J.R. Ewing here from Dallas fame, I'm sipping on some bourbon on the 38th floor of Ewing Enterprises tower in downtown Dallas and thinking about this opening week of college football. The deal is, I'm going to lay out three picks a week, but there's a catch. I'm taking a team straight up that is underdog by 7 points or more (ish). These are matchups where I see, not only will the underdog cover, but send that favorite home with their panties wrapped around barbed wire. In any event, let's get the fun started:
Boise State (+7) d. Michigan State
Boise State hasn't lost a game by 7 or more points since 2007 (at least on the mainland they haven't). New QB, yeah. Michigan State is rising, yeah. But weird things happen early in the season, and Week 1, a disciplined team with less talent can out execute the favorites. Taking the Broncs.
Northern Illinois (+10) d. Iowa
Iowa has been slipping for some time now. Northern Illinois coming off their second straight 11 win season (not 10 win, 11 win). This is one of those perfect storms again (game in DeKalb), early in the year, the scuffling programs haven't found their rhythm.
Southern Methodist (+10) d. Baylor
We don't know what Baylor will look like without RGIII. We do know SMU is stacked at QB and on the upswing under June Jones. I'm buying that Baylor under Briles is going to be a perennial contender. But this game looks tenuous. Of course, I'm taking my hometown Dallas boys on this one in an old fashioned Texas shootout!
So there you go, we'll keep track of the weekly performance, can't expect to even go .500 in these games. Or can I?
Last Week (N/A), Season (0-0)
****Post Mortem Review****
So I stumbled out of the block at 0-3 this week (and for season). Was close on Pick #2, artificially close on Pick #1 (MSU could have scored most likely if they didn't take a knee), and totally whiffed on Pick #3. That's okay, two shots of Dickel Tennessee Whisky and we'll be back at it next week, folks!
PS - We now know what Baylor looks like without RGIII, see, you learn something by following this blog!