#GoodJobGoodEffort this week, college football. I thought week two would draw the least interest, not even close. I couldn't even get out of the month of September without being completely wrong. That's not to say the games should be ignored, there will be close games and likely upsets, which always seems to happen in lesser weeks likes this. Forgive me for this brief Six Pick, I am using this week to recharge the batteries and save my best effort for October and November. OK, I'm being lazy.
This is a great weekend to get chores done while keeping an eye on your phone or TV. However, it's even better to travel to a game. Say one outside your Nation's capital where tickets cost less than two beers at a bar. Hey College Gameday, I see you, I wonder how it feels for them to finally leave the South? I'm sure they'd rather be in Athens, Ga and I can't blame them. Enjoy the atmosphere East Lansing, because it looks like Columbus and Ann Arbor will be ESPN's B1G destinations the next few seasons. Tech fans fully understand what it's like not being a sexy location for the worldwide leader, so hopefully something memorable, like a Corso F-bomb, happens.
Baylor at West Virginia -12.5 12:00 pm FX
Pick: Baylor getting the points. Sure the neers took the Terps lightly last week, but that's no excuse for letting them have any kind of offense. Baylor has a far worse defense than Maryland, but their O is still very good even without RGIII. The Bears will score and score a lot. No way the combined the score isn't over 80 points.
North Carolina State at Miami -2.5 12:00 pm ESPNU
Pick: NC State getting the points, winning outright. NC State can't run, Miami can't defend the run, so you'd think I would pick the Canes? No, this is a gut feel pick. I don't know what Miami is, they are so young and will be inconsistent. I know what State is, a slightly above average team week in, week out.
Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech -7.5 3:30 pm ESPNU
The Dual in the District ~ FedEx Field (Landover, MD)
Pick: Cincy getting the points. I hate making this pick, but I am worried about the speed and alignment in the Tech back-7, and how little push the defensive line is getting. The Bearcats players are going to be flying all over the place. On offense, it looks likes Tech could be figuring things out in terms of scheme(s), but I don't see how the staff can cover up for a lack of playmakers on O to all of the sudden rack up a lot of points.
Ohio State at Michigan State -3.5 3:30 pm ABC
Pick: Ohio State and the points. It's B1G Ten football, I don't think either team has enough offense to beat the other by more than field goal. Hell, first plodding team to 3 probably wins.
Tennessee at Georgia -13.5 3:30 pm CBS
Pick: UGA covering by a half point. The Vawls aren't a great running team and won't be able to run on the dawgs. That means a lot of meeting of the minds between UGA LB Jarvis Jones and UT QB Tyler Bray. Being overlooked is how good and balanced the Georgia offense is, I don't care how improved the Tennessee defense is, Georgia is going to score on them.
Texas -2.5 at Oklahoma State 7:50 pm FOX
Pick: Texas easily covering the spread. I don't think the Longhorns have completely rebounded but they are getting close. The UT defense will really slow down the very immature Okie State attack, while power running all over the Cowboys. WILL.NOT.BE.CLOSE.
Beer of the Week
I will be drinking Alpine's Duet and Nelson IPAs in the FedEx lots. Both are elite and very difficult to find outside of San Diego. Thanks to my good friend Ryan, I'll enjoy both. After, I expect to hammer a few local DC Brau the Public Pale ales.
Remember, these picks are against the spread.
Baylor at West by God Virginyee -12.5
NC State at da U -2.5
nati vs VT -7.5
theOSU at Sparty -3.5
Vawls at UGA -13.5
Tejas -2.5 at Okie St
Lets see if the group can pick against the spread two weeks in a row. I hope to guys head to Landover and I promise to actually write something next week when it gets hot again.