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
Rasul Douglas is an interesting pick for the Eagles. He was a ballhawk last year with eight interceptions, to tie for the lead in the nation. He is a big press man corner. He has issues in zone and off man, but Douglas could develop into a starter.
Chad Williams is a speed threat receiver for Arizona. It is a nice fit in the Cardinals with Larry Fitzgerald aging, Michael Floyd released, and John Brown in the last year of his contract. Williams was impressive at the Senior Bowl with speed to challenge cornerbacks.