College Football Week 1 Best Bets: Gambling Season Begins
Back in my married days, my then wife was from Louisiana (she still is from Louisiana, actually, and still alive, we are just not married anymore) and around late October or early November is when duck hunting season would begin. At least, I think it was around that time, I just remember being cold the one time I decided to go.
Time to get your wager on.
And that leads me to my point -- in a decade plus of marriage, I went once.
Her brothers and brothers-in-law would be so excited for the beginning of duck hunting season, they'd be brimming with anticipation days before, and then finally at like 4 a.m. the first morning, they'd giddily jump in their boat and then sit for a couple hours to kill at like five or six ducks.
I thought it sucked, I hated it. I love my brothers-in-law, but I hated duck hunting. Mostly because it's cold, wet, involves duck guts, and takes place really early on a Saturday morning.
That said, the wide eyed optimism and unbridled joy that they showed because it was time to murder ducks is the same way I feel about tomorrow morning -- Saturday morning marks the begin of wagering season (actually Friday night, but stay with me here).
I will wake up early, I will drink beer, and I will do my best to take down five or six spreads. It's the EXACT SAME THING as duck hunting season. Just no duck guts.
Let's hit the games, shall we?
Alabama -20 1/2 over Virginia Tech
I've heard my friend Brian Beckner, a weekly guest on Travis Rodgers Now on Yahoo! Sports Radio, say that Vin Scully does his job better than anyone on earth does their job. I liked that description. That was a great way to articulate just how professional and truly great the guy is at his job. Along those lines, I'd put Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban on the short list of people who you could put in that argument against Scully. Give Saban an extra week to prepare for you, he will destroy you. Give him several months? Well, sorry Frank Beamer.
For the record, other people in the "better at their job than anyone in the world is at his own job": LeBron James, Anderson Cooper, Kim Kardashian (Best I can tell her job is to bang black men, make sex tapes, and adorn tabloid covers -- she makes millions, so I'll assume she's the best.), and Evelyn the Cashier at Whataburger on Chimney Rock (always gives me a "God bless" and remembers my breakfast order every time, she rules!)
SMU +4 over Texas Tech
It's tough enough to go into your first game on the road at night on national television. Also, it's tough enough to go into your first game as a college football head coach with your starting quarterback knocked out with a back injury, not to mention tough enough to go into your first game as a college football head coach with two freshman quarterbacks, including a walk-on. Tough enough to go into your first game as a college football head coach against a former NFL head coach. Bottom line, this is going to be tough for Kliff Kingsbury. I'll take the four points.