Each week I get some heart-tugging and inspirational emails from readers of this column.
Here's an extra special one I wanted to share concerning last week's column where I mentioned some unfortunate and embarrassing situations that happened to a few of the Big Ten's finer student-athletes.
"YOU *******-your sports site of heehaw writers is disgusting! you are really that jealous of the big ten you cant every [sic] write one good article yet you PRETEND YOUR THUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUG and i repeat thug, felon, heehaw southern CROOKS league. nobody will notice if we dont keep it a story for more than 30 seconds yet lets make fun of the big ten. YOUR ********* SITE BLOWS and you realize cbssportsline aka THE DUMB****** OF THE SOUTH are a laughingstock site. you blow as does every hee haw writer who is jealous of the big ten. **** all of your crap you spew daily while pretending your writing isnt laughed upon minute by minute. P.S. **** YOU!"
Well, the good news is he didn't say he hoped that I died from AIDs, like an email I recently received from Michael P., a West Virginia "fan."
Anyway, on behalf of all the past, current and future Legends and Leaders of the Big Ten as well as their immediate families, all Big Ten students, alumni and fans, every viewer of the Big Ten Network and every Big East team hoping to get an invite to the Big Ten, I would like to sincerely apologize for last week's column.
I will not, however, apologize for my picks after going 15-7 against the spread last week.
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Again, I want to reiterate: the Big Ten is the greatest ******** conference in the land! And, remember, you can't spell "second-best" without SEC.
When not apologizing, I'm making my college football predictions. Here's where you can find all my Top 25 picks.
In this column I have been staked an imaginary bankroll totaling 5,000 Brett Bucks (similar to dollars, but for entertainment purposes only). Each pick is for 50 Brett Bucks, except for the best bets, worth 100 Brett Bucks. Point spreads from Wednesday's USA Today.
San Diego State at Air Force (Thursday): The San Diego Union-Tribune reported this week that San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk was lobbying to join the Big 12. What's next in conference realignment? Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson saying his school deserves to be in the SEC? San Diego State +6
Southern California at California (Thursday): USC coach Lane Kiffin was asked by the Los Angeles Times if he thought the Trojans could "do something like win six of seven BCS bowl games and nearly three national titles in a row?" Kiffin's response: "Sure, we can," he said. "We were here before. We saw exactly how it was done from A to Z." Kiffin just shot past Jim Sterk and R.C. Johnson to the top of the delusional meter. USC -3
Alabama at Mississippi: To make sure Alabama's players are appropriately dressed for Saturday's visit to Ole Miss and The Grove, T-Town Menswear is giving a 100 percent discount on all merchandise accompanied by a player's autograph. In other words: it's business as usual. Alabama -25
Boise State at Colorado State: Boise State has been mentioned as a possible addition to the Big East. Actually, Boise State playing in the Far East would mean less travel for the Broncos. Colorado State +31½
Brigham Young at Oregon State: Last week's victory against Arizona was Oregon State's first win in a span of 323 days. To put it in perspective, it was so long ago the Big East actually had more than half a dozen members. Oregon State -1½
Clemson at Maryland: Maryland coach Randy Edsall will not reveal whether Danny O'Brien or C.J. Brown will start at quarterback. Actually, since this is an ACC game, Edsall is just waiting for ESPN to tell him which quarterback would garner the best television ratings before making a decision. Clemson -8 Clemson vs. Maryland preview
Kansas State at Texas Tech: After what happened to Texas A&M's bus last week, Texas Tech wanted to clarify some facts. If the game officials Saturday make a bad call against the Red Raiders, Texas Tech students are not chanting "bull****." They're chanting "fish bait." Kansas State +3 Kansas State vs. Texas Tech preview
LSU at Tennessee: This is another afternoon game for the Tigers. In fact, this will mark the first season LSU has not had a nigh home game since 1935. In other news: Baton Rouge area liquor stores reported sales are the lowest they've seen in 76 years. Tennessee +15½ LSU vs. Tennessee preview
Oklahoma at Kansas: Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles only needs four catches to become the NCAA's all-time leader in receptions. For his career, Broyles has 313 receptions -- which are probably how many Broyles will have against the Jayhawks' porous defense. Oklahoma -34½
South Florida at Connecticut: Poor Skip Holtz. He left East Carolina and Conference USA to come to USF and a BCS league. Now in his second year at USF, Holtz and the Bulls might end up back in C-USA if there are any more Big East defections. South Florida -7½
UNLV at Wyoming: In last week's loss to Nevada, UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring completed only one pass out of 14 for eight yards. Even former Miami Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremain was embarrassed. Wyoming -11
Games that defy description: Cincinnati -16½ vs. Louisville; Florida Atlantic -2½ vs. Western Kentucky; Georgia -11½ at Vanderbilt; Mississippi State +2½ vs. South Carolina; Northwestern +6 at Iowa; Michigan State -1½ vs. Michigan; Missouri -15½ vs. Iowa State; Pittsburgh -6½ vs. Utah; Virginia Tech -7 at Wake Forest; Western Michigan -1 at Northern Illinois.
Cover me: Cover Me likes Wisconsin -39½ vs. Indiana; Washington State +21 vs. Stanford; Washington -14 vs. Colorado is his best bet;
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McMurphy's picks: 15-7
"Cover Me's" picks: 1-2
Bankroll: Up 550 for season; 5,550 balance
McMurphy: 58-47; +550; (3-3 best bets)
"Cover Me":10-8; +0 (2-4 best bets)