Welcome back folks after taking a week off (sorry we didn't like enough of the games to place wagers last week). We are back for another edition of Walker-Sports College Football Pick'em. As always we are scanning the NCAA for the most intriguing football games, and giving our opinions and picks.
The Tennessee Volunteers are making the trip down to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. This game has a massive 29-and-a-half point spread. Typically this is the sort of scenario that I always tell you guys to stay away from. However, there is something different about this weeks match up. It's personal.
Tennessee's coach Lane Kiffen woke the sleeping giant when he accused Urban Myer and Florida of cheating. Now Myer is angry and you can ask the Georgia Bulldogs what happens when he becomes upset. Tim Teabow told the world last year that no-one would work harder than him. The world will see an example of that on Saturday.
Winner: Florida Gators to win and to cover the 29 point spread.
This is a very interesting game that has a lot of potential to get ugly, and I mean that in a good way. Virgina Tech and Nebraska are two similar teams. Both pride themselves on their defense and their intensity. Virginia Tech blew their first opportunity on the big stage earlier this season when they fell to Alabama. This is their shot at redemption. Va. Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is missing that "magical game moment" from his repertoire. He has always been a good athlete but he has yet to make his mark on a game where he can take over and put the Hokies on his back.
The line for this game favors the Hokies by five-and-a-half points. One has to think that three of those points have to be accounted for the fact that Lane Stadium and the Hokies have one of the best home crowds around. The black shirt defense of Nebraska is back, but the hometown crowd will give Virginia Tech just enough of a lift to overcome.
Winner: Virginia Tech wins and covers the spread.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of similarities between this game and the Gators and Vols game, mainly revenge. Last year the Red Raiders ruined the Longhorns' shot at a national title. Everyone remembers the amazing catch Michael Crabtree had on the sideline to win the game. This year the rematch is earlier in the season, and the results will not be the same. You can expect this game to be Colt McCoy's first portfolio piece for his 2009 Heisman bid. The spread is a massive 18 points, and that makes me nervous.
I truly believe that Texas will punish Texas Tech, especially with the home crowd behind them. However, I don't feel they can cover the 18 points.
Winner: Texas wins straight up but fails to cover