With the weekend upon us and the mid-week games in the books, I attempt to keep the winners coming Saturday. There's a few interesting matchups and some games that are really tough to judge because some teams just haven't played well at all and others have been able to surprise some people. Well, I'm 2-0 to start the week off so let's see if we can keep it going with what might be an  unpopular pick and one I may regret to start off with.

#13Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) vs Pittsburgh (0-2)
Location: Heinz Field - Pittsburgh,PA
Favorite: Virginia Tech (-10) O/U: 45

I know this may sound strange given whats happened so far this season, but I think Pittsburgh actually have a decent chance to not only cover, but win outright. It's not a huge rivalry game and they don't play each other often, but when they do, the underdog seems to prevail more often than not. I won't ramble on and spit out numbers, but you get the point. I'm on the Panthers to cover the 10 and also like the under.

Sportsking Picks: Pittsburgh (+10)
Sportsking Picks: Under-45

Western Michigan (1-1) vs Minnesota (2-0)
Location: TCF Bank Stadium AKA 'The Gopher Hole'-Minneapolis,MN
Favorite: Minnesota (-3) O/U: 55.5

Fact: Minnesota likes to put up big points on the MAC teams, although this number seems a little high, but that's due to the play of both offenses so far. The Broncos have issues beating Big Ten teams, especially on the road and they won't do it tomorrow .Take the Gophers

Sportsking picks: Minnesota (-3)

UL Monroe (1-0) vs Auburn (0-2)
Location: Jordan Hare Stadium - Auburn,AL
Favorite: Auburn (+15) O/U:53.5

OK, I'm taking this one simply because I like the story it would make if they did it again. Plus, this isn't the same Auburn team of the last few years and the Warhawks actually have a pretty potent offense. Imagine if they could actually knock off SEC teams in consecutive weeks? And while  I don't necessarily think they will win, even though I hope they do, I do think they will cover the 15 points and I am also riding the under 53.5.

Sportsking picks: UL Monroe (+15)
Sportsking picks: Under-53.5


OTHER EARLY GAMES - QUICK PICKS:

-Maryland (+3)
-Northern Illinois (-3.5)

MORE PICKS FOR THE LATER GAMES WILL BE POSTED IN THE MORNING. ENJOY THE GAMES EVERYONE! AS ALWAYS I WELCOME ANY AND ALL COMMENTS. GAME ON!

 
*Rankings used are from USA Today
Fri. Sept.9.11
Florida International at Louisville (-3.5) T:47.5
Not many people think an upset is possible in this one, but I disagree. I think Louisville`s history of shaky starts & overall sloppy play will hurt them in this matchup against a Golden Panthers team on the rise. T.Y Hilton and the Int`l running game will be a big reason for this upset, plus I believe they also have a more efficient QB and experienced offence. Louisville defence needs to be ready for more up tempo offence then they saw in week 1 and need to be alot more disciplined as they were penalized 10 times against Murray State.

Pick: Florida International (+3.5)

Quick Picks:

SD State at Army (+9.5) T:54.5
Pick: SD State (-9.5)

Iowa at Iowa St. (+6.5) T:43
Pick: Iowa (-6.5)
Pick: Under-43

(2)Alabama at (20)Penn State (+10) T:42
Pick:Penn State (+10)
Pick: Under-42
Bama probably wins game, but likely closer than 10pts.

(25)Texas Christian at Air Force (+1) T:49.5
Pick: Air Force (+1)
Crazy to think that TCU could be 0-2, my initial thought was that it couldn`t happen, but the Falcons are successful running the ball, which they will try.....alot, could be a long day for Frogs fans.

Nevada at (14)Oregon (-26.5) T:63
Pick:Over-63
Pick:Oregon (-26.5)
Ducks should hit this total by themselves looking to rebound from opening week loss. Seems like an inflated number that makes it really tempting to take a shot with the Pack, but the Over is the first play IMO.

(16)Mississippi State at (22)Auburn (+6) T:57
Pick:Auburn (+6)
Pick:Under-57
Not much to say here, defending national champs as dogs I will usually bite. Tight game, much better Bulldogs team last couple years, but Tigers get it done in the end.

UNLV at Washington State (-14) T:55.5
Pick: Washington State(-14)

*Picks for the late afternoon or evening games (depending on time zone) will be posted sometime between Friday and Saturday afternoon.