’t count if it’s the tip.” That classic has been used by many a horny, drunk male on a resistant, irritated female. Well now that we are past drunken hook-ups and have settled into our once-a-week routine with our old ladies, we have other things we try to slide by them. One of them is our gambling addiction… er, hobby. “We’re not addicts because we only bet $10-20, just to make it fun.” You gotta sell it.
Last week, we went 3-3 with our weekend picks with a push (ND/Purdue) and a pussy-push (when we told you we liked Boise AND Virginia Tech… no excuse but it was a confusing time for us). We’ll try to do better this week, which hopefully means we’ll earn a little cheddar heading into week 3.
Ohio State -8 vs Miami… this Ohio State team is good. Doc Holliday, the former Florida assistant who now coaches Marshall and played at the ‘Shoe last week, said the Buckeyes are faster and better than they were in 2006 when the Gators destroyed them in Glendale. The U is on the rise but it is vulnerable along the line of scrimmage and that’ll be a significant factor here.
Idaho +28 at Nebraska… one game does not make a potent offense. After last year’s offensive offense, the Huskers have to prove they should lay four TDs to anyone. Idaho has been a better team the past couple of seasons. Their starting QB is from Nebraska and will have something to prove. And if you remember last week, a different WAC team (Utah State) gave a different Big 12 team (Oklahoma) all it wanted. We’ll take the dog.
Tennessee +12 vs Oregon… Oregon is an impressive bunch when they are clicking. They get LaMichael James back this week too. Tennessee is not going to be a good football team this year. Everything about this game on paper screams 42-10. But we’ve got a hunch that Neyland will be rocking at night, that the Vols are playing with a chip on their shoulders and that the travel will impact the Ducks. Plus, Bruce Pearl told us so and he never lies. We’ll take the points.
UCLA +6 vs Stanford… Stanford has not proven to be a great road team under Jim Harbaugh (USC games notwithstanding). The Bruins have a good secondary and that matches up well against Andrew Luck. The Bruins have as much talent as Stanford, are at home (of course, 45,000 on a Saturday night in chilly Pasadena isn’t going to mean much) and have a week under their belts for the new Pistol offense to start clicking. Again, we’ll take the points.
Alabama -12 vs Penn State… rookie QB on the road at night against the defending national champs? Big 10 vs SEC? Joe Pa’s ghost vs Bear’s ghost? Roll Tide.
ND -3.5 vs Michigan… wish it was 3 or 2.5 (might have to pay for it). This week, even Notre Dame has blushed at the glowing coverage Michigan has received. The fawning over Shoelace Robinson and Rich-Rod has been repulsive. One game is not a comeback. Brian Kelly can coach. The Irish will hold serve at home.
Stay aways… we lean FSU and Georgia but can’t root for either of them and think both lines are pretty well placed so there’s not much value on either of them.