There’s nothing like a losing week to make you yearn for the next batch of college football games to get here. Last week was my first sub-.500 performance of the season with a 1-2-1 posting and believe me, I’ve been yearning.
So I won’t waste time with an intro this week. Let’s get down to wagering.
My record now sits at 21-14-2 on the season.
Illinois vs. Western Michigan (+7.5, 59)
I’m trying to find reasons why Illinois won’t win this game by at least 10 and about the best I can find is that the Illini won’t be mentally prepared to play these Kalamazoo Ponies.
I don’t buy that though. If the Illini want to go bowling, they gotta win this one.
I don’t think it helps the Broncos any that this game is being played at Ford Field, either, where they won’t have as much of a home edge.
Alabama vs. Louisiana State (+3, 47.5)
Nick Saban comes back to Baton Rouge this week and he shouldn’t expect to see a lot of “We still love you coach!” signs in the stands.
LSU fans would still like nail his tail to the goalpost for the way he bolted the Bayou to head for the Everglades a couple of years ago.
The only problem with getting revenge here is that Bama is better than LSU.
Offense. Defense. You name it, Bama’s better.
Get ready to hate Mr. Moneybags even more after this one, Tiger fans.
Colorado State vs. Air Force (-10, 51)
This is a tough spot for the Fly Boys. I know they’re supposed to like airplanes and all, but it was still a long trip to West Point last week.
They’ll face a Colorado State offense that is one of the most improved in the nation since the start of the season. The Rams jacked up over 400 yards in a 45-42 loss to BYU last weekend, putting other teams on notice that you’re going to have to score some points to beat these guys.
Air Force is 7-2, sure, but it hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record yet and I won’t be shocked if 4-5 CSU is above .500 by the end of the season.
Pick: Colorado State
Notre Dame vs. Boston College (-3.5, 45.5)
Did you see the coin toss last week before overtime in the Pitt-Notre Dame game?
The ref explains the options the players have on the toss, which you hope they’d know anyway, and after the Domers win the toss the ref actually tells the Irish captains they’d like to play defense first.
I don’t know which one it was, but one of the ND captains then says, “No, we want to defer.”
“Umm, you can’t defer in overtime,” says the ref.
And I thought Notre Dame was supposed to be an academic school.
In any event, the Irish are playing some good football despite the tough loss to Pitt and they’ve been consistent. I think it will be enough to nip an inconsistent BC squad for the first time since 2000, a string of five Notre Dame losses.
Pick: Notre Dame