They addressed a lot of needs. Pass rush, depth, center and a replacement for gates. People get caught up in protecting Rivers. Pass blocking wasn't the problem, it was run blocking due to a massive injury bug that plagued the whole season. Tuerk had an ACL tear... its very possible today to come back from such an injury. I like that we focused on depth at linebacker. Teo isn't the answer. Bosa WILL fit in our defense. we ran a nickel 70% of the time. He opens things up for the linebackers which allows the secondary to make plays. Talesco did a good job. They deserve a B at least.
I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
College Football Picks (Week 1, 2011): 3-2 (+$50) College Football Picks (Week 2, 2011): 2-2-1 (+$370) College Football Picks (Week 3, 2011): 2-3 (-$380) College Football Picks (Week 4, 2011): 3-2 (+$270) College Football Picks (Week 5, 2011): 4-1 (+$580) College Football Picks (Week 5, 2011): 2-3 (-$570)
College Football Picks (2011 Season): 16-13-1 (+$320) 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.
Michigan at Michigan State Line: Michigan State by 2. Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
As a disclaimer, don't go nuts with my college football picks. I'm much better at picking NFL games (though not this year); I'm just doing these upon request. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
I love Michigan in this matchup. It seems like no one respects them; hell, I wondered what they were doing in ESPN's mock BS top 10 rankings myself, although I am biased since I'm a Penn State alumnus. Still though, Michigan is undefeated and should be favored.
College Football Pick: Michigan +2 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550
Navy at Rutgers Line: Rutgers by 4. Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
I don't like this spot for Rutgers; they're now favorites after two consecutive underdog victories. This type of dynamic change can be disastrous.
College Football Pick: Navy +4 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic Line: Florida Atlantic by 3. Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
I find it ridiculous that Florida Atlantic is favored. They stink.
College Football Pick: Western Kentucky +3 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Kansas State at Texas Tech Line: Texas Tech by 3.5. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Another instance in which an undefeated team is an underdog. This line is way off.
College Football Pick: Kansas State +3.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Arizona State at Oregon Line: Oregon by 14. Saturday, 10:15 p.m.
Everyone seems really down on Oregon because LaMichael James is out. Well, the Ducks have plenty of other great players - and they're going to be determined to prove that against the Sun Devils on Saturday night.
College Football Pick: Oregon -14 (2 Units) -- Push; $0