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

Sergio Dipp college picks
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“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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This Father’s Day perspective from Gene Chizik

Gene Chizik

Too many times a coach has said he wants “to spend more time with my family” to get out of a bad contract or avoid a possible firing. That’s not true for former Auburn coach Gene Chizik.

Chizik explained what family means to him to Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel on the Feb. 14 edition of “The Audible” podcast.

Chizik abruptly left a successful run as North Carolina’s defensive coordinator in February to be closer to his family living in Auburn, Ala.  The family had stayed in Auburn when Chizik was at North Carolina because he said he made a promise to kids.

“When we moved to Auburn the second time (Chizik also was a defensive coordinator at Auburn from 2002-04), I promised them this would be the last move they would make,” Chizik said.

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UPDATE: 2017 ACC schedule

ACC footballThe 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season begins in less than 100 days, but it’s never too early to check out the schedule.

The ACC highlights for Week 1 will be Saturday’s match-up between Florida State and Alabama on ABC and Sunday’s Virginia Tech-West Virginia game, also on ABC. There’s a key conference in Week 2 when Louisville travels to North Carolina.

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Wednesday’s college football headlines: Another Draft Day Miracle!

Draft Day

Well, maybe miracle is overstating it. How about this: Another Draft Day Coincidence! ….

Flashback to last season’s Sun Bowl, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky led the Tar Heels to a touchdown with 1:09 left in the game to close Stanford’s lead to two points (25-23). His attempt to run in the two-point conversion failed. Stanford went on to win the game.

Trubisky was 23 of 39 for 280 yards with two touchdowns passing. But he also had two interceptions and two sacks. One of those sacks came on the Tar Heels’ next-to-last drive, which was forced UNC to punt, down 25-17 when it desperately needed to maintain control the ball. The defender who got the sack was Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.

Last week, San Francisco traded the No. 2 pick to Chicago, which stunned many draft followers — and even some of its own fans — by picking Trubisky. And who did the 49ers pick at No. 3? Yep, Thomas.

Maybe the 49ers saw something they liked in the game film.

Poor Mitch.

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