I had a decent week, going 11-9 against the line, putting me nine over .500 for the season. The good: picking Notre Dame to beat Utah. The bad: picking TCU to blow out SD State. The ugly: picking Nebraska to hammer Kansas.
A couple of housekeeping notes here: First, all game times listed below are EST. Second, every Thursday in this blog I pick Thursday and Friday night televised games and Saturday games involving teams ranked in the Top 25. Usually, I will jump in the comments on the blog and pick other games of interest to different fans who ask. If I had to pick every FBS game, this entry would get a bit long.
The 3:30 p.m. slotted games that are listed as "ABC Regional" can usually be found on ESPN2 in other areas. Check your local listings. If there's no TV network listed for a game below, also check local listings.
Here we go:
Thursday and Friday games
Georgia State Panthers at Alabama Crimson Tide
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Georgia State coach Bill Curry returns to Alabama with his young program to face a Tide team that is way too talented and can name its score. It could be hard for Nick Saban to keep the score down in this one. Alabama 62-3.
UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies
Thursday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Jake Locker's final home game in Seattle will be a very emotional one. With his ribs banged up, don't expect him to run much, but he will provide a big emotional lift for a team that desperately needs a spark. The Bruins' run game, though, will do well against U-Dub's D, the worst run defense in the league. UCLA 20-14.
Fresno State Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos
Friday, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kellen Moore has become very dangerous throwing downfield, hitting almost 65 percent of his passes of at least 15 yards or more (as compared to 43 percent on the throws at least 15 yards downfield, according to ESPN Stats & Information). He should have plenty of opportunity against the No. 70 pass defense in the country. The Bulldogs have thrived on getting some heat on the QB (sixth in the country in sacks) but Boise's O-line (fifth in fewest sacks allowed) is sturdy enough to handle them. Boise State 51-14.