There are 25 undefeated college football teams left in Division 1, FBS, or whatever you want to call it. By my count that’s about 20 percent of all teams and we’re in Week 5.
What a joke. Whoever said winning isn’t easy in college football was obviously a sports bettor. ‘Cause if you’re a coach, winning ain’t so tough apparently.
By contrast, only six teams are undefeated against the spread and only five teams haven’t won a game at all.
But now that the silly season is over, where beating up on frosted cupcakes has become a September ritual. It’s time to separate the real undefeated teams from the posers.
Bring on the biggest week of the season. This Saturday makes Monster Saturday
(Week 2) look like Elmo.
The problem is, I’ve had trouble trying to figure out what to call it. What’s bigger than a monster? A dinosaur, maybe?
Yeah, it’s Dinosaur Saturday
Penn State-Iowa. Florida-Bama. Wisconsin-Michigan State. Red River Shootout. Stanford-Oregon. Rooarrrr!
As one friend said to me, this is the biggest bleeping week ever. And it kind of is.
I’m not scared though. I’ll take my 9-6-1 record after going 2-2 last week and will make my picks with confidence.
I suggest following me with caution. UL Munroe vs. Auburn (-35, 53.5)
I know about as much about Louisiana-Munroe as I do about the Twilight trilogy. Which is more than I’d like to.
But what I do know is that Auburn is coming off two of the most physical games that any team will play this season after facing Clemson and South Carolina (both straight up wins, 1-1 against the spread). By the time overtime rolled around against Clemmy two weeks ago, medics were hauling players off the field on stretchers like they were in a World War I trench.
Somehow, the Tigers managed to regroup last week and pull out a 35-27 win against a bruising Gamecocks squad that led late into the third quarter.
All-burn has to be feeling like it just came out of a meat grinder right about now and must have breathed a little sigh of relief to see the lowly Warhawks roll into town.
And you know what that means: Letdown City. Pick:
Louisiana-Munroe +35 Washington vs. USC (-10, 60.5)
That sneaky Lane Kiffin. You’ll never see the Trojans go 4-0 as quietly as this again.
Thank you Reggie Bush.
With no rankings and no chance at a national title, this team is a ghost this season. Oddsmakers almost forgot about them when setting lines, which is why they’re only -10. Pick:
USC Texas vs. Oklahoma (-3.5, 44.5)
Usually I struggle with the Red River Shootout. But this is, like, the easiest call ever.
Texas got destroyed by UCLA last week. I know these teams can sometimes struggle the week before the RRS but, I mean, the Horns got plowed. At home. As 15.5-point favorites.
The biggest issue for Texas has been turnovers. The Horns are tied for worst in the nation in turnovers lost with 10. Five of those came against UCLA.
‘Homa didn’t exactly pitch a gem last week either, but at least the Sooners were on the road against an improving Cincy squad. And they won.
Don’t over think this one and take the money.
Oklahoma -3.5Stanford vs. Oregon (-7, 65)
Yeah, I know I bet against Stanford last week and it bit me. Call me stubborn.
You see, Card QB Andrew Luck is good and all and he’s going to play on Sundays someday soon. But the defenses he’s been eating up so far haven’t exactly been Fort Knox.
Wake Forest and UCLA rank 108 and 110 respectively in red-zone defense this season. And last week Notre Dame’s corners were swatting at those fade passes he loves to throw like midgets trying to reach the string dangling from the basement light bulb.
The Ducks’ secondary will do just enough to force some field goals where Stanford is used to scoring touchdowns and the Oregon offense will take care of the rest. Pick: