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 (Week 2, 2012): 3-2 (+$170) College Football Picks (Week 3, 2012): 2-3 (-$140) College Football Picks (Week 4, 2012): 2-3 (-$50)
College Football Picks (2012 Season): 8-12 (-$480) 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.
Ball State at Kent State Line: Ball State by 1. 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.
Ball State just pulled off two upset victories, but now it's a road favorite. I don't like that change in dynamic for them. Kent State's in a good spot.
College Football Pick: Kent State +1 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
Arizona State at California Line: California by 1.5. Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
California is coming off two consecutive brutal losses to Ohio State and USC. It could be out of gas against a superior Arizona State squad.
College Football Pick: Arizona State +1.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
UTEP at East Carolina Line: East Carolina by 4.5. Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
UTEP battled Wisconsin tough last week. I think that'll give the Miners some encouragement. They should be able to pull the upset here.
College Football Pick: UTEP +4.5 (3 Units) -- Incorrect; -$330
Texas-San Antonio at New Mexico State Line: Texas-San Antonio by 1. Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Texas-San Antonio is undefeated and shouldn't have any issues with a New Mexico State squad that just lost to New Mexico.
College Football Pick: Texas-San Antonio -1 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Oregon State at Arizona Line: Arizona by 2.5. Saturday, 10:00 p.m.
The wrong team is favored in this matchup. Oregon State is really good, while overrated Arizona couldn't do anything against Oregon. The Wildcats will be flat coming off that loss.
College Football Pick: Oregon State +2.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300