Let Bill Simmons predict the NFL. I'll take care of the Western Athletic Conference, known better as the WAC.
(Home teams in Caps)
Idaho (+17) over WASHINGTON STATE
As bad as Idaho is, WSU is no prize either, and Idaho only lost by 10 points to Michigan State in East Lansing last week, so while I think they’ll lose, they should be able to make it at least respectable, and yes I actually just wrote that sentence.
SAN JOSE STATE (+10) over Stanford
SJSU only lost by 6 on the road at Washington last week, and Stanford ain’t much better than the Huskies (if at all better) and this ones in San Jose, which is actually only a 2 hour drive from Palo Alto, but still — screw the tree.
ARKANSAS (-29) over Utah State
This is a huge spread, but Utah State lost by 31 to Wyoming last week on the road, and Wyoming was coming off a 6-game losing streak from last season. Arkansas is much better team than Wyoming. Even though they got blown out by USC, they held on longer than I would have expected and they’re pissed after getting blown out at home.
New Mexico (-6.5) over NEW MEXICO STATE
NMSU finally got their first win in what must have felt like forever against a 1-AA opponent. New Mexico actually LOST to a 1-AA program at home (although Portland State is a very good 1-AA program, they beat Hawaii at Aloha Stadium a couple years back, and they are at Cal next weekend, which don’t think doesn’t terrify me for the sheer zero upside infinite downside factor of the whole thing). I think they bounce back and squash the Aggies, though, even on the road.
FRESNO STATE (+4) over Oregon
Fresno State is, I believe, severely underrated, and Oregon — a good team and not getting a TON of respect — is a bit overrated. People still don’t understand how hard it is to win on that Fresno field. This is Fresno, people. You think the populace has anything better to do on a Saturday than pack that stadium and get belligerent? I say they win outright, screw the spread.
Nevada (+14.5) over ARIZONA STATE
This spread is way too big. Nevada lost by 9 at Fresno. ASU looks good in the Pac 10, but they don’t have much on the defensive end. Just a hunch, but I think if they win, it won’t be by more than 10.
BOISE STATE over Oregon State (BSU won 42-14)
Boise State continues to roll. No surprise there.
Until next time, stay wacky, and don’t come bitching at me if you bet and lose, because I don’t condone betting. Or losing. Those things may or may not be illegal in your jurisdiction, and you all know that the police and Judge Johanssen always have your very best interests at heart, even while they’re screaming blood murder at an underground rooster fight at 2 in the morning. Just imagine though, in an imaginary universe, what would happen if you dropped $5 on each of these. Well, we’ll know what happens come Sunday. Gracias.