The Return of Your ‘Friday Football Fix and Picks’: NFL Week 1 and CFB Week 2

So, football is back…it’s time to start prognosticating.

If you weren’t on board last year, here’s a primer:

* Each week I’ll pick games against the spread for all NFL games and for all Top 25 college football games

* I’ll track my record over the course of the season

* Last year I was 150-115-1 against the spread in the NFL and 126-129-1 in CFB

So here we go…

NFL Week 1

KC @ NE (-9.5)

Early winner! Did not expect that straight up, was just thinking it would be closer than 9.5. Good start!

ARZ (-2) @ DET

Not an easy pick, Arizona could easily win this one. Jut like a home underdog in the opener.

NYJ @ BUF (-8.5)

ATL (-6.5) @ CHI

Blowout city. Easiest money of the week.

BAL @ CIN (-3)

Ravens defense is legit but I’m betting against Flacco since he was hurt all preseason.

PIT (-9.5) @ CLE

JAX @ HOU (-5)

This game scares me a bit. Jacksonville defense is strong and Texans QB is shaky. Betting Bortles turns it over a couple times.

OAK @ TEN (-2.5)

One of the best games of the week. Oakland is good again this year but their road luck from 2016 doesn’t hold up Week 1

PHI (-1.5) @ WAS

Another home dog that I like. Philly is good but not good enough to be favorites in D.C. for the opener.

IND @ LAR (3.5)

Rams should win this but if they do I’m banking on it being by a FG or less.

SEA @ GB (-3)

Lambeau is a tough place to play but I feel like Seattle comes out strong.

CAR (-5.5) @ SF

NYG @ DAL (-4)

Dallas will probably win but they have enough defensive holes – and the Giants defense is good enough – to make it a FG game.

NO @ MIN (-3)

Vikes shut down AP, defense beats offense this time.

SD @ DEN (-3)

CFB Week 2

11 Oklahoma  State (-28.5) @ South Alabama

Cincinnati @ 8 Michigan (-34.5)

Really counting on Michigan’s defense here, plus the fact that consistently blew out teams like this last year.

Florida Atlantic @ 9 Wisconsin (-32)

Poor Lane Kiffin. His Owls are about to take a beating.

17 Louisville (-10) @ North Carolina

Charlotte @ 19 Kansas State (-35)

Fresno State @ 1 Alabama (-43.5)

Pittsburgh @ 4 Penn State (-22)

Penn State wins, maybe even somewhat easily, but I think the Panthers hang in there in a rivalry game and cover.

Delaware @ 18 Virginia Tech (no line)

No pick

23 TCU (-3) @ Arkansas

Home dog…Arkansas isn’t great but then again neither is TCU, IMO.

Indiana State @ 25 Tennessee (no line)

No pick.

13  Auburn @ 3 Clemson (-5)

I think Clemson wins this Battle of the New QB’s but Auburn keeps it close.

5 Oklahoma @ 2 Ohio State (-7.5)

I’m mostly just a fan of getting 7.5 points here but I actually expect Oklahoma to win this game outright.

Chattanooga @ 12 LSU (no line)

No pick.

15 Georgia @ 24 Notre Dame (-5)

Brian Kelly hasn’t shown me enough as a head coach to make me think he’s going to have the horses to win this one. Nick Chubb runs all over the Irish.

Montana @ 7 Washington (no line)

No pick

14 Stanford @ 6 USC (-6)

Sam Darnold will bounce back and I think USC wins but this looks like a FG game to me.

Boise State @ 20 Washington State (-10)

Mike Leach’s boys pull away in the 4th quarter, win by a couple of TD’s.

More: SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge details the importance of Mizzou’s week 2 game vs. South Carolina