Anybody who can pick Week 1 college-football games against the spread is either crazy or nuts. I’m much more comfortable with November, when we know who these teams are.
That said, it’s time to tee it up. So let’s do it.
In addition, my good buddies at TMGcollegesports.com have decreed that we’re going to do over/unders this fall, too. I’ve always liked the expression ``over/under.’’ It works well for Twitter wisecracks. But I've always considered it like Light Beer—OK for some people, but not to my tastes. On the other hand, it’s always fun to try something new.
Let the games (and over/unders) begin:
Penn State giving 30-1\2 to Akron
Northwestern giving 24 to Nevada
Louisville giving 24-1/2 vs. Purdue
Washington at Rutgers (52)
Wyoming at Iowa (52-1/2)
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THE GAME PICKS
PENN STATE isn’t merely loaded with offensive talent. It’s an experienced team coming off a breakout season, and hungry for more. Not a good situation for Akron.
The score: Penn State, 44-10.
A sloppy 1-3 start, including losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State, put NORTHWESTERN in a precarious position at the start of last season. The Wildcats will make a strong start a big priority this year. And they have the personnel to back that up. They will not mess around with Nevada.
The score: Northwestern, 42-13
Jeff Brohm figures to get off to an emotional start in his first game as Purdue coach. LOUISVILLE, where Brohm played and was an assistant coach, will make Brohm’s debut a difficult start in this opener at Indianapolis. Led by Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, the Cardinals have too much. And they're not bashful.
The score: Louisville, 45-17
Washington at Rutgers (52): Take the Over.
—The Huskies didn’t travel cross-country to mail it in.
Wyoming at Iowa (52-1/2): Take the Under.
—The Hawkeyes like to play leather-helmet football in September.
Arkansas State at Nebraska (47): Take the Under.
—If the Huskers haven’t made defense a point of emphasis this off-season after the way they finished 2016—well, let's just assume they have.
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