In the wild and crazy world of college football betting (or any other kind of betting for that matter), going .500 on your picks is regarded as a good week.
So we will take 3-3, not grouse about how Washington had so many chances to cover or that we had too little faith in Alabama (or maybe too much in Louisville).
Our buddy The Locksmith came out sizzling at 2-0.
So let's see what this week's menu looks like.
New Mexico at Wisconsin (-34.5)
Georgia (-10) at South Carolina
Clemson at Texas A&M (Over/Under 54.5)
USC at Stanford (-5.5)
Kentucky at Florida (Over/Under 49.5)
Duke at Northwestern (Over/Under 49)
Rutgers at Ohio State (-34.5)
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New Mexico at Wisconsin--Badgers must play poll game early with Ohio State looming, so look for the Badgers to show no mercy in rolling to their second easy win of the season against inferior competition. Badgers cover easily.
The Score: Wisconsin 48 New Mexico 10
Georgia at South Carolina--Dawgs are the better team, but they have not done well playing in Columbia as our friend Mr. College football tells us. So this looks like a win, but don't cover game for Coach Kirby Smart's team, which they will take in an Athens' minute.
The Score: Georgia 24, South Carolina 17
Clemson at Texas A&M--Clemson is the better team and should win this game, maybe easily if they create some second half turnovers. And the Clemson defense is not going to allow much of anything, so the feeling is to go O/U on this and 54.5 is too many points. Taking the Under.
The Score: Clemson 27, Texas A&M 14
USC at Stanford--Stanford was better than I thought in rolling over a good San Diego State team. USC was about what I thought in taking care of UNLV. Winner of this game becomes early Pac-12 favorite, and I think USC might have enough firepower to overcome the Cardinal, even on the road. USC covers and wins.
The Score: USC 27, Stanford 24
Kentucky at Florida-- Kentucky hasn't beaten Florida since Reagan was President. The Wildcats won't win this one, but they could make a game of it. This could be a shootout, so we will take the Over at 49.5.
The Score: Florida 33, Kentucky 20
Duke at Northwestern---Academic Bowl, between two pretty good football teams. Duke is good, but Northwestern is better, which means they will win. But we're covering our bets by taking the Over at 49 in this game which could be last team with the ball wins type of game.
The Score: Northwestern 38, Duke 35
Last week: 3-3
Season to Date: 3-3
OHIO STATE over Rutgers, giving 34 1/2
Plenty of sub-plots in this one, with memory-challenged Urban Meyer remembering to return to practice this week and Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty going against his former boss -- ex-Rutgers coach and OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. But here are the important aspects to the game: Rutgers will start a true freshman QB (Art Sitkowski) in the horse shoe, and he will have nightmares about Nick Bosa all week. Schiano will dial up so many blitzes and coverages that the kid's head will be spinning. Buckeyes got stung for three big plays in routing Oregon State last week (Oregon State would be favored by 10 over Rutgers, by the way) and the Knights don't have big-play capability. Add to that the impressive debut of QB Dwayne Haskins and a typical OSU power running game and you have a result similar to the past two years, when OSU won by a combined 114-0.
Colorado Over NEBRASKA, taking 4 1/2
Not convinced of two things here: That the Huskers will make an immediate turnaround under Scott Frost or that having their opener against Akron postponed was a good thing. Buffs were impressive in routing Colorado State last week, with QB Steven Montez turning in a sharp performance (338 yards, 4 TDs). Colorado also rushed for 258 yards. That's a problem for a rebuilding Nebraska defense that was 101st nationally a year ago. Huskers are also breaking in a new QB in this Big 8 throwback game. Frost is good but not a miracle worker. Buffs are more prepared for this talent wise right now than Nebraska.
Last week: 2-0
Season vs. spread: 2-0