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, 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 6, 2011): 2-3 (-$570) College Football Picks (Week 7, 2011): 3-1-1 (+$150) College Football Picks (Week 8, 2011): 2-3 (-$180)
College Football Picks (2011 Season): 21-17-2 (+$290) 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.
Rice at Houston Line: Houston by 27.5. Thursday, 8:00 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.
Houston is on fire right now, and I expect them to keep rolling. Considering Rice is traveling during the week (since Rice and Houston are so far away from each other), I don't see how they can possibly keep up with the Cougars.
College Football Pick: Houston -27.5 (5 Units) -- Correct; +$500
Northwestern at Indiana Line: Northwestern by 9. Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
I know Indiana's not any good, but Northwestern stinks too. They don't deserve to be road favorites of this much, especially after an emotional loss against Penn State.
College Football Pick: Indiana +9 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
Washington State at Oregon Line: Oregon by 35. Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
I took the Ducks last week, and I'm picking them again. This has blowout written all over it.
College Football Pick: Oregon -35 (3 Units) -- Incorrect; -$330
Oklahoma at Kansas State Line: Oklahoma by 13.5. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
I think Kansas State has a good shot of winning this one outright, so I'm definitely taking the points. Overrated Oklahoma will be flat following its loss to Texas Tech.
College Football Pick: Kansas State +13.5 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
Wisconsin at Ohio State Line: Wisconsin by 7. Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Another flat team. I don't know how Wisconsin will get up for this game after losing on that Hail Mary.
College Football Pick: Ohio State +7 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200