Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. It's time for yet another season of Weekend Update, which profiles a handful of games to keep your eyes on (as well as some friendly random guesses as to what may go down with respect to the ol' Vegas line). Yours truly served up a bowl of awesome last season (albeit in an abbreviated slate) going 58-19-1 for the regular season and 20-11-1 in the post-season. Despite that being 71%, we repeat as always: your child's college savings fund is more important than the uber-improbable 4-team parlay. P.S.: There is no way the 2010 college football season is anywhere near as bad as the album depicted to the right. None.
Washington at BYU (-2.5) 7:00 p.m. - CBSCS
Jake Locker and trendy buzz pick Washington head to Provo to take on the recently declared independent
women 25-year olds of Brigham Young. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall says he plans to play 2 QBs against the Huskies to try and make up for the departure of all-Mountain West selection Max Hall while UDub DC Nick Holt (late of the 2008 SC squad that brought the paintrain to Todd Boeckman and co.) plans on bringing an aggressive attack to keep both on their toes. After Utah's win yesterday evening it would certainly seem easy to keep riding the MWC waves, but take Washington and the points, 27-24.
Cincinnati at Fresno State (-2.5) 10:00 p.m. - ESPN2
New Cincy coach Butch Jones (late of Central Michigan) makes his UC debut as the Bearcats travel west to take on Pat Hill and the Fresno State Bulldogs. Anywhere, anytime = a return trip by the Bearcats in this instance. New Cincy QB Zach Collaros looked brilliant in small stretches last season and Fresno State loses 1st round running back Ryan Matthews. Despite the home field advantage and the first game of the season sloppiness sure to ensue, take the road dogs (outright if you must) 30-21.
SMU at Texas Tech (-13.5) 3:30 p.m. (Sunday) - ESPN
What do you get when you combine an Air Raid (for now) club and a Run n Shoot in a bizarre Sunday afternoon opener? The recipe for offenses that are anything but crisp. Fortunately for new Tech coach Tommy Tuberville and SMU headman June Jones, neither of these defenses bring much to the table either. Expect these 2 to get out of the gates slowly but ultimately find their rhythm and make things watchable. Tech wins, but SMU makes gamblor happy 35-28.