yes, indeedy, it is finally that time again kids. college football looms like the winning lottery ticket that it is. college football the best sport on the planet. bar none. count on it. the long drought is coming to a close. week one of the shortest and finest season is upon us. college football is here to soothe and remind us once again just why we love it so damn much.
as in past years i’ll be running down my weekly favorites. 10 games each week, along with the lines from vegas. as usual, i’ll be picking one team over the other. and hopefully, i’ll pick the winner.
just remember that any advice i give here is for fun only. anyone stupid enough to take my advice and bet with the big boys in vegas or with your local football betting guy would be insane at best. i hope you understand this. yeah, some weeks i do pretty good and others not so good. so, just don’t do it.
also the odds posted here might change between now and game time. that doesn’t matter here. i go by what’s here for my wins and loses each week. capice?
as always, my mantra remains: leave your money in your wallet where it belongs and nobody gets hurt. take that to heart, folks.
so, with all that being said it’s time to play some football.
rock ‘n’ roll!!!!
9/3 utah at utah st. utah favored by 20.5 points. long time readers know i love the old ‘wac’ and some of the teams that were in that old dead league. well, here’s a couple of them. utah more to the point. it’s a shame this one takes place the first week of the season. if it had only been down the road a piece, utah st, might have had a glimmer of a chance at covering the spread. not this time though. take utah to cover the points and win.
9/3 oregon at boise st. oregon favored by 4 points. my beloved ducks travel to the smurf turf for an important game. a game that will make a statement about the coming season for both teams. a new head coach at oregon but still in most top pre-season top 25’s. i have them going 9-3, i think. i could look it up but i’d just lose steam here. i don’t think the game will be as close as the point spread predicts. take the ducks to run away with this one. oregon covers the points and wins. GO DUCKS!!!
9/5 san jose st at usc. usc favored by 34 points. pete carroll is doing somebody somewhere a favor by scheduling this team. a ton of points along with a new frosh starting qb. but my other favorite college football team should have no trouble covering the spread and winning. take the trojans. FIGHT ON USC!!!
9/5 san diego st at ucla. ucla favored by 19 points. another old wac school that since the break-up has fallen on hard times. however, ucla has been in a tailspin as well. the bruins should do better this year and just might manage a bowl game. maybe. a lot depends on stuff working with their offense. time tells. this is a tough one. lots of points and two teams that have been struggling. what the heck. take ucla to win and cover the spread.
9/5 navy at ohio st. ohio st favored by 21.5. the dreaded buckeyes. what can i say? other than take navy to cover the spread. ohio wins but not by 21.5.
9/5 georgia at oklahoma st. oklahoma st favored by 5.5 points. the cowboys are a media darling this year. as well they should be. though the interesting thing here is, they are just getting the home team sorta six points against the dawgs. somebody knows something but i’m gonna swallow the kool-aid and take oklahoma st to cover and win.
9/5 western michigan at michigan. michigan favored by 12.5 points. after last years dumpster season big blue need to prove something. i’m semi surprised at the seemingly lack of faith the boys in vegas are showing them this year and this game in particular. also early season print rumors of michigan violating ncaa practice rules does not bode well. another time tells deal. walking the plank here and taking michigan to win and cover the spread.
9/5 byu at oklahoma. oklahoma favored by 22.5 points. oklahoma where the wind comes blowing…god, help me, please…every bodies number one team this year. tons of returning kids trying to put their hold (again) on the big dance game come this january. they want to win this time. ok, so what we have here is another old wac school that’s had a few stones to toss into any number of big schools football works over the years. can they do it again this week? boy howdy, i sure hope so. take the cougars to cover the spread. the sooners might win but it sure ain’t gonna be by 22.5.
alabama at virginia tech. alabama favored by 7 points. tech gets the home team 6 and one more. interesting. bama is another of my old time faves. this year could be their year. lots of returning starters. plus time to get past last season. take bama to cover and win. ROLL TIDE!!!
9/5 lsu at washington. lsu favored by 17 points. a semi sorta bunch of points against the new and improved huskies. ???. a new coach from a great program, usc. has he overcome the ennui that overcame the huskies at the end of the last season? time do tell and i wish the huskies well. however, take lsu to cover and win.
with the fires here in so calif the ucla game may be postponed until later in the season. the air quality is in the dumpster here. yes, i know but it’s much worse than the usual mess. they are going to decide tomorrow as to what they are going to do. so, if the game is set back my replacement game will be:
9/5 stanford at washington st. stanford favored by 17 points. stanford is once again a pac 10 dark horse with a much less darker color this year. smart kids and a very good coach. watch out trojans and bears. take stanford to win and cover.
that is it for the first week. as usual top heavy with my favorite teams and conferences. the pac-10 and the mountain west boys. at any rate, it will probably only get more so as the season progresses. just don’t get stupid. leave your money in your wallets.
fire up the barbie. pop some brews and enjoy the spectacle of college football. the best game in town.