Back-to-back 2-6 records for me and I've been relegated to the basement of the leaderboard. After a decent start to the season I'm now sitting at 4 games under .500 and facing an uphill climb for the next two-thirds of the season.
The turn around starts now!
After a sub-par weekend from most of the bettors last week, just about everyone turned it around with a solid performance in week 4.
Eight people came through with 6-2 records: Savannah_Domer, averagegatsby, Demos, discndav, profgubler, Dmac4real, ndbios2000, and ricke002.
Congratulations to them on their fine week.
Savannah_Domer is still our leader but he's got 4 people nipping at his heels.
1) Missouri 10 at South Carolina 31
Winner: South Carolina (-9.5)
31% picked correctly
It looks like the James Franklin Heisman campaign died in this game as well. Just 92 yards passing and 6 yards rushing---ouch.
Mizzou has started 0-2 in the SEC, by the way.
2) California 9 at USC 27
Winner: USC (-16.5)
72% picked correctly
Matt Barkley threw 2 more picks and didn't look to regain his Heisman form, but the Trojans ran the heck out of the ball in this one, finishing with 296 yards on 40 carries. Both starting running backs in Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal went over the century mark.
Meanwhile, Cal is now 1-3 but will still inexplicably sign three blue-chip recruits in 5 and a half months. Sign at your own peril!
3) LSU 12 at Auburn 10
Winner: Auburn (+20.5)
26% picked correctly
Of course LSU had a hard time scoring points after I mentioned how efficient their offense has been going back to last year. Of course.
The Bayou Bengals did hold Auburn to just 183 total yards. But 12 points? You might say the LSU offense didn't show enough chest this weekend.
4) Rutgers 35 at Arkansas 26
Winner: Rutgers (+7.5)
49% picked correctly
It's all over for Arkansas---close up shop. I don't think we can feature them anymore on these picks.
The Hogs gave up 525 yards to Rutgers. Yes, you read that correctly. I didn't even check but I'm sure that's the most offense for the Scarlet Knights since about 2002.
The John L. Smith firing watch continues, but probably not for much longer.
5) Michigan 6 at Notre Dame 13
Winner: Notre Dame (-4.5)
92% picked correctly
Notre Dame covered the spread against Michigan for the first time in my life!
6) Kansas State 24 at Oklahoma 19
Winner: Kansas State (+13.5)
56% picked correctly
Did you see the ESPN feature on Collin Klein during Gameday? That's the kind of kid you have to root for.
It's looking more and more likely that Oklahoma truly is weak on both lines this year, and that is bad news for Sooner fans. They gave up 213 yards to K-State and only rushed for 88 themselves.
I can't wait for the Irish to invade Norman.
7) Clemson 37 at Florida State 49
Winner: Clemson (+14.5)
77% picked correctly
After I questioned Florida State's offense they simply went out and dropped 667 yards on Clemson. Good lord, my prognostication skills are pathetic this year.
Unless FSU trips over themselves, which they very well could, their only remaining tests during the regular season are at Virginia Tech and home against Florida. I think the Seminoles might be going 12-0.
Let's see how Clemson adjusts to falling out of the national consciousness this early after winning the ACC last year---they will probably play a role in the league title somehow by the end of the season.
8) Arizona 0 at Oregon 49
Winner: Oregon (-21.5)
46% picked correctly
This game featured 8 turnovers just like the Notre Dame game, but unfortunately Oregon's 3 didn't hurt them at all and Arizona's 5 did.
When was the last time a Rich Rod offense failed to score a single point? It's looking like this very well could be a national title team in Eugene.
VMI 3 at Navy 41
Navy picked up their first win of the season by gaining 403 yards on the ground. The rest of the world yawns.
The 2-1 Boilers were idle this week and face Marshall this Saturday.
Eastern Michigan 7 at Michigan State 23
Michigan State did have a large total yardage advantage in this one but they didn't score a touchdown until the fourth quarter and the Spartans were actually losing at halftime.
State's offense probably won't be very successful this season---that much we know.
Miami 42 at Georgia Tech 36
What a crazy game this was. Miami raced out to a 19-0 lead, then Georgia Tech scores 36 unanswered points. The Canes turn around and fight back with 24 unanswered of their own while taking the victory in overtime.
As expected, Miami has been all over the place this year. There's some offensive pop but their defense has looked dreadful for most of the season.
The 3-0 Cardinal were idle this week and travel to Washington this Thursday.
BYU 6 at Boise State 7
A fat guy touchdown won this game for Boise, and that BYU has now lost their first two road games of the season.
What's more, the Cougars offense is looking downright dismal this season. They only mustered 200 yards in this game and they should have a heck of a time moving the ball against the Irish when they come to South Bend.
Gardner-Webb 10 at Pittsburgh 55
Pitt is back to .500 with a blowout over GW, congrats Panther fans!
Judging by their schedule, Pitt might be 5-3 when they play Notre Dame. They'll likely lose to Louisville but they should beat their other 3 opponents in between there.
The 1-2 Eagles were idle this week and host Clemson this Saturday.
Army 37 at Wake Forest 49
In my heart of hearts, I believe Notre Dame is going to have their best offensive output of the season on Senior Day when Wake comes to South Bend. The Demon Deacons gave up 506 yards to Army and their giving up 6.12 yards per play on the season.
Notre Dame really should bury Wake Forest this season, they are not good and have really weak lines on both sides of the ball.
Early Lines for This Week's Big E Picks
Baylor (+12.5) at West Virginia
Ohio State (+2.5) at Michigan State
Tennessee (+13.5) at Georgia
Texas (-2.5) at Oklahoma State
Wisconsin (+12.5) at Nebraska
Louisville (-10.5) at Southern Miss
Ole Miss (+31.5) at Alabama
Oregon State (+2.5) at Arizona