OVERALL RECORD: 82-56-1 (59.4%)
2021 SEASON RECORD: 3-0-0 (100%)
We have started the 2021 season hot at 3-0! Now the real test starts with an absolutely loaded slate for Week 1. … HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:
Week 1 Game of the Week (All Times CST)
Georgia (+3.5) vs Clemson – Saturday 6:30pm
The biggest game of the year happens in Week 1. Both Georgia and Clemson’s defensive lines are loaded and ready to attack. Therefore, this game comes down to which offensive line is better able to protect. I’m giving that edge to Georgia. I also believe Georgia is the more talented team. Add in the fact they are getting points? Georgia not only covers… they win the football game.
Pick: Georgia 27-24
Top Picks of the Week
Western Kentucky (-13.5) at UT Martin OVER 38.5 – 6:00pm ESPN+
Western Kentucky inherited their new offensive coordinator, quarterback, and three wide receivers from Houston Baptist. While the regular college football fan might skim over this fact, Houston Baptist’s offense was electric last year averaging 34 points per game against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. The electricity will come to the Hilltoppers as the 13.5 point line and over 38.5 points should hit easily. Shoot… Western Kentucky might put over 38.5 points themselves.
Ohio State (-13.5) at Minnesota – 7:00pm FOX
The line is too low. Ohio State is by far the most talented team in the Big Ten. Take the Buckeyes in any Big Ten game where the line is under two touchdowns.
North Carolina (-5.5) at Virginia Tech – 5:00pm ESPN
If the Tar Heels think they’re a top ten team, then this line should be way higher than 5.5. Especially considering the starters Virginia Tech lost off of last year’s squad. I’m riding with North Carolina and Sam Howell as the much better team.
Michigan State (+3.5) at Northwestern – 8:00pm ESPN
In early season Big Ten matchups take the points. I think this Michigan State team is a sleeper as they brought in some talented transfers and are solid at the skill positions. Meanwhile, Northwestern returns only seven starters in a year where everyone has talent returning. Take the Spartans.
Tulane at Oklahoma (-31.5) – 11:00am ABC
Sure technically Tulane is the home team… but the game is played in Norman due to the hurricane. Plus, Tulane has been practicing at Alabama all week. Oklahoma usually covers at home as Lincoln Riley likes to show off his offense for the home crowd. Oklahoma covers.
Penn State at Wisconsin UNDER 50 – 11:00am FOX
Penn State returns almost all their linebackers and secondary from last year. Wisconsin returns eight starters to their defense which finished 5th in the country. Expect a low scoring game.
Alabama (-18.5) vs. Miami UNDER 61.5 – 2:30pm ABC
Always take Alabama in season openers. Further, the 2021 Alabama defense is the most talented defense Saban has had in years. Miami won’t score much, Alabama will score a lot. 38-17 is your final.
Louisiana (+9) at Texas – 3:30pm FOX
I liked this line way more when it was in the double digits. But Louisiana is a talented football team that brings back everyone. There is a reason head coach Billy Napier turned down other jobs. The Cajuns know how to run the ball and they’re facing a Texas team where I question the front seven. Louisiana covers… maybe even a little money line sprinkle.
Texas Tech (-1) at Houston – 6:00pm ESPN
Texas Tech is not a bad team this year with new QB Tyler Shough, an experienced offensive line and playmakers WR Erik Ezukanma and RB Sarodorick Thompson. Texas Tech outscores Houston.
LSU (-3) at UCLA – 7:30pm FOX
There has been way too much of an overreaction after UCLA’s blowout win against Hawaii. It will not be nearly as easy to run on LSU. Add in the fact UCLA’s QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson was not very impressive against Hawaii, and I find it severely doubtful UCLA is able to pull the upset. Especially with the talented LSU cornerbacks. This line is way too small… LSU by double digits as the much more talented team.
Notre Dame (-7.5) at Florida State – 6:30pm ESPN
Notre Dame still has a good team despite losing quite a few starters from last year. This game is pretty simple to me: Florida State’s defense won’t be able to stop RB Kyren Williams. Notre Dame by double digits. Notre Dame covers.
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (-10) – 7:00pm ESPN
Ole Miss will try to score 60 points on Labor Day and I don’t think Louisville has a chance of stopping them with their leaky secondary. Ole Miss wins big.