College Football Week 4 Picks

Below, Daniel Evans makes his week one college football picks. Come back each week to see which teams he is picking to win Saturday’s games. A green border around the game indicates a correct pick and a red border indicates an incorrect pick. The lines used for the spread picks are from USAToday.com’s odds page (Cover.com odds). The opening line or more current consensus line is used for the picks.

“Evans Straight Up” picks indicate picking the winner of the game.
“Evans Spread” indicates picking the winner of the game by the point spread indicated.

NOTE: These picks are subject to change leading up to the games on Saturdays due to late injury news or a Brett Favre type change of heart.
KEY: Green background around logo indicates correct pick. Red background around logo indicates incorrect pick.


GAME EVANS STRAIGHT UP EVANS SPREAD
BYU (+6.5) at Boise State BOISE BOISE
Baylor (-7.5) at Louisiana Monroe BAY BAY
Kentucky (+24) at Florida FLA FLA
UAB (+36.5) at Ohio State OHST UAB
Bowling Green (+17.5) at Virginia Tech VT VT
UTEP (+18) at Wisconsin WISC UTEP
Maryland (+25.5) at West Virginia WVA WVA
Central Michigan (+14.5) at Iowa IOWA CMU
Virginia (+18) at TCU TCU TCU
Mississippi (-19) at Tulane MS MS
Massachusetts (+25) at Miami (OH) MIAMI MIAMI
Army (+7) at Wake Forest WAKE WAKE
Connecticut (-1) at Western Michigan UCONN UCONN
Miami (FL) (-14) at Georgia Tech GT GT
Oregon State (+7) at UCLA UCLA UCLA
Eastern Michigan (+28.5) at Michigan State MICHST MICHST
East Carolina (+17) at North Carolina ECU ECU
Temple (+7) at Penn State PSU PSU
Marshall (-3) at Rice MARSH MARSH
Kansas (+10) at Northern Illinois KAN KAN
Missouri (+10) at South Carolina SC SC
Colorado (+20) at Washington State WASHST WASHST
South Florida (-9) at Ball State USF USF
Florida Atlantic (+49.5) at Alabama ALA FLA ATL
Wyoming (+2.5) at Idaho WYO WYO
California (+16.5) at USC USC USC
Memphis (+24) at Duke DUKE DUKE
LSU (-20.5) at Auburn LSU AUB
Rutgers (+9) at Arkansas ARK RUT
Utah State (-12.5) at Colorado State UTAHST UTAHST
Troy (-2) at North Texas TROY TROY
South Alabama (+34) at Mississippi State MISSST MISSST
Southern Miss (+3.5) at Western Kentucky SO MISS SO MISS
Louisville (-11) at Florida International LOUIS LOUIS
Akron (+32.5) at Tennessee TN AKRON
Michigan (+5) at Notre Dame MICH MICH
Vanderbilt (+16) at Georgia UGA UGA
Kansas State (+14) at Oklahoma OKL KANST
San Jose State (+3) at San Diego State SJST SJST
Clemson (+14.5) at Florida State FLST CLEM
Fresno State (+6.5) at Tulsa TULSA TULSA
Louisiana Tech (+3) at Illinois LATECH LATECH
Syracuse (-1) at Minnesota SYR SYR
New Mexico (+5.5) at New Mexico State NMST NMST
Utah (+7) at Arizona State AZST AZST
 Air Force (-10) at UNLV AF AF
 Nevada (-8) at Hawaii NEV NEV
 Arizona (+21.5) at Oregon ORE ORE
THIS WEEK’S RECORD 0-0 0-0
SEASON RECORD

NFL Week 2 Picks: Will the Packers Start 0-2?

Below, Daniel Evans makes his week two NFL picks. Come back each week to see which teams he is picking to win Saturday’s games. The lines used for the spread picks are from USAToday.com’s odds page (Cover.com odds). The opening line is used for the picks.

NOTE: These picks are subject to change leading up to the games’ start time due to late injury news or a Brett Favre type change of heart. The rest of week two’s games will be added Thursday night/ Friday night.

WEEK 2 NFL PICKS

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26 Chicago Bears (+5.5) at Green Bay Packers
I’m sorry Green Bay fans, but every year a talented team with a ton of expectations seems to start 0-2 and fail to meet high expectations right out of the gate. This year, it is going to be the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is great, but this team can’t run and it can’t defend. Jay Cutler and the Bears offense is rolling and the Packers defense doesn’t look like it could stop a small child from scorching its secondary. Randy Moss, who last year at this time was sitting at home watching games, caught a touchdown. Imagine what Brandon Marshall might do.

College Football Picks Week 3: Who Wins FLA-TN?

Below, Daniel Evans makes his week one college football picks. Come back each week to see which teams he is picking to win Saturday’s games. A green border around the game indicates a correct pick and a red border indicates an incorrect pick. The lines used for the spread picks are from USAToday.com’s odds page (Cover.com odds). The opening line or more current consensus line is used for the picks.

“Evans Straight Up” picks indicate picking the winner of the game.
“Evans Spread” indicates picking the winner of the game by the point spread indicated.

NOTE: These picks are subject to change leading up to the games on Saturdays due to late injury news or a Brett Favre type change of heart.
KEY: Green background around logo indicates correct pick. Red background around logo indicates incorrect pick.

EDITOR’S NOTE: These picks will be updated Thursday night with selections from every game.

GAME EVANS STRAIGHT UP EVANS SPREAD
Rutgers (+7.5) at South Florida  
Washington State (-8.5) at UNLV
Wake Forest (+28) at Florida State
Western Michigan (+2.5) at Minnesota  
Arkansas State (+24.5) at Nebraska
California (+16.5) at Ohio State
UL Lafayette (+22.5) at Oklahoma State  
Virginia Tech (-10) at Pittsburgh  
Northern Illinois (-3) at Army
TCU (-21) at Kansas  
Eastern Michigan (+24) at Purdue  
UL Monroe (+16.5) at Auburn  
Connecticut (-2.5) at Maryland    
Alabama (-21) at Arkansas  
Texas A&M (+12.5) at SMU  
East Carolina (+7.5) at Southern Miss
Virginia (+10.5) at Georgia Tech    
Boston College (+3.5) at Northwestern  
North Carolina (+3) at Louisville  
Massachusetts (-45.5) at Michigan
Navy (+5.5) at Penn State
Florida International (+17.5) at Central Florida
Miami (OH) (+21) at Boise State  
Florida (+3) at Tennessee
South Alabama (+31.5) at NC State
Ohio (-6.5) at Marshall
Western Kentucky (+7) at Kentucky
Arizona State (+7.5) at Missouri
Middle Tennessee (=3.5) at Memphis
North Texas (+28.5) at Kansas State
UAB (+33.5) at South Carolina
New Mexico (+33.6) at Texas Tech    
Bowling Green (+3.5) at Toledo  
Mississippi State (-16.5) at Troy
USC (-8.5) at Stanford  
Florida Atlantic (+42.5) at Georgia
Idaho (-42.5) at LSU
Notre Dame (+6) at Michigan State    
Colorado (+15.5) at Fresno State  
Colorado State (+11) at San Jose State
Ball State (+2.5) at Indiana  
Utah State (+14) at Wisconsin  
New Mexico State (+11.5) at UTEP  
Texas (-9.5) at Mississippi  
BYU (-4) at Utah
THIS WEEK’S RECORD 0-0 0-0
SEASON RECORD 63-21 (.750) 41-43 (.488)

College Football Week 2 Picks: Will Texas A&M Knock Off Florida?

Below, Daniel Evans makes his week one college football picks. Come back each week to see which teams he is picking to win Saturday’s games. A green border around the game indicates a correct pick and a red border indicates an incorrect pick. The lines used for the spread picks are from USAToday.com’s odds page (Cover.com odds). The opening line or more current consensus line is used for the picks.

“Evans Straight Up” picks indicate picking the winner of the game.
“Evans Spread” indicates picking the winner of the game by the point spread indicated.

NOTE: These picks are subject to change leading up to the games on Saturdays due to late injury news or a Brett Favre type change of heart.
KEY: Green background around logo indicates correct pick. Red background around logo indicates incorrect pick.

GAME EVANS STRAIGHT UP
EVANS SPREAD
Pittsburgh (+1) at Cincinnati
Utah (-6.5) at Utah State
N. C. State (+2.5) at Connecticut  
Central Florida (+14.5) at Ohio State
Tulane (+26.5) at Tulsa  
Maryland (+13.5) at Temple
Penn State (+6.5) at Virginia
Auburn (+2) at Mississippi State
Miami FL (+6.5) at Kansas State
East Carolina (+22) at South Carolina
Ball State (+26) at Clemson  
North Carolina (-6) at Wake Forest  
Florida (+2.5) at Texas A&M  
Western Kentucky (+40) at Alabama  
Rice (+6) at Kansas
Purdue (+13.5) at Notre Dame
Indiana (-13) at Massachusetts
Air Force (+21.5) at Michigan
USC (-26) at Syracuse  
Michigan State (-24) at Central Michigan  
Iowa State (+4) at Iowa    
South Florida (+1.5) at Nevada
Wisconsin (-7) at Oregon State  
Toledo (+3) at Wyoming
Akron (+23.5) at Florida International
Fresno State (+35) at Oregon
Washington (+23.5) at LSU  
UTEP (+7.5) at Ole Miss
Texas Tech (-18) at Texas State
Florida Atlantic (+8.5) at Middle Tennessee
Arkansas (+30.5) at UL Monroe
Idaho (+16.5) at Bowling Green
New Mexico State (+21) at Ohio  
Memphis (+23) at Arkansas State  
UL Lafayette (+3) at Troy
Army (+6) at San Diego State  
Kent State (+7) at Kentucky  
Georgia (-2.5) at Missouri  
Louisiana Tech (-3.5) at Houston
New Mexico (+38) at Texas  
Vanderbilt (-3.5) at Northwestern
Oklahoma State (-10.5) at Arizona
Duke (+15) at Stanford  
Illinois (+3.5) at Arizona State  
THIS WEEK’S RECORD 30-14 22-22
SEASON RECORD 63-21 (.750) 41-43 (.488)

NFL Week 1 Picks: Can the Cowboys Upset the Giants?

Below, Daniel Evans makes his week one NFL picks. Come back each week to see which teams he is picking to win Saturday’s games. The lines used for the spread picks are from USAToday.com’s odds page (Cover.com odds). The opening line is used for the picks.

NOTE: These picks are subject to change leading up to the games’ start time due to late injury news or a Brett Favre type change of heart.

WEEK 1 NFL PICKS
   
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The Giants are the World Champions and since the NFL began this Thursday (er, Wednesday) night tradition where the champions open the season at home, the games have been pretty predictable.  This one has a little different feel to it though. Dallas played well in both games against New York last season and the Cowboys’ revenge factor has to be factored in here somewhere. Even without Jason Witten playing, I’ll take Dallas in the upset.

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Indianapolis Colts (+11) at Chicago Bears
Any time a NFL team is favored by double digit points, I usually go the other way. I know how bad the Colts were last year, but this is a new era of Indianapolis football. Andrew Luck brings new hope and this team will compete for four quarters Sunday. Despite that, Chicago will be thankful it gave Matt Forte a new contract after this one.
 
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Jacksonville Jaguars (+4.5) at Minnesota Vikings
I actually like this game a lot. You get Christian Ponder vs. Blaine Gabbert, who both have a lot of pressure on them to perform this year after subpar rookie campaigns. Plus, there’s the interesting dynamic of the running backs. Will Adrian Peterson play coming off an ACL injury? If he does, will he be effective? And how will Maurice Jones Drew, who just failed to get a new contract, react when Rashaad Jennings scores a touchdown and he is sitting on the bench, still out of shape? The Jags pull the upset.
 
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Buffalo Bills (+4.5) at New York Jets
The loser of this game is going to have a very long week. New York has not shown a speck of offense all season and now has to deal with the Tim Tebow pressure that will start building after Mark Sanchez throws his first incompletion. The Bills will try to ride Fred Jackson, but I think the Jets are smart enough to know that forcing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to beat them is the best gameplan. Why? Because he can’t do it.
 
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Miami Dolphins (+7.5) at Houston Texans
Miami fans have a lot of concerns about the current makeup of this team and they rightfully should. Ryan Tannehill will start as a rookie, Reggie Bush has never had back to back 1,000 yards seasons, and the receivers are a huge question mark. Houston lost some big pieces this offseason but has more answers than the Dolphins. Expect a big dose of Adrian Foster and expect him to deliver a big day for Houston. Texans win big.
 
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 New England Patriots (-7.5) at Tennessee Titans
Jake Locker will get the start at QB for the Titans, who have to hope that Chris Johnson can get back on track in 2012. If he can run well in this one, they have a chance. Even with a big day from CJ2K, the Titans are going to need someone to step up for suspended receiver Kenny Britt. The biggest question for Tom Brady and the Patriots is whether the defense has improved this summer. The offense will be fine. The Pats win and cover.
 
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 St. Louis Rams (+10) at Detroit Lions
The Lions, those Detroit Lions, are ten point favorites on opening day and nobody is wondering why. That shows that nobody is questioning how good the Lions are anymore and the entire organization should take credit for that. Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, & Co. will win, but the Rams have a lot of prove in a division with room for growth. I’ll take the Rams to keep it within the spread.

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Washington Redskins (+10) at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans has a lot to deal with in this game. All of the suspensions, unless they get overturned before kickoff, will play a part in this Saints season whether or not fans want to believe it not. Robert Griffin III will have a Sportscenter play or two, but he won’t be able to overcome a Saints team, playing at home, that is full of emotion.

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 Philadelphia Eagles (-8) at Cleveland Browns
Andy Reid has been put on notice: Win or lose your job. It probably was not a big surprise to Reid that he needed to win with his team of superstars, but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted to remind him anyways. This is a big one for Philly, because it is a winnable opener. Cleveland will start rookies at quarterback (Brandon Weeden) and running back (Trent Richardson). 

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Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Kansas City Chiefs
Atlanta’s offense has looked powerful this preseason, with Julio Jones beginning to come into his own. The Falcons have quietly become a popular pick to win the NFC South. Meanwhile, Kansas City is like a wolf hiding in the middle of the night. The Chiefs are talented, but hardly anyone is talking about them with Peyton Manning in Denver, the Chargers always failing with top talent, and Oakland as the more interesting teams in the division. Shhh, I won’t tell anyone Kansas City, but you may not be hiding for long.
 
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The NFL served up some dandies in week one, including this great one in Green Bay. The Packers are all offense and the 49ers are led by a suffocating defense that hopes it can rely a little more on its offense in 2012. The Packers only lost two games all of last season and this one is at Lambeau. I’ll take Green Bay.
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 Seattle Seahawks (-3) at Arizona Cardinals
I find it interesting that the Seahawks are favored playing a rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson on the road in Arizona. That alone shows how little people trust Arizona, given the Cardinals are starting John Skelton are Sunday afternoon. I want to pick the Cardinals, because this one feels ripe for an upset but I’ll go with my initial gut and take Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and the Seahawks.
 
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Carolina Panthers (-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This game will be all about the quarterbacks. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman took a step back last season after looking like the real deal in 2012. Cam Newton was the real deal in his rookie season and looks to have improved even more this offseason. I’ll take Carolina.
 
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Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Denver Broncos
I keep flip flopping on this game. First of all, Denver was considered a huge underdog in the 2011 playoffs against Pittsburgh before winning off of Tim Tebow’s pass to Demaryius Thomas. Throw in Peyton Manning, subtract Tebow, and all of a sudden Denver is a favorite in this game? Pittsburgh was banged up in the playoffs last year and in a way, the Steelers are still feeling the effects from the injury bug. It is absolutely crazy to believe any team in this league could ruin Peyton Manning’s home debut for Denver. Those fans are going to be going nuts and the stadium will be as loud as it will be all season. Well, call me crazy.
 
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 Cincinnati Bengals (+7) at Baltimore Ravens
The knock on the Bengals in 2011 was that Cincinnati went winless against Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Young offensive standouts Andy Dalton and A. J. Green have heard that all offseason. In Baltimore, it has been another ho-hum offseason. Joe Flacco called himself the NFL’s best quarterback and RB Ray Rice got a last second contract extension. This one will be a dog fight. The Ravens prefer dog fights.

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San Diego Chargers (-1.5) at Oakland Raiders
The Chargers seem to start slow every season, but with Peyton Manning’s arrival in the AFC West a slow start might not be as easy to overcome as it has been in the past. Oakland traded a ton for Carson Palmer last season and that trade did not work out. This game will be all about the quarterbacks. Between Phillip Rivers and Palmer, the guy who makes the last amount of mistakes will win this game for his team. I don’t trust Palmer anymore.