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)
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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.
Maryland at Clemson Line: Clemson by 31.5. Saturday, 3:30 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.
Maryland is a mess. The team has endured so many injuries that it's starting a linebacker at quarterback. I don't see how they can be competitive with the Tigers, who have blown many teams out this year.
College Football Pick: Clemson -31.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
San Jose State at New Mexico State Line: San Jose State by 22.5. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Speaking of teams that aren't competitive, how do you lose by 35 to Auburn? New Mexico State is a disaster. San Jose State is a dominant small-conference team that has taken care of business almost every week.
College Football Pick: San Jose State -22.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300
Notre Dame at Boston College Line: Notre Dame by 18.5. Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
You know the last time Notre Dame won by more than 18 points? It was Oct. 6. Granted, the Irish have played better opponents than Boston College, but this is a heated rivalry. Plus, Notre Dame is traveling off an overtime victory, which is seldom good.
College Football Pick: Boston College +18.5 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
Idaho at BYU Line: BYU by 38. Saturday, 10:15 p.m.
Idaho has been getting blown out almost every week. The only team the Vandals have beaten is New Mexico State (big surprise). BYU, meanwhile, is coming off a bye, so the team has had two weeks to prepare.
College Football Pick: BYU -38 (2 Units) -- Correct; +$200
Oregon at California Line: Oregon by 28. Saturday, 10:30 p.m.
Oregon scores so quickly that it should have this spread covered by halftime. I don't see how Cal can be competitive without Keenan Allen.
College Football Pick: Oregon -28 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300