I'm with you on the Vikings and Dolphins, but I'm not sure about your read on the Giants. They're not getting healthy. Their two best O-linemen (Pugh and Richburg) are doubtful. With a decimated O-line and Hankins out, the Giants are clearly the weaker team in the trenches in this matchup. You mentioned that the G-Men could be motivated by their opportunity to cushion their lead in the NFC East, but don't forget that Washington can pull into a tie for first with a win. Just some food for thought.
1. Hackenberg needs to the right team with a mature environment where he can sit behind a quality starter. He is the best arm talent in the draft. Has excellent footwork and a nice release. He moves well in the pocket despite all the sacks. he is a play action quarterback who inexplicably plays zone read in college. In the rare instances they run play action from under center he looks great. Then they go back to zone read. The defenses don't honor his running ability and just tee off on the running back. Which puts them behind the chains consistently and there is no draftable talent offensively on his team outside of the RB Barkley(freshman)
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College Football Picks (2008 Season): 44-33 (+$3,700)
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.
Buffalo (7-5) at Ball State (12-0) Line: Ball State by 15. Friday, 8:00 ET
Flash back to February 2004: In the biggest game of his life, a grown man had to lead his team down the field twice to win it all. This man had it all - the money, the fame and the Chunky Soup commercials. But instead of scoring twice, the grown man inexplicably had morning sickness and began puking everywhere. It was a debaclation for the ages.
What does that have to do with this game? Ball State is a team comprised of a bunch of kids. Most of the players on the squad can't drink alcohol legally yet. How are they supposed to live up to this kind of pressure?
Everything is on the line for Ball State - an undefeated season, a bid to the Winter Practice Series and eternal fame. That's a lot of pressure for a bunch of kids.
Meanwhile, people are forgetting that Buffalo is a pretty good team. The Bulls have lost just once this season by more than 14 points, and that was to Missouri. Ball State is definitely not as good as Missouri.
Oh, and don't forget that Buffalo's quarterback is D.Willy. Something tells me that after a tough season, Ball State just doesn't have enough Bubble Lead to finish the job.
Prediction: Ball State 37, Buffalo 34 Buffalo +15 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200 Buffalo 42, Ball State 24
Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (11-1) Line: Florida by 9.5. Saturday, 4:00 ET
Whoa... what's going on here? Why is the No. 1 team in the country a 9.5-point underdog? And why is the public backing the favorite, ranked just No. 4?
This line is really ridiculous. No one respects Alabama because they're all about defense, and everyone is singing Florida's praises because they have Tim Tebow and a dazzling offense.
Well, defense wins championships, doesn't it? And besides, young football players are all about respect. Alabama is being disrespected here.
I'm calling for the upset - the No. 1 team in the country will win this game.
USC (10-1) at UCLA (4-7) Line: USC by 33. Saturday, 4:30 ET
This line is ridiculous. First of all, USC doesn't deserve to be favored by 33 over anyone, except for maybe the likes of Syracuse, Washington State and Notre Dame.
UCLA hates USC's guts. The Bruins will do everything in their power to win, or at least keep this game close. Historically, they've done just that. Since 1997, USC has beaten UCLA by at least 33 only one time - and that was when the Trojans had Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.
That USC team would debacle this squad. This Trojans offense sucks. They scored 17 against Cal; 17 versus Arizona; only 38 against Notre Dame; 28 versus Oregon; 21 at Oregon State. Mark Sanchez simply isn't that good. He can't read defenses, so he's good for a couple of mistakes.
Besides, what do the Trojans have to play for? Regardless of how much they win by, they're going to the Rose Winter Practice Game. And they know they're not losing to the crappy Bruins...
Missouri (9-3) at Oklahoma (11-1) Line: Oklahoma by 17. Saturday, 8:00 ET
Read my Buffalo-Ball State write-up. The same applies here. Oklahoma has everything to lose. The players on the Sooners, or any college team, are way too young to take on that sort of pressure, especially with all the controversy that has been going on.
Besides, this line is inflated because of Oklahoma's offense. The public is in love with offensive teams, which is why they've pushed this spread all the way up to 17. No one is concentrating on how porous Oklahoma's defense is. Missouri will stay in this game.
Cincinnati (10-2) at Hawaii (7-5) Line: Cincinnati by 7. Saturday, 11:30 ET
Interesting that with tons of money on Cincinnati, this line has fallen from -8 to -7. But that's not why I like Hawaii here...
You can't convince me that this game means anything to the Bearcats. If they lose, they're still Big East champs. If they lose, they're still going to the Winter Practice Series. If they lose... ah, who cares! They're in Hawaii! There are hot, bikini-clad women, gorgeous beaches and fat men wearing grass skirts surrounding them! What could be better than that?
This is a big game for Hawaii. Now that they're in a new regime, they need all the quality wins they can get over high-major opponents.
Prediction: Hawaii 27, Cincinnati 24 Hawaii +7 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300 Cincinnati 29, Hawaii 24