Let me get this out of the way right now – I HATE college football already this year! My Arizona Wildcats, the team I predicted would go 9-3 and win the Pac-12 South, are a BAD 0-2 with little hope in sight. Khalil Tate, the supposed Heisman hopeful, looks no better than a benchwarmer at this point. Whether it’s a combination of horrendous play calling, bad personnel, and injuries…that doesn’t matter. To say this season thus far has been a MAJOR disappointment is understating things! And on top of that, the team I dislike the most, ASU, is 2-0 and now ranked inside the top-25. As much as I love this sport, my passion will definitely fade in 2018 if these trends keep up.
Before I get into the picks below, I’d like to offer my condolences to Arizona Cardinals fans on a premature ending of the 2017 season. Losing running back David Johnson to a wrist injury for a minimum of 9 weeks, if not the season, is a crushing blow that can’t be overstated. He was the heart and soul of an already questionable Arizona offense with an aging quarterback and lack of other proven weapons (other than Larry Fitzgerald). A Kerwynn Williams-Chris Johnson-Andre Ellington three-headed platoon at RB will have the occasional big play, but without DJ, this team is destined for a 6-10, 7-9 type of season. I feel badly for Palmer and Fitzgerald who won’t have many, if any, more opportunities to attempt a sustained playoff run. Truly an unfortunate injury in week one.