This weekend is easily the best schedule of games of the season so far. While there may not be that one gigantic game, there are a lot of very big games and even more competitive games.
After I just read that last line, I started thinking that people in Columbus, Happy Valley, Baton Rouge, Athens, Knoxville, Tuscaloosa, Austin, Lawrence, and across the rest of the country may disagree with me on that "gigantic" statement, but I think everyone knows how I feel about the schedule: It's a great week to be a college football fan.
Since we're all going to be watching the games anyways, you might as well take advantage of my free picking contest. It only takes a few seconds to sign up and be eligible, and so far I'm seeing solid interest, so it should be a lot of fun.
I picked a lot of games this week, and the rating system gives a better indication as to how I feel about games. I like to tell how I feel about a lot of games, not just a handful, even though I may not feel as strongly about some games as others.
A lot of the picks I list in my articles come from readers' requests for my opinion, and as everyone knows, if there is a game being played, I have an opinion.
Starting this week, I am going to re-list all of my picks (just in list form) with the rankings of the picks and note any changes to the ranking of a particular game in the weekly newsletter.
The forums are also a great place to talk about games with others who are probably looking and thinking about a lot of the same things you are. I visit the forums regularly, and you'll see a lot of my input into the topics I may have missed on my blog.
Well, speaking of picking games, with a schedule like this week's I still have a lot of ground to cover, so let's get on with the picks.
San Jose State +7 Vs. Boise State (Friday, Oct. 24, 9 EST): 5 out of 10
Probably a game I wouldn't have touched if it wasn't on a Friday, but it is on a Friday and it's the only game on, so I'm going to chime in on it. I will have to admit that the reason I probably wouldn't have touched it has a lot less to do with my conviction in my pick but has more to do with me rarely picking against Boise.
Once again we're in the second half of the season, and once again we find the Broncos undefeated. The surprising thing here is that we find the San Jose State Spartans at 5-2 and undefeated in the WAC.
The Spartans have done it the old fashioned way, with defense: 11th in the country in rushing yards against, 21st in points allowed, and a solid 13th in total yards allowed. While I'm not sure if San Jose State has enough to beat Boise outright, they certainly have enough to keep it close.
Boise comes in at 3-2 against the spread while San Jose State is 5-1 against the number. The home team in this series is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings, and San Jose State has covered in three of the past four meetings. The Spartans are also a very nice 14-3 against the spread in their last 17 conference games.
I think Boise can play with the best teams in the country, and they have already proved that by beating Oregon earlier this year, but this is a big opportunity for the Spartans. They should be sky high on the national stage and should at least cover the number.
For the rest of Mitch's Week Nine, Part Four picks, visit The College Football Place.