Twitter Picks for College Football Week One

With the return of college football comes the return of my Twitter Picks each week.  These are challenging to write because I only have 140 characters to explain the pick, and this year there are some different categories I am adding.

The old categories of Game of the Week, Big Game Guarantee, Upset of the Week, and Closer Than The Experts Think will still appear each week.

Not Closer Than The Experts Think will be the opposite of Closer Than The Experts Think, and will be a game that the spread does not indicate how big I believe the margin will be.

Overhyped Game will be just like it sounds, a game that I think is getting too much hype leading up to it.

The Group of Five Game of the Week will be the best game featuring one or both teams from the “Group of Five” conferences (non-Power Five).

Is This Futbol? will be a low-scoring game (that the score is soccer-like), and Is This Basketball? will be a high-scoring game.

The Toilet Bowl will be the worst game each week between two teams from Power Five conferences.

Last but not least, the Miscellaneous category will be any other game worth picking, but there will always be a reason (like this week’s “Game Most Likely To Be Won By Tigers”).

Without further adieu, here are the week one Twitter picks:

Game of the Week

#11 Ole Miss vs. #4 Florida State
Monday, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
at Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium)
Favorite: Florida State by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Ole Miss- 10th, Florida State-4th

 

Big Game Guarantee

#18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina
Saturday, 5:30 pm ET, ESPN
at Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)
Favorite: Georgia by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Georgia- 17th, North Carolina- 14th

 

Upset of the Week

#16 UCLA at Texas A&M
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite: Texas A&M by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  UCLA- 21st, Texas A&M- unranked

 

Closer Than The Experts Think

#5 LSU vs. Wisconsin
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC
at Green Bay, Wis. (Lambeau Field)
Favorite: LSU by 11
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  LSU- 5th, Wisconsin- unranked

 

Not Closer Than The Experts Think

#20 USC at #1 Alabama
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
at Arlington, Tex. (AT&T Stadium)
Favorite: Alabama by 12
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  USC- 15th, Alabama- 1st

 

Overhyped Game

#10 Notre Dame at Texas
Sunday, 7:30 pm ET, ABC
Favorite: Notre Dame by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Notre Dame- 11th, Texas- unranked

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

Appalachian State at #9 Tennessee
Thursday, 7:30 pm ET, SEC Network
Favorite: Tennessee by 21
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Appalachian State- unranked, Tennessee- 7th

 

Is This Futbol?

South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Thursday, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: Vanderbilt by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Basketball?

#3 Oklahoma vs. #15 Houston
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite: Oklahoma by 12
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oklahoma- 3rd, Houston- 12th

 

Toilet Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. Boston College
Saturday, 7:30 am ET, ESPN2
at Dublin, Ireland (Aviva Stadium)
Favorite: Georgia Tech by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  Game Most Likely To Be Won By Tigers

#2 Clemson at Auburn
Saturday, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: Clemson by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Clemson- 2nd, Auburn- unranked

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