Its nice to see that some things never change. In this case its Jordan's ability to rule our weekly college football picks here at CCM. I've honestly lost track but I'm thinking that he's on his third year in a row of throwing a beat down on Rich and I when it comes to picking winners. Here's our humble attempt at it this week.
Week One Standings
Northwestern (-12) vs. Syracuse - I kind of rode this train a little last week with some success, so I'll hop on for another ride. Because Drew Allen is the QB now at Syracuse, I watched their game last week and no offense to our former Sooner but things looked pretty rough. I'll take Wildcats to cover at home.
Texas (-7) at BYU - I need a shower.
I know it's on the road. I know BYU has a pretty good defense. And I know Texas fans are celebrating last week's win and David Ash's performance in it, against a glorified high school team (and a bad high school team at that), as though he just achieved the elite status they all dream about him reaching every night.
All that said, as much as it pains me to say I think the Horns have enough to cover this number. Though it's low for a reason and Vegas knows things, so I'm admittedly a little hesitant with the pick.
Indiana (-13) vs. Navy - What has this crazy world we live in come to when I'm (1) picking the Hoosiers in any game and/or (2) picking them to cover a nearly two touchdown spread? Navy is a tricky match-up for all the reasons we've always heard and even if they milk the clock (which they likely will), Kevin Wilson's offense showed enough of a quick strike ability last week for me to believe they can put enough points to cover this number.
Miami (+3) vs Florida - This game has the outlook of a low scoring bout, but I like what Al Golden has done with recruiting at Miami. There is some potential and experience with Stephen Morris at QB and I don't think the U loses at home.
Baylor (-23) vs Buffalo - The Bears have one of the most explosive rushing attacks behind Lache Seastrunk that takes all the pressure off the QB. I expect them to put up over 50 points yet again as they cruise to win number two of the season.
Georgia (-3) vs South Carolina - The Gamecocks have a glaring issue...Jadeveon Clowney taking plays off in an attempt to "save his body for the NFL." Aaron Murray is a more than capable quarterback for the Bulldogs and will have a field day if SC fails to get pressure on him.
Wake Forest (+3) at Boston College - I'm starting early this week by picking a Friday night game. BC isn't favored by much at home and I like the Demon Deacons' chance to pull a road upset here.
Central Florida (-24.5) at Florida International - I'll either go into Saturday's games excited about the way things went down on Friday night or frustrated over my picks. Either way, I won't be as good as Jordan at this little contest. BTW - Florida International is really, really, really bad.
Miami (+3) vs. Florida - I've got to side with Rich on this game. I like Miami to be in position to pull off an upset at home.