The ultimate domestic dispute resumes for Year 2
Last year I asked my wife to make picks for a handful of college football games each week. She obliged, and kicked my butt some weeks. Now she’s back and ready to get off on the right foot as we once again go head-to-head! Loser has to do the dishes (well, actually, I generally do those the most anyway). Here we go with our first batch of picks as the 2015 season is underway!
All times eastern. All games played Saturday unless noted otherwise.
No. 23 Boise State vs. Washington: Friday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN
Chris Petersen returns to the land of the blue turf that made him what he is today. Now the head coach at Washington, Petersen hopes to find one more win in Boise, but with a young and inexperienced team this might prove to be a difficult match-up. Boise State needs a win to jump out in front of the Group of 5 conversation.
I Say: Boise State
Wife Says: Washington
No. 6 Auburn vs. Louisville (Atlanta, GA): 3:30 p.m., CBS
I have already said numerous times I expect Louisville to take some people by surprise this season. Auburn will not be one of them. The Cardinals probably have enough defense to give Auburn a run, but ultimately the Tigers will find something to put more points on the board. I like Louisville, just not in this one.
I Say: Auburn
Wife Says: Auburn
No. 15 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (Houston, TX): 7:00 p.m., ESPN
You want offense? You have it. The Sun Devils and Aggies should offer plenty of offense for your liking, but which side makes the one defensive play to create an edge? That seems to be something that favors Arizona State, and so does having a slightly more experienced quarterback. Texas A&M couldn’t stop anyone last season and that’s not going to fix itself that easily.
I Say: Arizona State
Wife Says: Arizona State
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. Texas: 7:30 p.m., NBC
I like Notre Dame this season, but not as a playoff contender. I like Texas… in 2017. The Irish are supposed to have a team more to the liking and style of Brian Kelly, with more speed than ever. They also bring back a good number of starters from last season. Everything appears to be in favor of Notre Dame in this one, at home and under the lights. That’s too much for Tyrone Swoopes and the Longhorns in Week 1.
I Say: Notre Dame
Wife says: Notre Dame
No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 20 Wisconsin (Arlington, TX): 8:00 p.m., ABC
Sure, Alabama has a question mark at quarterback, but haven’t we been here before with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide? It seems he manages to figure it out and good things come. However the Alabama QB decision is made, I have more faith in it than I do Joel Stave at Wisconsin. The Badgers can hang with Alabama if the team that showed up against Auburn shows up (minus Melvin Gordon). Alabama seems to have an edge just about everywhere though, despite having to fill some holes left and right.
I Say: Alabama
Wife Says: Alabama
Virginia Tech vs. No. 1 Ohio State: Monday, 8:00 p.m., ESPN
Revenge? Yeah, I suppose. Virginia Tech was the only team to beat Ohio State last season, but these Buckeyes have come a long way since that lone setback in the Horseshoe last September. That said, the Buckeyes may be vulnerable on the road in electric Blacksburg due to suspensions and injuries. Against that Virginia Tech defense, the Buckeyes will be put to the test. I think they pass and get stronger moving forward.
I Say: Ohio State
Wife Says: Ohio State