College Football Picks (Week 1, 2012): 1-4 (-$460) College Football Picks (Week 2, 2012): 3-2 (+$170) College Football Picks (Week 3, 2012): 2-3 (-$140) College Football Picks (Week 4, 2012): 2-3 (-$50) College Football Picks (Week 5, 2012): 4-1 (+$570) College Football Picks (Week 6, 2012): 4-1 (+$790) College Football Picks (Week 7, 2012): 3-2 (+$380) College Football Picks (Week 8, 2012): 3-2 (+$250) College Football Picks (Week 9, 2012): 3-1-1 (+$160) College Football Picks (Week 10, 2012): 4-1 (+$990) College Football Picks (Week 11, 2012): 5-0 (+$1,200) College Football Picks (Week 12, 2012): 3-2 (+$50) College Football Picks (Week 13, 2012): 2-3 (-$260) College Football Picks (Week 14, 2012): 3-2 (+$180)
College Football Picks (2012 Season): 42-27-1 (+$3,630) College Football Picks (2011 Season): 36-32-2 (-$390) College Football Picks (2010 Season): 37-31-2 (+$190) College Football Picks (2009 Season): 34-34-2 (-$3,820) College Football Picks (2008 Season): 49-38 (+$3,020)
By the way, the fifth-annual Walter/Joker Annual Challenge is on, as I'll be competing with the Joker's College Picks. We each pick five games and see who does the best each week.
Stanford vs. Wisconsin Line: Stanford by 6.5. Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m.
As a disclaimer, don't go nuts with my college football picks. I'm much better at picking NFL games (at least I used to be); I'm just doing these upon request. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
No one expected Stanford to be in the Rose Bowl exhibition game prior to the season. I doubt the Cardinal players expected it. But here they are, ready to take on the Big Ten champs. They'll be up for Wisconsin, a team that just isn't very good. Trust me, I've bet against the Badgers a couple of times this year.
College Football Pick: Stanford -6.5 (1 Unit)
Northern Illinois at Florida State Line: Florida State by 13.5. Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.
Remember when Florida State was undefeated and everyone was talking about the team possibly battling Alabama in the national championship? Well, the Semionles have certainly fallen. Sure. they've been invited to a meaningless BCS bowl (aren't they really just the same as the other ones?) but they have to take on Northern Illinois. Why would they care about stupid Northern Illinois? Meanwhile, the Northern Illinois players have spent the past month listening to why they don't belong in a stupid BCS bowl. They'll be pumped to prove everyone wrong.
College Football Pick: Northern Illinois +13.5 (2 Units)
Oregon vs. Kansas State Line: Oregon by 8.5. Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m.
What was that Kansas State loss to Baylor? Seriously, how was an undefeated team embarrassed like that against a mediocre opponent so late in the year? The Ducks are at least legit. They should be able to prevail over Bill Snyder, who has a 4-9 spread record in bowl games.
College Football Pick: Oregon -8.5 (1 Unit)
Kent State vs. Arkansas State Line: Arkansas State by 3.5. Jan. 6, 9:00 p.m.
The fourth BCS bowl I'd like to discuss is Kent State versus Arkansas State. This one must be super important because it's being played just one day prior to the national championship.
This may surprise you, but this is Kent State's first bowl appearance since 1972. I was certainly shocked because I assumed the Flashes made it to one when Julian Edelman quarterbacked the team. They'll be pumped to play Arkansas State.
College Football Pick: Kent State +3.5 (2 Units)
Alabama vs. Notre Dame Line: Alabama by 9.5. Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m.
Always bet on the SEC team in the BCS championship*. That's what I've learned over the years. Dating back to 2006, the SEC is a perfect 5-0 versus non-SEC competition in the BCS championship.
* - Note that this is not technically the national championship. This is the BCS Championship. The winner wins the BCS, but if the voters should choose to vote, say, Texas A&M No. 1 after this contest, the Aggies would technically split the title with Alabama. Just sayin'.
Alabama has too much defensive power for Notre Dame's offense to handle. In fact, the Tide's speed is just going to be overwhelming. The Irish should be competitive for a while, but Alabama will eventually pull away and win by 14-20 points.