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Mike Handzelek's CFB Week 1 Analysis/Review/Notes


By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: Sep 6, 2018
   
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Saturday, September 01, 2018 Michigan vs. Notre Dame (NCAAF) - 7:30 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 1.5/-110 Michigan Rating: 8* Mike's True Competitor (Loss) I feel the wrong team is favored here! Michigan returns a very solid 9 on defense & those are a talented 9. Look for Irish turnovers after the early adrenalin clears & that's when the Maise N' Blue takes control against an Irish offense led by Brandon Wimbush (completed less than 50% last season). On Big Blue's offense, getting Ole Miss transfer @ QB is more than a breath of fresh air for HC Jim Harbaugh as he gets badly needed experience under center. My bottom line says this might be a little too much of a smash-mouth tilt. However, when the smoke has cleared, count on the Big 10 to take a bite out of the independent. Remember, since 1978 the underdog in this series has gone a dominating 23-7-1 ATS including a gigantic 17 OUTRIGHT wins! Let's take total charge of OUR CFB opener as we travel to South Bend's Notre Dame Stadium to grab the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (buying to a big edge + 3 1/2) as my 8* True Competitor! Northern Illinois vs. Iowa (NCAAF) - 3:30 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 10.5/-110 Northern Illinois Rating: 5* Mike's 2nd Live Dogger (Loss) These Huskies have already made their presence known over the past few seasons against power 5 conferences. Expect the same here as in 2013 when NIU gave the Hawkeyes fits all afternoon. Northern Illinois returns all of their defensive & offensive front. Look for them to exploit Iowa's 4 suspensions for this game & keep them in it to win it. NIU has also covered 11 of their last 12 versus Big 10 foes & is a jalapeno-like 41-19-1 ATS the last 6 years when travelling. Iowa being 12-22 ATS as home favorites seals it! Let's go to Kinnick Stadium to play 5*'s on the MAC entry NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES! North Carolina vs. California (NCAAF) - 4:00 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -290 California Rating: 5* 5* Chalk Talker (WIN) In HC Justin Wilcox's 2nd season, we'll find a stronger offense (returns 10) including QB Ross Bowers (yep, the Jared Goff fall out is actually over). They only had 1 road win last year & that was against these same Tar Heels. Look for Wilcox to exploit gaps left by NC suspended players for this game & get the "W". Besides being bowl bound by seasons' end, this game is definitely circled as a MUST WIN to get there. As we don't lose the facts, Cal remains a solid 14-2 SU in home openers. Travelling to California Memorial Stadium, let's put up 5*'s on the CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS! Well, Week 1 of the CFB season was disappointing to say the least as HC Jim Harbaugh still looks for a clue how to properly blend all the talent he's been dealt. He won't have much more time if he loses the Big Ten! It was equally disappointing to see Northern Illinois not taking advantage of several Iowa players out considering their Big 10 domination ATS. The west-coaster ended on a good note as the Cal defense registered 4 INT's before pulling up for a 7-point win. Mike Handzelek's 2018-19 CFB Overall Record: 1-2 for 33.3%
 


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