Sorry Big Ern hasn’t published his College/NFL Football Picks the past few weeks! With business travel, alumni activities, etc, the Big Ern hasn’t really had a chance to catch his breath. But this morning (on the road for business), I woke up an hour early. Whew! Here we go!
Ern’s 2013 Current Record (Against the Spread):
OVERALL RECORD: 18-22 OUCH !!
All right – Let’s get it together, Big Ern! It’s Week 5 !
Saturday, September 28, 2013
All right, I know what you’re thinking – Hey Big Ern, You’re going to the big BC – Florida State game with your sixth-grade buddy (and constant questioner!) – Mike Greene. So, obviously you wanna take a poke at that game, right?
The Seminoles favored by 21.5 in Chestnut Hill. So far in 2013, the Eagles have played 6 Quarters of solid football, and 6 Quarters of lousy football. Historically (discounting the last couple seasons), the Eagles always protect their home turf with respectable effort. Perhaps one day I’ll write a story about some of the epic stands taken by BC Football over the years against superior nationally-ranked opponents.
But this is not the week to put my stock in Steve Addazio’s new regime at The Heights. I have a feeling that the Seminoles might really lay a whooping on the Eagles Saturday afternoon. Not touching this one!
#15 Miami (19.5 pt Fav) at South Florida Noon ESPN-U
The undefeated Hurricanes with a local game against a winless Bulldogs program that showed signs of prominence in the final days of the Big East, but which has appears to have fallen back to Square One this season. Miami Coach – Al Golden has recharged “The U” with a powerful Hurricanes running game fueled by sophomore sensation Duke Johnson. I got to watch this guy tear up the Eagles just a year ago. All Ern has to say is: “It’s Late September – Hurricane Season!!”
Ern’s Pick: Hurricanes 34, Bulldogs 13
#14 Oklahoma (3.5 pt Fav) at #22 Notre Dame 3:30 NBC
Sometimes we forget some of the truly BigTime college programs in the country. During a recent business trip to Des Moines, Iowa (first time to America’s true epicenter of “The Heartland”), I was reminded of the rivalry and passion associated with that coming weekend’s Iowa-Iowa State annual battle. My only regret is that I didn’t actually get to attend the game. Then last weekend, Ernifer had the privilege of enjoying some breakfast with a mutual friend – a Soonerette in fact! A 21st-Century OU Alumnus, she still tries to visit Norman for a game every two years. She explained that coach Bob Stoops may as well be the Governor of Oklahoma because he certainly is the most powerful individual in the Sooner State.
On the other hand, Brian Kelly has his hands full in South Bend this season. Freshman star QB Derek Golson is gone – having failed to meet the academic standards of Notre Dame. How unfortunate. After leading the Irish to an undefeated 2012 regular season, and then into the National Title Game against Alabama, it’s “one and done” for Golson. Now Coach Kelly (former St. John’s Prep student and footballer back in local Danvers, Mass) has been forced to turn over the steering wheel to Tommy Rees, who has been bounced around the Irish depth chart for his entire career there. Ern is not big on Rees. And at last check, neither was former colleague (and 21st-Century Irish Alum) Mike Regan. Jimmy Pointek (always the ND supporter), however, is high on Rees, and thinks the veteran can lead the Leprechauns to a premium bowl in 2013.
Regardless of Big Ern’s season projection for Notre Dame (a totally different story), I see the Irish hanging tough at home this Saturday. The Sooners are strong and undefeated. While I expect Coach Stoops to earn a pivotal road win in the shadows of Touchdown Jesus, Ern thinks this one’s gonna be tight.
Ern’s Pick: Sooners 24, Fighting Irish 21
#21 Mississippi at #1 Alabama (16.5 pt FAV) 6:30 ESPN
All right, so the Ole Miss Rebels are undefeated so far, and they’ve even ventured on the road, into the Big 12, and taken down Texas! I know what you’re thinking, the Longhorns are down this year, and Mack Brown (2005 National Title Winner with QB Vince Young) is now on the proverbial Coaching Tight-Rope in Austin. But if you’ve ever BEEN to a game at Longhorn Stadium (archive your ErnBlog), you know that a win down on that campus is No Joke!
And then there’s Alabama. Have they been as good as they were at this point in 2012 – there second-straight National Title Season? Absolutely not. The Crimson Tide surrendered 42 POINTS at Texas A&M a few weeks ago. Sure the Aggies have “Johnny Football” piloting their ship, but please – the Tide was never at any point in either 2011 or 2012 where Nick Saban’s boys would leave six touchdowns on the field! But, Alabama won that game, and they’ll win again on Saturday in their “Super Bowl” timeslot on ESPN – and convincingly.
Ern’s Pick: Crimson Tide 41, Rebels 24
#10 Texas A&M (10.5 pt FAV) at Arkansas 7:00 ESPN2
Yeah, Texas A&M appears poised for a premium bowl game this season. But this week, they’re on the road, and they’re back in the SEC for year #2. Are they better than the Arkansas Razorbacks? You betya. Is this gonna be a walk in the park for Johnny Manziel? No way!
Ern’s Pick: Aggies 27, Razorbacks 21
California at #2 Oregon (36.5 pt FAV) 10:30
Aah. The Big Ern always likes taking a late-night West Coast game! On an interesting note, in another PAC-12 contest Saturday night, Stanford visits Washington State, but wait – No! The Cardinal actually doesn’t “visit” the Cougars, because the Washington State campus is in Pullman – in Eastern Washington! That’s where Drew Bledsoe went to school. Not that any of that matters, right Mike Greene??? But this Stanford/WSU game is being played in Seattle – home of the UW Huskies! Why? And, what? Gonna have to ask Western Apple State native Kristen Leigh Mitre about this conundrum!
But alas, I’m not here to talk Cardinal-Cougars. The Big Ern’s PAC-12 Pick of the Week focuses on Eugene, Oregon where the nation’s second-ranked squad (with those awesome neon-green sneaks – Yeah, Big Ern has a pair!) play host REALLY LATE on Saturday night against the California-Berkley Golden Bears. Can these Ducks really swim? You betya. Can they score a lot of touchdowns? Oh yeah. Are they gonna completely devour a PAC-12 opponent by 37 or More points? Come on now.
Ern’s Pick: Ducks 52, Golden Bears 24