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Past Season Archives: 2007 | 2008

EASY PICKINS:
The computer likes the favorite with room to spare.
2008 Regular Season: 5-1 SU (.833), 4-2 ATS (.667)
Last Week: 0-0 SU (.000), 0-0 ATS (.000)
This Week: 5-1 SU (.833), 4-2 ATS (.667)

Thursday, August 28
Wake Forest (-13) by 19.85 over BAYLOR -
Originally known as the Fighting Baptists, Wake Forest travels to Waco to meet the largest Baptist university in the world. Now known as the Demon Deacons, of course, Wake Forest is expected to contend for the ACC title. The Bears are forecasted to spend another year in the Big 12 basement where they have resided for 11 of the conference's 12 previous seasons. Art Briles makes his debut as head coach of Baylor.
Wake Forest won 41-13. The computer won SU, won ATS.

Troy (-6) by 11.11 over MIDDLE TENNESSEE - The Trojans are expected to battle FAU in a two-team race for the Sun Belt title. MTSU isn't even in the conversation.
Troy won 31-17. The computer won SU, won ATS.

Saturday, August 30
KANSAS (-37) by 40.91 over Fiu -
This has absolute annihilation written all over it. I don't usually like spreads this large, but the Golden Panthers are simply awful and this spread could be achieved in the first half if Todd Reesing and Co. are clicking.
Kansas won 40-10. The computer won SU, lost ATS.

NORTHWESTERN (-12) by 17.35 over Syracuse - Greg Robinson gets another inch closer to the exit door at Syracuse.
Northwestern won 30-10. The computer won SU, won ATS.

Tulsa (-14.5) by 15.07 over UAB - It's UAB. Why wouldn't you take it?
Tulsa won 45-22. The computer won SU, won ATS.

Monday, September 1
Tennessee (-7) by 10.68 over UCLA -
Redshirt junior QB Kevin Craft gets his first start in Rick Neuheisel's first game as head coach of the Bruins. Craft last started at the FBS level in 2006 with San Diego State where he threw 4 TD passes and 6 INT's. He played junior college ball last year.
UCLA won 27-24 in OT. The computer lost SU, lost ATS.



HOLD YOUR HORSES:
The computer likes the favorite, but by fewer points than the oddsmakers.
2008 Regular Season: 4-2 SU (.667), 4-2 ATS (.667)
Last Week: 0-0 SU (.000), 0-0 ATS (.000)
This Week: 4-2 SU (.667), 4-2 ATS (.667)

Saturday, August 30
Clemson (-5) by 1.11 over Alabama (at Atlanta) -
Nick Saban looks to stop Tommy Bowden's national title run before it even begins. This just feels like a nailbiter, and maybe an Alabama upset win.
Alabama won 34-10. The computer lost SU, won ATS.

INDIANA (-21) by 10.91 over Western Kentucky - The Hoosiers haven't had enough success to strike fear in the minds of the Western Kentucky's of the world. All WKU has to do is keep it under three touchdowns.
Indiana won 31-13. The computer won SU, won ATS.

SOUTHERN MISS (-11) by 9.10 over La-Lafayette - A new coaching era begins for Southern Miss as the Golden Eagles play their first game for Larry Fedora after spending 17 seasons under the comfortable continuity of Jeff Bower.
Southern Miss won 51-21. The computer lost SU, lost ATS.

MISSISSIPPI (-9.5) by 4.68 over Memphis - Ole Miss has won each of the last three years by four points or less. Memphis won by 7 in 2004, and by 10 in 2003. The last time the Rebels beat Memphis by a large enough margin to cover this spread was 2002.
Mississippi won 41-24. The computer won SU, lost ATS.

MINNESOTA (-8.5) by 2.49 over Northern Illinois - Tim Brewster's only win as head coach of the Golden Gophers was a 6-point triumph in triple-overtime against Miami last year. Why pretend they can do better than that until they actually do?
Minnesota won 31-27. The computer won SU, won ATS.

UNLV (-12.5) by 2.35 over Utah State - The Rebels beat the Aggies 24-17 at Logan last year for one of their two season victories. The other was a shocking 27-0 shutout of Utah.
UNLV won 27-17. The computer won SU, won ATS.



UPSETS:
The computer likes the underdog as the outright winner. I don't select the games in this category. Instead, we list every upset projected by the computer.
2008 Regular Season: 3-1 SU (.750), 3-1 ATS (.750)
Last Week: 0-0 SU (.000), 0-0 ATS (.000)
This Week: 3-1 SU (.750), 3-1 ATS (.750)

Saturday, August 30
Utah by 0.70 over MICHIGAN (-4) -
Appalachian State has nothing to do with this. A very good Utah team undeniably creates a challenge for Rich Rodriguez in his first game as head coach of the Wolverines.
Utah won 25-23. The computer won SU, won ATS.

NEW MEXICO by 2.81 over Tcu (-6.5) - We'll find out early if the computer's rosy forecast for New Mexico has a possibility of becoming reality. It's a season opening conference game in the Mountain West between two schools hoping to battle BYU and Utah for a league championship. TCU has won the last three meetings. The Lobos haven't defeated the Horned Frogs since 1997.
TCU won 26-3. The computer lost SU, lost ATS.

Sunday, August 31
Kentucky by 1.69 over LOUISVILLE (-4.5) -
I know Andre Woodson is gone, but I'm still a little surprised that Louisville drew the Vegas favorite status. The Cardinals saw their 20-game home winning streak end against Syracuse last year and they only went 3-2 at home against FBS schools in Steve Kragthorpe's first season as head coach. A season-ending 41-38 win over Rutgers was the only Louisville home victory over a team with a winning record.
Kentucky won 27-2. The computer won SU, won ATS.

Monday, September 1
Fresno State by 1.28 over RUTGERS (-5) -
An expected down year for Rutgers begins by welcoming one of the best Fresno State teams in Pat Hill's career as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Frenso State won 24-7. The computer won SU, won ATS.



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