Twitter Picks for College Football Week Two

Game of the Week
#5 Oklahoma (1-0) at #2 Ohio State (1-0)
Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Betting Favorite:  Ohio State by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oklahoma- 6th, Ohio State- 2nd

 

Big Game Guarantee
#14 Stanford (1-0) at #6 USC (1-0)
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Betting Favorite:  USC by 6
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Stanford- 15th, USC- 4th

 

Upset of the Week
#13 Auburn (1-0) at #3 Clemson (1-0)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Betting Favorite:  Clemson by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Auburn- 8th, Clemson- 9th

 

Closer Than the Experts Think
Pittsburgh (1-0) at #4 Penn State (1-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Betting Favorite:  Penn State by 22
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Pittsburgh- unranked, Penn State- 3rd

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think
Indiana (0-1) at Virginia (1-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Betting Favorite:  Indiana by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Bad Spread Game
#15 Georgia (1-0) at #24 Notre Dame (1-0)
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Betting Favorite:  Notre Dame by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Georgia- 13th, Notre Dame- unranked

 

Group of Five Game of the Week
Western Michigan (0-1) at Michigan State (1-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN
Betting Favorite:  Michigan State by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Futbol?
Wake Forest (1-0) at Boston College (1-0)
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. ET, ACCN
Betting Favorite:  Boston College by 1
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Basketball?
South Carolina (1-0) at Missouri (1-0)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Betting Favorite:  Missouri by 2
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Toilet Bowl
Minnesota (1-0) at Oregon State (1-1)
Saturday, 10:00 p.m. ET, FS1
Betting Favorite:  Oregon State by 2
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  The Holy War
Utah (1-0) at BYU (0-1)
Saturday, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Betting Favorite:  Utah by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Utah- 20th, BYU- unranked

 

NFL Game of the Week
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Betting Favorite:  Dallas by 4

 

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record: 5-6
College Overall Record: 5-6
NFL Game of the Week: 0-0

Game of the Week: 1-0
Big Game Guarantee: 0-1
Upset of the Week: 0-1
Closer Than the Experts Think: 0-1
Not Closer Than the Experts Think: 0-1
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game: 1-0
Group of Five Game of the Week: 1-0
Is This Futbol?: 1-0
Is This Basketball?: 1-0
Toilet Bowl: 0-1
Miscellaneous: 0-1

For an explanation of the categories for Twitter Picks, click here.

 

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Tournament Tweeting: ACC First Round Recap and Second Round Preview

First Round Recap

#12 Clemson 75, #13 NC State 61

The Tigers turned a 39-28 halftime lead into a comfortable victory, as the Wolfpack never got closer than 10 in the second half.  Clemson earned their third straight win–and first in the ACC Tournament since 2014–by outscoring NC State 40-22 in the paint.  The Tigers were led by Shelton Mitchell and Jaron Blossomgame with 22 points each, while Sidy Djitte led all players with 13 rebounds.

Abdul-Malik Abu and Maverick Rowan led NC State with 14 points each, while ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. was held to seven points in reportedly his final collegiate game before turning pro.  The Wolfpack, who lost their 10th game in the 11 since a Jan. 23 win at Duke, shot only 38 percent from the floor (19-for-50) in their final game under coach Mark Gottfried, whose end-of-season firing was announced on Feb. 16.

 

Tweets from throughout the game:

 

#10 Wake Forest 92, #15 Boston College 78

The Demon Deacons used a 14-1 run in the second half to turn a 53-53 tie into a 67-54 lead, on their way to a 14-point win over Boston College for their first ACC Tournament win in three years.  Wake Forest’s Bryant Crawford led all players with 20 points and six assists, while All-ACC First Team forward John Collins turned a first-half struggle into a 19-point, 12-rebound performance.  Keyshawn Woods and Austin Arians added 17 for the Deacs, with Arians nailing five three-pointers.

Jerome Robinson led the Eagles with 17 points, as they were more competitive than many expected, but picked up their 15th straight loss.  ACC All-Freshman honoree Ky Bowman left with a knee injury late in the first half with seven points and two assists in 14 minutes.

Wake Forest, who likely solidified their NCAA Tournament bid with the victory, shot 53 percent from the field (25-47) and 47 percent (9-19) from three after hitting four in a row to start the game.  The Demon Deacons (33-43) made more free throws than the Eagles (18-26) attempted, and have now beat an opponent three times in a season for the first time since 2003 (Florida State).

Tweets from throughout the game:

 

#14 Pittsburgh 61, #11 Georgia Tech 59

An experienced Pittsburgh team who struggled all season extended their season another day, while ending the NCAA Tournament hopes of Georgia Tech (17-15), as the Panthers survived a final-minute surge by the Yellow Jackets for the 2-point win.  Pitt’s four seniors scored 53 of their 61 points, with Michael Young leading the way with 17, while Sheldon Jeter had 14 and Jamel Artis and Chris Jones each added 11.

Second Team All-ACC selection Ben Lammers was held to six points for Georgia Tech, although he grabbed 15 rebounds.  Tadric Jackson led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points, with Quinton Stephens adding 16 with 10 rebounds and Josh Okogie scoring 15.

Both teams struggled from the floor, with Pittsburgh shooting 39 percent (21-54) overall and 26 percent (6-23) from three, and Georgia Tech shooting 35 percent (22-62) overall and 22 percent (4-18) from three.  The Panthers, who assisted 15 of their 21 field goals, can guarantee NIT eligibility (a record of .500 or better) with a win tomorrow against Virginia, and such a quality win would help the likelihood of actually getting a bid as well.

 

Tweets from throughout the game:

 

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Second Round Preview

#8 Syracuse (18-13, 10-8) vs. #9 Miami (20-10, 10-8)
12:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Favorite:  Miami by 2
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Syracuse- 10th, Miami- 9th
AP Poll:  Syracuse- unranked, Miami- receiving votes
Regular Season:  Jan. 4 at Syracuse:  Syracuse 70, Miami 55

 

#5 Duke (23-8, 11-7) vs. #12 Clemson (17-14, 6-12)
appr. 2:30 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Favorite:  Duke by 6.5
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Duke- 5th, Clemson- 11th
AP Poll:  Duke- 14th, Clemson- unranked
Regular Season:  Feb. 11 at Duke:  Duke 64, Clemson 62

 

#7 Virginia Tech (21-9, 10-8) vs. #10 Wake Forest (19-12, 9-9)
7:00 pm ET, ESPN2/ACC Network
Favorite:  Wake Forest by 2
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Virginia Tech- 7th, Wake Forest- 8th
AP Poll:  Virginia Tech- unranked, Wake Forest- receiving votes
Regular Season:  Mar. 4 at Virginia Tech:  Wake Forest 89, Virginia Tech 84

 

#6 Virginia (21-9, 11-7) vs. #14 Pittsburgh (16-16, 4-14)
appr. 9:30 pm ET, ESPN2/ACC Network
Favorite:  Virginia by 10
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Virginia-4th, Pittsburgh- 13th
AP Poll:  Virginia- 21st, Pittsburgh- unranked
Regular Season:  Jan. 4 at Pittsburgh:  Pittsburgh 88, Virginia 76, overtime;  Mar. 4 at Virginia:  Virginia 67, Pittsburgh 42

 

For what it’s worth….

ACC Tournament Record/First Round Record:  2-1

Tournament Tweeting: ACC First Round Preview

ACC Tournament First Round 

#12 Clemson (16-14, 6-12) vs. #13 NC State (15-16, 4–14)
12:00 pm ET, ESPN2/ACC Network
Spread:  Clemson by 6
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Clemson- 11th, NC State- 14th
AP Poll:  both teams are unranked
Regular Season:  March 1 at Clemson: Clemson 78, NC State 74

 

#10 Wake Forest (18-12, 9-9) vs. #15 Boston College (9-22, 2-16)
appr. 2:30 pm ET, ESPN2/ACC Network
Spread:  Wake Forest by 13
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Wake Forest- 8th, Boston College- 15th
AP Poll:  Wake Forest- receiving votes, Boston College- unranked
Regular Season:  Jan. 3 at Wake Forest: Wake Forest 79, Boston College 66; Jan. 31 at Boston College:  Wake Forest 85, Boston College 80

 

#11 Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10) vs. #14 Pittsburgh (15-16, 4-14)
7:00 pm ET, ESPNU/ACC Network
Spread:  Pittsburgh by 1
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Georgia Tech- 12th, Pittsburgh- 13th
AP Poll:  both teams are unranked
Regular Season:  Feb. 28 at Georgia Tech:  Georgia Tech 61, Pittsburgh 52

 

Twitter Picks for College Football Week Eight

Game of the Week

#6 Texas A&M (6-0) at #1 Alabama (7-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Alabama by 18
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Texas A&M- 6th, Alabama- 1st

 

Big Game Guarantee

#23 Ole Miss (3-3) at #25 LSU (4-2)
Saturday, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  LSU by 6
SOS Ranking:  Ole Miss- 20th, LSU- unranked

 

Upset of the Week

#19 Utah (5-1) at UCLA (3-4)
Saturday, 4:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  UCLA by 7
SOS Ranking:  Utah- 25th, UCLA- unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

NC State (4-2) at #7 Louisville (5-1)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite:  Louisville by 19
SOS Ranking:  NC State- unranked, Louisville- 7th

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think

TCU (4-2) at #12 West Virginia (5-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2
Favorite:  West Virginia by 6
SOS Ranking:  TCU- unranked, West Virginia- 17th

 

Bad Spread Game

#17 Arkansas (5-2) at #21 Auburn (4-2)
Saturday, 6:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Auburn by 9.5
SOS Ranking: Arkansas- 19th, Auburn- 24th

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

Memphis (5-1) at #24 Navy (4-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBSSN
Favorite:  Memphis by 2
SOS Ranking:  Memphis- unranked, Navy- 24th

 

Is This Futbol?

#10 Wisconsin (4-2) at Iowa (5-2)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Wisconsin by 3
SOS Ranking:  Wisconsin- 10th, Iowa- unranked

 

Is This Basketball?

#16 Oklahoma (4-2) at Texas Tech (3-3)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Oklahoma by 14
SOS Ranking:  Oklahoma- 12th, Texas Tech- unranked

 

Toilet Bowl

Syracuse (3-4) at Boston College (3-3)
Saturday, 12:30 pm ET, ACCN
Favorite:  Boston College by 5
SOS Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  The Former NFL Coaches Meet

Illinois (2-4) at #3 Michigan (6-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  Michigan by 36
SOS Ranking:  Illinois- unranked, Michigan- 4th

 

NFL Game of the Week

Seattle Seahawks (4-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Sunday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Cardinals by 2

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record:  45-38
Last Week:  10-2
College Overall Record: 43-34
NFL Game of the Week: 2-4

Game of the Week:  3-4
Big Game Guarantee:  3-4
Upset of the Week:  2-5
Closer Than the Experts Think:  3-4
Not Closer Than the Experts Think:  6-1
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game:  4-3
Group of Five Game of the Week:  6-1
Is This Futbol?:  5-2
Is This Basketball?:  6-1
Toilet Bowl:  3-4
Miscellaneous:  2-5

For an explanation of the categories for Twitter Picks, click here.

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

Tournament Tweeting: ACC Opening Round Recap and Second Round Preview

Opening Round Recap

#12 NC State 75, #13 Wake Forest 72
The Wake Forest-NC State tournament opener was an entertaining, back-and-forth game, and came down to the closing seconds with NC State winning 75-72, led by freshman Maverick Rowan with 24 points, and first team All-ACC guard Cat Barber with 22.  For Wake Forest, Devin Thomas had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 14 points while dishing five assists; the loss marks the final collegiate game for both seniors.

 

#11 Florida State 88, #14 Boston College 66
Boston College finished off a historically bad year for their revenue sports, completing a winless stretch in ACC conference play (0-19 including the ACC Tournament) following their 0-8 record in the ACC in football.  Florida State dominated the Eagles, despite 21 points from Boston College senior Eli Carter, with Devon Bookert leading the Seminoles off the bench with 15 points.

 

Second Round Preview

#8 Syracuse vs #9 Pittsburgh
12:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  Pittsburgh by 2.5
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Syracuse- 10th, Pittsburgh- 12th

 

#5 Duke vs #12 NC State
appr. 2:30 ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  TBA
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Duke- 5th, NC State- 13th
AP Poll:  Duke- 19th

 

#7 Clemson vs #10 Georgia Tech
7:00 pm ET, ESPN2/ACC Network
Spread:  Clemson by 1.5
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Clemson- 11th, Georgia Tech- 8th

 

#6 Virginia Tech vs #11 Florida State
appr. 9:30 pm ET, ESPN2/ACC Network
Spread:  TBA
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Virginia Tech- 7th, Florida State- 9th

 

For What It’s Worth…
Opening Round Record: 2-0
Tournament Total: 2-0

Twitter Picks for College Football Week Six

Game of the Week

#23 California (5-0) at #5 Utah (4-0)
Saturday, 10:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: Utah by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking: California- 22nd, Utah- 9th

 

Big Game Guarantee(s)

#13 Northwestern (5-0) at #18 Michigan (4-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, BTN
Favorite: Michigan by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Northwestern- 19th, Michigan- 20th

 

#19 Georgia (4-1) at Tennessee (2-3)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite: Georgia by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Georgia- 18th, Tennessee- unranked

 

Georgia Tech (2-3) at #6 Clemson (4-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2
Favorite: Clemson by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Clemson- 4th, Georgia Tech- unranked

 

Miami (3-1) at #12 Florida State (4-0)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite: Florida State by 9
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Miami- unranked, Florida State- 12th

 

Upset of the Week

Wake Forest (2-3) at Boston College (3-2)
Saturday, 3:00 pm ET, RSN
Favorite: Boston College by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking: both teams are unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

Navy (4-0) at #15 Notre Dame (4-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite: Notre Dame by 14
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Navy- unranked, Notre Dame- 16th

 

NFL Game of the Week

New England Patriots (3-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, CBS
Favorite: Patriots by 9

 

Season to Date
Overall Record: 18-18
Last Week: 1-7
College Overall Record: 16-17
Game of the Week: 3-2
Big Game Guarantee: 10-6
Upset of the Week: 0-7
Closer Than the Experts Think: 3-3
NFL Game of the Week: 2-1