Mitch's Week 11 College Football Picks: Part One

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer INovember 3, 2008

It's Tuesday night football that doesn't involve the Ohio University Bobcats—sounds like an improvement already.

The last two Tuesday games have been brutal, not necessarily in the win/loss department, but really just brutal to watch. While we don't have a 1 vs. 2 matchup, it is a marked improvement over what we have had the past few weeks.

I'm not sure who wins the election either, but either way we can only hope for a marked improvement of where we stand in the stock markets and in the economy as a whole. That's about as close as we'll ever get to politics here, so let's get back to doing what we do: talking college football games and matchups.

For those keeping score at home, that's Buffalo Head Coach Turner Gill playing QB for the Huskers in the 1984 Orange Bowl, the game considered by most as the greatest game ever played.

Buffalo -8 1/2 Vs. Miami (OH) (Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:30 EST): 4 out of 10

It's Election Day, and we vote early (and often) here in Chicago, so while the rest of the world is waiting for them to declare the winner in South Dakota, we'll be watching the Bulls carve through a RedHawk defense that got 54 laid on them by Kent State last time out.

Speaking of Presidents, can you name the four colleges that have a Super Bowl-winning QB and a President of the United States? Michigan—Tom Brady and Gerald Ford; Stanford—John Elway or Jim Plunkett and Herbert Hoover; Navy—Roger Staubach and Jimmy Carter; and Miami of Ohio—Ben Roethlisberger and Benjamin Harrison. At least the game is at Buffalo so we don't have to sit through that whole cradle of coaches shtick.

The home team has covered four of the last five times these teams have played. Buffalo is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 in the conference, while Miami is 2-7 in their last nine in the conference. Buffalo has covered three of the last four times against Miami, (OH) but all as an underdog. This time they have a chance as a favorite against a RedHawk team that was supposed to contend for the conference title.

I think Buffalo becomes the answer to the next trivia question: Who won and covered the last game played on Election Day? Don't forget to vote.

Go here for the rest of Part One of Week 11 college football picks against the spread.