It was a good kick-off weekend for the B1G with 12 wins and two reasonable losses. Congrats to Rutgers for pulling it out in the fourth quarter against Washington State, that was nice. And Purdue, nice work equalling your 2013 win total after only one game. Okay, that was snarky.
Also, one clarification. If when I do my picks, no point spread is available, I’ll still make my picks and then compare my call to what the spread ended up being in the end. if there is no spread, then we won’t count it. And, of course, if there is a spread when I pick, I’ll stick to that just as if I had placed a real bet.
Let’s take a look at my picks and see how I did…
Eastern Illinois @ Minnesota – “Yep, Minnesota wins this one by only 17 on a warm-ish night in Land-o-Lakes state. (no point spread avail.)” The spread ended up being 17 in favor of Minnie. The Gophers won by 22, more than covering the spread.. 1-0
Rutgers vs. Washington State – “Washington State is an 8-point favorite but they will go ahead and win by 20 easily covering the spread.” I guess the Knights are tougher than I gave them credit for, but they’re new and I don’t have a great feel for them quite yet. I’m glad they won in their B1G debut even if it cost me on my picks. 1-1
Jacksonville State @ #8 Michigan State – “Go GREEN!!!” Way to go Spartans coming out of the gate with a convincing route of JSU. 1-1
Penn State vs. UCF – “This is a pick-em game (even) and I like it. Penn State wins by a TD.” This was a pick-em game meaning there is no point spread and you just pick a winner. I picked the Lions and they held on to make my pick come true. Yes! 2-1
Youngstown State @ Illinois – “I pick Illinois by 10. (no point spread avail.)” The Fighting Illini ended up being favored by 17 but only won by 11. My pick had them not covering the spread so this counts as a win. 3-1
Indiana State @ Indiana – “Indiana rolls ‘em by 28. (no point spread avail.)” The spread had the Hoosiers by 33. I picked them by 28 (not covering) and they won by 18 (also not covering). 4-1
Northern Iowa at Iowa – “Iowa by 20. (no point spread avail.)” I really though the Hawkeyes would walk all over Northern Iowa; come on, they’re not even Iowa State. But it was a closer game than expected and I don’t know what that says about Iowa. The spread favored Iowa by 17 so my pick had them covering. Iowa won by eight. 4-2
Appalachian State @ Michigan – “Michigan is a 34.5-point favorite in this one, but I don’t see them covering; Michigan by 30.” The Wolverines needed a massacre to beat the spread and put 2007 in the history books (why? I don’t know). They basically got that done winning by 38. I knew they would win, I just didn’t think they would cover. But they did. I hate Michigan. 4-3
#5 Ohio State @ Navy – “The Bucks are a 13-point favorite but I’m going out on a limb here and saying they do not cover the spread; Ohio State by 10.” Down at the half by one, I wasn’t sure how this game was going to play out. But a more reasonable facsimile of the 2013 Buckeyes came out of the locker room in the 3rd quarter and they took care of business. The Bucks covered winning by 17, and I lost another one. 4-4
Western Michigan @ Purdue – “Purdue is favored by 12.5 and at Ross-Ade stadium they win by 14 just covering.” I wasn’t really positive the Boilermakers would even win but I decided to take the leap and have them cover the spread. They won by nine and did not cover. The tumble continues. 4-5
James Madison @ Maryland – “Maryland wins by 21. (no point spread avail.)” The spread had Maryland by 24 so my pick had them not covering. The Terps won by 45 easily covering. 4-6
Florida Atlantic @ #22 Nebraska – “Nebraska is favored by 23 and they win by 27.” Thank you Huskers for winning by 48 and more than doubling the spread. That’s how you dominate. 5-6
California @ Northwestern – “Northwestern is favored by 10 and they cover by winning by 17.” Maybe Cal is better than we think or maybe the Wildcats are worse? Either way, they didn’t cover because they lost by seven. 5-7
#14 Wisconsin @ #13 LSU – “LSU is favored by 4 but I see them winning by only 3, possibly in OT and not covering.” This ended up being a pretty darn fun game to watch, but the Tigers came back in the fourth and won by four. That’s a push. 5-7
I’m 5-7 for the year making my percentage total after week one 42%. I’m way off of my goal of 55%. Not a great start. I need to tighten up if I’m going to make it. Picking winners is certainly a hell of a lot easier. But now I have some stats and recent data to go off of… who am I kidding, it’s all gut feel for me.
Anyway, great first week B1G going 12-2. We lost to Cal and LSU, there is nothing to be ashamed of there. Let’s get fired up for week #2!