After going 3-0 against the number last week, I've been having delirious visions of giving up this 11W thang and starting up one of those 800# gambling advice services. Lord knows it would take far less time and I wouldn't get exposed nearly as much for not being funny. Jason posted a 2-1 record against the number thanks to Syracuse's pathetic home effort against Washington. It's no wonder the 'Cuse can't recruit. I wouldn't put on that uniform if on Fear Factor. A man's gotta have some pride.
Anyway, Week 2 is upon us and the slate of games is pretty enticing. Since I couldn't round up any worthy guests from Akron, I decided to invite Scooter McDougle to be this week's celebrity picker. In case his name doesn't ring a bell, he's the RB from the Zips' MAC brethren Toledo Rockets that the FBI says is heavily involved in the point shaving scandal hanging over the program. Of course, he says he's done nothing wrong but judging from his picture, he's been receiving illegal pastry handouts for years.
Now on to the picks:
Oregon (+8) @ Michigan (ABC 3:30)
This could be another tight one as Oregon brings their spread offense to the Big House. After watching Appy State's spread make the Maize and Blue look Dazed and Confused en route to the biggest upset in the history of mankind, Wolverine Nation is holding its collective breath wondering if Lloyd's crew can figure out how to stop the Ducks. Luckily for Carr, Oregon's defense is about as solid as your great grandmother's stool so putting up 40+ points is highly possible. If Houston can put up 545 total yards, what can UM do? Speaking of Oregon, let me quickly thank Mike Belotti for turning down Ohio State paving the way for Gentleman Jim to take over. U Da Man, Mike.
Chris: I expect a fired up Michigan squad to cover. Michigan 42, Oregon 31
Jason: I think Michigan will bounce back with a W, but Oregon and 8 is too ripe to pass on. Michigan 31-28.
McPointShaver: I called in a few connections so I'll say UM 3, Oregon 2. That won't be too obvious, will it?
Notre Dame (+17) @ Penn State (ESPN 6:00)
I wonder what excuses Fat Charlie will have for us this week? I hope he doesn't tell the one about how Anthony Morelli is a great quarterback. My ribs can't take anymore spastic laughter.
Chris: I heard a rumor the State fans are planning to throw bacon at Weis. Penn State 34, ND 9
Jason: Penn State in a laugher. The crowd will be insane and when the dust settles, PSU 42-10.
McPointShaver: I wanted to go Notre Dame but was told they didn't need my help throwing games. PSU 40, ND 0.
TCU (+9) @ Texas (7:00)
Can the Horned Frogs go into Texas and pull the upset? According to the poll at BevoSports, 54% of Texas fans are "very worried" after last week's lackluster effort against Arkansas State.
Chris: I don't know about an upset, but TCU could easily cover. Texas 23-17.
Jason: The Horns should be counting their blessings that this one is in Austin. Texas 20-10.
McPointShaver: Readin' the police blotter, I gotta say those Longhorns sound like my kinda fellas. Texas 24-10.
Virginia Tech (+12.5) @ LSU (9:15 ESPN)
Easily the marquee matchup of the week featuring two of the best defenses in the country. Can Va Tech hang around in a night game in the Bayou?
Chris: I don't think Beamer's crew has the offensive firepower to hang around. LSU 27, Tech 10.
Jason: Two weeks ago, I thought this would be close. Now, it's LSU in a laugher, 35-17.
McPointShaver: Sorry fellas. Gotta jet. 5-0 on the doorstep...