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9-14-09: 2009 College Football Picks: Week 2 Post-Mortem

Hello again everybody...

I'm back from vacation, and I can't begin to tell you how amazing it was. I still haven't quite decided how to package it together for you, but for the time being, those of you on Facebook can see a ton of pictures on my page.

But while I go through the process of putting all that together, the sports world rolls on. Which means I need to break down my college picks from last week. I started the year 3-0. Could I keep it rolling in Week 2?

Let's find out!

"In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are."
- Nicholas Chamfort (1741 - 1794), French writer


I love this quote because it applies on so many levels. We all can step up with the moment requires it of us. But perhaps our true natures are revealed when we're not making an effort to disguise them?

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So would my picks in Week 2 show me for who I am? Or would they be just a bump in the road? The only way to find out is to give you my...

2009 College Football Picks: Week 2 Post-Mortem

First up...

Georgia -7 vs. South Carolina: Final Score - Georgia 41, South Carolina 37

Even though I was on vacation, I got to watch a little of this game. When I tuned in, Georgia was up by 14 and things were looking good. But Carolina came storming back and did just enough in the second half to cover the spread and beat me.

What Dan Learned: Not much actually. By the end of this game, I was left with more questions than answers. Where was this Gamecock offense last week? Are they really this good, or is Georgia's defense that suspect? Sure Georgia can score a lot, even without super-RB Knowshon Moreno, but if they can't stop the other team, what chance to they have against the Florida's and LSU's of the world?!

0-1, but determined to come back.

Next...

Air Force +4.5 @ Minnesota: Final Score - Minnesota 20, Air Force 13
*This game was this week's Sports Take Flier Pick of the Week

Caught some of this game too. (Really, I was on vacation and all, but if I'm chillin in a hotel room and there's college football on, I'm watching dammit!)

First of all, I was jealous of everybody who got to be part of the opener at TCF Bank Stadium. Had I been in town, I'd have been there for work, but alas, I scheduled my vacation without considering the college football schedule. Bad me.

The new stadium looked spectacular and I can't wait to head out there on October 3rd when Bucky comes to town.

As for the game itself? Well, another one that didn't work out how I'd hoped. This was a game Minnesota should've won, and to give credit where credit is do, they covered.

Air Force isn't an easy team to play when you're not used to facing a triple-option offense. The Gopher defense gave up some big plays on the edges, but any time the Falcons tried to go up the middle, the Gophs shut them down.

Offensively, things still aren't clicking on all cylinders for Minnesota yet, but they did enough to win. And when you're significantly changing your offensive philosophy from the previous year, that's about as much as you can hope for. They'll need to get things going to be competitive in the Big Ten.

What Dan Learned: Eric Decker is scary good. He's going to have a whale of a decision ahead of him next year. He's already been drafted twice by MLB teams. So does he pursue a baseball career or a football career? Not a bad dilemma to face. In the mean time, he's going to give Big Ten defensive coordinators fits trying to shut him down.

Still 0-1 (thank you Flier Pick!) and hoping to turn things around quickly.

Thirdly...

USC -7 @ Ohio State: Final Score - USC 18, Ohio St. 15

Saw some of this too. Kudos to Ohio State for coming out fired up and jumping out to an early lead.

Bigger kudos to USC who weathered the Buckeyes' storm and came up with a clutch drive in the closing minutes to win the game.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for me to cover.

What Dan Learned: Freshman quarterbacks aren't a reason to bet against anybody this year. Matt Barkley of USC and Tate Forcier of Michigan both came up with big time game-winning drives, showing poise and skill that belies their youth.

As for Ohio State? They played better than most people thought they would, but in the end, couldn't pull off the upset. So is all the "Big Ten sucks" chatter going to die down now? Not after Michigan State's loss to Central Michigan this weekend. And Ohio State still hasn't won "the big one" yet.

0-2 and things aren't looking good.

Finally...

Purdue +12 @ Oregon: Final Score - Oregon 38, Purdue 36

I finally win one this week!

I'll give credit to Oregon for bouncing back from about as tough a Week 1 as a team could have. But for Vegas to set this line as Oregon -12 was just giving money away.

I was worried that the wise guys knew something I didn't. Fortunately, that worry was unfounded.

What Dan Learned: We can't assume that Oregon's going to suck just because they suspended their number one running back for the year. I don't think they're a threat to win the Pac 10, but they're not just going to roll over and play dead either.

So I finished the week 1-2. Not great. Okay, it sucked. But at least it wasn't an 0-for!

For the year, I'm now 4-2 (.667). Ahead of last year's pace, but only slightly. So far, not too bad. We'll see what happens next week!

That's all for today. I'll be back on Wednesday with more Sports Take goodness for you!

Until then, thanks for reading!

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