Scattershot Thoughts from the First Weekend of the College Season

The first college football weekend is upon us, and some people are probably looking at the computer projections that our system put out for this weekend’s games and thinking: “Is his computer system on crack, or what?”  Well, you have to remember that these initial projections are based solely on performance from last year.   Thus, you get some unusual results being projected, like Rice over UCLA.  UCLA was awful last year, and that showed up in the initial results.  But once EVERY team has played a couple of games, the numbers should become fairly stable.   Since I don’t put artificial weighting into my system to start the season like some computer systems (e.g., Sagarin), there could be some significant swings over the first three weeks.

Some other thoughts:

Either Navy is really bad, or Notre Dame is much better than last year.  I’m going with Navy is really bad…..Don’t despair, Washington State, Mike Leach, the mad Pirate, will have your team beating up on the Idaho States and Eastern Washingtons before you know it…..Oh, Vandy, your propensity for making completely bonehead plays when on the cusp of victory never ceases to amaze me…..Welcome to the FBS, Massachusetts.  I predict you’ll actually score at least once this season…..Before their loss Friday to Michigan State, the last time Boise State lost a game before November was September 8, 2007, losing 24-10 to Washington…..no UCLA, you are not back (yet)……Alabama giving up 7 points to Michigan is a helluva lot more impressive than LSU giving up 14 to North Texas……Oklahoma State, did you steal Savannah State’s milk money and push over their bikes while bullying them around on the playground?…..

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