If you read the Alabama football preview you may have realized that I don’t follow college football as much as I used to (Chad Lindsay transferred to THE Ohio State in April, after the article that I used as reference was written in March). You may also remember that I picked South Carolina over Texas A&M and Ole Miss over Boise State, making me 1-1 for the year.
I’m not a bookie and I’m not a gambler. Any reference to the betting line is for entertainment only. On the the picks!
I’m not wasting time this morning with Kentucky v. UT Martin or Missouri v. South Dakota State.
#13 LSU v #14 Wisconsin (9PM, ESPN)
One of the more intriguing games of the weekend. Two teams that look a lot a like. This game is in Houston, though. Hot, humid Houston. You know where else is hot and humid? Baton Rouge. Even if it’s indoors, humidity still finds a way to find you and lay on you like an old wet blanket. I don’t even know what the line is for this game, but I think LSU will win by something in the 6-10 point range.
Update: If I’m reading it correctly, LSU appears to be a 5 point favorite. Somebody is a 5 point favorite.
#16 Clemson at #12 Georgia -7.5 (5:30, ESPN)
Has Clemson played more out-of-conference games against an SEC opponent than any other ACC school in the last 5 years? It seems like they play start the season against an SEC every year. Then there is their annual tilt with South Carolina. Dabo takes his Tajh Boyd-less Tigers to Athens to open the season with UGA. I know this about the Georgia Bulldogs; Todd Gurley is a man. A full grown man. If Georgia gets the running game going, this will be a long night for Clemson. I can’t pick a Clemson team starting a new quarterback on the road. I like Georgia in this one. UGA 31, Clemson 27
Arkansas at #6 Auburn -21 (4PM, SEC Network)
Auburn opens up at home in their first game since falling 13 seconds shy of winning the BCS title last season. You may recall that Malzahn was the Offensive Coordinator for Houston Nutt’s 2006 Razorbacks team (that whole Mitch Mustain business) that went 10-4 but lost its last three games of the season. Malzahn and Nutt never seemed to agree on an offensive philosophy and, after the bowl game loss to Wisconson, Malzahn accepted the OC position at Tulsa. Though he hails from Arkansas, I don’t see Malzahn taking it easy on the Bert Bielema led team. This game will play more to the #WeComin crowd than the group that would like to quietly go 6-0 before anyone takes notice of them. I don’t even know what Arkansas has, but it won’t be enough. I like Auburn by about four touchdowns or more.
Auburn 54, Arkansas 18.
Alabama -26 vs. West Virginia (3:30PM, ABC)
Remember when Alabama tried to hire Rich Rodriguez from West Virginia? Yeah, where is he coaching now? Anyway, it worked out for Alabama. WVU has another head coach making noise in the college football world in Dana Holgorsen who has really united and ignited the WVU fan base. Folks in West Virginia have couches ON THE READY to burn. Jeremy Fowler from CBS reported last night that “a source” told him Blake Sims would start at QB for Alabama. This is no surprise, really. The only mystery is how long it will take Saban to vet-out and “address” the source. I don’t like Alabama as a 26-point favorite. I’m not sure that Alabama will score 26 points. I like Alabama to win this one, but it’s going to be a Gene Stallings era snoozer. Alabama 13, WVU 10.
There you go. Enjoy your weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by.