Part of the problem last year is that when you don't actually bet and you just make picks for fun...you ignore home and away and take bad chances. I'm not going to change the part about betting, I think gambling is a foolish vice, but I'll try and make more measured picks and see what happens.
Baylor vs Northwestern (no line)
Obviously the Bears gonna roll the whatever NW St's mascot is's.
Pick: Baylor will win, can't guess against the line obviously.
Oklahoma -10 at (ish) Houston
Everyone's models on Oklahoma are based on what they did last year against a schedule that was decimated by injuries. Meanwhile the Sooners played four opponents a year ago that relied heavily on the QB run game: Tennessee, Texas, K-State, and Clemson. They went 2-2 in those games and looked out-toughed in the losses and vulnerable to the QB run game in every contest save for against the Wildcats.
This game is going to be a very useful barometer for whether the Sooners can match the hype this year or if they are still vulnerable to A) solid teams that aren't missing their QB or B) the QB run game. In a few weeks they'll face another barometer of whether they can hang with teams that also have elite talent (Ohio State).
In the meantime, I'm not giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Pick: Oklahoma wins but fails to cover.
Kansas State +15 at Stanford
Boy is that ever a lot of points for a team that's replacing their QB facing another team that normally overachieves but were devastated by injuries a year ago. It kinda looks like the oddsmakers just said, "okay so Arkansas beat KSU by 22 points and Stanford basically = Arkansas so..."
Stanford does return McCaffrey and will be playing from the comfort of their own stadium. It'll also help the Cardinal a great deal to have extra time to prepare for the Wildcat offense, which is pretty unique in college football. All that said, I think the markets currently (almost perpetually, really) undervalue K-State.
Pick: Stanford wins, fails to cover.
West Virginia -9.5 vs Missouri
Amongst my various non-consensus takes on the coming season is my firm belief that West Virginia is overrated and won't survive their grievous losses on defense from graduation/injury. Meanwhile, Missouri is probably going to be pretty good on defense and can't possibly be that bad again on offense with Drew Lock now solidly entrenched as the starter in a new system.
At the very least it seems unlikely that West Virginia's offense will be able to drop enough points to cover that spread but I think Missouri might actually have the better team.
Pick: Missouri wins outright
Oklahoma State vs Southeastern Louisiana (no line)
Only interesting thing here will be whether the Cowboys can run the ball or not. Last year doing so even against lower level competition was a real struggle.
Pick: Pokes roll
Kansas vs Rhode Island (no line)
I pause here to remind everyone that Kansas hasn't won a football game yet for David Beaty...people this could be it.
Pick: Celebration in Lawrence!
Texas +3.5 vs Notre Dame
Wow, the money must be pouring in on Notre Dame to give Texas that many points. I'll preview this one over at Inside Texas but I think most of the decisive match-ups in this game are either draws or favor the Irish save perhaps for Sterlin Gilbert vs Brian VanGorder.
Both of the possible Notre Dame starters at QB would start at Texas, for instance. That seems likely to have an impact on this game.
Pick: Notre Dame covers
The rest of the games aren't even worth mentioning. What do y'all think?