College Football Picks (2011 Season): 3-2 (+$50) College Football Picks (2010 Season): 37-31-2 (+$190) College Football Picks (2009 Season): 34-34-2 (-$3,820) College Football Picks (2008 Season): 49-38 (+$3,020)
By the way, the fourth-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.
Mississippi State at Auburn Line: Mississippi State by 7. Saturday, 12:20 p.m.
As a disclaimer, don't go nuts with my college football picks. I'm much better at picking NFL games; I'm just doing these upon request. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
Mississippi State is the real deal. I don't think they'll have any issues with an Auburn team that must have forgotten to pay some talented players this spring. Or maybe they ran out of money after Cam Newton took it all?
College Football Pick: Mississippi State -7 (2 Units) -- Correct; -$220
TCU at Air Force Line: TCU by 2. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
I don't expect TCU to be on its A-game after losing to Baylor last week. I don't think they'll be prepared for an Air Force squad that is pretty solid.
College Football Pick: Air Force +2 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
BYU at Texas Line: Texas by 7. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
I like the idea of getting points with a more veteran team. BYU has many more starters returning than Texas, so I'll take the touchdown.
College Football Pick: BYU +7 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Utah at USC Line: USC by 9. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
If last week's near-loss to Minnesota wasn't clear enough, USC is really overrated.
College Football Pick: Utah +9 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
Notre Dame at Michigan Line: Notre Dame by 3.5. Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Speaking of overrated, Notre Dame won't be at 100 percent after its inexplicable loss to South Florida. Playing a night game at Michigan is going to be brutal.
College Football Pick: Michigan +3.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.