Rough opening week but no regrets. Only coulda, shoulda, wouldas.
Under on Michigan-Notre Dame over/under? Check.
West Virginia thumping rebuilding Tennessee? Check.
The eyes of Texas turned out to be nays, though, when Maryland turned its fallen comrade into an emotional memorial.
Washington played well but couldn’t finish against Auburn. Miami was a shocking no-show against inspired LSU. And my sentimental pick, Northern Illinois, only covered for a half (3-0) before getting routed. Who knew?
Oh well. . . Back on the horse.
It's not a riveting week in the Big Ten. But I like some Midwestern behemoths to strut their offensive stuff.
Western Michigan plus-28 at Michigan, 11 a.m.
Eastern Michigan plus 16-1/2 at Purdue, 11 a.m.
New Mexico plus-35 at Wisconsin, 11 a.m.
Rutgers plus-35 at Ohio State, 2:30 p.m.
Arkansas State plus 36-1/2 at Alabama, 2:30 p.m.
Fresno State plus 2-1/2 at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
Western Michigan plus-28 at Michigan
After difficult trip to Notre Dame, Michigan will be ready to vent. And after some positive signs in second half vs. Irish, Michigan will be ready to get it done.
The Pick: Michigan
The Score: Michigan, 49-10
Eastern Michigan plus 16-1/2 at Purdue
If not for some first-game mistakes, the Boilermakers might have handled a very solid Northwestern team. Jeff Brohm will correct those mistakes this week.
The Pick: Purdue
The Score: Purdue, 35-14
New Mexico plus-35 at Wisconsin
The Badgers need to make their playoff case by winning games like this handily. More importantly, the Badgers have the horses to do that.
The Pick: Wisconsin
The Score: Wisconsin, 52-14
Rutgers plus-35 at Ohio State
Last week, 77-31 rout of Oregon State. This week, another big romp for the Meyer-less (sort of) Buckeyes, who make the Scarlet Knights an annual punching bag.
The Pick: Ohio State
The Score: Ohio State, 61-21
Arkansas State plus 36-1/2 at Alabama
This quarterback turmoil (at least to outsiders) will keep the Crimson Tide stoked. Not that they need stoking.
The Pick: Alabama
The Score: Alabama, 48-10
Fresno State plus 2-1/2 at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.
Coming off 10-4 in his first Fresno State season and with 15 starters back, former Cal coach Jeff Tedford has the Bulldogs barking.
The Pick: Fresno State
The Score: Fresno State, 30-23
LAST WEEK (AND SEASON): 2-4[/membership]