There are a lot of teams playing the Rodney Dangerfield card this week after the first BCS rankings were released.
No respect, you see.
Boise State tops the list. The Broncs are being left out of the Natty Championship game at No. 3 right now, much to the shock of Cinderella lovers and AP pollsters.
Neither of the undefeated SEC teams could crack the Top 2 either, despite the fact everyone agrees the SEC is the Bar Refaeli of college football.
Nobody outside of Norman seems to be endorsing Oklahoma as the No. 1 squad.
Seven-and-oh Michigan State is seventh.
And I happen to think Utah is better than TCU, though the Utes sit four spots behind the Frogs at ninth.
Alas, it’s all nothing more than semantics. The first week of the BCS poll is about as relevant as a walkman. To us bettors, anyway.
All we care about are picks and wins. So let’s not beat any longer that which ESPN
has already Slap-Chopped
to death and move on to the picks.
I went 2-2 last week to bring me to 17-10-1 on the season. Awesome, I know. Maryland vs. Boston College (-4, 41.5)
The Terps have lost 10 straight road games after falling to Clemson in Death Valley last week.
Still, I’m having trouble finding reasons to see why B.C. should be favored here. The Eagles are winless in conference play and they have more issues than National Geographic
on offense - in particular at quarterback, where struggling true freshman Chase Rettig might get the start again this week.
Regular starter David Shinskie, who has also struggled this year, is questionable for the second straight week with a concussion. Rettig is still working on healing a sprained ankle, meanwhile.
Maryland is having problems of its own under center after Danny O’Brien threw three picks last week. But this Terps team looks different from last year to me. Specifically, they don’t seem to suck as badly.
The Terps outgained Clemson last week 350 yards to 213 and if you watched the game, it didn’t feel like a blowout. Costly turnovers and a couple of other blunders stung Maryland.
If this was last year’s team, they’d roll into the fetal position and wait for the “Fire Friedgen” websites. But this squad is super pissed about its road woes. It’s talking about this week being the most important game of the season if they want to get a bowl game and that’s trouble for BC. Pick:
Maryland +4LSU vs. Auburn (-6, 51.5)
I’m surprised by this line. LSU hasn’t been pretty at times this year, but the Tigers somehow find ways to win.
And by “somehow”, I mean with their defense. It’s nasty.
I have a feeling this game is going to look a little like that 2006 meeting when Auburn won 7-3 in a defensive slugfest. Not to take anything away from Cam Newton, who is seeing more ink than a Bic factory this week, but that’s just how the SEC rolls sometimes.
Auburn can play some serious D’ too, don’t let the numbers fool you. But it hasn’t had to play defense that much with the offense scoring 40 points a game. Pick:
Under 51.5Syracuse vs. West Virginia (-13.5, 43.5)
If somebody has a logical explanation of how Syracuse can stay within two touchdowns on the road against West Virginia, I’d love to hear it. Pick:
West Virginia -13.5 Washington vs. Arizona (-6.5, 53)
Don’t get this line. Starting QB Nick Foles is out for the Cats and Arizona has given up 17 sacks this season.
That’s tied for worst in the Pac-10 with Arizona State. (Wazzou actually has 29 but we can’t really consider them a real team, can we?) Pick: