Remember when the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry used to mean something?
Justin Timberlake was bringing sexy back. MySpace
was the world’s most popular social media site. The Avian Flu was going to kill us all. And people were still buying GM vehicles.
Ah, 2006. The good ‘ole days. Things just aren’t the same anymore.
Ohio State beat Michigan 42-39 that year in an incredible winner-goes-to-the-national-championship showdown.
Now it’s all “Auburn this” and “Oregon that” while Rich Rod can’t seem to read a clock during practice or explain to his defense that stopping the other team is important.
Ohio State, meanwhile, isn’t even going to win the conference, for the love of Pete.
I don’t even know if this game is televised.
And that, my friends, is why betting represents everything right about college football. Without it, who would care about a pathetic little OSU-Michigan rivalry this year?
Nobody outside of Sweater Vest Nation, that’s for sure.
So I will make my annual pick on this game for no other reason than a line was set for it. And I’ll take the over (63). Easiest pick of the year. And I could use some easy picks.
I went 2-2 last week and I’m now 23-24-1 on the season. Auburn vs. Alabama (-4.5, 58)
I haven’t seen or heard many folks in the major mainstream media taking Auburn here. And I agree.
So I’m taking Auburn.
I’ve won the past two weeks in the play where I fade myself, so let’s see if we can keep that going.
The big criticism of Auburn is its defense, of course, and there are all kinds of numbers to back that up. The problem is that the Tigers are also 11-0 in the best conference north of Mexico, so they’re obviously finding some ways to win in spite of themselves. Pick:
Auburn +4.5Boise State vs. Nevada (+14, 68)
Quick! I think oddsmakers screwed up. Boise State is only favored by two touchdowns Friday night. Bet now!
It’s nice and all that a WAC team is getting a little bit of respect and isn’t an underdog of a bazillion points against Boise State for a change. But it isn’t reality.
Reality is that it will be a tragedy if we don’t see Buster Bronco trotting on the sidelines at the BCS championship game this year. This will be the best team not to play in the national championship if they don’t get in.
You can’t go outside the Top 5 in just about any statistical category this season if you want to find Boise State – offense or defense. It’s just gross. Pistol, schmistol
. Nevada doesn’t have a chance of keeping up. Pick:
Boise State -14 UNC vs. Duke (8, 57.5)
Not sure what the Tar Heels have to play for in this one. Half their players are either injured or ineligible. Nobody in Chapel Hill cares about them anymore now that basketball season has started. And they’ve already qualified for a bowl game.
In fact, if they win this game, they likely won’t leave the state for their bowl when they go to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 31 – a game they’ve played in each of the past two seasons. If they lose, they’ll likely head to Nashville for the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.
So, losing ain’t so bad here for UNC.
Duke, on the other hand, has a group of senior