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Thursday, September 1, 2016

J.R. Ewing College Football Picks: 9/3/2016

I'm back for 2016!
College Football season is back!  As a resident of Texas, I cannot wait to put my hard earned oil money up against the house and bring you winners.  Goodness knows, oil ain't bringing me no money.

Each week I give you five picks at -110 against the spread.  You figure you spread your genius over 5 picks, you can feast (and you get a net win or loss every week).  Point spreads by VegasInsider.com.

Opening week features a number of big out of conference matchups.  The unpredictability of an opener might encourage one to lean toward underdogs.  I look more for heavyweight matchups pegged close that I like the favorite.

Missouri (+10) at West Virginia
Saturday 9/3 Noon EDT

This is an SEC vs. Big 12 play.  Both are middling teams in their conference and have key players being replaced.  Seems like Missouri can keep it within a TD.

Southern Methodist (-12) at North Texas
Saturday 9/3 7:00 EDT

Battle of bad 2015 teams, but SMU was 2-10 in a much better conference than North Texas.  North Texas was awful.  SMU won by 17 last year and North Texas is in transition and Ponies coach Chad Morris has a one season head start.  I can't possibly see this within two TD.  Can't possibly.

Clemson (-7.5) at Auburn
Saturday 9/3 9:00 EDT

Clemson is one of the elite teams in 2016 (and 2015) and no reason to think they won't continue that.  Auburn is not quite there yet.  Seems like a double digit win is in the cards.

Notre Dame (-3.5) at Texas
Sunday 9/4 7:30 EDT

Notre Dame owns Texas (9-2, last loss 1970 Cotton bowl when Texas won the National Championship).  You have a veteran team against the young Longhorns who will likely start a freshman QB and has no proven offensive weapons.  Under a TD doesn't seem fair.

Florida State (-4.5) vs. Ole Miss (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL)
Monday 9/5, 8:00 EDT

Neutral site game, but this should be a coming out party for the Seminoles.  Favored by many to make the playoffs, the Seminoles should be poised for a TD win or more.

We'll keep our season total and report back the major haul we take!


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