CFB Picks: Pick Six, Week 2: The Lesser Games Cometh
[lead align=”default”]It will be difficult for college football in general to top last week, but there is room to improve with our CFB picks.[/lead]
Last week, The Bracket Yard went a respectable 3-3-0 against the spread in six games of its choosing. Week 1 tends to be more unpredictable, as lines are set and choices are made based off of no data or current trends. Since nobody has seen the teams play, it is based on your reputation, expectations, and what you did last year.
Now, we have had the luxury of seeing the FBS teams play. For some more than others, it was a joy. Yet, take a peek at what’s on tap for Week 2. The only conclusion one can reach is that this week’s slate of games sucks compared to last week.
Oh well, football is still football. Here are your CFB picks for the week.
[header text=”Season to Date ATS” subtext=”3-3-0″]
CFB Picks #1: Penn State at Pittsburgh (-5)
Saturday, 12pm ET (ESPN)
A couple of 1-0 teams face off in a Keystone State battle. Neither one played a marquee opponent in Week 1, so how much do we really know about them, anyway, but this will be a game where we find out more.
On a personal level, if you’re not rooting for James Conner, there’s something wrong with you. On a team level, however, the rivalry between these two schools is back after 16 years, and passion will abound. Historically, Penn State has a narrow edge, but the men who played in the last meeting are now well into their 30s.
Both of these schools boasted good defenses last season, though Penn State did poorly while their opponent entered the red zone. It’s on offense where both teams need to do better in 2016. Pitt has the more experienced quarterback, but Penn State has more up front. The Nittany Lions are a slightly better team on paper and Pitt covering the five is no lock, even if they win.
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