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, 2012): 1-4 (-$460) College Football Picks (Week 2, 2012): 3-2 (+$170)
College Football Picks (2012 Season): 4-6 (-$290) 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.
Lousiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State Line: Oklahoma State by 22.5. 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 (at least I used to be); I'm just doing these upon request. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
Louisiana-Lafayette is a pretty good team. I think this spread is way too high. They'll be competitive with Oklahoma State.
College Football Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette +22.5 (3 Units) -- Incorrect; -$330
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh Line: Virginia Tech by 10. Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
This line screams trap to me, but then again, so did last week's small spread in the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game. The Panthers are terrible.
College Football Pick: Virginia Tech -10 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Boston College at Northwestern Line: Northwestern by 3.5. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Don't mind me, just fading a crappy Big Ten team.
College Football Pick: Boston College +3.5 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Arizona State at Missouri Line: Missouri by 6.5. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Missouri is coming off a tough game and may not be entirely focused for an Arizona State squad that is better than most people think. Great spot for the Sun Devils.
College Football Pick: Arizona State +6.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Utah State at Wisconsin Line: Wisconsin by 13. Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Another Big Ten fade. Utah State has a tough defense, so this should be a low-scoring affair.
College Football Pick: Utah State +13 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100