#1: Ohio St or Texas

Aug 22, 2006 2:52 AM

College football, one of my true favorite sports, is here. Seems no matter what station you turn on it’s, "Who’s No. 1?"

The answer is very simple —nobody until Sept. 10. That is the day after the Ohio State/Texas game. The winner will be top ranked and stay that way until a loss, if such an event occurs. I do know that if Texas happens to beat the Buckeyes, the Longhorns will drop one or two games down the line.

If Ohio State beats the Longhorns, the Buckeyes will be on their way to a perfect season with the advantage of facing Penn State, Minnesota and Michigan all in Columbus. Their only danger looks to be at Iowa on Sept. 30.

That brings us to another good bet. The books have Ohio State’s ”˜over/under’ season wins at 10. The most losses I can see is two of 12 regular season games. So the books are giving you what looks to be a free bet. It comes down to an even money bet on Ohio State to beat Texas. If OSU beats Texas, you will win the ”˜over’ 10 bet.

Looking for a little sleeper this year, try Pittsburgh. Second-year HC Dave Wannstedt looks to have a solid crew after last year’s dismal 5-6 team. Everyone knows West Virginia is the best in the Big East, but I believe Pitt will be second

The Panthers secondary looks to be loaded with Reggie Carter, Darrelle Revis, Sam Bryant and Mike Phillips. Carter and Bryant are fifth year seniors with a combined 93 games and 44 starts. Revis is an All American candidate. Add legendary blue chip Pennsylvania WR/RB Dorin Dickerson to the fold and look out for Pitt!

The opener is home to Virginia with the Panthers a 3-point favorite. With a win, Pitt would gain some much needed confidence and could go 9-1 leading to the West Virginia battle Nov. 16 at home.