Subscribe to the Newsletter

The College Football Report: Bring On The Creampuffs, Including The Big Ten

Dating back to 2007, the Big Ten is 17-41 against ranked opponents.

The conference can start the turnaround on Saturday. In games with postseason implications, #7 Michigan State travels to #3 Oregon, Michigan travels to #16 Notre Dame, and #8 Ohio State hosts Virginia Tech.

Our picks: Oregon -12.5 , Michigan +3.5, Ohio State -11.

*

Elsewhere, perhaps the best game of the weekend will be #14 Southern Cal at #13 Stanford. Stanford is favored by 2.5 or 3, depending where you look.

The spread equates to the standard three-point margin to account for home field advantage. In other words, Vegas doesn't know what will happen in this game. We don't either. Tune in (2:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday) to find out which squad may represent the Pac-12 in the playoffs should Oregon falter.

*

Bring on the Creampuffs: most ranked teams take the field on Saturday in uninspiring matches against the likes of Citadel, Florida Atlantic, Lamar, Northwestern State, and McNeese State.

To clarify: McNeese State hails from Louisiana, not McNeese.

Further: Murray State is in Kentucky, not Murray.

Finally: Northwestern State is in Louisiana, not Northwestern. As we all know, Northwestern is in Illinois, which is a state, which Northwestern is not.

*

The College Football Report Sacred Free Range Chicken went a middling 1-2 last week.

Here are the Chicken's picks for Week Two:

  • State University of New York-Buffalo (+3.5; the Bulls, getting the points!) at Army, 11:00 a.m.
  • Northern Illinois (+7) at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.
  • Eastern Michigan at Florida (-38), 3:00 p.m.
  • Michigan at #16 Notre Dame (-3.5; down from -6, which probably doesn't bode well for the Irish), 6:30 p.m.

Good cluck!

-

Mike Luce is our man on campus - every Friday and Monday. He welcomes your comments.

More from Beachwood Sports »

Could Helmetless Tackling Training Reduce Football Head Injuries?

Based on risk compensation theory, rugby players tackle with their shoulders not only because they were taught that way, but because their heads are not protected with a helmet.

Continue reading "Could Helmetless Tackling Training Reduce Football Head Injuries?" »

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

The NBA, China, The Score & You

Bernstein & McKnight shrug off China's dystopian authoritarianism because, hey, we're all guilty.

Continue reading "The NBA, China, The Score & You" »

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

Jerry Reinsdorf Isn't In It For The Money (LOL)

In public, he says he just wants to bring joy to the fans who really own his teams. In private, he says finishing second is the best business model because it keeps fans hungry and hopeful.

Continue reading "Jerry Reinsdorf Isn't In It For The Money (LOL)" »

Posted on Oct 7, 2019

Breaking Beachwood Sports Feed!