First things first. Last week both Zach and I went 2-3. We would’ve done better if the Bengals would’ve score another couple of points or if Texas Tech had played anything resembling defense. At any rate we move on. The college schedule is a little more appetizing this week, and atleast we now have some evidence on which to base NFL picks, so I am hoping we improve our accuracy from now on.
My Season: 6-6
Z’s Season: 4-8
Florida St. (-2.5) at Louisville
The Seminoles are 2-0 but haven’t really been tested yet. The Cardinals are also 2-0 but haven’t played anyone. This is a matchup of two Top 10 teams and Louisville has the home field, but I think they are probably overrated. I don’t believe Florida St. will have any problems winning easily. Conversely, Zach really likes Louisville’s big play QB and thinks he’ll get the job done in a shootout.
My Pick: Florida State
Z’s Pick: Louisville
Michigan St. at Notre Dame (-7.5)
A year ago this was a marquee matchup, and while it is still interesting I don’t think anyone will deny that neither team is as good as they were in 2015. The Spartans have only played one game, beating Furman by just two TDs. The Irish are 1-1 and have the home field. Despite that fact I’m going to pick the upset. I think it’ll be a tight game decided in the final five minutes. Zach agrees that Michigan St. will win, although he believes they’ll put a 17 point beatdown on Notre Dame. I’d be okay with that.
My Pick: Michigan State
Z’s Pick: Michigan State
Ohio St. (-2) at Oklahoma
The Sooners are still slapping themselves upside the head trying to figure out what went wrong in the season opening loss to Houston. They rebounded by beating up a speck of dust last week but that means nothing. Meanwhile, after losing half their team to the NFL Draft, the Buckeyes look like they haven’t missed a beat, although they haven’t played an opponent worthy of their best effort yet. That all changes this week. If it were just about any other team I might pick the upset, but I don’t believe Urban Meyer will allow Ohio St. to let their foot off the gas. As a matter of fact they might actually play better against good competition. Zach has an irrational animosity toward Ohio St. that clouds his judgment.
My Pick: Ohio State
Z’s Pick: Oklahoma
Seattle at LA Rams
I can’t find odds for this game, but does it really matter?? The Seahawks can, should, & will win easily. Zach concurs.
My Pick: Seattle
Z’s Pick: Seattle
Green Bay (-2.5) at Minnesota
Both teams are off to a 1-0 start, with the Vikings having defeated the Titans on the road and the Packers squeaking by the Jags, also on the road. This is the Sunday night game on NBC and will be the inaugural game played in Minnesota’s fancy new stadium. I had pretty much given up on the Vikes after QB Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season to a knee injury, but their defense bailed them out in the season opener. It’s just a matter of time before newly acquired Sam Bradford replaces journeyman Shaun Hill behind center, but I’m not sure that is all that much of a confidence booster. As much as I’d love to see Minnesota christen their new digs with a victory I’d be shocked if it actually happened. Zach agrees.
My Pick: Green Bay
Z’s Pick: Green Bay