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 (Week 13, 2011): 1-4 (-$780) College Football Picks (Week 14, 2011): 4-1 (+$380)
College Football Picks (2011 Season): 36-32-2 (-$390) 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.
South Carolina at Vanderbilt Line: South Carolina by 6.5. Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
As a disclaimer, don't go nuts with my college football picks. I'm much better at picking NFL games; I'm just doing these upon request. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
This is one of those situations where the nationally televised road favorite is getting tons of action. In fact, South Carolina is getting twice as much money as any other team Thursday night. Vanderbilt is a live home dog with the superior quarterback.
College Football Pick: Vanderbilt +6.5 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Boise State at Michigan State Line: Michigan State by 7. Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Boise State has lost so many starters, including Kellen Moore. I feel like they're just touchdown underdogs based on name recognition. Michigan State is far superior.
College Football Pick: Michigan State -7 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Ohio at Penn State Line: Penn State by 6. Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
This has an "us against the world" feel about it. The NCAA and media destroyed Penn State this offseason, so the remaining Nittany Lion players may want to prove that they're still a legitimate team with a big victory in this game.
College Football Pick: Penn State -6 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Florida International at Duke Line: Duke by 3.5. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
The better team is getting the points in this matchup. Florida International won eight games last season and returns most of its starters. Duke stinks, as always.
College Football Pick: Florida International +3.5 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
Kentucky at Louisville Line: Louisville by 13.5. Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Louisville is a good team, but this is a big rivalry, so I feel like the Cardinals are favored by too much, especially considering that Kentucky is coming out of the vastly superior conference. By the way, the underdog is 8-4 against the spread in this series since 2000.
College Football Pick: Kentucky +13.5 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
@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.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
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.