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Rock Chalk Pick’em: The season begins

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Our “Expert Prognosticators” gather again to predict this week’s games.

Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl - BYU v Arizona Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The ritual of the start of the college football season is familiar to us all. There are lots of predictions about good or bad each individual team is going to be. People argue about which players are going to be good, which teams are going to surprise or which coach should have been fired already.

But every year, there are also a group of people that are both arrogant enough to think they know how football works and dumb enough to put their predictions up for all the world to see. We found a group of such people last year (although maybe they just all thought it would be fun instead), and most of them returned to put their thoughts out there again this year.

As was our custom last year, we’ll pick 15 games each, with every Big 12 matchup included. We’ll fill in the rest with interesting or close games (or ones where we can pick against Missouri, because, why not?) and keep track of the results throughout the season. All of our picks are straight up, so the spread is only included to help give you an idea of how big any potential upsets would be. If you want to get in on the action in the next week or two, just email me and I’ll be happy to get you into the game. So without further ado, here is our first week of picks.

Game Time TV Away Team Home Team Spread (Home) misterbrain mikeville David
Fri 8:00 PM FS1 Kansas State 8 Stanford -15.0 Stanford Stanford Stanford
Sat 11:00 AM ABC/ESPN3 3 Oklahoma 15 Houston +11.0 Oklahoma Houston Oklahoma
Sat 11:00 AM FS1 Missouri West Virginia -10.0 West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
Sat 2:30 PM Southeastern Louisiana 21 Oklahoma State N/A Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
Sat 2:30 PM CBS 16 UCLA Texas A&M -3.0 Texas A&M UCLA UCLA
Sat 2:30 PM ABC/ESPN3 5 LSU Wisconsin +10.0 LSU LSU LSU
Sat 4:30 PM ESPN 18 Georgia 22 North Carolina +3.0 North Carolina North Carolina Georgia
Sat 7:00 PM ABC/ESPN3 20 USC 1 Alabama -11.0 Alabama Alabama Alabama
Sat 7:00 PM South Dakota State 13 TCU N/A TCU TCU TCU
Sat 7:00 PM Northern Iowa Iowa State N/A Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State
Sat 7:00 PM Stephen F Austin Texas Tech N/A Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech
Sat 8:00 PM ESPN 2 Clemson Auburn +7.5 Clemson Clemson Clemson
Sat 9:30 PM FS1 BYU Arizona -1.5 BYU Arizona BYU
Sun 6:30 PM ABC/ESPN3 10 Notre Dame Texas +3.5 Texas Notre Dame Notre Dame
Mon 7:00 PM ESPN 11 Mississippi 4 Florida State -4.5 Mississippi Florida State Florida State

Away Team Home Team Grad Fizzle DrCrushALot Winmore dnoll5
Kansas State 8 Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford
3 Oklahoma 15 Houston Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Houston Oklahoma
Missouri West Virginia West Virginia West Viginia West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
Southeastern Louisiana 21 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma state Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
16 UCLA Texas A&M Texas A&M Texas A&M UCLA Texas A&M Texas A&M
5 LSU Wisconsin LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU
18 Georgia 22 North Carolina Georgia Georgia Georgia North Carolina North Carolina
20 USC 1 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
South Dakota State 13 TCU TCU TCU TCU TCU TCU
Northern Iowa Iowa State Iowa state Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State
Stephen F Austin Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech
2 Clemson Auburn Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson
BYU Arizona Arizona Arizona BYU Arizona BYU
10 Notre Dame Texas Notre Dame Norte Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
11 Mississippi 4 Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Mississippi Florida State

What is the craziest pick of the day (I’m guessing me picking Texas probably fits the bill)? Who is most likely to win the week?