Not 1, not 2, but 3 sub .500 teams in the top 10. I know everyone was expecting the Cards, Panthers, and Bengals to be really good this year... but they haven't been. The Cards lost to a really good Pats team, beat a mediocre Bucs team, and got embarrassed by an embarrassing Bills team (that you have ranked in the 20s). The Panthers have a bit more of an excuse as their losses have been to mostly good teams (the Broncos and Vikings) but I am still not buying a #5 ranking for a 1-2 team who's only win came against a horrible 49ers team. Lastly you said it all about how the Bengals have performed so far this year. These are not good teams this year, shouldn't their ranking reflect that?
While your brief analysis of the Panther's Oline has a lot of truth to it, I'm not sure it's yet fair to say that their is a problem in the 2ndary. The rooks are playing pretty well and definitely aren't the problem. Another is that they can't get a pass rush because the QBs are having success throwing the ball for short, quick, Brady esque passes, but when throwing deeper, the interior rush at least is getting there, and the corners have been impressing. While they are no Norman at this point, I can say that they are one of the few bright spots so far. The main problem is that the Oline can't block, and special teams can't tackle.
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