Your Gheorghe Pick(s) of the Week:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins (-7.5)
Take the Bucs. Dear God, take the Bucs. If anyone does regular business with someone who manufactures hardbacks and paperbacks, do me a favor and put me down for $50 on the new large-print edition of The Buccaneers of Tampa Bay. The Bucs suck, but how in THE hell does anyone watch the Redskins' season thus far and pick them to win at all, much less by a touchdown??
London Fletcher, the lone bright spot, leads the defense admirably. . . and leads the league in tackles. All of the Redskins' other stats are offensive.
Buccaneers 22, Redskins 13.
Oklahoma @ Miami (+7)
This one's not a professional game, despite the fact that most of the players on both teams probably make more money than I do. Miami, as documented in this space last week is counterfeit. Oklahoma may be as well, with four new starters on the offensive line, a backup quarterback, and all-everything tight end Jermaine Gresham lost for the season.
The transitive property of sports certainly isn't kind to the Sooners in this one. BYU beat Oklahoma, 14-13, then lost to Florida State by 26. The same Florida State team that Miami handled in their season opener. So Miami by three touchdowns, then?
As our increasingly addled crazy uncle is wont to say, not so fast, my friends. Oklahoma's defense is for reals, y'all. The points they allowed to BYU were the only one's they've surrendered this season. (Yes, I realize they've only played Idaho State and Tulsa.) And Landry Jones (Dad's a Cowboy fan, huh? I bet the kid's a jerk.) is triggering the offense nearly as effectively as Sam Bradford did last year.
And, as I may have mentioned, Miami's counterfeit. Sooners, and it won't even be close.
Bonus Dreadful Matchup of the Week
Tulane @ Army (-6)
The Green Wave rolls into Michie Stadium to battle the Black Knights of the Hudson in the ugly little sister to this weekend's Navy/Air Force tilt. 1-2 Tulane got their first win of the season last week, outlasting 1-AA foe McNeese State, 42-32. Army's back to a ground-based attack after a few years of ill-conceived pro-style misery. Their 2-2 mark includes a pair of wins against mediocre opponents, but at least they've beaten D-1 schools.
I can't be bothered to do much more research than that. Army does a better job at stopping this New Orleans weather system than the Corps of Engineers did the last.