Posted: 8:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
By Eric Murtaugh
Welcome back to the Big E College Football Picks! I know everyone enjoyed the off-season but it's time to stop playing around and start beating Vegas. There are no prizes of any sort to the winner of this season-long contest but we support any and everybody joining in on the picks.
The defending champion from 2012 is Savannah_Domer who went 84-63 against the spread.
This year we had to do things a little differently and using Yahoo! College Football Pick 'Em.
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Remember to use your SBN handle in our group so we know who you are. Also, be aware we'll be picking games not just from Saturday. For this week you'll need to get picks in for some of tonight's games. The league is set to pick Yahoo! Featured Games of the Week plus Independent games so as to include all Irish games.
Games with no spread (typically involving a FCS opponent) won't be commented on in these posts. Let's hope they are all easy wins. Here we go...
Texas Tech (-5) at SMU
Very interesting first game for Koach Kliff's debut. A bit of a sneaky tough game to open the season for the Red Raiders.
Purdue (+10.5) at Cincinnati
Both teams are breaking in new coaches. Cincinnati seems favored just a little too much for my liking.
BYU (-1) at Virginia
I'll take the Cougars' strong defense. Still waiting for Mike London to Do Good Things.
Miss State (+12.5) at Oklahoma State [Houston, TX]
Pick: Oklahoma State
I really love that Cowboys offense putting on a show on the turf and covering this double-digit spread.
Temple (+29.5) at Notre Dame
Pick: Notre Dame
I'm really excited for the season to start.
Alabama (-20) at Virginia Tech [Atlanta, GA]
How many among us will pick the Hokies here?
Washington State (+15.5) at Auburn
Pick: Washington State
I don't know, in terms of recruiting this spread makes plenty of sense. But both of these teams, not just Wazzu, were terrible last year and have a lot to prove. I'll take the points and hope Leach can work some magic.
Miami [OH] (+19.5) at Marshall
The Herd are the Conference USA favorites and usually play really well at home.
Idaho (+15) at North Texas
Pick: North Texas
Sometimes Yahoo! is going to throw a terrible, terrible game at us. This is one of those times.
UAB (+3.5) at Troy
Troy won this game last year and should take care of business at home this year.
Kentucky (-4.5) at Western Kentucky
The Wildcats better cover the spread or else I want all of their top recruits to decommit by Sunday.
Georgia (-1.5) at Clemson
Seems smart to take the home dog here. Just a super opening weekend game, you guys.
New Mexico State (+42.5) at Texas
I'm buying Longhorn stock this season.
LSU (-4.5) at TCU [Arlington, TX]
I like the Bayou Bengals to wear down the Frogs just enough to cover. Another flavorful game on the weekend.
Nevada (+21) at UCLA
Nevada is still a sold program, don't sleep on them covering here.
Boise State (+3.5) at Washington
Pick: Boise State
The Huskies should win this game in their new renovated stadium. That house should be rocking but I'll take the points when Boise State is an underdog.
Northwestern (-6) at California
I really don't want to pick Northwestern here.
Ohio (+20.5) at Louisville
Your weekly "closer than the experts think" game.
Colorado (+2.5) at Colorado State
Are the Buffaloes bad enough to lose to their in-state rival for a second straight season?
Florida State (-10.5) at Pittsburgh
Pick: Florida State
This spread seems way too low to me.