the second week of the college football season was a
bit more predictable than the first... even if I did
screw-up by analyzing BYU-USC as if the game was being
played in Provo, Utah rather than Los Angeles.
We're closing in on the first "BCS" poll of
2003... you know, the one that really matters... mine.
It'll be here for your review beginning Oct. 1.
2003 PREDICTION RECORDS:
Straight-Up -- 10-6 (63%)
Against-The-Spread -- 7-9 (44%)
LAST WEEK: 7-0 Straight-Up, 5-2 Against-The-Spread
Week 3 Schedule (the top games of the week)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Syracuse (-3 1/2) 34, Louisville 23 -- Too much
of a step up for the Cardinals, and the CarrierDome is
tough place for any road team to be successful.
Ohio State (-3 1/2) 27, North Carolina State 17 -- Sure,
the Buckeyes nearly stumbled against lowly San Diego
State. But that's likely because they got caught looking
ahead to this matchup and the opportunity to defend against
Heisman Trophy candidate QB Philip Rivers. At home, I
cannot consider going against OSU.
Purdue (+1) 30, Wake Forest 27 -- The Demon Deacons
are on a roll, but I like Purdue to rebound from its
upset loss to Bowling Green.
Michigan (-10 1/2) 38, Notre Dame 15 -- I'm guilty of
under-estimating the Wolverines, who are downright nasty
on defense and talented throughout its offense. This
year's Ohio State? Could happen.
Nebraska 21, Penn State (+9) 18 -- The Nittany Lions
are a much better team than they displayed against Boston
College, and feisty ancient coach Joe Paterno will have
them ready. The Cornhuskers are confident they can return
to their glory days of pre-2002, but they'll have their
hands full here.
Texas (-12) 41, Arkansas 14 -- This used to be a great
rivalry in the old Southwestern Conference. But right
now, the Longhorns have way too much.
Washington State (+4 1/2) 24, at Colorado 23 -- My upset
special, because the Buffaloes were fortunate to beat
UCLA and WSU deserved to win at Notre Dame, taking the
Irish to OT before succumbing.