|Date||Game||Dave's Pick||Comments||Dave's Record vs. Spread|
|8/24||Texas A&M -6.5 @BYU||Texas A&M -6.5||A&M is simply too strong for BYU to keep it this close.
Oops! Maybe the new Big 12 teams aren't so great after all!
|0 - 1|
|8/25||USC @Penn St. -2.5||Penn St. -2.5||USC will have to prove it to me before they regain my respect.
I'm still waiting.
|1 - 1|
|8/31||Clemson -2.5 @ UNC||Clemson -2.5||Clemson is the far stronger team here.
Yeah, I know a lot about football!
|1 - 2|
|8/31||Texas Tech +6.5 at Kansas St.||Texas Tech +6.5||Just a hunch on this one. Red Raiders look strong; KSU may be in for a letdown after last season.
Some casinos had this one at a 7 point spread. I could have used a push this weekend.
|1 - 3|
|8/31||Southern Mississippi +10.5 @ Georgia||Georgia -10.5||I'm picking my alma mater here. I don't know if it is my head or my heart making the decision.
UGA was the worst-prepared team I've ever seen at any level. I'm not impressed with Donnan so far!
|1 - 4|
|9/7||Georgia Tech -1.5 @ NC State||NC State +1.5||NC State is a home underdog going against Tech's brand-new redshirt fresman QB.
Wishful thinking. Tom was right.
|1 - 5|
|9/7||TCU +7.5 @ Oklahoma||Oklahoma -7.5||Surely Oklahoma can do better than this.
How the mighty have fallen.
|1 - 6|
|9/7||Houston +23 @ LSU||LSU -23||I hate giving anybody this many points, but I'm expecting a good team from LSU this year.
The SEC just plain sucks.
|1 - 7|
|You can make a lot of money by checking these picks each week and going the other way!|
|9/14||BYU +5 @ Washington||BYU +5||PAC 10 is weak, but was BYU win vs. A&M a fluke?
We found out that A&M is awful.
|1 - 8|
|9/14||East Carolina +6 @ West Virginia||West Virginia -6||Eastern Carolina's glory days are behind them.
If ECU goes for OT, I still had a chance.
|1 - 9|
|9/14||Northwestern -9 @ Duke||Northwestern -9||Order was restored somewhat to NCAA football last week when Northwestern lost to Wake, but they'll bounce back.
I won one!
|2 - 9|
|9/14||Vanderbilt +17.5 @ Alabama||Vanderbilt +17.5||Vandy could hold Bama to less than 17 points. No way they lose by that many.
I'm on a roll now!
|3 - 9|
|9/21||Florida +3.5 @ Tennessee||Florida +3.5||Time for the Vols' annual choke.
At least they made it respectable.
|4 - 9|
|9/21||Notre Dame -3.5 @ Texas||Texas +3.5||Gold Domers lose outright in this one.
Those half-points are nice when you can get them!
|5 - 9|
|9/21||Texas Tech -1 @ Georgia||Texas Tech -1||Dawgs will be outclassed.
Sometimes its great to be wrong!
|5 - 10|
|9/28||Colorado -3.5 @ Texas A&M||Colorado -3.5||I'm not sure why, but A&M seems to be really bad this year.
|6 - 10|
|9/28||Michigan -8 @ UCLA||Michigan -8||I was impressed with the win at Colorado.
Pac 10 is not too good, except for ASU.
|7 - 10|
|9/28||Penn State -8.5 @ Wisconsin||Penn State -8.5||PSU looks awfully good. The jury is out on the Badgers.
Wisconsin may give some folks trouble, and PSU may be vulnerable.
|7 - 11|
|10/5||Kentucky +22 @ Alabama||Alabama -22||Kentucky is really, really bad.
Will the holier-than-thou Curry ever coach again?
|8 - 11|
|10/5||Michigan -6.5 @ Northwestern||Michigan -6.5||It's nearing midnight for Northwestern.
Things like blowing a 16-pt. 4th quarter lead are why I don't put money on this stuff any more.
|8 - 12|
|10/5||Penn State +10 @ Ohio State||Penn State +10||Ohio State's awfully good, but I like the idea of taking Joe Paterno and 10 points against anybody.
Taking Paterno and 10 might be a good idea vs. Ohio U., but not Ohio State.
|8 - 13|
|10/12||LSU +20 @ Florida||LSU +20||This may be dumb because if Spurrier gets half a chance he'll run up the score.
I'll learn one of these days.
|8 - 14|
|10/12||Wisconsin +28 @ Ohio State||Wisconsin +28||I'm guessing that OSU is ready for a letdown.
|9 - 14|
|10/12||Alabama -12 @ NC State||Alabama -12||NC State isn't too good, but Bama still needs to find an offense.
Bama is the country's most over-rated team.
|9 - 15|
|10/12||Arizona St. -4.5 @ UCLA||Arizona St. -4.5||I can't see UCLA keeping it within 2 TD's.
Whew! What a comeback!
|10 - 15|
|10/12||South Carolina -7 @ Kentucky||South Carolina -7||You can't go wrong picking against UK.
Slowly recovering from my disasterous start!
|11 - 15|
|10/19||Nebraska -23 @ Texas Tech||Texas Tech +23||Key is Hanspard.
23 was just too many points. That's the last loss of the year for Texas Tech.
|12 - 15|
|10/19||Northwestern +4 @ Wisconsin||Northwestern +4||Should be a great game.
It was a great game, but what a tough way to lose for Wisconsin.
|13 - 15|
|10/19||Southern Cal +7 @ Arizona State||Arizona State -7||ASU is the class of this conference.
What a gift! I didn't like overtime, but it helped with this pick!
|14 - 15|
|10/26||Miami +2 @ West Virginia||West Virginia -2||Miami's slide continues.
A blocked punt with 20 seconds to go! Unbelievable!
|14 - 16|
|10/26||Southern Mississippi -10 @ Tulane||Southern Mississippi -10||We're talking blowout here. Should be my 5 star lock of the season.
It's a good thing I didn't do something dumb like make this my 5 star pick of the year!
|14 - 17|
|10/26||Texas Tech +1.5 @ Texas A&M||Texas Tech +1.5||I'm convinced this team is underrated.
They will be ranked when the season is over.
|15 - 17|
|11/2||Arizona -1 @ California||California +1||Bears have got a good season going.
What a lousy way to decide a football game!
|16 - 17|
|11/2||Maryland +5.5 @ Clemson||Clemson -5.5||Clemson's ready to come around now.
They're looking good!
|17 - 17|
|11/2||Princeton +7 @ Columbia||Columbia -7||Why not?
Because I don't know a damn thing about the Ivy League, that's why not!
|17 - 18|
|11/2||Georgia +34 vs. Florida in Jacksonville||Georgia +34||Dawgs shock the nation at the Worlds's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party!
Aaaargh! Fumbled kick cost me!
|17 - 19|
|11/9||California +15 @ Arizona State||California +15||Arizona State looks ripe for an upset.
Give 'em credit. They went out and took care of business.
|17 - 20|
|11/9||Clemson +17 @ Virginia||Clemson +17||Clemson's rebound continues.
This is the Clemson team I expected earlier.
|18 - 20|
|11/9||Alabama +3.5 @ LSU||Alabama +3.5||Risky pick here, but I don't think LSU is quite ready for the big time.
Not by a long shot.
|19 - 20|
|11/16||North Carolina -3 @ Virginia||North Carolina -3||Pretty darn good UNC team should handle middle of the road Virginia.
There goes the coalition!
|19 - 21|
|11/16||Georgia +10 @ Auburn||Georgia +10||Dawgs make bowl push against tough to figure out Auburn.
That's a dumb way to decide the winner of a football game, but sure is entertaining!
|20 - 21|
|11/16||Wisconsin +2.5 @ Iowa||Iowa -2.5||Badgers season is going nowhere.
That was too easy.
|21 - 21|
|11/16||Alabama -12 @ Mississippi St.||Alabama -12||Alabama may have a letdown after that impressive performance against LSU, but MSU is awful.
Sometimes I have a hard time figuring this stuff out.
|21 - 22|
|11/16||Southern Miss +28 @ Florida State||Southern Miss +28||This one worries me, but when a team that I think has an outside shot at outright win is getting 28 points I've got to take it.
I must've been delusional.
|21 - 23|
|11/23||BYU -6 @ Utah||BYU -6||I don't like picking WAC games, but this is a lock.
That was too easy.
|22 - 23|
|11/23||Iowa -11 @ Minnesota||Iowa -11||Unless the fired coach syndrome strikes, Iowa should roll.
Another easy one.
|23 - 23|
|11/23||Michigan +18 @ Ohio State||Michigan +18||That's too many points for this rivalry.
Like taking candy from a baby.
|24 - 23|
|11/23||Michigan State +8 @ Penn State||Penn State -8||Penn State finishes on a high note.
Winning was getting monotonous.
|24 - 24|
|11/29||Virginia +1.5 @ Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech -1.5||Hokies still not getting the respect they deserve.
I'm glad they get a coalition bowl. I think they deserve it.
|25 - 24|
|11/29||Colorado +19 @ Nebraska||Colorado +19||Too many points to pass up.
Rain and turnovers helped.
|26 - 24|
|11/30||Florida -4 @ Florida State||Florida State +4||Florida hasn't been tested like they will be tested this week.
I generally like Florida people, but I get an inordinate amount of pleasure in seeing Spurrier in distress.
|27 - 24|
|11/30||Tennessee -25 @ Vanderbilt||Tennessee -25||Vandy is one of those teams that can come up and bite you, but not this time.
This is an example of how stupid I can be. I knew beforehand that Vandy was very capable of this and I picked against them anyway.
|27 - 25|
|12/7||Texas +20 vs. Nebraska @ St. Louis||Texas +20||Nebraska is not invincible this year and 20 is an awful lot of points.
This game is evidence that a playoff system is needed. Texas clearly looked like the better team, but gets no respect.
|28 - 25|
December 30, 1997