WEEK ONE RECAP
- The first week of the college football season is in the books. From a point spread perspective, several games were decided late in the 4th quarter: FAU vs Ohio State, Mississippi vs Memphis, Duke vs Alabama and Vanderbilt vs Georgia. Two games, though, were all-time gut-punching “bad beats:
- Oregon vs Auburn (-3.5): 0:59:51 – The amount of time Oregon was covering the spread. 59 minutes and 51 seconds of the 60 minute game. With 9 seconds to play and trailing by 1, Auburn threw a 26 yd TD to cover the spread (ouch) and win the game (double ouch if you’re a Duck). Had that pass attempt failed, Auburn likely would’ve settled for a game winning field goal attempt.
- Northwestern vs STANFORD (-6.5): 5951 – The number of expletives verbalized (or internalized) after the last play of the game. With 30 seconds to play in this sloppy affair, Northwestern was trailing by 3 with the ball on their own 22 yard line….when this happened:
If only No. 73 had recovered it for a safety. This outcome was eerily similar to another game involving Northwestern: It was 2013. NW vs Ohio State (-7). Down 3 points with 5 seconds to play and the ball on their own 7, NW needed a miracle. Instead, they got this:
- Tulsa had a historic performance against Michigan State. Historically bad. Tulsa rushed for -73 yards. Yes, 73 yards in the wrong direction. They went backwards at a faster clip (-2.9 yards/rush) than Michigan State went forwards (2.7 yards/rush).
WEEK ONE RESULTS
- WEEK ONE WINNER: Monica Aguilar. Six people went 6-0, but Monica was 9 points better than all of them. In case you are wondering, she did not make a selection in the NW vs Stanford game, but she did have Auburn.
- Six people went 0-6.
- The overall winning percentage and lock winning percentage were solid: 53.7% and 61.4%, respectively.
- The average score was 66 points, and 76 people scored 100 points or more!
- The “Majority 6” went 5-1. In other words, the 6 most popular picks went 5-1 against the spread.
- The most popular game of the week was also the most even distributed. 134 picks for Oregon. 140 for Auburn. Both sides were locked 28 times.
- The most popular pick of the week was Oklahoma State (219 picks). The most popular pick is rarely a midweek game.
- Houston was the only underdog to receive the majority of the picks. They covered the spread against the Sooners.