Week 2 Picks
Before I get to THIS week's picks, let's see what I said and how I did LAST week:
For Georgetown (+14 1/2) at Yale I said:
"The Elis will win this game, but I don't think by more than 10 or 11 points."
Actual Final Score: Yale 37 Georgetown 27 (1-0 Straight Up, 1-0 Against the Spread)
For Harvard +2 1/2 at Holy Cross I wrote:
"I like Harvard to win this game outright, so take the Crimson and the points."
Actual Final Score: Holy Cross 30 Harvard 22 (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
For Dartmouth -3 1/2 vs. Colgate I wrote:
"The Big Green are making a huge push this year and if there ever was a Dartmouth team that needs to beat Colgate at home in the season opener to justify the hype, it's this one.
Either way, I like their chances at home tomorrow."
Actual Final Score: Dartmouth 37 Colgate 20 (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS)
For Princeton +21 1/2 vs. Lehigh I wrote:
"The Tigers will lose this game, but Princeton has a knack of looking pretty strong in the first few weeks of the season and they play Lehigh pretty well most years."
Actual Final Score: Lehigh 34 Princeton 22 (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS)
For Cornell vs Bucknell (Pick 'em) I wrote:
"This is Cornell's homecoming against an improved Bucknell team. It may be the game the Big Red has the best chance to win all year."
Actual Final Score: Cornell 24 Bucknell 13 (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS)
For Lafayette +21 1/2 at Penn I wrote:
"... I just don't see the Quakers pouring it on the Leopards right out of the gate.
Still, Penn wins this games by more than two scores for sure."
Actual Final Score: Lafayette 37 Penn 12 (4-2 SU, 5-1 ATS)
And for Stony Brook -2 1/2 over Brown I wrote:
"Brown is a very good team, and the Bears actually beat Stony Brook last season. But this game is at Stony Brook and Chuck Priore's team wants revenge."
Actual Final Score: Brown 21 Stony Brook 20 (4-3 SU, 5-2)
So, I stumbled a bit with just a 4-3 record picking straight up winners, but did a solid 5-2 against the spread which is supposed to be harder.
Now to this week's games, and remember the games start TONIGHT with Brown at Harvard at 7pm!!!:
Harvard +3 vs. Brown
It's going to rain hard in Boston this evening.
If it weren't for the rain, I'd be picking Brown tonight. But the Bears have had problems in rougher weather in the past. Rain is about there is that can slow down this team.
And Harvard will be much sharper than it was last week at Holy Cross.
I think the Crimson win outright, so take Harvard and the points.
Cornell +12 1/2 at Yale
The Yale Bowl is one of the two last natural grass fields in the Ivies, and it will be muddy and sloppy tomorrow.
I'm not looking for a high-scoring game here.
I say Yale win, but not by more than 10 points.
Take the points.
Bucknell +5 1/2 at Princeton
Princeton won't play as well as it did against Lehigh last week, but the Tigers will play well enough to squeak out a win over the Bison. Look for Princeton to win by three or four.
Take the points.
Penn +5 over Villanova
The Quakers need to rebound after that awful week one performance against Lafayette. And the rainy wet Franklin Field will be the best place for this team to do just that. I say Penn wins the game outright.
Take the points.
Dartmouth -20 at Sacred Heart
I hate giving so many points on a rainy field, but the Big Green are playing good football, play very well in bad weather, AND Sacred Heart is just not good at all. Take Dartmouth to win and lay the points.