Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
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 (Week 9, 2009): 2-3 (-$1,150)
College Football Picks (2009 Season): 20-24-1 (-$3,560) 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.
Syracuse (3-5) at Pittsburgh (7-1) Line: Pittsburgh by 21.5. Saturday, 12:00 ET
It's time for my crappy college picks! Don't waste time with stocks, bonds and IRAs! Just fade my college picks and send your kids to college with the money you can win!
Pittsburgh should destroy Syracuse. The Panthers are playing really well right now.
Duke (5-3) at North Carolina (5-3) Line: North Carolina by 10. Saturday, 3:30 ET
I'm loving Duke right now. The Blue Devils have won three in a row and have a lot of confidence going into this game against a very flawed North Carolina squad. You'd think Butch Davis could find a quarterback who could complete a forward pass.
Prediction: Duke 20, North Carolina 17 Duke +10 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550
Oregon (7-1) at Stanford (5-3) Line: Oregon by 7. Saturday, 3:30 ET
Oregon is a machine. As solid as Stanford is, I can't see Harbaugh's Heroes stopping them.