College Football Pick’em: Oregon Ducks think Playoff

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Last week (and overall): 1-1 straight up; 1-1 against the spread

Oregon Ducks path to the Playoff

College football is officially back! Week 1 provides us with the excitement of the unknown, but (most importantly) the wait for our favorite sport is over. If you’re looking for great games, you’ll be tuned in all day. Actually, all weekend.

Starting on Thursday and ending on Monday, we have college football. The highlight of the weekend? The Oregon Ducks against the Auburn Tigers, but also many more. If you’re an Oregon Ducks fan, you’re expecting a playoff run. Oregon returns a Top 10 quarterback, the best offensive line in the country, and handful of other playmakers on both sides of the ball. In their way is a Tigers team looking to bounce back. Bouncing back from an 8-5 season shows how high the expectations are for Gus Malzahn and Auburn, but not unachievable. Stopping a lethal Oregon Ducks team won’t be easy, but a win gives them a jump start towards the playoff.

College football returns with a ton of games for your viewing pleasure, and it’s time to make some picks.

Thursday/Friday Games

UCLA (+2.5) at Cincinnati

Bearcats stunned the Bruins in LA last year, and won’t be afraid to do it again. UCLA’s hoping Chip Kelly’s magic can work for their program….CINCINNATI 34 UCLA 24

Georgia Tech (+37) at Clemson

Clemson returns to defend its title, but it won’t much much resistance immediately. Georgia Tech’s creating a new culture under Geoff Collins, and needs some time to sort things out….CLEMSON 56 GEORGIA TECH 13

FIU (+2) at Tulane

Talk about two teams looking to surprise in their respective conferences. Tulane features a talented offense, but the Panthers also have talent all-around….TULANE 28 FIU 27

Utah (-6) at BYU

A rivalry battle in Week 1? Yes, please. Utah and BYU face off right away, but don’t expect one to pull away from the other….UTAH 24 BYU 23

Wisconsin (-13) at USF

Bulls allowed 240 yards per game on the ground and they face the best running back in the nation in Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor….WISCONSIN 34 USF 20

Saturday Games

Ole Miss (+5.5) at Memphis

Memphis only has 11 wins in this series, but adds their twelfth while Ole Miss finds new playmakers….MEMPHIS 31 OLE MISS 28

ECU (+17) at NC State

Mike Houston says fans should bet the Pirates to cover, and we’ll believe him. Not to win, but to keep things close….NC STATE 28 ECU 17

Duke (+35) vs. Alabama

The Tide at -35 almost seems insulting, and it feels like it should be -135 at this point….ALABAMA 56 DUKE 10

Northwestern (+6.5) at Stanford

Proverbial battle of the nerds. These “nerds” can play some football too, and it’s going to be a battle….STANFORD 27 NORTHWESTERN 24

SMU (+2) at Arkansas State

zMustangs are a sleeper team with seemingly the right pieces in place to make some noise in the AAC….SMU 33 ARKANAS STATE 24

Georgia (-21.5) at Vanderbilt

After seeing Florida struggle mightily last week, Georgia’s still the team to beat by a long shot….GEORGIA 40 VANDERBILT 21

Georgia Southern (+27.5) at LSU

LSU went from stunning Miami in Week 1 last year to a playoff team. However Georgia Southern will test them in a different way….LSU 34 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 14

Middle Tennessee (+34) at Michigan

Wolverines are getting a lot of hype for yet another season, but a new scheme offensively could justify it….MICHIGAN 49 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 7

Oregon (+3.5) vs. Auburn

Justin Herbert and the Ducks offense are losing receivers left and right, but still return a ton of talent to make a playoff run….OREGON 42 AUBURN 20

Fresno State (+13.5) at USC

Trojans need to take Bulldogs seriously for Clay Helton to cool his seat, but new OC Graham Harrell inherits a talented offense that helps do that….USC 35 FRESNO STATE 17

Houston (+22) at Oklahoma

The 2016 matchup between these two produced an all-time thriller, and will also produce another one….OKLAHOMA 56 HOUSTON 42

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