College Football Picks (Week 1, 2009): 3-2 (+$350) College Football Picks (Week 2, 2009): 2-3 (-$710) College Football Picks (Week 3, 2009): 1-3-1 (-$590) College Football Picks (Week 4, 2009): 2-3 (-$310) College Football Picks (Week 5, 2009): 3-2 (+$130)
College Football Picks (2009 Season): 11-13-1 (-$1,130) College Football Picks (2008 Season): 49-38 (+$3,020)
By the way, the third-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.
Northwestern (2-2) at Purdue (1-3) Line: Purdue by 7. Saturday, 12:00 ET
I can keep picking the right sides all I want, but if I keep getting screwed, there's nothing I can really do. Just last week, Nevada fumbled on Missouri's 4-yard line just as they were about to tie up the game. Missouri recovered and went 96 yards for a touchdown. The next day, Colorado State outgained BYU by 60 yards and managed to lose by 19. They even had more yards than BYU when the score was 21-0. How does that happen?
Purdue should be flat here after putting so much energy into that Notre Dame game. I don't know how they're going to muster enough effort to get up for crappy Northwestern. With my luck, the Wildcats will dominate this game, but Purdue will come up with some BS touchdowns at the end. But hey, as long as I'm winning in the NFL, I'm happy.
Penn State (3-1) at Illinois (1-2) Line: Penn State by 7. Saturday, 3:30 ET
As a Penn State fan and alumnus, I don't get how the Nittany Lions are favored by a touchdown on the road. They haven't covered a single spread this year and they have issues with their offensive line. Plus, they're going to be flat after having their national championship dreams flattened by Iowa.
Prediction: Penn State 20, Illinois 17 Illinois +7 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220 Penn State 35, Illinois 17
UCLA (3-0) at Stanford (3-1) Line: Stanford by 5. Saturday, 3:30 ET
I like Stanford here; I just think that they're a hot team on a roll at home that should be able to handle a UCLA squad that isn't as good as its record indicates.
Oregon State (2-2) at Arizona State (2-1) Line: Arizona State by 4.5. Saturday, 7:00 ET
Arizona State went into Georgia and had the Bulldogs beat until they lost in overtime. I don't know where they're going to get the energy to beat Oregon State as a favorite.
Prediction: Oregon State 24, Arizona State 20 Oregon State +4.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300 Oregon State 28, Arizona State 17
Ole Miss (2-1) at Vanderbilt (2-2) Line: Ole Miss by 9. Saturday, 7:00 ET
Who is Ole Miss to be laying nine points on the road, especially after watching its national championship dreams fly out the window? Jevan Snead is having major problems without Michael Oher and Mike Wallace. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, will be amped up for a home game at night.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 20, Ole Miss 19 Vanderbilt +9 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550 Ole Miss 23, Vanderbilt 7
I can't imagine the Pats trading JG for anything less than a 1st round pick. We're talking about a potential starting/franchise QB here who is game ready, looked great when he had the chance to play. He is probably a better prospect than any QB in this draft class. Given the fact that Brady is 39 and nobody knows for sure how many more years he decides to play, the Pats may want to hang onto him for at least another season while he's still under contract. I can't see the Pats giving him up cheap and I can see teams in need of a QB giving up a mid-late 1st round pick. Considering what some teams have given up just to move up a few spots in the draft for a QB, a 1st round pick seems pretty reasonable.