Pick 6: Week 1

Another college football season, a weekly set of new games and....a new set of gambling (for recreational purposes only, of course) opportunities.

We were above .500 last season, so that is the goal for this season.

At TMG Collegesports we are expanding from last season's Pick 3 format to a 6-game (we did that most of the time last year) package.

And we also have another fabulous season of The Locksmith

So let's not delay the process any longer.

THE GAMES

San Diego State at Stanford (-14.5) O/U 51

Cincinnati at UCLA (-16.5) O/U 57

Auburn (-3) vs. Washington in Atlanta O/U 51

West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee in Charlotte O/U 61

Michigan (-1.5) at Notre Dame O/U 47

Louisville vs. Alabama (-28.5) in Orlando O/U 53.5

The Locksmith

West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee in Charlotte

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THEPICKS

San Diego State atStanford

San Diego State is a sleeper as the Group of 5 choice to get into the New Year's 6 games. Stanford is just a sleeper. I was tempted to take the points with SD State. But I backed off and went with the under at 51.5, with opening season jitters keeping the mistakes up and the scoring down. Take The Under.

The Score: Stanford 24, San Diego State 17

Cincinnati at UCLA

Chip Kelly's first game as the UCLA coach should get the natives in a frenzy since this looks like a bad Cincinnati team that is still in a rebuilding mode. UCLA is a solid 16.5 favorite, which could be covered by halftime. Taking the Bruins to cover.

The Score  UCLA 38, Cincinnati 13

Auburn vs. Washington in Atlanta

Big time early season game, which is crucial for Washington and the Pac-12. Here's my guess. Washington is good enough and ready. The Huskies will find a way to win and "preserve'' their season. They will even get -3 which will help as well if Auburn comes back and say hits a game-winning field goal to win by 2. Washington covers, getting 3.

The Score: Washington 26, Auburn 21

West Virginia vs. Tennessee in Charlotte

West Virginia is a Top 10 team Tennessee might not be in the Top 10 in the SEC--at least right now. I like the Mountaineers to cover, but first game errors scare me a bit. Sixty-one looks a little high as an O/U number, so I will go with the Under.

The Score: West Virginia 38, Tennessee 17

Michigan at Notre Dame

I haven't a clue as to who is going to win this game. The Wolverines are slightly favored to win on the road--which is either a danger sign or Vegas optimism. The bottom line is that both teams could win and that it should be close and with the Michigan (Don Brown) defense, I don't see a lot of points by the Irish. The Under of 47 looks good to me.

The Score: Michigan 17, Notre Dame 14

Louisville vs. Alabama in Orlando

All eyes and opinions will be on the starting quarterback for the Tide. Are you a a Tua or a Jalen backer? And there will be plenty of eyes on Louisville as Jawon Pass tries to do just that against Alabama as the QB following Lamar Jackson. None of it's going to matter. Roll Tide, but 28.5 points is too many. Take Ville with the points.

The Score:  Alabama 34, Louisville 10

Season to Date record: 0-0

The Locksmith

West Virginia over Tennessee, giving 7 (@Charlotte, N.C.)

Wait, is Tennessee still looking for a head coach? Oh, right. The school hired Jeremy Pruitt, who will find out why Tennessee hasn't made a ripple nationally since firing Philip Fulmer in 2008. Tennessee's QB situation is a mess regardless of who it winds up being and Pruitt is switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 -- which usually takes time. And that's not a good thing when the opener finds Will Grier at QB on the other side of the line. Mountaineers look poised to contend in a wide-open Big 12 because of Grier and a high-octane offense. Vols will struggle to keep pace, even against a WVU defense that was exceedingly mediocre last year.

Alabama over Louisville, giving 28 1/2 (@ Orlando, Fla.)

Let's see if we have this right. With uber-talented Lamar Jackson, Bobby Petrino went just 25-14 the past three years. Now he has to make a go of it without him -- and with a first-time starter at quarterback? And against Alabama for openers? Petrino has a better chance not crashing his motorcycle doing 100 mph while texting and with a woman clinging to him than he does of giving the Crimson Tide a scare here. Eager to see Alabama's new-look offense with the quarterback change. This kind of looks like 48-7.

Season record to date: 0-0

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