We're already to week 4 in this football season. It seems like it has been too slow and too fast at the same time. This week Boise State has Tulsa on The Blue, and for the past few days, there has been no point spread, probably because Vegas was trying to find out some more details on who Tulsa decides to wheel out at QB against the Broncos. Vegas' conclusion: It doesn't matter who the quarterback is, this one's gonna get ugly. The Broncos are now a 32.5-point favorite.
Join me after the jump and we'll take a look at the leaderboard so far and this week's slate of games.
Pick 'Em standings
Updated 9/20 9:00 a.m., lowest score dropped
Complete standings Group 1a
Complete standings Group 1b
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 MOSTINTERESTINGMANINTHEWORLD for beating everyone with a score of 19 last week.
Now onto this week's picks ...
Stone cold lock of the century of the week
Notre Dame finally showed some life last week beating Michigan State and screwing over my stone cold lock of the century of the week, so I'm now an ice-cold 1-2 on the year. But I have a really, really good feeling about this pick this week.
(10) Oregon (-15) OVER Arizona
Although Oregon's offense is a bit of a sham when it is up against a big, physical defensive line that can stuff them and force them into 3rd and longs, it can still break off huge plays and put up big numbers against mediocre defenses. Arizona has shown little on defense against Stanford and Oklahoma State the past two weeks, and I think that trend will continue this week.
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.
- BYU over UCF
- (25) Georgia Tech over North Carolina
- Pittsburgh over Notre Dame
- Toledo over Syracuse
- San Diego State over Michigan
- (20) TCU over Portland State
- Air Force over Tennessee State
- (21) Clemson over (11) Florida State
- Virginia over Southern Miss
- Miami (FL) over Kansas State
- (24) Illinois over Western Michigan
- Oregon State over UCLA
- Washington over California
- (14) Arkansas over (3) Alabama
- (7) Oklahoma State over (8) Texas A&M
- New Mexico over Sam Houston State
- (15) Florida over Kentucky
- Vanderbilt over (12) South Carolina
- (1) Oklahoma over Missouri
- Utah State over Colorado State
- (4) Boise State over Tulsa
- UNLV over Southern Utah
- (10) Oregon over Arizona
- (23) USC over Arizona State
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:
Fresno State (-6.0) OVER Idaho
Hey-o, nothing like a clash of the 1-2 titans of the WAC up in Moscow. Idaho is in shambles, and I just don't see how the fighting Akeys can pull out of this tailspin.
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.