They addressed a lot of needs. Pass rush, depth, center and a replacement for gates. People get caught up in protecting Rivers. Pass blocking wasn't the problem, it was run blocking due to a massive injury bug that plagued the whole season. Tuerk had an ACL tear... its very possible today to come back from such an injury. I like that we focused on depth at linebacker. Teo isn't the answer. Bosa WILL fit in our defense. we ran a nickel 70% of the time. He opens things up for the linebackers which allows the secondary to make plays. Talesco did a good job. They deserve a B at least.
I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
College Football Picks (Week 1, 2012): 1-4 (-$460)
College Football Picks (2012 Season): 1-4 (-$460) 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.
New Mexico at Texas Line: Texas by 38. Saturday, 8:00 p.m. (time change)
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.
I think my picks will be better this week. I watched a ton of college football last weekend, so I now have a good feel for the teams. Well, that, and I can't possibly do much worse. New Mexico State New Mexico won't be competitive with Texas.
College Football Pick: Texas -38 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Toledo at Wyoming Line: Wyoming by 3. Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
Wyoming, coming off a big loss, should not be favored over Toledo. I like the visitor to win straight up.
College Football Pick: Toledo +3 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Wisconsin at Oregon State Line: Wisconsin by 7.5. Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
When in doubt, bet against the crappy Big Ten. Wisconsin is getting a ton of action, yet the spread has gone from -8 to -7.5. Something's up.
College Football Pick: Oregon State +7.5 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
Fresno State at Oregon Line: Oregon by 34. Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
This is yet another complete mismatch. Oregon should wipe the floor with Fresno State.
College Football Pick: Oregon -34 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220
Kent State at Kentucky Line: Kentucky by 7. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Kentucky is garbage. That loss against Louisville could affect their focus in this game.
College Football Pick: Kent State +7 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110