That was certainly a stinker of a weekend thrown at us by Gil Lock as he proceeded to go a pathetic 0-3 with his selections. He started out well enough, as Army took a noon kickoff from Ball State and marched down the field on its opening drive for a 7-0 lead. However, Ball State answered with a TD of its own and things went south from there for our good Mr. Lock. Army won the game 24-17 but failed to cover the 7 1/2 point spread. Baylor, matched up with one of Gil’s least favorite teams; Connecticut, turned everything around as the Bears lost by ten as a ten point favorite. Memo to Gil: Maybe UConn isn’t so bad. Finally, the Toledo Rockets failed to fire in their battle with Ohio State. The Buckeyes dominated to the tune of 38-0 and made a mockery of Mr. Lock’s affinity for the Mid America Conference. Maybe they’ll send their Men’s football team to Columbus next time. So, if you’re scoring at home, or worse; with your bookie, old Gil came up one short of the famous “blind squirrel.” It’ll take a lot of work to restore our faith and get back in our good graces but Lock assures me he’s up to the task. Let’s see who he’s chosen to lead him out of the darkness and into the light. Go ahead, Gil. Let out the leash.
TCU + 3 over Clemson
When BYU got knocked off by Florida State it cleared the way for TCU to rise out of the Mountain West and claim a BCS Bowl bid. The # 12 Horned Frogs know it’ll take an undefeated season to get there so they’ll be ready for Clemson in Death Valley. Take the points.
Rutgers – 3 over Maryland
In the BCS food chain, the ACC and Big East clearly find themselves at the bottom. (Although, I think they’re both better than the Big Ten.) The two conferences butt heads in this matchup with Rutgers looking to make a post season statement. I’m not a huge fan of the Sacrlet Knights but they’re Opening Day loss to Cincinnati doesn’t look so bad anymore and Maryland lost at home last week to Middle Tennessee.
Virginia Tech + 2 over Miami
While the Hurricanes have made a huge impression with wins over ranked teams in their first two games, the Hokies haven’t exactly been playing the Little Sisters of the Poor. They hung with #4 Alabama into the 4th QTR and knocked off # 21 Nebraska last week. I think Va. Tech is the better team, they’re at home and everyone likes Miami.