Welcome to what will be a weekly post from now until the end of college football season. I am going to attempt to predict the winner (outright and versus the spread) of ten college games every week. Keep in mind, this is just for fun and if you're interested in gambling, please don't take my advice. I really don't know much about the game. I like the pageantry, the blood, the quest for academic and on the field excellence, but ultimately I'm a lightweight fan. I might watch all of a UT game, but rarely any others. I'm quite far removed from the football crazed protagonist of Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes, nor do I resemble the goofy family from the New York Giants game elaborated on in the book. They cheered for both sides which was a sin to the main character, a thinly disguised version of Exley. I'm doing this for the heck of it. Plus I'd like to see just how good a barely informed and little knowledgeable person could do in picking games.
The home team is capitalized. There are not many surprises since this is the first week. I played it very tight. I picked Wake over Vandy since Vandy forever stinks. I picked uab with the spread against the Vols since Fulmer doesn't run the score up much. The only real upset I picked was Rutgers over Illinois and that wasn't much of one. I used the Sheridan's odds if you really want to know. If you're a music fan who's a little bummed out over athletics intruding, just ignore this. Rest assured there will be music aplenty to write about.
This weeks picks:
WAKE FOREST by 9 over Vanderbilt
winner Wake Forest
spread Wake Forest
Oregon by 8 1/2 over HOUSTON
TENNESSEE by 23 over uab
ILLINOIS by 1 1/2 over Rutgers
PITTSBURGH by 3 over Notre Dame
GEORGIA by 7 over Boise State
Washington by 3 over AIR FORCE
winner Air Force
spread Air Force
AUBURN by 7 over Georgia Tech
Miami (Fla) by 3 over FLORIDA STATE
winner Florida State
spread Florida State
MEMPHIS by 2 1/2 over Mississippi
Anyone care to set odds on how I'll do?