Where did we go so wrong? This wasn’t our best weekend, by any means. Chris and I both did terribly on our gambling picks. But, we are at least getting a feel for what these teams are. We’ll be doing our first College Football ranking after this weekend – because there’s literally no reason to rank teams (other than for pageviews) until after the 3rd week of the season, once you’ve seen what they really are.
For the first time since 2004, there was not a single matchup between ranked teams… but there were still games worth watching. The VaTech vs Tennessee game was definitely a site to behold, but the only drama was when VaTech went up 14-0 in the first quarter, before they started playing butter fingers and gave up 5 fumbles en route to a 45-3 run for Tennessee. Arkansas and TCU was a fantastic game to watch, the Boise St vs Washington St game was awesome, Texas Tech and Arizona St played ping pong, as we predicted, and the SEC bounced back enough to have 8 teams ranked in the AP Poll this week, even though, after Alabama at one, there’s not another SEC team ranked until #15 (Georgia, who escaped Nicholls St with a 26-24 win).
So here’s how we fared…
Gary vs Chris: Head to Head
I really bounced back on the head to head picks. Chris… not so much. We really don’t have these SEC teams figured out at all, but we’re gaining a general knowledge of the overall landscape, and that’s going to serve us well in the coming weeks. I look for this coming weekend to show a much bigger improvement.
|NFL: Carolina (-3.5) @ Denver||Carolina||0-1||Carolina||0-1|
|Tennessee (-10) vs VaTech||Tenn||1-1||VaTech||0-2|
|Arkansas @ TCU (-7.5)||Arkansas||2-1||TCU||0-3|
|Penn St @ Pitt (-6)||Penn St||3-1||Pitt||0-4|
|Kentucky @ Florida (-17)||Kentucky||3-2||Kentucky||0-5|
|South Carolina @ Miss St (-7)||S Carolina||3-3||S Carolina||0-6|
|Washington St @ Boise St (-12)||Wash St||4-3||Wash St||1-6|
College Gambling favorites
Whew. Last week, after we both started 4-1 on the season, we both went the wrong way with losing weeks this go round. There’s not much to say other than, we’re sorry, and we’re going 5-0 this weekend.
|9/9||Louisville (-14.5) 62 @ Syracuse 28||1-0||Louisville (-14.5) 62 @ Syracuse 28||1-0|
|9/10||Wake Forest 24 @ Duke (-5) 14||1-1||Cinci (-6.5) 38 @ Purdue 20||2-0|
|9/10||Kentucky (+17) 7 @ Florida 45||1-2||Kentucky (+17) 7 @ Florida 45||2-1|
|9/10||Virginia 26 @ Oregon (-24.5) 44||1-3||Central Mich 30 @ Oklahoma St (-21) 27||2-2|
|9/10||South Carolina (+7) 14 @ Miss St 27||1-4||South Carolina (+7) 14 @ Miss St 27||2-3|
NFL Gambling favorites
This was excruciating for Chris. He prides himself on his NFL knowledge, but things definitely did not go so well in his picks on the opening weekend. Both of us went with our hearts rather than our brains on a couple of picks, but we won’t be making that mistake again.
|Miami 10 (+10.5) @ Seattle 12||1-0||Oakland 35 @ New Orleans 34 (-1)||0-1|
|Minnesota 25 @ Tennessee (+2) 16||1-1||Cinci 23 (-2.5) @ NY Jets 22||0-2|
|Cleveland 10 (+4) @ Philadelphia 29||1-2||Cleveland 10 (+4) @ Philadelphia 29||0-3|
|Green Bay 27 (-5) @ Jacksonville 23||1-3||San Diego 27 (+7) @ Kansas City 33||1-3|
|NY Giants 20 @ Dallas 19 (+1)||1-3-1||Buffalo 7 (+3) @ Baltimore 13||1-4|
SEC Fantasy picks
Again, I (Gary) came out on top. Chris’s biggest problem through 2 weeks has been picking guys that haven’t gotten in the game, or gotten a stat line in the game. This week, it was Brandon Harris from LSU, who only threw 4 passes because LSU has officially made a change at QB (finally). His running back this week, Nick Chubb from UGA, also did not have as many touches as usual (since they were playing Nicholls St). I am now 2-0 on the season in our SEC fantasy picks. And I’m pretty pumped about it.
|QB||FL Luke Del Rio||27.3||LSU Brandon Harris||0.32|
|RB||AR Rawleigh Williams III||13.7||UGA Nick Chubb||15.2|
|WR||Ole Miss Evan Engram||4.3||AL Ardarius Stewart||16.2|