The college football season kicked off over the weekend with two unbelievable upsets. The first one was Towson defeating U-Conn, 33-18, and the bigger upset was North Dakota State, 24-21, over Kansas State. How about the Bisons’ last drive took eight and a half minutes and consumed 80 yards? When they scored it left only 28 seconds on the clock. The crowd was the second largest ever in Manhattan, Kansas.
Michigan State struggled to a 26-13 victory over Western Michigan. The offense struggled mightily as MSU rotated quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook. The offense was downright inept. The defense had to score two touchdowns for the boys in green and white. Western Michigan’s starting quarterback, Tyler Van Tubbergen, got banged up and was replaced by Zach Terrell. Who knows what would have happened if Western’s quarterback stayed in the game. They say the biggest improvement in football is game one to game two. Spartans’ fans certainly hope so. If the offense doesn’t improve, it will be an awful long year. The Spartans take on South Florida at home Saturday at noon.
The Michigan Wolverines had zero problems in disposing Central Michigan. Michigan hung 59 points on the Chips. It was the Wolverines’ highest opening-game point total since 1905. The celebrating won’t last long in Ann Arbor as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish come to the Big House for a prime time Saturday night game. Remember the last time Notre Dame was here under the lights? It was an instant classic, as Michigan pulled off an improbable win. This contest should be a battle just like the one two years ago. I like the Wolverines to win this one by a tiny little field goal. The odds makers in Las Vegas have installed the Wolverines as four-point favorites. I do know this, the Big House will be loud and rocking!!
One more thing on college football last week. This Johnny Manziel is a punk and I am starting to really dislike this idiot. Someone needs to shut his punk mouth up. Why don’t you grow up Johnny.
Ready for prime time
The NFL season kicks off in Denver tonight. The Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens, are coming to town. Denver will be looking for revenge after blowing the playoff game last year in Denver. Peyton Manning will be ready because he has not forgotten the loss; trust me on that one. I think Baltimore is going to be just as good as it was last year. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have both moved on. Ray was more of an inspirational leader than a player last season. Ed’s better days were behind him, as he is now in Houston with the Texans.
How about Buffalo opening up with an undrafted quarterback starting against the Patriots? Jeff Tuel will get the start. The Jets just signed Brady Quinn at quarterback! Ouchie, I say.
Detroit opens up with division foe Minnesota. I don’t want to be Captain Obvious, but stopping Adrian Peterson will be the key to winning. Detroit has only two home games in their first six. This is a MUST-win game. I really think the Lions will take care of business and win. I don’t think the Vikings are that good, to be honest. I think they take a step back from last season’s playoff appearance. Detroit did lose both games to Minnesota last season, however.
The Fat Guy has had his NFL handicapping skills sharpened at the grinding wheel this past week. I want to start out the season with a bang. The crystal clear cheese ball needs to be glowing and glowing bright.
Here are my selections for the opening week’s games:
Baltimore + 7.5 over DENVER
N. Eglnd – 10.5 over BUFFALO
Tennessee + 7 over PTTSBRGH
N. ORLEANS -3 over Atlanta
Tampa Bay – 4 over NY JETS
Kansas City – 4 over JCKSNVLLE
Cincinnati + 3 over CHICAGO
CLEVELAND – 1over Miami
CAROLINA + 4 over Seattle
Minnesota + 5.5 over DETROIT
INDIANPLIS -10 over Oakland
Arizona + 4.5 over ST. LOUIS
S. FRNCSCO – 5 over Green Bay
N.Y. Giants + 3 over Dallas
WASHNGTN – 4 over Philadelphia
Houston – 4.5 over SAN DIEGO
LOCK PICK: HOUSTON.