Week 12 college football picks … stop picking on me!

 

picks college footballOn paper,  this week should be the easiest week to pick college football games. Way too many top teams playing weaker opponents, including Alabama (just a little rat poison there).

The Citadel at Clemson, Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, Michigan at Wisconsin … it’s pathetic, really.

On with the picks …

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Week 10 college football picks … again with the ‘poison,’ Nick?

College football picks Saban poisonSo last week Jim McElwain claims his Florida players and coaches were receiving death threats, which were never substantiated by the university. By Sunday, he was no longer the Gators’ head coach.

This week Alabama coach Nick Saban is once again saying his players are being fed  “poison” by the media. And … nothing! Yeah, that’s right. … He’s still the head coach.

At his weekly press conference on Monday, Saban was clear: “If our players think anything of (the college football playoff poll), then that could be an issue. These are the things we try to categorize as the poison that you really don’t want your players to be focused on.”

I say, “Double standard!” Perhaps Alabama needs to consider a Saban buyout.

But seriously, though, if McElwain beats Georgia on Saturday — instead of being worked, 42-7 — no doubt Florida officials would conveniently excuse the phantom death threats. As the saying goes: Winning cures all ills … including outrageous public claims and doses of “poison.”

On with the picks …

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Week 7 college football picks … the latest dose of ‘poison’

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Poison — a band and something the media keeps giving to Nick Saban’s players

Remember when Alabama coach Nick Saban said he didn’t even know “Why do we even play?” because of all of the predictions and picking and thinking by the media.

Well, now he’s sick of the “poison” the media has been giving his players.

After Texas A&M made it uncomfortable, the top-ranked Crimson Tide prevailed, 27-19, at College Station, Texas.

A venting Saban said after the game:

“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys. All that stuff you write about how good we are. All that stuff they hear on ESPN. It’s like poison. …  It’s like taking poison. … Like rat poison.”

His team is ranked No. 1, and Nick Saban says praising his players is like giving them poison? Well, I guess it’s like when you have a rose and it has a thorn. You know, just like every night has its dawn. Just like every cowboy sings a sad, sad song. … Just listen to the Poison, players, unplugged …

And here’s another dose of poison for all you players out there … as I make my picks for Week 7 of the college football season.

 

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Week 6 college football picks … watch where you’re kicking, man

not thinking college football picksWhen it comes to punting, the best direction is to go up. Straight up, if possible. Last Saturday, Tennessee punter Trevor Daniel decide to go straight up in a different way. He decided to go straight up a teammate’s tush. And he missed, hitting Georgia’s D’Andre Walker.

It wasn’t the thing that lost the game 41-0 game to Georgia, but it sort of epitomized it.

It was a beautiful moment of not thinking, something I will try to emulate as I make my picks for Week 6 of the college football season.

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Week 5 college football picks … is everyone on the field?

Kentucky college football thinkiingSo who wasn’t thinking last week? Have to say Kentucky and Coach Bob Stoops. The Wildcats gave up Florida’s game-winning touchdown with only TEN men on the field.

Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio hit a wide-open Freddie Swain for the 28-27 victory. Wide-open as in nobody was there to cover him.

Doh! That’s not thinking.

But sometimes I think too much. Like Week 4: Zoom to the bottom! Only had 73 percent correct on my picks. When it comes to thinking, I need to don’t stop stopping.

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Week 3 college football picks … ‘Here on the field … and up close’

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(YouTube.com) Making football picks like a Sergio

 

“Coach, it sure is a pleasure to be here with you guys … here on the field … and up close … just watching … Coach Vance Joseph …”

Leave Sergio alone. That’s exactly how he was trained at ESPN. Just talk into the microphone and try not to think. And THAT’s what not thinking looks like.

Just imagine — that’s my brain functioning as I make these college football picks.  Just like Sergio Dipp.

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Harvey flooding forces LSU-BYU to move from Houston to New Orleans

LSU BYUThe flooding issues in Houston as a result of devastating Hurricane Harvey has forced the LSU-BYU season-opener, the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, from Houston’s NRG Stadium to the Superdome in New Orleans.

ESPN, which will televise the Saturday, 8:30 p.m. CT contest, made the announcement Monday evening. The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., also reported the switch.

This marks the second season in a row that weather changed the LSU schedule. Last season, Hurricane Matthew caused LSU’s game against Florida to be relocated from Gainesville, Fla., to Baton Rouge.

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They’re back! 5 transfer quarterbacks that could make a difference

 

Quarterback Max Browne
Max Browne (USCTrojans.com)

Hey, remember these guys? The 5-star quarterback that was going to send your team into the stratosphere for the next 3-4 seasons?

They played at places like USC, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and LSU.

Then things didn’t work out. They left the program. Transferred to another. And now they’re eligible for this season.

Will fortunes be restored to these quarterbacks … or will the become irrelevant?

Each one comes with promise and baggage. But it likely will come down to how well they perform in those first five games.

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