After several weeks of breaking gamblers' hearts, Boise State finally got off the schneid last week and covered the 21-point spread against Fresno State. That was nice to see. Hopefully that trend can continue this week as Boise State faces an even higher spread against Colorado State.
Let's get on to this week's picks.
Pick 'Em standings
This is a composite Top 10 from both Yahoo Pick Em groups. Full standings are available on your group homepage. A reminder of what's at stake: The overall winner of OBNUG Pick 'Em receives a real life Boise State jersey of his or her choice as well as a lifetime membership into the OBNUG Widget of Champions. Weekly prizes are awarded as well.
Hugs and handshakes to OBNUG member mark_needs_a_new_job for winning on a tiebreaker with a score of 15 last week. bronconationeast and AvedYahweh also had 15.
Now onto this week's picks ...
Stone cold lock of the century of the week
Arkansas put on quite the offensive display last week against Auburn's terrible pass defense and easily covered the stone cold lock of the century lock of the week to bring my record to a nice 4-2 on the season. Let's keep this winning streak going with another winning pick.
(1) LSU (-14.5) OVER Tennessee
LSU has been rolling and Tennessee has been struggling. Vol QB Tyler Bray is likely out of the game this week after suffering a broken thumb. Justin Wilcox's defense still isn't where I expected it to be at this point in his second season. I'm really surprised this line isn't over 20 points. Maybe Tennessee can play inspired for this game after how they lost to LSU last year, but I'm not feeling it and I don't think bamboo is sprouting this week for Tennessee. Lock it down.
The rest of Nick's picks
Reminder: picks are made against the spread. Also, gambling is illegal and you definitely shouldn't do it unless you're fairly confident you can make a couple bucks.
- Pittsburgh over Utah
- (23) Michigan State over (11) Michigan
- (20) Baylor over (21) Texas A&M
- (15) South Carolina over Mississippi State
- North Carolina over Miami (FL)
- Missouri over Iowa State
- Wyoming over UNLV
- Georgia Tech (12) over Virginia
- Ohio State over (16) Illinois
- SMU over UCF
- (6) Oklahoma State over (22) Texas
- BYU over Oregon State
- Nevada over New Mexico
- (2) Alabama over Mississippi
- (5) Boise State over Colorado State
- Wake Forrest over (19) Virginia Tech
- (8) Clemson over Maryland
- (24) Auburn over Florida
- (17) Kansas State over Texas Tech
- (7) Stanford over Washington State
- (18) Arizona State over (9) Oregon
Not all games can fit into Yahoo's weekly Pick 'Em board, especially not the WAC ones that no one cares about. Well, we care about them. This week's bonus game:
New Mexico State (+1.5) OVER Idaho
I don't know what I was thinking last week about Idaho actually playing some inspired football during homecoming. The Vandals went out and only could muster 11 points versus lowly Louisiana Tech. This week they'll travel down to play New Mexico State and as bad as the Aggies are, I will not let myself fall into that trap again.
Feel free to share your picks in the comments and/or discuss this week's slate of games. Since I'm not tallying these manually anymore, it's wide open. Who you got? Let's hear it.