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 (Week 9, 2011): 2-3 (-$70)
College Football Picks (2011 Season): 23-20-2 (+$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.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State Line: Oklahoma State by 21. 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.
Oklahoma State is my biggest play of the week. The Cowboys are on fire, and I don't think Kansas State can keep up with them in a shootout - especially considering the fact that the Wildcats will be flat off their first loss.
College Football Pick: Oklahoma State -21 (5 Units) -- Incorrect; -$550
Indiana at Ohio State Line: Ohio State by 27.5. Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
I guess I'm a sucker for punishment because I'm taking Indiana again. I think Ohio State will be flat off its emotional victory over Wisconsin.
College Football Pick: Indiana +27.5 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
Troy at Navy Line: Navy by 6.5. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Navy sucks and does not deserve to be favored by 6.5 over Troy.
College Football Pick: Troy +6.5 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Houston at UAB Line: Houston by 28. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
One of the two picks I got right last week was Houston over Rice. I'm laying the points again; the Cougars are just going to rip through their conference games and get screwed by the BCS.
College Football Pick: Houston -28 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Boise State at UNLV Line: Boise State by 41. Saturday, 10:30 p.m.
Everyone wants to root for this Boise State team, and to be honest, if I voted for the college polls, I'd have the Broncos No. 1 just to spite the system. But this Boise State squad has struggled to beat both Tulsa and Air Force. It can't stop the run at all, which lets opposing teams hang around. Forty-one is a ton of points.
College Football Pick: UNLV +41 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@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.
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.