Week one of Easy Pick’ems demonstrated two things: 1. I can pick the winner of obvious outcomes; and 2. I shouldn’t brag about my ability to pick against the spread.
Baylor at West Virginia (-11)
West Virginia’s Big XII opener was quintessential Big XII football – that is, two electric passing teams whose defenses can’t create stops. I predicted that unlike West Virginia, Baylor could be stopped. Apparently neither team’s offense can. The Mountaineers came out ahead 70-63 in a record-setting evening. I picked West Virginia correctly, but they didn’t beat the spread.
Texas Tech (-3) at Iowa State
I destroyed this pick, and am damned proud of it. I picked a 27-14 win by Tech, and the final outcome was 24-13. This game left me at 1-1 on the day.
Texas (-1.5) at Oklahoma State
I’m still frustrated by the media’s inability to correctly diagnose this game. I’m a bigger hater on Texas than ESPN sportscasters, but at least I can recognize talent. Texas has it. At least more than Okie State. The 41-36 victory demonstrated the Longhorn’s still have a lot of work to do to prove their defensive line is a powerful force to be reckoned with though.
And for your Easy Pick’em of the Week:
TCU (-16.5) at Southern Methodist
I was a little high on TCU here, picking them to win 45-17. The final score in Dallas came in at 24-16, as TCU found new ways to screw up scoring opportunities by botching a snap for a field goal. The eight point win left me 2-2 against the spread. I’m obviously not ready for Vegas yet.