This Week's Picks

Posted by The Outsider | 5:09 PM | 0 comments »

Well, like Tiger, I'm also bogged down by work, which prevented me not only from making picks last week but watching most of the games. I will say, I think we're going to have a very surprising BCS picture come mid-October. Once the conference picture starts to clear up next month, don't be surprised to see something similar to last season, where party crashers like Kansas and USF might be reincarnated in the form of East Carolina, Fresno State, Wisconsin, California, and...wait for it...Alabama.

Some of that picture might be cleared up this week, as two of those teams on the list above face off in California when the Fresno St. Bulldogs take on the Wisconsin Badgers. While Kansas-USF is a premier matchup that has the spotlight to itself on Friday, and everyone is talking about Ohio State-USC, that 10:15 ESPN2 kickoff could steal the show this weekend.

I'm going to go with the trendy pick and take the Bulldogs. Wisconsin is a run-heavy team with a new quarterback and an injured top weapon (TE Travis Beckum). They've played both their games at home against perennial doormats Akron and Marshall. Fresno, on the other hand, has already played a very difficult opponent on the road (Rutgers), and has a strong core of returning starters with its best players healthy right now.

Wisconsin is notorious for having a bad game early in the season. They may have been reminded enough times that this is a "trap game," but the Bulldogs are almost even in talent and will use a quick start to bury the Badgers early.

Fresno State 30 (+1.5)
Wisconsin 27

I was 4-4 in my Week 1 picks and 0-2 in my locks of the week. Without further ado, here's the rest of the Week 3 picks.

Houston 40 (-4.5)
Air Force 17

Oregon 47
Purdue 40 (+8)

USC 31
Ohio State 21 (+10.5)

Baylor 42 (EVEN)
Washington State 35

Missouri 55 (LOCK OF THE WEEK; -26.5)
Nevada 14

Oklahoma 35 (-20.5)
Washington 6

**EDIT**OK, Burns brought up that I forgot to pick the Auburn game. I have to be honest, I don't see Miss. St. hanging around for more than 2.5 quarters. It won't be a great game, either...I think it's a blowout.

Auburn 35
Mississippi State 10