After the first 2 weeks of the college football season I've learned my lesson about going with my heart instead of my head. I will no longer pick teams based on sentimental attachments and scenarios I hope will come to pass. It's once bitten 5 times shy for me. My credibility is on the line and I'm not about to let these college kids ruin my reputation. That being said I have to go against my alma mater this weekend. If I put my emotional ties aside I don't have a lot of confidence in the way the Huskies defense or special teams is playing right now. Nebraska has a massive offensive line and a powerful running game that will take advantage of poor schemes and poor tackling. Jake Locker has looked indecisive about whether he wants to run or pass and his accuracy hasn't improved as much as the coaching staff predicted. If Locker's not able to take advantage of his talented receivers it will be a long day. The forecast calls for rain (what a surprise) so maybe turnovers will factor into the outcome, but otherwise it will be a pretty lopsided game. Nebraska 38 Washington 20. Here's a few bonus picks from Cleavie The Greek:
Packer over Bills. This may be the biggest blowout of the weekend. Even without Ryan Grant running the ball, the Packers will roll at home. If Aaron Rodgers could throw a few touchdowns to Jermichael Finley for my fantasy team that would be great too.
Seahawks over Broncos. I'm still drinking the Kool-Aid. The Broncos pass rush is anemic and Hasslebeck will have plenty of time to throw to his big play receivers. The Bronco's best receiver Eddie Royal is out with an injury and their running game is still a work in progress. Hawks roll.
Eagle over Lions. This game will be closer than people think. Conventional wisdom says Shaun Hill won't be able to replace the injured Matt Stafford at quarterback for the Lions, but I saw Michael Vick last week go 12 straight plays without ever throwing a pass. If the Eagles don't open it up down the field and they let Detroit hang around this game could be an upset.
Next Friday marks the return of Young Sam Rothstein, the master of the sportsbook. I will give you tips and strategies that will help you win thousands if not millions. Stay tuned.