Boise State ended up going off at a 28.5 point favorite against Tulsa last week, and it looked like they had it in the bag. Then Boise State took their foot off the gas and coasted to only a 20 point win. This does not make pick 'em enthusiasts like me and degenerate gamblers (like people other than me) very happy.
This week, Boise State has opened up as a 27.5 point favorite over Nevada, and you have to imagine that the defense will play a tad bit more inspired in the second half this week against the Pack. After seeing numerous players being helped off the field last week against Tulsa, I can't say I disagree with pulling Kellen in the middle of the third quarter. I just hope that the 2's can keep the momentum going this week if they're called upon.
Let's get onto this week's picks.
Pick 'Em standings
Updated 9/27 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 TWatD for beating everyone with a score of 18 last week.
Now onto this week's picks ...
Stone cold lock of the century of the week
Oregon handled Arizona pretty easily last week to bring my record in the stone-cold-lock-of-the-century-bet-your-mortgage lock of the week to a tidy 2-2. If I were really betting mortgages, I'd be even. Let's keep this going.
(13) Clemson (+7) OVER (11) Virginia Tech
Clemson has had two impressive wins back-to-back over Auburn and Florida State. Virginia Tech has played a schedule consisting of an FCS team, a Sun Belt team, and two Conference USA teams and almost lost to East Carolina. I'm trying to figure out how Clemson isn't ranked ahead of Virginia Tech and why Virginia Tech is giving 7 points right now. I know it's in Blacksburg, but I think Clemson can outright win this game.
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.
- Syracuse over Rutgers
- (24) Illinois over Northwestern
- Georgia over Mississippi State
- (14) Texas A&M over (18) Arkansas
- Air Force over Navy
- (4) Boise State over Nevada
- Colorado over Washington State
- (15) Baylor over Kansas State
- Michigan State over Ohio State
- USC over Arizona
- Auburn over South Carolina
- (20) TCU over SMU
- Colorado State over San Jose State
- (13) Clemson over Virginia Tech
- (17) Texas over Iowa State
- Utah over Washington
- Notre Dame over Purdue
- (8) Nebraska over (7) Wisconsin
- (3) Alabama over (12) Florida
- New Mexico State over New Mexico
- North Carolina over East Carolina
- Fresno State over Mississippi
- (6) Stanford over UCLA
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:
Virginia (-17) OVER Idaho
Idaho is slowly slipping into obscurity, but we don't like to let them get off that easy. After last week's 48-24 drubbing at the hands of Fresno State, Idaho is making a cross country trip to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia is only 2-2 on the year, but if they could beat William and Mary by 40-3, then I think they can do the same to the Vandals.
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.