Take the Pirates with the points.
Tennessee at UCLA (+7.5) – UCLA’s struggles with injuries at the quarterback position continue into the Neuheisel era, with both Ben Oldon and Patrick Cowan out. That should serve to make things ugly in his first season. Tennessee, meanwhile, is just a middle pack team in the SEC, but should still be able to run all over the Bruins.
Tennessee covers the 7.5.
Utah at Michigan (-3.5) – Ready to see Michigan fans cry after the opener for the second season in a row? Utah is strong enough to make it happen. Add in the first season under Rich Rodriguez, with the wrong personnel for his system, and it is more likely.
The Utes cover, and pull the straight-up upset.
Michigan State at Cal (-5.5) – Ever have one of those games that you just can’t tell? The Spartans look like they could be anywhere from mediocre to decent. The Bears look like they have a lot of work to do on offense to really finish high in the PAC-10 as they are predicted to do.
I am feeling the 5.5 for Michigan State, but this is my shakiest pick of the weekend.
Colorado at Colorado State (+11) in Denver – The big rivalry game of the weekend, because honestly, who cares about Kentucky or Louisville this year? Then again, who cares about Colorado and Colorado State outside of the attendees at the Democratic National Convention? I really like Colorado this season, and think they will be last year’s Kansas in the Big XII. They won’t win 12 games, but they should finish respectably, and ahead of the Jayhawks. Colorado State, by contrast is bad. Not rotten old fish bad, but bad. There is too much going against the Rams.
Take the Buffs to cover the spread.