Unlike last year, we now have two more writers in the Wahooze family. So Pierce and Mike will be making their picks each week, as well.
And since we have three people, we are making it into a competition. Picks ATS are each worth one point. Picks ATS for all of the Virginia games are worth three points each. And new for this season, we're adding in our "Stone Cold Leap Pipe Locks" (SCLPL), two games we each choose from all of the available college football games that weekend. The SCLPL picks are worth two points each.
Being the generous trio that we are, we are also inviting a fourth person to serve as the celebrity guest picker each week. For week one, our celebrity guest is Nathan's Little Brother, the world-renowned yet nefarious ROOKIE. Rook is one of my very best friends, he's awesome at fantasy baseball, middling at fantasy football, and dedicated enough to Virginia Football to be willing to make the 3.5 hour commute from Morrisville, NC (near Durham) to Charlottesville for every UVA home game. He has earned the right to be the first celebrity guest picker.
|Not the FSU Cowgirls. Sorry.|
Ah hell, just for old time's sake:
|"F-L-O-R-I-D-A-S-T-A-T-E, Florida State, |
Florida State, woooooooooooo!"
Alright, on to the picks for this week...
William & Mary @ Virginia (-8)
Picking W&M: Nobody!
Picking the HOOS: Kendall, Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Kendall Sez: I think this will be a close, uncomfortable game for UVA fans, but our superior offensive line will pave the way for a 10-14 point win. For a score prediction, I'll throw out 28-17, Hoos.
Western Carolina @ Georgia Tech (-35)
Picking the Catamounts: Kendall, Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Picking the Wreck: Nobody!
Kendall Sez: It's clear that we all believe GT has a flawed team this season. They'll win this game, but a 35-point spread is too steep. In general, I think the Yellow Jackets are going to struggle this season. REVENGE on October 15th, book it.
Wake Forest @ Syracuse (-6.5)
Picking the Deacs: Kendall
Picking the 'Cuse: Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Kendall Sez: I'm gay for Wake Forest. I just think Jim Grobe is a great coach, and I think this year's WF team is ready to do some winning behind Tanner Price. Syracuse, meanwhile... meh. I like to think that ACC teams don't lose to these Big East shitbags.
Northwestern @ Boston College (-3)
Picking N'Western: Kendall, Mike
Picking BC: Pierce, Rookie
Kendall Sez: With Montel Harris out, I don't think that Eagles offense will have much teeth. Plus, Northwestern is always sneaky-good. This is an easy upset pick in my mind.
Appalachian State @ Virginia Tech (-25)
Picking Appy State: Nobody!
Picking VT: Kendall, Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Kendall Sez: I wish Appy could channel that Michigan magic again, but I don't see it happening in Blechsburg. Logan Thomas walks on water to the tune of 300 yards and 3 TDs in the rout.
Louisiana-Monroe @ Florida State (-29.5)
Picking ULM: Nobody!
Picking the Noles: Kendall, Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Kendall Sez: FSU is legit. This won't be pretty for the Warhawks.
JMU @ North Carolina (-18)
Picking the Dukes: Kendall, Mike, Rookie
Picking the Tarholes: Pierce
Kendall Sez: I thought I'd be the only one with the nuts to pick JMU. Sorry I underestimated the angle of your dangle, Mike and Rookie. Pierce, you suck.
Troy @ Clemson (-16)
Picking the Trojans: Kendall, Pierce, Mike
Picking Klempsun: Rookie
Kendall Sez: Funny story -- I'm on the 2019 season of my NCAA Football 2012 dynasty, and Troy has emerged as a national power, 5-star school, and just joined the SEC. The real Troy isn't as good as the video game Troy, but they're still plenty good enough to give Clemson a major scare. This is officially week one of the Dabo Swinney Shitcan Watch (I don't think he'll make it through the season with his job.)
Liberty @ NC State (-29)
Picking the Flames: Kendall
Picking the Wolfpack: Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Kendall Sez: Have I gone too far drinking the Rocco Family Kool-Aid? 29 points is a lot. State could win 35-10 and not cover this spread. 42-14 doesn't cover. 28-0 doesn't cover. I don't know... go Liberty?
Richmond @ Duke (-8.5)
Picking the Spiders: Kendall, Mike
Picking Dook: Pierce, Rookie
Kendall Sez: This is just wishful thinking on my part. I have come to really hate Duke. Three years and running... MUST end this year.
Miami (-5.5) @ Maryland
Picking the Canes: Kendall
Picking the Terps: Pierce, Mike, Rookie
Kendall Sez: Against the grain yet again. I just think Miami comes out with a big ol' chip on their shoulders, and Maryland isn't all that good beyond Danny O'Brien, who conveniently has zero receivers to which to throw.
Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks:
- Kendall picks Oklahoma (-24.5) over Tulsa and Oregon at home over LSU (-1). Kendall Sez: Oklahoma is FOR REAL this season. I expect them to come out looking to destroy the Golden Hurricane. Meanwhile, I just kinda love the Ducks and that blur offense that Chip Kelly runs. Go Quack Attack!
- Pierce picks Notre Dame (-10.5) over South Florida and Boise State (-3.5) on the road against Georgia. Pierce Sez: Brian Kelly is the real deal. Irish by two TDs, at least. Meanwhile, bet the bank, bet the house, bet the family on Boise.
- Mike picks Arkansas (-40) over Missouri State and Montana over Tennessee (-28). Mike Sez: I'd go up to 70 points on that Arkansas spread.
- Rookie picks Boise State (-3.5) over Georgia and Oregon over LSU (-1).
Should be a great first weekend of football!