Posted: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
By Jared E. Smith
Hello all! Welcome back to the TNIAAM college football pick'em contest.
Before we get to the games and previews, let me just take a moment to thank all of the readers that took the time last week to pick games. There were 76 of you, and it was a lot of fun keeping track of all of your picks.
Now, as a reminder, if you did not pick last week there's still time to get into the contest as I will throw out everyone's worst week. However, if one of you miss two weeks of picking than you're automatically disqualified -- sorry, I am not tracking down your picks each week, there's 76 of you!!
Anyway, moving onto this week. The rules are the same. Pick the games against the spread by spelling out your picks, as shown below in the comments section. If you do this, it makes it easier for me as I just need to copy and past them into my excel sheet.
As promised, I posted last week's standings and recap on Tuesday. This week the lines and game previews come on Wednesday because of the holiday.
Enjoy picking and feel free to discuss all the games.
8:00 p.m. on ESPN2- Wake Forest at Boston College (-3)
This game opened as The Eagles as 5-point favorites, but quickly dropped to 3 points because everyone remembered each team isn't that good. This is the first ACC showdown for both teams. Last week, both teams were not too impressive, as Wake Forest (1-0) downed visiting Presbyterian, 31-7, while Boston College (1-0) wore down visiting Villanova in a 24-14 victory.
Noon on ESPN- No. 12 Florida at Miami (+3)
In Week 1, many experts had put Florida on upset alert, however, they were in complete control in a 24-6 victory over visiting Toledo. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes (1-0) cruised to a 34-6 victory over visiting Florida Atlantic. A win against the Gators could be a huge stepping stone for Miami, which needs a staple victory to show everybody that this season they're for realz.
This Sunshine State showdown opened with the Gators (1-0) being favored by 2 points. By Tuesday, the point spread increased to 3.
12:30 p.m. on ESPN3- Mid. Tennessee at North Carolina (-17.5)
The Tar Heels (0-1) opened as a 21.5-point favorite, but it seems UNC's shaky start to the season -- a lackluster loss to South Carolina -- has people worried. The Tar Heels will be looking for a bounce-back victory, while the Blue Raiders (1-0), who are from the Conference USA, are coming off a dominating 45-24 victory over Western Carolina.
12:30 p.m. on ESPN3- South Carolina State at No. 4 Clemson (-52.5)
After earning its second straight victory over a SEC team -- the Tigers downed LSU, 25-24, in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last winter -- Clemson (1-0) should ease into its bye week with a victory over the Bulldogs (0-1). Last week, South Carolina State lost to Coastal Carolina, 27-20, at home.
The Tigers opened as a 52-point favorite.
1:30 p.m. on ESPN3- W. Carolina at Virginia Tech (-42)
A week after getting smacked by Alabama, the Hokies (0-1) will look to rebound with a home victory over a visiting FCS school. Last week, the Catamounts (0-1) were drubbed on the road by Middle Tennessee, 45-24.
3:30 p.m. on ABC or ESPN2- No. 2 Oregon at Virginia (+22)
The Cavaliers (1-0) come into what could be their first of two hosting gigs of a Top 5 team this season -- they host Clemson in early Nov. Virginia is riding a close victory, 19-16, over BYU into the showdown, while Oregon romped Nicholls State, 66-3, in its season opener.
This game opened with the Ducks (1-0) as a 23.5-point favorite, but oddmakers have trimmed the margin to 22.
4 p.m. on ESPNews- Old Dominion at Maryland (-18)
If you're going to prove doubters wrong in Week 1 of the college football season, the best way to do it is earn a convincing victory against a road opponent. That's what the Terrapins (1-0) did last Saturday blowing out FIU, 43-10. Maryland should improve to 2-0, as the Monarchs are coming off a 52-38 loss at East Carolina.
For the record, this game opened with the Terps being 18-point favorites.
4:30 p.m. on ESPN3- Duke at Memphis (+6)
The Blue Devils (1-0) are favored. I repeat the Blue Devils are favored over the Tigers, who are playing their season and home opener.
6 p.m. on Big Ten Network- Syracuse at No. 19 Northwestern (-12)
On Tuesday night, there was this Tweet to Mr. Sean Keeley to which I responded to after doing a bit of research.
Now, that record is not official. But, I trust my work enough to say it is fairly accurate. Syracuse's lone victory is that memorable one against Michigan in 1998. At the time, the Wolverines were ranked 13th in the AP Poll.
Besides that win, the Orange's record against Top 20 Big Ten opponents is dreadful and many of those games were not even close.
We all know how the Orange (0-1) did against Penn State last week -- close but not close enough -- and what the Wildcats (1-0) did against Cal.
6 p.m. on ESPN3- Richmond at N.C. State (-23)
The Wolfpack (1-0) had no trouble covering the spread last week against Louisiana Tech, which was handed a 40-14 loss. The FCS Spiders (1-0) are coming off a dominating 34-0 victory over the Virginia Military Institute.
I don' t know what you can draw from any of that, but the line hasn't changed since it opened earlier in the week.
4:30 p.m. on ESPN- No. 6 South Carolina at No. 11 Georgia (-3)
The Gamecocks (1-0) begin their season with a nice victory over UNC, which helped them close the point spread from 4.5 points, which is what this game opened at, to just a field goal.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (0-1) will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Clemson. This should be a great early-season game that has a lot at stake.
8 p.m. on ESPN- No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan (-4)
Both the Fighting Irish (1-0) and host Wolverines (1-0) begin their season with solid victories against inferior opponents. Now, the question is what can both these teams do against squads of their equal?
According to odds makers, Michigan is a bit better as they opened as a 3-point favorite but are now 4-point favorites.
7 p.m. on FOX- West Virginia at No. 16 Oklahoma (-21)
I tossed this game in here so all of us could pick against the Mountaineers (1-0), who are huge underdogs on the road. I mean, we can all get behind the Sooners (1-0) covering their three-touchdown spread against WVU, right?