Last week – 2-3 (Losses with Duke, USC, and Missouri. Wins with UConn and Texas Tech. Thank the half-point in the Huskies game for saving a possible 1-4 week).
Overall – 3-6
Ohio State -17 vs. Cal – The Buckeyes are off to a quick start in the Urban Meyer era. Braxton Miller looks like an ideal fit for his offense, and they’re playing at home. Two weeks ago, Cal opened the season (in a renovated stadium, no less) by losing to Nevada. It’s a high number, but I think Jeff Tedford’s crew is in a tough spot in Columbus on Saturday.
Notre Dame +5.5 at Michigan State – Believe it or not, I actually like the Spartans to cover this spread, but I am going to employ a little reverse psychology. My picks have been so inept over the last year that I am going to do a little opposite picking. ND-MSU is always a close game that comes down to the end. The Spartans still have a green QB in Andrew Maxwell, and I expect Brian Kelly to come up with a solid gameplan for the Irish.
Alabama -20 at Arkansas – I’m not one for picking big favorites in road conference mistakes, but I think the Razorbacks are in a world of hurt right now. They’re coming off a monster upset at the hands of Louisiana-Monroe, and will be without star QB Tyler Wilson in this game. If Arkansas can find a way to score some points, I’m in trouble here, but I expect the Crimson Tide to cruise.
USC -8.5 at Stanford – As I said on MaD Radio on Friday, I love the Trojans in this spot. They didn’t play that well against Syracuse last week, but I think the Cardinal is due for a fall. Yes, I thought Duke would be more competitive last week, but Stanford is still the team that barely beat San Jose State in the first week of the season. This series has gone in their direction over the last few seasons; on Saturday, we’ll see just how good Andrew Luck was for that program.
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