• Best bets for college football weekend

    UCLA at Nebraska, noon ET, ABC

    Nebraska will either win by three or lose by 30. I’m predicting a deep Freeze for Texas.

    War Eagle.

    I think Alabama will win this game something like 31-27. PT, and I’ll last through all these games. Ole Miss at Texas, 8 p.m. Even with Mo Couch suspended on the defensive line, Tennessee has some decent weapons up front defensively. That puts us at 8-6 through the first two weeks of the season. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Johnny Manziel makes a play or two to swing this in the other direction. They also lost to really bad/mediocre Syracuse and UConn teams.

    2. Ohio State at California, 7 p.m. ET, ABC

    We had a little bit of a bounce-back performance last week with the picks, tallying a 4-2 record — including nailing all three big games. Wisconsin at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m. Can you guys finish the night off with me? This is a huge game for both teams and both conferences here.

    I’m going to admit something to y’all: This game terrifies me.

    It’s hard to know which game will be the best.

    That’s why I think the Vols cover even though Oregon wins by double digits.

    The game of the year. It’s 1620 on Comcast. Yes, they put a whipping on Florida, which really launched Louisville as a “top 10 team” story. But the Cardinals beat only two teams by more than 10 points last year. You might as well get used to typing in our station.

    Alabama -7.5 at Texas A&M

    OK, here’s my viewer guide:

    That’s just too many points, I think.

    Tennessee’s not great, but the Vols aren’t awful either. ET.

    Nearly two touchdowns is too many points here.

    And if I’m wrong on this, you guys can call me a complete and total idiot. But can he avoid complete disaster? I think so.

    1. Mississippi State at Auburn, 7 p.m. I tend to think Ole Miss and Vandy are both good teams, and I think we’ll find that out this weekend.

    In Gus Malzahn I trust.

    7. The Commodores’ defense struggled with Ole Miss’s offense, but South Carolina doesn’t do anything fancy.

    Louisville -14 at Kentucky

    You all have FS1. Oregon will stack the line and dare Justin Worley to make plays. Nothing more needs to be said.

    Let’s roll, you degenerates.

    Mississippi State at Auburn -6

    You guys can start talking Twitter trash to me early if Louisville immediately jumps out to a three-touchdown lead.

    3. Tennessee at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

    Because Vegas believes that the Louisville story is a bit of a myth. Auburn isn’t a good football team yet, but I think by the time November rolls around they will be good.

    The game that Tennessee fans will be watching while peeking through their fingers. ET, ESPN

    I’ve also included my viewer guide so that you can follow along with me all day long watching games.

    Tennessee at Oregon -28

    Hugh Freeze had to be delirious with joy when he watched that Texas defense against BYU. The defensive team speed is bad — and will doubtless be exposed — but Tennessee has one of the top offensive lines in the country. .

    I believe that Louisville’s dominance is a bit of a myth.

    If the rape trial and investigation weren’t hanging over Vandy’s football team, this would be my upset pick of the week. First, Outkick told you that Louisville’s schedule is so weak that 26 different teams would be favored in every game. Can he make many? I doubt it. Meanwhile, Gus Malzahn can start off his Auburn coaching career 3-0. . This is way too many points for the Commodores to be giving up to South Carolina. ET, ESPN

    9. Doubt me? Ask Northwestern.

    I think Ole Miss wins this game outright, and I thought this even before Texas went out and looked awful against BYU.

    Vanderbilt at South Carolina -13.5

    8. In the game of the year, A&M’s the bet.

    I would have taken Oregon at -20, where this line opened.

    4. (Granted, one of those teams was Kentucky). (The Vols were 30-point underdogs at Florida in the first year of the Lane Kiffin era).

    I don’t think Cal will pull off the upset, but should the Buckeyes be a little bit nervous about this trip? I think so.

    6. ET, Longhorn Network

    This is the second-largest line in the history of Tennessee football. Louisville at Kentucky, noon ET, ESPN

    I tweeted about the opening line early Sunday morning, Louisville -7.5, and by the time I landed back in Nashville, Tenn., the line had moved all the way to Louisville -13.5.

    This week I’m going with the five biggest SEC games and then, to me, the second-best game of the weekend, which is Ole Miss at Texas.

    So, drum roll . to 12 p.m. Vandy at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Getting A&M plus a touchdown is just too good to pass up here. Can Butch Jones keep it respectable, or is Oregon intent on sending a message that they can run up the score on SEC teams, too?

    Ninety-five percent of all the money is on Louisville, and we’ve finally settled at two touchdowns.

    Can y’all finish strong? Come on, I’m up at 4:30 a.m. This is a massive game for Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen. I’m taking Kentucky plus two touchdowns.

    This is the second-best game of the day, and most of us will struggle to find it on television.

    Why is this line hanging here?

    I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen here. ET, CBS

    I expect South Carolina to win this game, but I think Vandy will keep it close.

    So without further ado, let’s see if I can make you guys some money again this week.

    . Both are equally likely.

    10. (Which happens every day anyway on Twitter, but still, I’ll deserve it for not picking Louisville to destroy a bad Kentucky team.)

    We really don’t know much about either of these teams. Alabama at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. Start off with us on “FOX College Saturday” from 10 a.m. Not great, but not that bad either.

    Ole Miss at Texas -3

    This will be the win that makes Hugh Freeze a household name among college football fans.

    It’s worth keeping an eye on this one. The Longhorns won’t play that poorly again, but Ole Miss is much better offensively than BYU is. Second, look at Louisville’s 2012 schedule. This is one of several 7 p.m. Toss in injuries for Texas on offense, and I really think Ole Miss could not just win this game but own it.

    Even if most of y’all will be unable to watch this game on the Longhorn Network.

    I told you, I think this game will be closer than expected. ET, FOX

    But at -28?

    5. Remember, Vandy almost pulled off the upset in last year’s season opener. games to be keeping tabs on.

    Mississippi State is not a good football team

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