This order is based off of my end of the season power rankings. I know this is a long shot be what happens next spring, but I will do my best since I cannot predict breakout stars and small school studs. Here is a link to my power rankings if you like explanations why your team is selecting where. http://walterfootball.com/PowerRankings/Published/490
College Football Picks (Week 1, 2010): 2-2-1 (-$160) College Football Picks (Week 2, 2010): 3-2 (+$10)
College Football Picks (2010 Season): 5-4-1 (-$150) College Football Picks (2009 Season): 34-34-2 (-$3,820) 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.
Auburn (1-0) at Mississippi State (1-0) Line: Auburn by 2.5. Thursday, 7:45 ET
I don't understand this spread. Is Auburn better than Mississippi State? Yes, but only slightly. Both squads finished their 2009 seasons with a 3-4 record, and both have 15 starters returning. Auburn has a new quarterback though, who will be starting his first road game. Playing at Mississippi State on a weeknight will be a very daunting task.
This is my favorite college football betting scenario - taking a live home dog playing on a weeknight, when there's tons of action on the visitor and the line is moving the other way. Auburn opened -2 on Pinnacle and has dropped to -1.5 despite the fact that 84 percent of the money in Vegas is being bet on them.
Mississippi State is available for +2.5 on Bodog. They are my September College Football Pick of the Month.
Prediction: Mississippi State 31, Auburn 20 Mississippi State +2.5 (7 Units - September College Football Pick of the Month) -- Incorrect; -$770 Auburn 17, Mississippi State 14; Wow, if all of Mississippi State's sloppy turnovers in the first half weren't enough, their receiver dropped a pass that was in his hands at Auburn's 15-yard line with 40 seconds left to set up a chip-shot field goal at the very least. He dropped it and Miss. St. lost the ball on downs. Ugh.
Memphis (0-1) at East Carolina (1-0) Line: East Carolina by 12.5. Saturday, 12:00 ET
What oddsmaker did East Carolina's head coach sleep with to get his team favored by 12.5? The Pirates have just seven returning starters. I don't see how they're favored by more than a touchdown over anyone.
Bowling Green (0-1) at Tulsa (0-1) Line: Tulsa by 16.5. Saturday, 7:00 ET
Notice a trend here? Tulsa is yet another overinflated crappy team getting too many points for some weird reason. If this were the NFL, Tulsa would be -3 based on the talent level of these two squads.
Prediction: Tulsa 34, Bowling Green 27 Bowling Green +16.5 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Penn State (1-0) at Alabama (1-0) Line: Alabama by 11.5. Saturday, 7:00 ET
Look, I'm a Penn State alumnus, and I can confidently say that the talent level between these two teams isn't even close. Our true freshman quarterback is not ready to go into Alabama and beat the Crimson Tide. This has major blowout written all over it.
I love Alabama -11.5; the spread is too low because the idiot poll voters have overvalued Penn State based on last year's results.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Penn State 6 Alabama -11.5 (5 Units) -- Correct; +$500