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 (Week 6, 2009): 2-3 (-$580) College Football Picks (Week 7, 2009): 4-1 (+$770) College Football Picks (Week 8, 2009): 1-4 (-$1,470)
College Football Picks (2009 Season): 18-21-1 (-$2,410) 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.
Duke (4-3) at Virginia (3-4) Line: Virginia by 7. Saturday, 3:30 ET
Virginia put a lot of effort into last week's Georgia Tech game. They tried their hardest and it was close for a while, but the Jackets eventually pulled away.
The Cavs are on an emotional low as a favorite over perennially crappy Duke. The Blue Devils have actually won two ACC games in a row, so they're playing with a ton of confidence. I like them to pull the upset.
Prediction: Duke 24, Virginia 20 Duke +7 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Central Michigan (7-1) at Boston College (5-3) Line: Boston College by 6. Saturday, 3:30 ET
A weird game for Boston College that doesn't mean anything. If they lose to Central Michigan, nothing really happens. This means much more to the visitor.
The Eagles were a huge underdog at Notre Dame last weekend. They put a ton of stock into that contest, but came up short. Now, they have to somehow summon the energy to get up for some MAC squad as a favorite. I don't see that happening.
Oh, and by the way, Central Michigan's a pretty good team.
Prediction: Central Michigan 31, Boston College 24 Central Michigan +6 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550
Georgia (4-3) at Florida (7-0) Line: Florida by 15. Saturday, 3:30 ET at Jacksonville
Last year was an exception, but these teams usually play close. Double-digit underdogs almost always cover in this series.
Also, Florida isn't that good anymore. Ever since Tim Tebow suffered a concussion, the Gators have really struggled in the red zone.
South Carolina (6-2) at Tennessee (3-4) Line: Tennessee by 6. Saturday, 7:45 ET
The Vols put too much stock into that Alabama game. They probably would have missed the field goal at the end, but they never found out because the 800-pound defensive lineman on the Crimson Tide blocked the kick.
I don't think Tennessee will be able to get up for South Carolina as a home favorite. And speaking of the spread, this line is skewed too much based on what happened last weekend. The Vols should be -2 or -3 at the very most.
The Gamecocks thrive as underdogs. I think they win outright.
Prediction: South Carolina 24, Tennessee 10 South Carolina +6 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550
I can see why people are taking a TE for the Bucs ... OJ Howard could possibly be an all pro year after year... David Njoku is right there in terms of talent.... Bucs need a receiving threat that can stretch the field.... C. Brate was a back-up TE and yes played very well to surprise many..... Looking at talent in RD1 maybe there isn`t a BETTER player available.... I have OJ ranked #9 and Njoku # 23 on the big board.... OJ Howard..B. Baker... D. Foreman is my 1st three picks for them
I don't see why the Packers pass on McKinley or Tim Williams.McKinley is the better rounded,more NFL ready,and looks as if he could be dominant.Also big enough to line up on the line of scrimmage at times.Williams may be a bit of a one trick pony,but that one trick happens to be edge rushing.He needs to be a more complete player,but his skill set is needed in Green Bay.