|Date||Game||Dave's Pick||Comments||Dave's Record vs. Spread|
|8/23||Northwestern -4 vs. Oklahoma||OU was lousy last year and I've read nothing to indicate a great deal of improvement.
|1 - 0|
|8/24||Syracuse -8 vs. Wisconsin||Ron Dayne is great, but when that is all you've got you're in trouble.
Maybe he was hurt?
|2 - 0|
|8/30||North Carolina State +25 @ Syracuse||Eighteen returning starters may be able to hang with the Orangemen.
NC St. 32-31
They not only hung with 'em, they won the game!
|3 - 0|
|8/30||Louisville -3 @ Kentucky||UK football gets a fresh start.
Perhaps if Bill Curry had played his stud QB, he would still have a job. Of course, Curry is too damn smug to admit that a freshman QB might actually help him.
|4 - 0|
|8/30||UCLA +1 at Washington State||Five returning starters on the offensive line should be the difference.
Wash. St. 37-34
I seem to have forgotten that a defense can also help. Still, UCLA was robbed. Looked like a TD to me.
|4 - 1|
|8/30||Southern Miss +27.5 @ Florida||Spurrier's got a new QB and Florida isn't used to tough openers.
UF's got a tremendous defense but the offense struggled as expected. It's no embarassment to beat USM by "only" two TDs. They'll be OK.
|5 - 1|
|8/30||Texas Tech +24 @ Tennessee||Big drop off for Texas Tech this year. Manning starts his Heisman run.
No surprises here.
|6 - 1|
|8/30||Nevada +9 @ Colorado State||Rams will roll.
Colo. St. 45-13
I worried about this because the line seemed really out of whack to me. I thought I had missed something. I hadn't.
|7 - 1|
|9/4||Auburn -2.5 @ Virginia||Auburn is much stronger than the rebuilding Cavs.
Score was about what I expected, but neither team was overly impressive.
|8 - 1|
|9/6||East Carolina +6.5 @ West Virginia||East Carolina is one of those overlooked teams that is actually pretty good.
West Virginia 24-17
This pick sucked because if I had shopped the casinos, I could have got that extra half point. Lesson learned.
|8 - 2|
|9/6||Washington -6.5 @ Brigham Young||Huskies (not Dawgs) are better in just about all facets of the game.
The WAC needs to prove itself before whining about coalition bowls.
|9 - 2|
|9/6||Syracuse -10 @ Oklahoma||Orangemen get back on track against outmanned Oklahoma.
This one surprised me.
|9 - 3|
|9/6||Southern Mississippi -4 @ Illinois||Illinois is just plain bad.
Southern Miss 24-7
Illini have no offense.
|10 - 3|
|9/13||Colorado +1 @ Michigan||Buffs are accustomed to tough road games.
Ouch! Does Michigan have enough to make the Big 10(+1) interesting?
|10 - 4|
|9/13||West Virginia -6 @ Boston College||BC doesn't have much.
Boston College 31-24
But they've got enough to come back from 14 down to beat WVU!
|10 - 5|
|9/13||Clemson +2.5 @ North Carolina State||NC State comes back to earth.
NCSU gave them a better game than I thought they would.
|11 - 5|
|9/13||Syracuse +2.5 @ Virginia Tech||Season is over for Syracuse.
Virginia Tech 31-3
The entire Big East is not impressing me much this year.
|12 - 5|
|9/13||Arkansas -6.5 @ SMU||No way the Hogs let it happen again.
They're an embarassment to the SEC.
|12 - 6|
|9/13||Central Florida +42 @ Nebraska||I'll probably regret this, but the Golden Knights have looked OK so far.
One of these days they're gonna win one against somebody good.
|13 - 6|
|9/20||Penn State -20.5 @ Louisville||This shouldn't be competitive. Look for PSU to win by 4 or 5 touchdowns.
Penn State 57-21
As was expected.
|14 - 6|
|9/20||North Carolina -22.5 @ Maryland||Is this a new logo? Yeeeccchh!
North Carolina 40-14
Had to sweat this one out. I was cursing Maryland's kickoff return for a TD until they fumbled and UNC ran it in.
|15 - 6|
|***||North Carolina Addendum||A Tarheel fan by the name of Brandon explained the logo. What I had downloaded from another site was actually the logo for the University of Northern Colorado. This is what it should have looked like. Thanks, Brandon.||***|
|9/20||Washington State -9.5 @ Illinois||I just can't see Illinois doing much of anything this year.
Washington State 35-22
OK, so Illinois doesn't suck as bad as I thought. They still couldn't cover the spread.
|16 - 6|
|9/20||Kentucky +2.5 @ Indiana||Another big day for Couch.
I think the secret is going to be out now. UK's got an offense for a change.
|17 - 6|
|9/20||Michigan State +2.5 @ Notre Dame||Notre Dame must show me something before they get the nod.
Michigan State 23-7
I'm still waiting.
|18 - 6|
|9/20||South Carolina +1.5 @ East Carolina||It won't be easy, but SC has something to prove.
South Carolina 26-0
Well, maybe it was easy.
|19 - 6|
|9/20||Tennessee +4 @ Florida||During preseason I thought this might be UT's year. I no longer feel that way. Visor boy wins again.
Florida is still the team for the SEC to measure itself against. Will Manning lose his status as the annoited Heisman winner?
|20 - 6|
|9/20||Nebraska +3 @ Washington||Nebraska is pretty good, but Washington will be 10 points better at home.
This may screw up the Rose Bowl already. I like the way this season is shaping up. Things should be interesting all year.
|20 - 7|
|9/20||Minnesota +2.5 @ Memphis||Yeah, I know they lost to Hawaii. (That M is for Minnesota, btw.)
Even though I was right, I really don't know why I picked this game.
|21 - 7|
|9/20||Idaho +9 @ Central Florida||UCF will finally get that elusive "W".
Central Florida 41-10
UCF poured it on late. Auburn better watch out.
|22 - 7|
|9/27||West Virginia +9 @ Miami||Hurricanes blow.
West Virginia 28-17
After dominating for years in the Orange Bowl, Miami just doesn't have it any more.
|23 - 7|
|9/27||Clemson @ Georgia Tech
|Yellow Jackets aren't all the way back yet.
Georgia Tech 23-20
Yellow Jackets may be learning how to win! They're stockpiling some young talent and could turn a few heads soon.
|23 - 8|
|9/27||Central Michigan -3 @ Eastern Michigan||Chippewas will win going away.
Eastern Michigan 31-24
|23 - 9|
|9/27||Central Florida +17 @ Auburn||After Auburn's emotional win this has upset written all over it.
War Eagles/Tigers/Plainsmen didn't let down their guard. Pretty impressive after the way Central Florida has played some tough teams this year.
|23 - 10|
|10/4||Texas A&M +3.5 @ Colorado||It's about time for the Southern Division to make its mark on the conference.
Texas A&M 16-10
Colorado not quite as good as I expected.
|24 - 10|
|10/4||Michigan -20 @ Indiana||Michigan is too good for Indiana to keep it close.
Wolverines looking good!
|25 - 10|
|10/4||Texas -7 @ Oklahoma State||Longhorns are ready to recover from UCLA debacle.
Oklahoma State 42-16
Can't say I'm disappointed to see one of my least favorite coaches, Mackovic, get buried every now and then.
|25 - 11|
|10/4||Notre Dame -1 @ Stanford||This may be everybody's year to beat up on the ND tradition. I for one hope so.
Four losses in a row for the Irish. Can you say 1-10? I wonder which coalition bowl they'll go to and whether Powlus will be invited to the Downtown Athletic Club for the Heisman ceremony.
|26 - 11|
|10/4||Washington State -7 @ Oregon||Oregon won't put up much fight.
Washington State 24-13
|27 - 11|
|10/4||Miami (Ohio) +20 @ Virginia Tech||I'd feel better about this pick if it was Miami (Florida), but Hokies should roll.
Miami (Ohio) 24-17
Big East sux.
|27 - 12|
|10/11||Air Force +1 @ Navy||The Air Force will crash and burn this week.
Air Force 10-7
Blocked punt for a touchdown. Unbelieveable.
|27 - 13|
|10/11||Brigham Young -2 @ Rice||Rice is surprisingly good but not good enough.
Even more surprising than I thought.
|27 - 14|
|10/11||Colorado -3.5 @ Oklahoma State||I made a mistake last week when I didn't pick the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State 33-29
First 6-0 start since The Big One, WWII.
|28 - 14|
|10/11||Florida -13 @ LSU||This should be the standard Spurrier rout.
The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Florida "bench" near the end says it all.
|28 - 15|
|10/11||Georgia +10 @ Tennessee||I am not impartial here. This is where we learn whether Dawgs are for real.
The less said the better.
|28 - 16|
|10/11||Kentucky +2 @ South Carolina||The Mumme/Couch offense should eat South Carolina's linebackers for lunch.
South Carolina 38-24
It started out that way, but then SC decided they did want to play this season, after all.
|28 - 17|
|10/18||Georgia Tech +23.5 @ Florida State||Tech yet to get the respect they've earned. Should be low-scoring.
Florida State 38-0
Well, it was low-scoring on one end.
|28 - 18|
|10/18||South Carolina -1.5 @ Arkansas||Hasn't Arkansas fired Ford yet?
South Carolina 39-13
It won't be long now.
|29 - 18|
|10/18||Tennessee -8.5 @ Alabama||Tennessee's ability to throw and run should enable them to prevail.
Tennessee needs some luck in the form of somebody knocking off Florida, but if it happens they've still got a possibly great season cooking.
|30 - 18|
|10/18||Wisconsin +2 @ Purdue||Dayne has gotten it back into gear.
Boilermakers making some noise for a change.
|30 - 19|
|10/25||Michigan -2 @ Michigan State||State is not that close to Michigan in talent.
But they are getting closer.
|31 - 19|
|10/25||Purdue -10.5 @ Illinois||Purdue is beating everyone by more than 10, and Illinois is losing to everyone by more than 10. No-brainer.
That was one of the easiest picks of the year.
|32 - 19|
|10/25||Colorado -4.5 @ Texas||Colorado hasn't been all that impressive, but Texas has been worse.
Texas' defense must be awful.
|33 - 19|
|10/25||Virginia Tech +1 @ West Virginia||Virginia Tech is at least a touchdown better.
West Virginia 30-17
Now it's down to West Virginia vs. Syracuse for the Coalition spot.
|33 - 20|
|10/25||Tulane +8 @ Southern Mississippi||Bowden #3 is quietly building a pretty good team at Tulane.
Southern Miss 34-13
Not good enough, yet.
|33 - 21|
|10/25||San Diego State -7 @ Hawaii||I've been looking for a chance to get that Fighting Rainbow logo onto my page.
San Diego State 10-3
|33 - 21|
|11/1||Pittsburgh +4.5 @ Boston College||Pittsburgh is lousy.
Boston College 22-21
|33 - 22|
|11/1||Missouri +14 @ Colorado||Colorado's been a disappointment.
|34 - 22|
|11/1||Penn State -17 @ Northwestern||It's not 1995 any more.
Penn State 30-27
|34 - 23|
|11/1||Oklahoma State +9 @ Texas A&M||Cowboys will bounce back and win outright.
Texas A&M 28-25
|35 - 23|
|11/1||Rice -4.5 @ SMU||The Owls are playing well this year.
|35 - 24|
|11/1||West Virginia +10.5 @ Syracuse||I just can't see a team as bad as West Virginia making it to the coalition.
|36 - 24|
|11/1||Brigham Young -20 @ Texas-El Paso||No contest.
|36 - 25|
|11/1||Alabama-Birminham +24 @ Virginia Tech||UAB? C'mon!
Virginia Tech 37-0
|37 - 25|
|11/1||Central Florida -14 @ Northeast Louisiana||Central Florida will roll.
Northeast Louisiana 45-41
|37 - 26|
|11/8||Michigan +2.5 @ Penn State||Paterno's team has been close to failing all year.
|38 - 26|
|11/8||Michigan State +2 @ Purdue||Purdue's early success won't continue.
Tough luck for MSU, but they beat the spread!
|39 - 26|
|11/8||Oklahoma State -6 @ Oklahoma||The biggest rout of the day.
Oklahoma State 30-7
|40 - 26|
|11/8||LSU -6 @ Alabama||Tigers looking for revenge after last year, and Bama can't put up much resistance.
Tigers turned the tables on the Tide.
|41 - 26|
|11/8||Southern Mississippi +18 @ Tennessee||The world awaits to see whether Tennesse can blow this opportunity.
It looked shaky early.
|42 - 26|
|11/8||Louisiana Tech -8 @ Alabama-Birmingham||Looking for back to back wins in the state of Alabama.
Louisiana Tech 32-29
Why the hell do I keep trying to pick games like this?
|42 - 27|
|11/15||Ole Miss +1 @ Tulane||Tuberville's boys will handle the Green Wave.
Ole Miss 41-24
|43 - 27|
|11/15||Mississippi State +3.5 @ Alabama||First year woes continue for DuBose.
Mississippi State 32-20
|44 - 27|
|11/15||Notre Dame +11 @ LSU||It seems you can't go wrong picking against the Irish this year.
Notre Dame 24-6
|44 - 28|
|11/15||Penn State -6 @ Purdue||Nittany Lions bounce back as Purdue comes down off their cloud.
Penn State 42-17
|45 - 28|
|11/15||Syaracuse -19 @ Pittsburgh||Orangemen making a push for a big bowl.
|45 - 29|
|11/15||Virginia -1 @ NC State||Cavs will score a lot vs. Wolfpack.
North Carolina State 31-24
|45 - 30|
|11/15||Texas A&M -14 @ Oklahoma||Sooners will find the going tough.
Texas A&M 51-7
|46 - 30|
|11/15||Washington +2.5 @ UCLA||Huskies bounce back strong as UCLA streak ends.
|46 - 31|
|11/22||Ohio State +3.5 @ Michigan||Michigan big.
|47 - 31|
|11/22||Clemson pick 'em @ South Carolina||SEC maintains its dominance over ACC.
|47 - 32|
|11/22||West Virginia +10.5 @ Notre Dame||One good game and people think the Irish are back?
Notre Dame 21-14
|48 - 32|
|11/22||Mississippi State -5 @ Arkansas||Sherrill has his boys playing well.
|48 - 33|
|11/22||Florida State -4.5 @ Florida||If Spurrier can pull this one off I might have to reevaluate my opinion of him.
|48 - 34|
|11/22||Washington State +6 @ Washington||Huskies have let season slip away.
Washington State 41-35
|49 - 34|
|11/22||UCLA -9 @ USC||OK, the Bruins have finally convinced me they're for real.
|49 - 35|
|11/22||Virginia Tech -11 @ Pitt||I'm gonna keep picking against Pitt until I'm right.
|49 - 36|
|11/28||Nebraska -21 @ Colorado||Huskers are in no mood to let MNC chances vanish.
|49 - 37|
|11/28||Arkansas +19 @ LSU||Hawgs will play them a little tougher than this.
|50 - 37|
|11/29||Syracuse -6.5 @ Miami||Orangemen fighting for the Alliance.
|51 - 37|
|12/6||Army +13 vs. Navy||Too many points, weather may be a factor.||51 - 38|
|12/6||Texas A&M +18 vs. Nebraska||I don't think A&M wins, but I do think it'll be closer than 18.||51 - 39|
|12/6||Auburn +6.5 vs. Tennessee||This pick hinges on my expectation that Jamal Lewis will be the difference. If Auburn can stop him they do have a chance at outright victory.||51 - 40|
July 15, 1998