For those of you who use my picks as a gauge for your friendly and harmless football wagering (remember, betting is against the law in Kansas), I’m reaching out to you once again.
Georgia 31, Missouri 17 - I worry about Mizzou going to the SEC. I feel like they’re my five-year-old and I’ve sent them off to the toughest Kindergarten class in the country. Please don’t get hurt, Tigers. And if those bullies from Georgia knock you around too much, just tell the principal.
Florida 27, Texas A&M 24 – For some reason, I don’t worry as much about A&M as it ventures off into the land of the SEC. Maybe it’s because I believe they’re big enough to take care of themselves. Or maybe it’s because I just don’t care as much about the Aggies as I do about the Tigers.
UCLA 30, Nebraska 27 – Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez was great last week against Southern Miss. But that does mean he’ll be great this week against the Bruins and their new coach, Jim Mora? That’s the mystery – and inconsistency – that has surrounded Martinez during his Husker career. NU might also be without its best ground threat, Rex Burkhead, again.
Oklahoma State 35, Arizona 20 – Is freshman quarterback Wes Lunt the real deal for the Pokes? He was great against Savannah State. So was I, by the way.
Kansas 34, Rice 24 – I was at the KU opener with South Dakota State and I’m still not sure what I saw. The Jayhawks ran the football effectively, but it was against South Dakota State. The defense was marginally better, but against South Dakota State. The line play looked solid, but (sing along with me) it was against South Dakota State.
Kansas State 31, Miami (Fla.) – 17 – I just don’t see any way K-State doesn’t win this game. Or that the Wildcats don’t cover a 7 1/2-point spread. This isn’t “The U” visiting Manhattan on Saturday. Well, it is. But it’s not the same. You know what I mean.
Atlanta Falcons 24, Kansas City Chiefs 20 – I’d love to pick the Chiefs. I’d love to go with Romeo Crennel and the boys. I’m working really hard to develop some positive feelings for Kansas City. But I just think there are too many questions surrounding this team, questions that haven’t been answered. And the Falcons could be a threat to reach the playoffs and beyond. Sorry, Chiefs fans. Can I still be in your club?
Green Bay Packers 28, San Francisco 49ers 21 – What a fantastic Week 1 offering. The 49ers had the best defense in the NFL last season and you know all about that Green Bay offense. Love this game.
Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Denver Broncos 20 – How dare I pick a team to spoil Peyton Manning’s debut with Denver. How dare I? Well, this isn’t the Chopped Liver Wildcats coming to pay a visit to Denver. This is the Pittsburgh Football Steelers with their six Super Bowl victories. Manning would probably rather deal with the butterflies he’s sure to have after a year away from the game against a team other than the Steelers, who are known to hate butterflies by the way.