Zig’s College Football Picks

by Bryan Z. on August 28, 2013 · 1 comment

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Welcome boys and girls to the first edition of the 2013 edition of Zig’s college football weekly picks. The last few days leading up to the first weekend of college football is like a slow burn. If you’re like me, you distract yourself anyway you can; drink, play a little golf, hang out with the family, and even work if you get really desperate. Sadly there is almost nothing you can do to speed up the remaining hours and minutes before kickoff. So why even try? Enjoy the last few moments before the season starts. Finish that book. Take the kids to the park. Buy the wife something pretty and take her out to dinner. After all, she won’t see you until December.

Quick recap of how I pick the games every week;

  • I only pick four games every week. No more, no less.
  • I pick what I feel are the best four games of the week.
  • I never pick Buckeye games. I am a diehard Buckeye fan, and I feel its bad form to mix business with pleasure.
  • I pick the winners and give you the score.
  • I pay zero attention to the spread.

We keep track on the site of how I am doing. Last season I didn’t start these picks until halfway through the season. I went a respectable 25-14 during the regular season; including the pick of Texas A&M over Alabama.

So, without further ado, I give you the first weeks picks…

  • No. 1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech

The names sure do sound impressive in this match-up. Two storied programs, one a little more storied than the other. This game would be a lot more appealing if VA Tech had a chance in hell of winning it. Perhaps if Michael Vick were reinstated for this game, they would have a puncher’s chance? No, still no chance in hell. Does anyone remember what Bama did to Michigan in the opener last year? You can re-watch that game, or go ahead and watch this one; the result will be the same.

Alabama 49 Va. Tech 13

  • No. 12 LSU vs. No. 20 TCU*

Now we’re getting somewhere. For those that are quick to dismiss TCU in this game, I would suggest a little caution. Gary Patterson is one of the best defensive coaches in college football, and LSU still has Zack Mettenberger has their starting quarterback. Both of those things are points in favor of TCU. That being said, LSU doesn’t lose preseason non-conference games. You have to go all the way back to 2002 to find the last time they lost to a non-SEC team during the regular season. Ironically, they lost to Va. Tech that year. You can’t make this stuff up folks. I’ll take history and the Tigers, even though I really want to take TCU.

LSU 24 TCU 21

  • Purdue at Cincinnati

Yes, I said Purdue and Cincinnati; get over yourself. If you are a diehard college football fan like I am, this game at the very least will be entertaining. Both teams are breaking in fantastic new hires at head coach; the famed Tommy Tuberville for the Bearcats and the lesser known, but still great coach Darrell Hazell for the Boilermakers. In the end it will come down to what it always comes down to; which coach inherited the best situation. And that is a no brainer.

Cincinnati 38 Purdue 27

  • No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Clemson

First, allow me to offer a big tip of the cap to both schools for scheduling this game as their opener. It takes brass balls to play another national title caliber team in week one. Let’s face it, we all can’t schedule Buffalo.

As for the game itself, here is my advice; do not bet on this game. It’s way too close to call. Both teams have Sr. Quarterbacks that are worthy of first round picks. Both teams have recruited extremely well over the past few years. And both teams have great head coaches. Clemson has two things going for it that the Bulldogs do not.

1)    The game is in Death Valley

2)    They have Sammy Watkins.

I understand Watkins had a sophomore slump, but the kid can still flat out fly. He creates mismatches for every team Clemson will face this year. Again, I am a history buff. I am going to ignore all the shiny things Clemson has on offense and go with the history of the SEC dominating almost every team they’ve played recently. And yes, I am aware that Clemson beat LSU in a bowl game last year.

Georgia 27 Clemson 21

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