Did someone forget to tell Kansas State that the objective is to actually win the game?
That was kind of a weird one. It looked like Kansas State was playing in a scrimmage or something: trying different things, yet none of them overly effective. We'll be sure to watch our step in looking to them in the future, especially since we're still pretty well ahead but are also trying to get to that next level of cushion.
There's a lot to work with, and I'll probably be adding to this set of picks and releasing a few more tonight/tomorrow as well. There are just too many opportunities out there to pass up, and I don't like to smother the blog with too much information, as I think I post enough games to give just about everyone something to chew on.
As always, if you think I may be off the mark or missing something, hit the forums and let us know sooner rather than later, as anyone can say I told you so after the game is over. In addition to the 15 picks I've posted the past two days, I'll add these for now.
Tulane -6 vs. UL-Monroe (Saturday 9/20/08, 2:00 EST) 1 Unit
No one can accuse either of these teams of ducking anyone, as they've both played some fierce competition. For UL-Monroe, they nearly upset Arkansas after opening the prior week at Auburn, where they were shut out 34-0.
While winless, Tulane was respectable both in their season opener at Alabama and at home against East Carolina. I will admit it, before the Alabama game I thought Tulane was a patsy, but now after playing the Tide decently and nearly beating upset king East Carolina, it appears maybe Bob Toledo has the Green Wave headed in the right direction.
In their two games against D-1 competition, the Warhawks were severely out gained by their two opponents while the Green Wave actually out gained Alabama pretty handily and were only out gained by East Carolina by four total yards.
UL Monroe has some nice trends in their favor, as they are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven overall and 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games. However, they are 0-5 against the spread in their last five vs. Conference USA teams.
Tulane is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games and 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 non conference games. Tulane is perfect thus far this season against the number, and I look for them to stay that way as well as finally getting into the win column.
See the rest of Mitch's picks and analysis icluding four more games for this article (that's 20 this week) at The College Football Place