College Football Picks (Week 1, 2010): 2-2-1 (-$160) College Football Picks (Week 2, 2010): 3-2 (+$10) College Football Picks (Week 3, 2010): 2-3 (-$270) College Football Picks (Week 4, 2010): 4-1 (+$750)
College Football Picks (2010 Season): 11-8-1 (+$330) 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.
Temple (3-1) at Army (3-1) Line: Temple by 5. Saturday, 12:00 ET
Temple gave a great effort at Penn State. Fortunately for the Nittany Lions, Heisman candidate Bernard Pierce suffered an injury, which prompted the Owls to fall apart.
Pierce is listed as doubtful for this game, and even if he plays, he won't be 100 percent coming off an ankle sprain. Temple simply cannot move the football without Pierce. Combine that with the fact that the Owls are coming off a very emotional loss, and Army seems like a solid play here.
Prediction: Army 16, Temple 13 Army +5 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
Kentucky (3-1) at Ole Miss (2-2) Line: Ole Miss by 3. Saturday, 12:20 ET
Kentucky beat up three epically crappy teams to open the season, but then was trashed by Florida last week. Ole Miss is the better squad here. Their season was a bit derailed in that ridiculous upset to Jacksonville State, but they've seemed to have gotten their act together.
Prediction: Ole Miss 24, Kentucky 14 Ole Miss -3 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Virginia Tech (2-2) at N.C. State (4-0) Line: Virginia Tech by 3.5. Saturday, 3:30 ET
As I said last week, Virginia Tech's loss to James Madison shouldn't be taken seriously. They put zero effort into that game. I'm betting the Hokies until further notice. They're extremely underrated, and this spread should be -6 or higher.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 24, N.C. State 10 Virginia Tech -3.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Florida International (0-3) at Pittsburgh (1-2) Line: Pittsburgh by 17.5. Saturday, 3:30 ET
I really don't understand this spread. Florida International, despite its 0-3 record, is a solid team. They've lost to Rutgers by 5, Texas A&M by 7 and Maryland by 14. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is complete garbage. The Panthers' quarterback is some 5-foot-6 scrub who can't get the ball to his best player, Jonathan Baldwin. I will be completely shocked if Pitt somehow covers 17.5.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 19, Florida International 17 Florida International +17.5 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550
Stanford (4-0) at Oregon (4-0) Line: Oregon by 7. Saturday, 8:00 ET
The wrong team is favored. Everyone is making a big deal about Oregon scoring all of these points, but whom exactly have the Ducks done this against? New Mexico? Congrats. A Tennessee squad that can barely beat UAB? Awesome. Portland State? Whoop-dee-freaking-doo. Arizona State? Not a bad team, but then again, Oregon didn't cover the spread in that matchup.
Stanford, on the other hand, completely destroyed a UCLA team that went on to beat Houston and Texas. I really don't get why this line isn't Oregon -3.
I also think free safety is the big need, not necessarily strong safety. We can live another year with Devon Kindred and Ibraheim Campbell at strong safety. Maybe if we didn't have so many other more pressing needs I wouldn't mind addressing SS, but there are other priorities on this team.