College football is here … Upset Specials & Picks of the Week

August 30, 2007 |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least for this college football enthusiast, to say the least. Today kicks off the 2007 college football season and we could not be more excited. The opening weekend is sure to bring some surprises as preseason paper champions many times find reality on the field. With all the preseason talk now behind us, let’s take a look at a few …

Here are some possible UPSET SPECIALS for the Labor Day Weekend.

Colorado State over Colorado … again. Is this really an upset anymore like last year? This is ole CSU Coach Sonny Lubick’s likely last shot to make an impression. The Rams are full of veterans.

Wyoming over Virginia in Laramie. An overtime win for the Cavs last year in Charlottesville. I like what UVA has on defense and their OL will be solid. They better be. I am just very leery about their offensive skill positions. Sophomore QB Jameel Sewell can move, but he is not good enough to do it alone. When All-ACC WR Kevin Ogletree was lost for the season due to injury, they took a huge drop. Name a Virginia WR or RB without looking at the depth chart. Watch out for the Pokes!

Georgia Tech over Notre Dame. The Jackets are my ACC sleeper. The new Golden Domer QB (whoever it will be) will have his hands full with a loaded and aggressive Chan Gailey defense.

Arizona over BYU. How is BYU favored? The Cats under coach Mike Stoops are set to have their first winning season since 1998 with 21 starters back. The Desert Storm defense will give QB John Beck fits. Oh wait, John Beck moved on to the NFL. Next …

Oklahoma State over Georgia. The Cowboys might be the Big 12 South Division’s best-kept secret. They can run and they can throw. Outside of RB and WR, Georgia has a question mark everywhere. I need to see young QB Matthew Stafford step up for the Dawgs in order to make SEC noise. In fact, the SEC East is as balanced as I can ever remember.

Troy comes close at Arkansas. Troy put a big scare at FSU and Georgia Tech last September. The Sun Belt Champion won’t back down and Arkansas is reeling from transfer losses, injuries, suspensions…and oh yea, a QB that cannot throw the ball. However, RB Darren McFadden is good enough to win this one on his own. Take the 25 points and Troy.

PICKS OF THE WEEK

As most should know, NationalChamps.net is not a sports book/gambling type of website. We keep all this “Picks” stuff out there on places like this for fun, Bob Haynie.

Love the “unders” big time this week. Defenses well ahead of the offenses at this point of the early season and Vegas underestimated this factor in many games.

Miami OH +6 at Ball State (Thursday) – The RedHawks are much better
LSU -17.5 at Mississippi State (Thursday) – Too much defense for LSU
Missouri -4 vs. Illinois – Coach Gary Pinkel might be fired if he loses this one.
Arizona +4.5 at Brigham Young – Not an upset
Troy +25 at Arkansas – Not a “Nutty” pick. Houston we have a problem.

Washington at Syracuse UNDER 45.5 points (Friday)
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame UNDER 46 points
UCF at North Carolina State UNDER 48.5 points
Baylor at TCU UNDER 46.5 points

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