Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Time for picks!
You better believe it. Only two days away from Alabama and Western Kentucky. I must admit, I'm a lil bit upset that I don't get to watch Texas put the beatdown on Arkansas this week...but I think it may work out better for us. They're (Arkansas) still going into the next game having not faced a team like ours yet. We shall see what happens.

There's not much Bama news today...just like most Thursdays...so I'll go ahead and post the picks for this week. I went 2-3 against the spread last week. Not a good start to the season, but I'm looking to bounce back this week.

California (-15.5) at Maryland
Saturday - 11:00am ESPN
--- Cal beat Washington State last week, in Pullman, 66-3. And that was after calling off the dogs. Maryland, to date, has beaten Delaware, in MD, 14-7, and lost at Middle Tennessee State last week 24-14. Yikes. I think Cal is gonna score all over the Terps this Saturday.


UCLA at BYU (-8)
Saturday - 2:30pm Versus
--- BYU has a stout offense, and while they had trouble with Washington on the road last week, they get UCLA at home here. UCLA just had a huge win over Tennessee, which means they're prime for a letdown (even against a ranked foe), not to mention the fact that BYU is a helluva football team. I believe it was two years ago that BYU covered the spread EVERY weekend. Max Hall is a playmaker, and UCLA still has a lot of guys out with injuries. I think the Bruins come back down to earth in Provo.


Memphis (+3.5) at Marshall
Saturday - 6:00pm No TV
--- Memphis got beat on a last second interception last week against Rice. Now, one thing that I do know is that Memphis has a pretty good offense. Ranked #20 in the country right now, actually. Their biggest weakness is on defense. Marshall does NOT have a good offense, which means that they don't exactly have a lot to bank on against Memphis' biggest weakness. I think that Memphis, after starting off at 0-2, will win this game outright at Marshall.


Arizona (-11) at New Mexico
Saturday - 7:00pm CSTV
--- New Mexico was a pretty good team last year, going 9-4. Things aren't looking so good this year. They got shellacked by a decent TCU team in the first game 26-3, and then got beat by a bad Texas A&M team that lost their starting qb in the game to an injury. Arizona, however, has managed to destroy both of their first two opponents, Idaho (70-0), and what was supposed to be a pretty good Toledo team, 41-16. New Mexico hasn't found any offense yet, and Arizona's offense is clicking on all cylinders. I think Arizona could win this one in a rout.


Ohio St at USC (-10.5)
Saturday - 7:00pm ABC
--- I don't care what the line is on this game - I'd still be picking USC. Pete Carroll has an absurd record against top 10 teams. Something like 7-1 with an average win coming by 20+ points. Not to mention he's had 2 weeks to prepare, and Ohio State's best player, Beanie Wells, isn't at 100%, and may not even play. This has blowout written all over it. Of course...Dirty Sanchez is still the QB, therefore...you never know. But I think USC smokes the Buckeyes in this one.
 

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