College Football Open Thread
Can you believe Ohio State is a 16.5 point favorite over Iowa? Obviously, no one really thought Iowa was a Top 10 team. One of the myths about Iowa was that "the computers loved them." They didn't. The BCS contraption for their computer rankings, where margin of victory is ignored, loved them. The REAL computer rankings thought Iowa was about the 14th best team in the country. Sagarin now rates Iowa as the 25th best team. Before its loss, Sagarin had Iowa as the 13th best team. Yet, Sagarin does not think Ohio State is all that either. But Stanzi is out. Still, 16.5 points? I'll take the Hawkeyes (+16.5).
Tennessee had 3 players (one from my hometown in Florida) arrested for armed robbery this week. In reaction, Tennessee's coach bragged about the fact that it took 11 months in his coaching tenure before one of the members of the team committed a felony. I kid you not. He bragged about it. The Vols play at Ole Miss (-6). Even though Talk Left is a criminal defense site, I am picking Ole Miss (-6). More . . .
The top 3 teams, according to the BCS - are Florida, Alabama and Texas. Florida (-17) travels to play the Ole Ball Coach at South Carolina. Bama (-12) travels to Mississippi State and Texas(-23.5) hosts Baylor. Florida seems the most vulnerable of the 3 this week (maybe every week.) Go Gators! More. . . .
In other games:
Northwestern, conqueror of the once mighty Hawkeyes, travels to Champaign to face the awful Illini. Thw Wildcats are 5 point underdogs. Can you believe that? The Big Ten is not only bad, it is topsy turvy. I like Northwestern (+5).
Boise State plays their in state rivals, the Idaho Vandals this week. The Broncs are 31 point favorites. I like the Vandals (+31).
Notre Dame travels to Pitt today. As much as I despise Notre Dame, I think the Big East is easily the worst conference in the BCS. the Mountain West is no doubt better than the Big East. I like the Domers (+6.5) to win outright.
Arizona travels to Cal in a huge Pac 10 game. I like Zona (+3).
Stanford tries to back up its huge win over Oregon by winning against USC. easier said than done. I like the Trojans (-10.5).
Auburn travels to play Georgia Between the Hedges. I like the Dawgs (-4).
Finally, a big upset special - Troy (+13.5) will beat Arkansas outright today.
I had a rough week (for me) last week, going 3-4. That brought my season record to 36-25 (.590). I am aiming to finish over 60% for the season.
This is an Open Thread.
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