College Football Picks (Weeks 1-2, 2008): 6-6 (-$50) College Football Picks (Week 3, 2008): 3-2 (+$780) College Football Picks (Week 4, 2008): 3-2 (+$340) College Football Picks (Week 5, 2008): 2-3 (+$10) College Football Picks (Week 6, 2008): 3-2 (-$370) College Football Picks (Week 7, 2008): 4-1 (+$470) College Football Picks (Week 8, 2008): 3-2 (+$110)
By the way, the second-annual Walter/Joker Annual Challenge is on, as I'll be competing with the Joker's College Picks. We each pick five games and see who does the best each week.
New Mexico (4-4) at Air Force (5-2) Line: Air Force by 5. Thursday, 8:00 ET
This is a really tough spot for Air Force. They just won a really tight, one-point game at UNLV, and now have to come back a few days later to host a tough New Mexico squad as a favorite. I don't know how they can recover from that. The Lobos have won three of four, including an impressive 70-7 victory over San Diego State last week.
Prediction: New Mexico 27, Air Force 24 New Mexico +5 (3 Units) -- Incorrect; -$330 Air Force 23, New Mexico 10
UNLV (3-4) at BYU (6-1) Line: BYU by 22.5. Saturday, 2:00 ET
BYU, billed as a national-title contender, was completely debacled at TCU last week. I don't think they'll be able to get back on track after a short week.
I don't think the Cougars were that impressive to begin with. They're only 2-4 against the spread, failing to cover against New Mexico and Utah State. UNLV, meanwhile, is a solid squad that owns a pair of victories over power-conference members Arizona State and Iowa State.
UCLA (3-4) at California (4-2) Line: California by 17. Saturday, 3:30 ET
These two teams obviously hate each other. Most heated rivalries are usually close. Want proof? The last eight times there has been a double-digit favorite in a UCLA-California matchup, the underdog is 6-1-1 against the spread. Pretty impressive.
People know UCLA as the team that was debacled by BYU and Arizona in consecutive weeks. Well, since then, the Bruins have covered every game. They even nearly beat Oregon as a 20.5-point dog, losing by just a touchdown.
Prediction: California 31, UCLA 24 UCLA +17 (3 Units) -- Incorrect; -$330 California 41, UCLA 20
Virginia (4-3) at Georgia Tech (6-1) Line: Georgia Tech by 11.5. Saturday, 3:30 ET
I love the way Virginia is playing right now. Rebounding off a slow start to their season, the Cavaliers have straight-up victories as underdogs in three consecutive weeks, beating Maryland (+12.5), East Carolina (+5.5) and North Carolina (+3.5). They're playing with tons of confidence right now.
Can they make it four in a row? I don't see why not. Georgia Tech is 6-1, but I feel they're a bit overrated, and I can't expect them to cover double digits with their crappy offense. Seriously, 21 points against Clemson? Twenty-seven against Duke? A whopping 10 versus Gardner Webb? What is this?
I also find it interesting that despite action on the Jackets, the line has dropped from -13 to -11.5.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 20, Virginia 17 Virginia +11.5 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200 Virginia 24, Georgia Tech 17
Penn State (8-0) at Ohio State (7-1) Line: Penn State by 2.5. Saturday, 8:00 ET
Homer pick alert! Homer pick alert!
I like Penn State. What a surprise. But wait, there's logic and reason behind this. I swear.
Terrelle Pryor obviously makes the Buckeyes a much better team because he gives them an added dimension they didn't have with the craptastic Todd Boeckman. However, I think the Nittany Lions luck out a bit here, as Pryor is just a mere freshman and hasn't become an elite passer just yet.
If Pryor were more mature, I wouldn't give Penn State much of a chance. After all, they've never won at Ohio State. But because they're facing a freshman quarterback, they have a shot to finally break that ugly trend.
I feel as though Penn State is a much better team. They obliterated Wisconsin, a team the Buckeyes had problems with. They smoked Oregon State, a squad that knocked off USC.
If the Nittany Lions win this game and don't get an invitation to the "final winter practice game," the Pennsylvania State University should file a lawsuit with the NCAA. But of course, that won't happen, as college president Graham "Cocker" Spanier is way too sleazy and ugly to do so.
Prediction: Penn State 20, Ohio State 10 Penn State -2.5 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100 Penn State 13, Ohio State 6