Last week was accurate for many preseason prognosticators
of the realisms that showed through in the previews came to
light. So we head into the September 6 weekend sitting at
a perfect 3-0. As the season moves on, the picks will get
tougher. But we'll chime in today with four picks in our version
of "Picks Of The Week".
North Carolina State -7.5 over Wake Forest
North Carolina State and Philip Rivers appears to be that
offensive monster after hanging 59 points on a measly I-AA
opponent in Western Carolina. Wake Forest comes calling now
after a huge upset victory over Boston College. The game is
in Winston-Salem, a home game for the Deacons. Wake head coach
Jim Grobe is a mastermind of the run-game, and may prove to
be the time-gobbling ingredient needed for keeping Rivers
and his cohorts on the sidelines watching. But we are banking
on the Pack to eventually bust this one open with their too
much firepower. Don't let the win over BC fool you, Wake Forest
isn't that close to NC State this season with all things even.
Air Force -7.5 over Northwestern
Air Force whipped on I-AA Wofford last week 49-0. Chance Harridge
is a superb QB and Northwestern has one of their own - sophomore
Brett Basanez. It should be an interesting tussle in Evanston.
The Falcons won this one last year 52-3. We are counting on
it being at least 7.5 this year.
Notre Dame -6 over Washington State
Notre Dame, at home, in an opener against a Washington State
team with a ton of question marks, especially at QB with Jason
Gesser departed. If the spread were seven points, we may think
twice. A touchdown and an extra point wins this one for the
too much defense.
Auburn -8 over Georgia Tech
USC rattled Auburn, now people must think the Tigers are an
average team for a spread like this to exist against a completely
decimated Georgia Tech squad. NEWSFLASH: The Tigers will rebound
HUGE this week
it doesn't matter where the game is being
played, the Yellow Jackets have more problems than you can
pile onto Peachtree Street.