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

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Tournament Tweeting: ACC Second Round Recap and Quarterfinal Preview

Second Round Recap

First, some general tweets about the tournament:

 

#9 Miami 62, #8 Syracuse 57

A game that I predicted would be a low-scoring game got there eventually, but not before both teams scored early and often in the first half before slowing down.  In a true “tale of two halves,” it was the best of games early and the worst of games late.  Miami, who led 36-28 at halftime, shot 62 percent in the first half (13-21) and 30 percent in the second (9-30), while Syracuse shot 52 percent (11-21) and 35 percent (8-23), respectively.

Brooklyn native Kamari Murphy led Miami with a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Davon Reed scored 14, Ja’Quan Newton scored 11 with six assists, and D.J. Vasiljevic scored 13 off the bench.  Syracuse was led by Andrew White III with 22 points and Tyus Battle with 14, and while Tyler Lydon was held to five points, he had 12 rebounds.

Syracuse led just once in the second half, at 41-40 with 12:23 to play, but got as close as two in the final minute; John Gillon missed a potential game-tying three in the closing seconds.

Miami (21-10) advances to play top-seeded North Carolina on Thursday, while Syracuse (18-14) will now settle in for a stressful Selection Sunday, with many suggesting their resume may not make the NCAA Tournament cut.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, whose teams are 0-3 in the ACC Tournament since joining the league, made headlines after the game for comments (see below) that the ACC Tournament had no value in Greensboro (where it has been held 28 times and is set to return in 2020).

 

Tweets from throughout the game:

 

#5 Duke 79, #12 Clemson 72

Led by a trio of 20-point scorers, Duke slowly pulled away from Clemson in the second half before withstanding a late Clemson charge to hold on for the win.  Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson, and Stiles on Sports ACC Player of the Year Luke Kennard each scored 20 points for the Blue Devils, with Tatum grabbing nine rebounds and dishing four assists.  Amile Jefferson added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Grayson Allen, in 12 minutes, was held scoreless for the first time since 2015.

Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson with 19 points, adding eight rebounds, while Shelton Mitchell scored 17 and Marcquise Reed netted 13.  Sidy Djitte earned a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

A back-and-forth first half led to a 33-33 tie at halftime, before Duke slowly pulled away, leading 62-49 with 8:28 to go.  A 19-7 Clemson run pulled the Tigers to a 69-68 deficit at the 2:51 mark, but Clemson’s momentum sputtered down the stretch.  Late free throws by Tatum turned a 75-72 game with 0:36 left into the final 7-point margin.

The Blue Devils outshot the Tigers 49 percent (30-61) to 39 percent (22-56), although Clemson used free throw shooting (24-26, compared to Duke’s 14-18) to stay in the game.  Duke (24-8) advances to meet Louisville in a top-15 quarterfinal matchup, while Clemson (17-15) awaits, most likely, an NIT bid.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski improved to a near-unfathomable 58-22 in the ACC Tournament, tying North Carolina legend Dean Smith for the most wins in ACC Tournament history.

 

Tweets from throughout the game:

 

#7 Virginia Tech 99, #10 Wake Forest 90

The Hokies used a 62-point second half to come from behind and defeat Wake Forest in the second highest-scoring regulation game in ACC Tournament history.  Zach LeDay led the Hokies with 31 points and 15 rebounds, both the most by any player so far in the tournament.  Four additional Hokies scored in double figures–Seth Allen scored 18, Justin Bibbs scored 15, Ty Outlaw scored 14 and Ahmed Hill scored 13–while Justin Robinson dished out seven assists.

Wake Forest led 44-37 at halftime after the first half ended with reserve forward Greg McClinton hitting an 80-foot buzzer-beater when after the ball deflected into his arms on Virginia Tech’s last-second play; the shot was the first made three-pointer of the junior’s career.  From that point, however, the Hokies held a 62-44 advantage, shooting 62 percent in the second half (16-26) for the third highest-scoring half in a game in ACC Tournament history.

Bryant Crawford led the Demon Deacons with 21 points and fellow point guard Brandon Childress added 15, while John Collins (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Dinos Mitoglou (12 points, 13 rebounds) each earned double-doubles.  McClinton’s miraculous shot before the half marked his only points of the game in just two minutes of action.

Virginia Tech’s win avenged an 89-84 Wake Forest win in Saturday’s regular season finale, and ended the Demon Deacons’ four-game winning streak.  The Hokies (22-9) advance to meet Florida State on Thursday, while Wake Forest (19-13) will learn their NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday–most projections have the Deacs in the field, although whether or not they will play in the “First Four” in Dayton or earn a bye to the Round of 64 is unclear.

 

Tweets from throughout the game:

 
#6 Virginia 75, #14 Pittsburgh 63

Virginia’s defense was solid, as usual, but the Cavaliers played just as solid of an offensive game in their second round win over Pittsburgh.  The Cavaliers shot 50 percent from three-point range (11-22) and 52 percent from the field in the second half (11-21), and were balanced offensively with four players earning three or more assists:  Ty Jerome with four and Devon Hall, Kyle Guy and London Perrantes with three each.

Guy led the Cavaliers with 20 points, with Perrantes adding 15 and Jerome scoring 11, while Isaiah Wilkins had eight points and eight rebounds.  Pittsburgh was led by Cameron Johnson with 20, while Jamel Artis and Michael Young ended their collegiate careers with 18 and 14, respectively.

Virginia led 34-23 at halftime, and after Pittsburgh closed to a 44-43 deficit with 13:08 left, the Cavaliers held a 24-11 edge over a methodical stretch of over 10 minutes to put the game away.  While Virginia played well offensively, they held Pittsburgh to 40 percent from the field (18-45) and 34 percent from three (10-29).  Virginia’s bench scored 23 points, while Pitt’s was held scoreless.

Virginia (22-9) advances to play Notre Dame in Thursday’s quarterfinals, while the loss ended the season for Pittsburgh (16-17).

 

 

Tweets from throughout the game:

 

 

Quarterfinals Preview

#1 North Carolina (26-6, 14-4) vs. #9 Miami (21-10, 10-8)
12:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  North Carolina- 1st, Miami- 9th
AP Poll:  North Carolina- 6th, Miami- receiving votes
Regular Season:  January 28 at Miami:  Miami 77, North Carolina 62

 

#4 Louisville (24-7, 12-6) vs. #5 Duke (24-8, 11-7)
appr. 2:30 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Louisville- 2nd, Duke- 5th
AP Poll:  Louisville- 10th, Duke- 14th, Clemson- unranked
Regular Season:  Jan. 14 at Louisville:  Louisville 78, Duke 69

 

#2 Florida State (24-7, 12-6) vs. #7 Virginia Tech (22-9, 10-8)
7:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Florida State- 3rd, Virginia Tech- 7th
AP Poll:  Florida State- 16th, Virginia Tech- unranked
Regular Season:  Jan. 7 at Florida State:  Florida State 93, Virginia Tech 78

 

#3 Notre Dame (23-8, 12-6) vs. #6 Virginia (22-9, 11-7)
appr. 9:30 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Notre Dame- 6th, Virginia-4th
AP Poll:  Notre Dame- 22nd, Virginia- 21st
Regular Season:  Jan. 24 at Notre Dame:  Virginia 71, Notre Dame 54

 

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For what it’s worth….

ACC Tournament Record:  5-2

First Round
Record:  2-1
Second Round Record:  3-1

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

 

College Football: Week Nine Power Rankings and Week 10 Twitter Picks

Power Rankings for Week Nine

1. Alabama (8-0, Last Week: 1st, College Football Playoff Rankings: 1st)
2. Clemson (8-0, 2nd, 2nd)
3. Michigan (8-0, 3rd, 3rd)
4. Washington (8-0, 4th, 5th)
5. Louisville (7-1, 5th, 7th)

6. Ohio State (7-1, 6th, 6th)
7. Wisconsin (6-2, 9th, 8th)
8. Texas A&M (7-1, 10th, 4th)
9. Oklahoma (6-2*, 12th, 14th)
10. Nebraska (7-1, 8th, 10th)

11. Florida (6-1, 14th, 11th)
12. Auburn (6-2, 15th, 9th)
13. Florida State (5-3, 11th, 22nd)
14. Baylor (6-1, 7th, 17th)
15. North Carolina (6-2, 16th, 21st)

16. LSU (5-2, 20th, 13th)
17. Utah (6-2, 19th, 16th)
18. Oklahoma State (6-2, unranked, 18th)
19. Western Michigan (9-0, 21st, 23rd)
20. West Virginia (6-1, 17th, 20th)

21. Virginia Tech (6-2, 24th, 19th)
22. Penn State (6-2, 23rd, 12th)
23. Boise State (7-1, 13th, 24th)
24. Colorado (6-2, 25th, 15th)
25. Tennessee (5-3, 18th, unranked)

Also Ranked in CFP Rankings:  Washington State (5-2, 25th)

Fell from Rankings:  Navy (5-2, Last Week: 22nd)

*Oklahoma improved to 7-2 in their Week 10 game on Thursday night, beating Iowa State 34-24.

 

Twitter Picks for Week 10

Game of the Week

#1 Alabama (8-0) at #13 LSU (5-2)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Alabama by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Alabama- 1st, LSU- 16th

 

Big Game Guarantee

TCU (4-4) at #17 Baylor (6-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Baylor by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  TCU- unranked, Baylor- 14th

 

Upset of the Week

Pittsburgh (5-3) at Miami (4-4)
Saturday, 12:30 pm ET, ACCN
Favorite:  Miami by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

#10 Nebraska (7-1) at #6 Ohio State (7-1)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite:  Ohio State by 17
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Nebraska- 10th, Ohio State- 6th

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think

#11 Florida (6-1) at Arkansas (5-3)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Florida by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Florida- 11th, Arkansas- unranked

 

Bad Spread Game

#18 Oklahoma State (6-2) at Kansas State (5-3)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2
Favorite:  Kansas State by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oklahoma State- 18th, Kansas State- unranked

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

Notre Dame (3-5) vs. Navy (5-2)
at Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)
Saturday, 11:30 am ET, CBS
Favorite:  Notre Dame by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Futbol?

Missouri (2-6) at South Carolina (4-4)
Saturday, 4:00 pm ET, SECN
Favorite:  South Carolina by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Basketball?

Texas (4-4) at Texas Tech (4-4)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, FS1
Favorite:  Texas by 3.5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Toilet Bowl

Indiana (4-4) at Rutgers (2-6)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  Indiana by 14
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  Commander in Chief’s Trophy, Game #2

Air Force (5-3, 1-0 in Comm. in Chief Trophy) at Air Force (5-3, 0-0)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, CBSSN
Favorite:  Army by 1
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

NFL Game of the Week

Denver Broncos (6-2) at Oakland Raiders (6-2)
Sunday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Raiders by 1

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record: 59-47-1
Last Week: 7-5
College Overall Record: 56-43
NFL Game of the Week: 3-4-1

Game of the Week: 5-4
Big Game Guarantee: 3-6
Upset of the Week: 4-5
Closer Than the Experts Think: 4-5
Not Closer Than the Experts Think: 7-2
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game: 4-5
Group of Five Game of the Week: 6-3
Is This Futbol?: 7-2
Is This Basketball?: 7-2
Toilet Bowl: 5-4
Miscellaneous: 4-5

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

Twitter Picks for College Football Week Four

Game of the Week

#11 Wisconsin (3-0) at #8 Michigan State (2-0)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  Michigan State by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Wisconsin- 10th, Michigan State- 8th

 

Big Game Guarantee

#12 Georgia (3-0) at #23 Ole Miss (1-2)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Ole Miss by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Georgia- 17th, Ole Miss- 22nd

 

Upset of the Week

Pittsburgh (2-1) at North Carolina (2-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPNU
Favorite:  North Carolina by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Pittsburgh- unranked, North Carolina- 19th

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

Kent State (1-2) at #1 Alabama (3-0)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, SECN
Favorite:  Alabama by 44
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Kent State- unranked, Alabama- 1st

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think

#7 Stanford (2-0) at UCLA (2-1)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite:  Stanford by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Stanford- 7th, UCLA- unranked

 

Overhyped Game

#17 Arkansas (3-0) vs. #10 Texas A&M (3-0)
Saturday, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN
at Arlington, Tex. (AT&T Stadium)
Favorite:  Texas A&M by 6
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Arkansas- 25th, Texas A&M- 20th

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

East Carolina (2-1) at Virginia Tech (2-1)
Saturday, 12:30 pm ET, ACCN
Favorite:  Virginia Tech by 12
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Futbol?

#19 Florida (3-0) at #14 Tennessee (3-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Tennessee by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Florida- unranked (P.S. they’re the first team out), Tennessee- 9th

 

Is This Basketball?

Oklahoma State (2-1) at #16 Baylor (3-0)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Baylor by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oklahoma State- 18th, Baylor- 13th

 

Toilet Bowl 

South Carolina (2-1) at Kentucky (1-2)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, SECN
Favorite:  Kentucky by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  Game Most Likely To Be Won By Tigers, Volume II

#18 LSU (2-1) at Auburn (1-2)
Saturday, 6:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  LSU by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  LSU- 11th, Auburn- unranked

 

NFL Game of the Week

Houston Texans (2-0) at New England Patriots (2-0)
Thursday, 8:25 pm ET, CBS/NFLN
Favorite:  even

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record:  15-20
Last Week:  4-8
College Overall Record: 15-18
NFL Game of the Week: 0-2

Game of the Week:  2-1
Big Game Guarantee:  1-2
Upset of the Week:  0-3
Closer Than the Experts Think:  1-2
Not Closer Than the Experts Think:  2-1
Overhyped Game:  1-2
Group of Five Game of the Week:  3-0
Is This Futbol?:  1-2
Is This Basketball?:  2-1
Toilet Bowl:  0-3
Miscellaneous:  2-1

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

Twitter Picks for College Football Week Two

A week after “the greatest opening weekend in college football history,” the second weekend of this college football season looks more like what we’re used to in the first weekend.  Solid games are hard to come by.

That said, there are still football games being played, so here are my picks for 12 of them, including tonight’s Super Bowl rematch in the NFL opener.

Game of the Week

Virginia Tech (1-0) vs. #17 Tennessee (1-0)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
at Bristol, Tenn. (Bristol Motor Speedway)
Favorite:  Tennessee by 12
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Virginia Tech- unranked, Tennessee- 7th

 

Big Game Guarantee

Arkansas (1-0) at #15 TCU (1-0)
Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  TCU by 7.5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Upset of the Week

BYU (1-0) at Utah (1-0)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Utah by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

Iowa State (0-1) at #16 Iowa (1-0)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  Iowa by 15
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Iowa State- unranked, Iowa- 9th

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think

North Carolina (0-1) at Illinois (1-0)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  North Carolina by 9
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  North Carolina- 23rd, Illinois- unranked

 

Overhyped Game

South Carolina (1-0) at Mississippi State (0-1)
Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN2
Favorite:  Mississippi State by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

California (1-0) at San Diego State (1-0)
Saturday, 10:30 pm ET, CBSSN
Favorite:  San Diego State by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Futbol?

Penn State (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Pittsburgh by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Is This Basketball?

Washington State (0-1) at Boise State (1-0)
Saturday, 10:15 pm ET, ESPN2
Favorite:  Boise State by 11
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Washington State- unranked, Boise State- 25th

 

Toilet Bowl

Wake Forest (1-0) at Duke (1-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPNU
Favorite:  Duke by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  Good Luck, Hilltoppers

Western Kentucky (1-0) at #1 Alabama (1-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN2
Favorite:  Alabama by 29
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Western Kentucky- unranked, Alabama- 1st

 

NFL Game of the Week

Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Denver Broncos (0-0)
Thursday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Panthers by 3

 

Season to Date

Overall:  5-6
Game of the Week:  1-0
Big Game Guarantee:  1-0
Upset of the Week:  0-1
Closer Than the Experts Think:  0-1
Not Closer Than the Experts Think:  1-0
Overhyped Game:  0-1
Group of Five Game of the Week:  1-0
Is This Futbol?:  0-1
Is This Basketball?:  0-1
Toilet Bowl:  0-1
Miscellaneous:  1-0