Last week, there was a lot more bad than good. The good was calling the Washington-Boise State upset right; the bad was expecting Michigan to respond and knock off Oregon and the ugly was picking ND to keep the score close at Penn State. It added up to a 5-10 week against the spread, putting me at 15-15 for the season. This week's guesses:
Thursday, Sept. 13
West Virginia 41, Maryland 28: I'm expecting a ton of big plays, and the Terps' passing game will give WVU some of the same problems Marshall did. Maryland, like a lot of folks, has been devastated by the Mountaineers' running game in the last two meetings, surrendering 300-plus rushing yards. The Terps also have a bad track record on Thursday nights, going 1-4 with the average loss being by 23 ppg. I see more of the same on Thursday, because even if Maryland slows down Pat White and Steve Slaton, they still have to cope with Owen Schmitt, Noel Devine and Darius Reynaud.
TCU 27, Air Force 13: The Horned Frogs bounce back from their trip to Austin, where the game was tighter than the final score indicated. Last season no one did a better job against the AFA running game than TCU. Granted it's a different-style Falcons team, but it's stil the same fast, aggressive TCU defense.