Friday, September 21, 2012

Week 2 Picks

I posted a halfway decent 3-3-1 record against the spread and 5-2 straight up in week one, (which I always say is the hardest week to predict ballgames).

Now it's on to week 2, but we're faced with a tough opening challenge in that tonight's Georgetown-Princeton game has no betting line. That means I'll have to set my own line, which will be favoring the Hoyas by 6 1/2. So let's get started:

Georgetown -6 1/2 over Princeton

I liked the Tigers' resolve against Lehigh last week, but the Mountaineers have been playing lazy after getting multi-score leads all season and coasting down the stretch of games. Georgetown played sloppy against Yale, but the Elis do have a serious running attack and Princeton does not.

Holy Cross -3 1/2 over Dartmouth

This is going to be a great game, but I trust Tom Gilmore to get his team ready to play 60 minutes this time after faltering against Brown last week. I also have a feeling the Big Green will be holding just a little in the tank looking ahead to next week vs. Penn.

Cornell +1 over Yale

I like the Big Red to bounce back in their home and Ivy opener and post the win. Fordham's offense is very good, and allowing 34 points to the Rams on their Homecoming field is not worth panicking over. Yale's offense is one dimensional with the run and even Cornell can stack eight guys in the box and figure it out.

Villanova -3 over Penn

The Quakers' QB situation is a mess. 'Nova always finds a way to beat these guys.

Harvard -4 over Brown

I'm still a big believer in Phil Estes, especially early in the season. Harvard seems a bit dazed right now. But the Crimson still seem too strong and that lackluster start last week will serve only as a motivation to get it right this time. There are still plenty of Harvard players who remember how their loss to the Bears in Providence in week 2 of 2010 derailed their championship hopes.

*One note, while I still don't pick the Columbia games, fans should know the line in the game against Fordham tomorrow has gone from pick 'em to Fordham now being favored by 3 1/2 points.

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