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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
For those of you keeping score, we had a record weekend at the Walker Sports front office. A perfect 3 for 3 in picks, makes entering the work week a little bit easier than normal. The 2010 College football season kicked off with a bang. The action was intense and there were a few surprises, if week one was any indication, we could be in for an amazing football season.
Boise State 33 v. Va. Tech 30: This was the final game of the weekend and man did the college football gods save the best for last. Boise had their entire 2010 campaign riding on the outcome of week one. That pressure did not phase them, nor did the 60,000 screaming Hokie fans who were ready to welcome the Broncos to the East Coast. Boise played a masterful game, jumping out to an early 17-0 lead and taking the Virginia Tech fans out of the game. However, Tech proved they are one of the most resiliant teams in the country when they battled back and took a lead going into the fourth quarter. This game was excellent and messy at times, the exact sort of ballancing act you expect from a top tier program in their first hit out of the season. In the end, Boise' Kellen Moore engineered an amazing 60 yard drive down the field and into the endzone that put the Broncos up and secured the win.
The spread on this game was all over. When I first wrote my preview Boise State was a 1.5 point favorite that line was down from 2.5 where it opened. By game time on Monday night the money had pushed the line in the opposite direction. Virginia Tech was a 2 point favorite. It's always nice when you win, but it's even better when you can double up with some sweet action like that.
LSU 30 v. UNC 24: There was no line on this game thanks to the off the field issues with North Carolina but that did not stop me from finding someone to give me some straight up gambling action. LSU looked great in the first half of this game. They were all over the Tar Heels and held a commanding 30-20 lead. The second half would not be so easy. UNC ran off 14 unaswered points, and had a legit attempt at scoring the go ahead touchdown with time expering. In the end, it was an imppressive effort from Carolina. UNC was missing 12 players and from all indications they could lose even more before the end of the season. It's hard to go out and perform at a high level when there is so much turmoil surrounding a team. It's even harder to stage a gutsy comeback when you've already been gutted. LSU walked away with the victory, but UNC proved they will not go quietly this season.
TCU 30 v. Oregon State 21: This was my big money game of the week. The spread sat at Oregon State +13.5. TCU is a good team, but they lost a lot of talent on defense to the NFL. It's early in the year, and the new guys are still trying to adjust. Oregon State is a good team. They are ranked in the top 25 and they have a Heisman Trophy candidate sitting in their backfield. Now I'm not surpised at all tht Oregon State failed to pick up the win, but they were good enough to be pesky and keep it close. If you're a gambler that's all you need. Despite a close scare late in the fourth, Oregon State kept the cover in the bag and made for an enjoyable Saturday.