A frustrating start to the year. Sure, 4-2 vs. the spread is a tolerable beginning, but the reality is it would have, could have and should have been 5-1 if not for the Quackery by Mario Cristobal and Oregon against Auburn. Apparently, all the Nike money in the world can’t prevent game-day brain freeze.
On to week 2.
COLORADO over Nebraska, taking 4
Remember when this was a pivotal Big 8 (and later Big 12) game? Shows how old you are. It’s now a Pac-12-Big Ten showdown. Buffs looked better under new coach Mel Tucker. Hard to believe Nebraska rushed for just 98 yards against South Alabama.
GEORGIA TECH over South Florida, giving 6
The new-look Yellow Jackets tried to strike some balance in their opener. Problem was, the opponent was Clemson, which skews everything. Bulls were 49-0 losers to Wisconsin in Charlie Strong’s first game in his final year as head coach.
MICHIGAN STATE over Western Michigan, giving 16
Spartans will smother teams with their defense this year. WMU goes from Monmouth (the University, not the racetrack) to an East Lansing ambush.
AUBURN over Tulane, giving 18
The Bo Nix legend is underway. Who are we to stand in the way?
Lsu over TEXAS, giving 6 ½
Longhorns’ injury-riddled backfield becomes an issue here. This isn’t one of those matador Big 12 defenses they’ll be facing, either. Tigers are too strong and physical on the defensive side.
Oregon State over HAWAII, taking 6 ½
Based on the opener for both, this should be a shootout. General rule of thumb: Take the points in a shootout.
Season record vs. the spread: 4-2
Home team in CAPS