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 (Week 9, 2011): 2-3 (-$70) College Football Picks (Week 10, 2011): 3-2 (-$60) College Football Picks (Week 11, 2011): 2-3 (-$270) College Football Picks (Week 12, 2011): 3-2 (+$50)
College Football Picks (2011 Season): 31-27-2 (+$10) 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.
Arkansas at LSU Line: LSU by 12. Friday, 2:30 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.
Let's get right to the big game. This is it for LSU. If the Tigers win this, they go to the SEC Championship, and if they win that, they get the chance to play for the co-national championship (assuming Houston keeps on winning). If the Tigers fall, however, their season is over. That's a lot of pressure on a group of 18- to 22-year-olds. Arkansas is playing with house money here.
College Football Pick: Arkansas +12 (3 Units) -- Incorrect; -$330
Colorado at Utah Line: Utah by 22. Friday, 3:30 p.m.
I don't see how this game is going to be close. To quote Franchize, "Colorado is f***ing trash."
College Football Pick: Utah -22 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
Duke at North Carolina Line: North Carolina by 12.5. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
This is a pretty big rivalry, so I expect Duke to keep it close against a North Carolina team that might not be interested.
College Football Pick: Duke +12.5 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Illinois at Minnesota Line: Illinois by 10.5. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
I know Minnesota sucks, but Illinois has dropped five in a row. They don't deserve to be double-digit road favorites.
College Football Pick: Minnesota +10.5 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
Ole Miss at Mississippi State Line: Mississippi State by 17. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Mississippi State is coming off a tough loss, and I doubt they'll be up for battling their lesser in-state rival.
College Football Pick: Ole Miss +17 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220