This is what is known as Cupcake Week in college football. Time to fatten up your record against cream puffs from the Bakery League. Let your fifth-string quarterback see a little “live” action.
This week features such gems as Oregon-South Dakota, Utah-Idaho State, Arizona State-Weber State, Missouri-South Dakota State, Florida-Idaho and Sacramento State-Incarnate Word, the last being a clearly unconstitutional mingling of church and state.
The long and winding college football season is upon us. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a rough ride.
This week’s picks are as follows:
UCLA over VIRGINIA … the Bruins have their eyes on a national championship. There are many challenges along the way, but they may just get there.
WASHINGTON STATE over RUTGERS … Mike Leach has brought the Cougars back to respectability. Now it’s time to take the next step.
ALABAMA over WEST VIRGINIA … strictly no contest.
NEBRASKA over FLORIDA ATLANTIC … can’t accuse the Huskers of playing a patsy.
NEVADA over SOUTHERN UTAH … ouch.
OREGON STATE over PORTLAND STATE … with recent season-opening losses to both Sacramento State and Eastern Washington, the Beavers can’t afford to take the Big Sky Conference lightly.
ARIZONA over UNLV … sooner or later the Wildcats will have a breakout season. This will not be the year it happens.
FLORIDA STATE over OKLAHOMA STATE … men playing with Cowboys.
USC over FRESNO STATE … the Trojans were seriously distracted all week by hero-turned-villian Josh Shaw, but they’ll still have too many horses to stumble against the Bulldogs.
MISSISSIPPI over BOISE STATE … my oh my, how the Broncos will miss the services of Chris Petersen.
UPSET OF THE WEEK: California over Northwestern … the Bears have been mocked too long. An inspired performance by underrated quarterback Jared Goff leads a Cal opening-day shocker.
ROUT OF THE WEEK: Washington over Hawaii … Chris Petersen’s debut is no test at all for the talented Huskies.
DON’T BET ON IT, BUT: Notre Dame over Rice … most things go well over rice, but with more suspensions of first-line players, Irish eyes are clearly not smiling.
FIVE EASY PICKS: This week’s sure-fire, money-back-guaranteed winners are Oregon (over South Dakota), Eastern Washington (over Western Montana), Arizona State (over Weber State), Oklahoma (over Louisiana Tech) and Florida (over Idaho).
STANFORD over AGGIES … sadly, history will not repeat itself, unless we’re talking about 1932, which produced a 59-0 Stanford victory in the first game between these two. Stanford is now a legitimate national title contender that can compete with anyone in the country. This step up will be painful for the Ags, eased only by the $350,000 paycheck, of which UCD players will receive not a dime. Take the Cardinal by 38.
OTHER GAMES: Georgia over Clemson, North Carolina over Liberty, South Carolina over Texas A&M, Southeast Missouri over Missouri Baptist, Minnesota over Eastern Illinois, Duke over Elon, Northern Illinois over Presbyterian, Utah over Idaho State, Murray State over Union, Tennessee Tech over Kentucky Christian, Southern Illinois over Taylor, Vanderbilt over Temple, San Jose State over North Dakota, BYU over Connecticut, Michigan State over Jacksonville State, Syracuse over Villanova, Houston over Texas-San Antonio, Ohio State over Navy, Pittsburgh over Delaware, Michigan over Appalachian State, Indiana over Indiana State, Iowa over Northern Iowa, Kentucky over Tennessee-Martin, Georgia Tech over Wofford, North Carolina State over Georgia Southern, Ball State over Colgate, Air Force over Nicholls State, Boston College over Massachusetts, Maryland over James Madison, Buffalo over Duquesne, Auburn over Arkansas, Virginia Tech over William & Mary, Towson over Central Connecticut, San Diego State over Northern Arizona, Memphis over Austin Peay, South Florida over Western Carolina, TCU over Samford, Kansas State over Stephen F. Austin, Mississippi State over Southern Mississippi, Texas over North Texas, East Carolina over North Carolina Central, LSU over Wisconsin, and Baylor over SMU.
Season record: Undefeated