Let me preface this by saying I am no handicapper, but I have managed to do slightly better than breaking even the past few years on my picks. Some of my picks from the past few years have been UConn to win the Men's NCAA tournament at +2000, picking Ohio State to win last year's inaugural college football playoff (+500), picking the Warriors to win the NBA Championship in six games (+420), and guessing correctly on the past two years' results of the Super Bowl coin toss (sometimes you just gotta gamble bro). Some of my lowlights include picking WVU to win the National Championship in football and basketball...every year. This football season I'm going to let you guys know my thoughts on WVU's odds for the upcoming game, and also some other games of note. I hope that we can get some good dialogue going in the comments so if you think my picks are outrageous or have some insight you want to share I'd love to hear from you.
With all that being said on to this weekend's games. Vegas sometimes does not provide odds for matchups between FBS and FCS schools so as of this writing there is nothing that I have found for the WVU game. Since WVU's odds are difficult to find for this week's game, or nonexistent, you may want to look into the future. TCU is an 18.5 point favorite against the Mountaineers this year, and I think there is great value there in taking the Mountaineers. The three games between WVU and TCU have been decided by a total of five points, and the away team has won each game. Through an admittedly very small sample size of one game this year TCU's offense looks worse, and WVU's defense looks better, than last year.
If you are looking for some other plays this week I like the over (65) on the Texas Tech v UTEP game. Tech has no defense and is going to score points in bunches, and that is the perfect combination for a pick on the over. If 64.5 points seems too high, then maybe look to the over (61) in the California v. San Diego State University game. Sonny Dykes is another coach who has a high scoring offense (last year the Bears averaged 38.2 points per game), and an inept defense (last year the same Bears team gave up 39.8 points per game). Lastly, I'm going to take a flier and go with Oregon and the money line (+160) against Michigan State. I can honestly say that I have no reason in particular for this pick other than my anti-Big 10 bias.
Record through Week 1: 3-1
Last week's winning picks: WVU (-18.5), Ohio State (-14), Temple money line (+210)
Last week's losing picks: Baylor first half (-22.5)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Since the creation of this piece, we've found a 5Dimes posted line of WVU (-39)