College Football Pick’em – Week 2

Labor Day Weekend in Detroit

The first week of college football is like a five-course steak dinner after fasting for what feels like eternity. Winning in Pick’ems is like cracking the delicate shell of a crème brûlée for dessert.

But then losing almost half of your (imaginary) betting funds is like the dessert wine that is NASTY and no one should ever drink.

Fun fact — I went to Middle Tennessee at Michigan last week. If you’ve never been to The Big House, you need to go for a game. I plan on returning for an Ohio State game someday.

Faux Betting Status Through Week 1

Starting Pool$1,000.00
Current Funds$570.00

This is why I don’t place real bets. I’m terrible at it.

Picks Status Through Week 1

Straight Picks9 / 11
Percentage81%
Points45 / 55
Score81%

Now for the Week 2 picks.

10. Michigan over Army +23

I have full faith that Michigan will win this game, but after seeing their performance against Middle Tennessee on both sides of the ball, I’m not confident they can cover 23 points against the triple option.

HAIL TO THE VICTORS!

9. Clemson -17 over Texas A&M

I’ll secretly be rooting for Texas A&M, but I don’t see anyway Clemson doesn’t cover the spread, much less lose.

8. Washington -13.5 over Cal

Toe-to-toe, Washington is bigger, stronger, and more athletic than Cal. Washington will remain the Pac-12’s playoff hopeful, and they’ll have to run up the score to impress the committee. But will they? Well, I’m betting on it, so…

7. Missouri -13.5 over West Virginia

Yeah yeah yeah, the Tiger lost to Wyoming (AT Wyoming) in a day that went not-so-good for the SEC (HAHAHAHA Tennessee). But they’ll bounce back and take care of business against a Mountaineer squad still reeling from Holgorsen’s departure.

Besides, Kelly Bryant has to show off why he transferred from Clemson. If you’re going to say, “I told you so,” this is your stage, kid.

6. LSU over Texas and the over 56

I can see this being a 2OT slugfest that rakes in a ton of cash for ABC/ESPN. Both defenses are good (can LSU be “The Return of the Purple People Eaters”?) but both offenses have the potential to score on anyone.

When faced with this dilemma, take the over.

5. North Carolina +3.5 over Miami

I was not impressed with Miami (nor Florida) two weeks ago. North Carolina had a great comeback against South Carolina last week. In the face of a lack of data on these teams and both teams having new coaches, I’m going with the one that showed grit and actually won a game.

4. Nebraska -3.5 over Colorado

It’s the 2nd best rivalry of the Big 8 conference! Scott Frost needs this win badly to show some improvement. I’m not confident about it, but I’m riding Nebraska on this one.

3. Tennessee -3.5 over BYU

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But really, BYU some poo poo.

2. Syracuse +2 over Maryland

In Dino I trust… kinda. The line is too close and neither team strikes me as being over-and-above the other in any position, but Dino has a track record of beating equal or better opponents by coaching alone. I don’t feel great about it, hence why this is only worth 2-points.

1. USC -1 over Stanford

Hasn’t everyone written off USC after JT Daniels’ injury? Is there something I don’t know? Yikes…