So. Last week's results were somewhat less than spectacular, as a number of teams under- or over- performed in their season openers. I'd like to single out Tennessee and Alabama for special recognition; the Vols trod incautiously upon my dreams with their loss against UCLA (HOW can you allow a third-string quarterback to do that to you? HOW?), while the Crimson Tide proved incapable of the failure I had predicted for them.
Here we go with this week's picks, then; odds, as always, from USA Today.
Auburn -17 over Southern Miss
Last week, the Tigers' new offense proved quite impressive in a 34-0 thrashing of Louisiana-Monroe. This week, Auburn takes on an improved opponent, but they bring a bit more experience to the field.
Prediction: Auburn 38, Southern Miss 13
Central Michigan +23.5 against Georgia
The Chippewas, featuring Heisman candidate Dan LeFevour, can score with anybody in the country - at the same time, though, they will struggle to stop (or even slow down) the talented Bulldogs.
Prediction: Georgia 45, Central Michigan 28
Ole Miss +8.5 against Wake Forest
Look for the Rebels to pull an upset here against a team that was supposed to be one of the best in the ACC - a conference that, thus far, has been much less than impressive.
Prediction: Ole Miss 24, Wake Forest 20
Arkansas -14.5 against UL Monroe
I find that I somewhat pity UL Monroe - they open their season with consecutive games against SEC teams. After a 34-point shutout loss against Auburn last week, look for more of the same this Saturday.
Prediction: Arkansas 28, UL Monroe 10
Alabama -28 against Tulane
Beware the aftereffects of Alabama's big win against Clemson last week- or, wait... don't. Because they're playing Tulane.
Prediction: Alabama 41, Tulane 7
Florida -21 against Miami
Miami's a quality team - not the typical UF early-season cupcake. At the same time, though, the Gators have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Look for Florida to score early and often.
Prediction: Florida 48, Miami 20
South Florida -14 against Central Florida
Last season, South Florida won this game 64-12, embarrassing the Knights en route to a 9-4 season. This season, UCF doesn't have record-setting running back Kevin Smith. So what happens? The line is set at 14. I don't understand.
Prediction: South Florida 31, Central Florida 13
Last Week: 2-6 (THE PAIN!!!!)