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It’s time to settle this! We here at the LGG all like to think we’re pretty dialed into the college football scene, but we can have some pretty varying thoughts about just how good a team is, or who’s going to beat who. So, who’s the most accurate? We’re going to find out, and cross our fingers this doesn’t go horribly wrong!

Each week we’ll pick five games against the spread with at least one pick involving a Big 12 team. That’s it, that’s the rules. We’ll keep track of the picks as we go along, but we have to warn you. Take our picks at your own risk!

Let’s kick this pig!

Chris Ross

  • Arizona State +3.5 (vs Texas A&M)
  • NC State -25.5 (vs Troy)
  • West Virginia -19.5 (vs Georgia Southern)
  • Oklahoma -32 (vs Akron)
  • Virginia Tech +14 (vs Ohio State)

This isn’t the Georgia Southern that turned head last season. After losing much of the 2014 offensive line, no one is going to confuse this triple options attack with Georgia Tech’s. West Virginia wins handily.

Virginia Tech was the lone blemish on the National Champion’s record last year, and Ohio State will look to atone for that. Don’t count out the home dog though. Everyone has been telling the Buckeyes how good they are, and VT has nothing to lose.

Landon Wilson

  • USC -27 (vs Arkansas State)
  • Penn State -7 (at Temple)
  • Auburn -10.5 (vs Louisville)
  • Notre Dame -9.5 (vs Texas)
  • Stanford -12 (at Northwestern)

The Irish return a veteran, experienced defense and an athletic quarterback with weapons on the outside. Texas is still hoping Swoopes is their man, we shall see. Give me the Irish.

USC is on a mission this year and they aren’t letting lowly Arkansas State slow them down. It is a home game that they should win by four touchdowns.

Jake Anderson

  • Penn State-7 (at Temple)
  • Notre Dame -9.5 (vs Texas)
  • USC -27 (vs Arkansas State)
  • Kentucky -17 (vs UL Lafayette)
  • UNLV +23 (at Northern Illinois)

Steve Sarkisian will look to put a 100 points on the Red Wolves to cover up his recent embarrassing behavior. It doesn’t hurt that the trojans are legitimately excellent. It’s a big number but look for Southern Cal to jump all over Arkansas State.

Mark Stoops has spent his time in Lexington convincing basketball fans that uk football is for real. My guess is that he will want his cats to drum up all the positive vibes before the meat grinder of conference play. Give me Kentucky by 25 or so.

Tracy Guest

  • Arizona State +3.5 (vs Texas A&M)
  • Texas +9.5 (at Notre Dame)
  • Stanford -12 (at Northwestern)
  • Georgia -31 (vs UL Monroe)
  • Arkansas -35 (vs UTEP)

My head says no,no,no, don’t do this, but I think Charlie Strong may bring a game plan that can keep it close.  Tyrone Swoopes eliminates last year’s mistakes and the defense keeps Notre Dame in check.

Matt Turney

  • Baylor -36 (at SMU)
  • Michigan State -17 (at Western Michigan)
  • Arizona State +3.5 (vs Texas A&M)
  • USC -27.5 (vs Arkansas St)
  • Ohio State -13.5 (at Virginia Tech)

Arizona State and Texas A&M play in Houston, but this is a hype line. Yes, A&M brought in John Chavis but their defense was terrible last year and I don’t buy into a huge change so soon.

College football is all about the QB’s. A great one can cover so many shortcomings. Connor Cook probably would’ve gone in the first round but came back. The dude is on a mission this year. I have Michigan State winning it All this year.

Kyle Lang

  • Washington +12.5 (at Boise State)
  • Notre Dame -9.5 (vs Texas)
  • Duke -7 (at Tulane)
  • Ohio State -13.5 (at Virginia Tech)
  • Florida State -29 (vs Texas State)

Chris Peterson takes Washington to face his old team Boise State on the world-famous smurf turf. This should be a good test of where the Huskies stand. While they might be good enough to win they have more than enough talent to cover.

The biggest scare the Buckeyes should face this week was Cardale Jones’ recent trip to the hospital due to a headache. Give me Ohio State.

Robert Spradley

  • Baylor -36.5 (at SMU)
  • Louisville + 10.5 (vs Auburn)
  • Arizona State +3.5 ( vs Texas A&M)
  • Florida -37 (vs NMSU)
  • BYU +6.5 (at Nebraska)

Auburn’s new defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, will try his luck in dealing with Louisville’s quarterback, whomever Bobby Petrino decides that may be. Louisville returns a tough defense which will make this a difficult opener for Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson, despite his talent and athletic ability. This matchup strikes me as the type that will remain close until the waning minutes.

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