Sorry for the late start to this week's TNIAAM College Pick'em contest. Luckily, there is no Thursday or Friday games on the schedule AND there's only 10 games to pick from this week.
If you need a recap of last week's results here they are. But, lets just get to picking shall we? (Oh, don't forget that there's a easier copy-and-paste list of the games in the comments section.)
Saturday, Sept. 12th
Noon ET on Fox Sports 1 - Virginia Tech at East Carolina(+7.5)
After getting housed by No. 1-ranked Alabama in Week 1, the Hokies (1-1) responded with a housing of their own against FCS foe Western Carolina, 45-3. The 42-point win ended up being the Pick'em's first PUSH of the season as VT was a 42-point favorite.
Meanwhile, the Hokies' Conference-USA-soon-to-be-AAC opponent is off to a nice 2-0 start to the season, as they've beaten Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic. This will be the first of two ACC opponents the Pirates will face, as in two weeks they face-off against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
This game opened with VT being a 7-point favorite, so take that for what it is.
12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3 - LA-Monroe at Wake Forest (-3)
The Demon Deacons (1-1) are 0-2 against the spread this season, as they failed to cover against Presbyterian and failed to use an extra 3 points versus the Boston College Eagles to their advantage last week. Lets be honest, it has been a very tough start for Wake Forest, which explains the low line.
Meanwhile, the Warhawks (1-1) are coming off a 48-10 victory over Grambling State. The week before that, LA-Monroe was shutout by the Oklahoma Sooners, 34-0.
This game opened with Wake Forest as 3.5-point favorites.
12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3 - New Mexico at Pittsburg h (-21.5)
This is the Panthers (0-1) first game since its open-season beat down, 41-13, handed out by Florida State. I have no clue what Pitt did during the week off, but a showdown with the Lobos (1-1) should help ease the pain of Week 1.
So far this season, New Mexico is ranked 72nd in points for (27.5) and 79th in points against (28.0). Last week, New Mexico beat UTEP, 42-35, in overtime. The week before that they downed UTSA, 21-13.
This game opened with Pitt being 20.5-point favorites.
3 p.m. on Pac-12 Network - Boston College at USC (-13.5)
Imagine what will happen in Southern California if the Trojans (1-1) lost to visiting Boston College (2-0) after getting embarrassed by Washington State, 10-7, last week. Despite USC's setback, they're still a big favorite over the Eagles, who are 1-1 against the spread this season.
Interestingly, this game opened with USC being 16-point favorites. I guess, some people are catching on.
3:30 p.m. on ESPN - Nevada at Florida State (-34)
Lets, for a second, talk about strength of schedule. The Seminoles (1-0) opened up with Pitt, which they crushed, and this week plays the 1-1 Wolf Pack. Next week, Bethune-Cookman visits FSU -- I wonder what that spread will be like -- and the following week the Seminoles visit B.C.
In Week 1, UCLA smoked Nevada, 58-20, but the Wolf Pack rebounded last week downing UC Davis, 36-7.
This game opened with FSU favored by 31.
3:30 p.m. on ESPNU - Georgia Tech at Duke (+8.5)
The lone ACC showdown of the week features the Blue Devils (2-0) as the underdog. A lot of this probably has to do with Duke playing at home against the Yellow Jackets (1-0), who we still don't know much about considering they killed Elon, 70-0, in Week 1 and hasn't played since.
Meanwhile, Duke has started its season strong with a 45-0 shutout of N.C. Central and a 28-14 victory at Memphis last week.
4 p.m. on ESPN3 - Wagner at Syracuse (-28)
The Orange (0-2) covered in Week 1 against Penn State and didn't come close to covering in Week 2 against Northwestern. Will Syracuse finally find some offensive flow against an over-matched Seahawk squad (1-1)? I am at least betting the Orange's defense WILL show up for this one, and, hopefully, that translates to some offensive flow.
7:30 p.m. on ESPN3 - Maryland at UConn (+6.5)
Oh look! Another ACC showdown... Oh, wait... Never mind.
Question, if your squad is getting 6.5 points at home against MARYLAND should you keep your job as head coach? I say no, but that's just me.
For the record, the Terps (2-0) opened as 8-point favorites. Just a reminder, the Huskies (0-1) are coming off a 33-18 loss to TOWSON! I wonder what the Vegas odds are on Coach P rallying his troops.
Top 25 Showdown
Noon on ABC - No. 16 UCLA at No. 23 Nebraska (-4.5)
This is the Bruins (1-0) first game since opening their season with a dominating victory over Nevada. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers (2-0) have played nobody -- Ok, Wyoming is pretty solid -- in their first two games. In Week 1, Nebraska squeaked by the Cowboys, 37-34, while in Week 2 Southern Miss proved to be no match losing 56-13.
All-in-all, this will be both team's first real test of the season. This game opened with the Cornhuskers as a 4-point favorite.
3:30 p.m. on CBS - No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M (+7.5)
Hell, with all the hoopla surrounding this one do I really need to go in depth about it?