The Gould Standard Picks: Week 3

In college-football picking, same as in relief pitching, it’s best to have a short-term memory. That’s why I sometimes don’t remember what I picked five minutes after I picked them.

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But rest assured, these picks are based on momentary sound logic—in an illogical sport.

So we’re under .500 because Penn State only answered with a field goal after Pitt punched in a meaningless late TD.

Just another game, like Akron, coach Franklin said. Except for that part about having ended the nation’s longest streak of covering against the spread.

Oh, well. . .

Kind of a quiet week, relatively speaking, in college football after a jam-packed opening fortnight.

I don’t know why I’ve got this thing for Hoosier State football this fall. But I do. So I’m going to give you my thoughts on who-knew Purdue and disappointed Notre Dame, in place of postponed Indiana.

As Paul Hornung used to say when signing off from his long-ago Chicago radio show, ``Good luck in sports.’’


Purdue plus-7-1/2 at Missouri

Army plus-30 at Ohio State

Notre Dame minus-13 at Boston College


Wisconsin at BYU (40-1/2)

Colorado State at Alabama (53-1/2)

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Purdue plus-7-1/2 at Missouri

Coach Barry Odom’s firing of defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross could give beleaguered Mizzou a temporary boost. Thing is, I just like what Purdue has been doing in its first two games under Jeff Brohm. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Boilermakers won outright.

The score: Purdue, 30-27

Army plus-30 at Ohio State

Ohio State deserves all the disrespect it has been getting since it got shown up by Oklahoma. And the start of that Indiana game wasn’t inspiring, either. But the Buckeyes still ooze talent, and they still ooze talented coaches. And they ought to be very eager to take out their frustrations on the Black Knights.

The score: Ohio State, 48-7

Notre Dame minus-13 at Boston College

Brian Kelly said the close losses aren’t going to snowball. I say the ND I saw against Georgia has more than enough to take the worry out of being close. If the Irish don’t come out fighting this week—well, they will.

The score: Notre Dame, 38-17


Wisconsin at BYU (40-1/2): Take the OVER

Yeah, it’s a tough trip for the Badgers. And yeah, they’re packing a solid running game.

Colorado State at Alabama (53-1/2): Take the OVER

Nick Saban likes to stress elusive perfection. And the Tide likes to put up points in these early-season nonconference games.

Middle Tennessee at Minnesota (50): Take the OVER

All indications are that the Blue Raiders will be competitive. Energetic P.J. Fleck will demand no less from the Gophers. And 50 seems like a low number in that scenario.

LAST WEEK: 3-3 (2-1 ATS, 1-2 O/U).

SEASON: 5-7 (3-3 ATS, 2-4 O/U).[/membership]