Cokin’s Corner, Monday 8/27/18

  • August 27, 2018

The first full week of college football is upon us. Meanwhile, the NFL finally closes out the preseason with every team wrapping things up with games on Thursday night.

I’m saving the commentary on the two Week Zero college results for the radio show today. The Las Vegas Sportsline airs 2-3 Pacific time on ESPN Las Vegas and the show can be listened to online at With a big upset by Hawaii already in the books, plus a very impressive effort by Wyoming as well, plenty to talk about from a “local” vantage point as the two games played involved three Mountain West teams.

My Sunday worked out reasonably well. I split on the diamond for a small profit with both plays being underdogs. Add in a very easy NFLX winner on the Cardinals and it was a successful day.

Looking ahead to this fist big week in college, I’ve thus far played two Thursday college games and one more taking place on Friday. I should have my Saturday action set by tonight or tomorrow. To get all my plays, sent with analysis as I play them myself, get one of the subscriptions offered to the right of the page at “Cokin’s Picks” or email me at for more detailed information.

Those rampaging St. Louis Cardinals delivered me another win as the Sunday free play. I’m not 10-2 riding the Cardinals recently and have no plans to get off that train. Meanwhile, here’s a side I like for this Thursday’s college football.


Take: UCF -23

Central Florida is now a very public team following their incredible 2017 season. They’re probably down a bit from last season, but I think this will still be a solid team. But my play here is against Connecticut. The Huskies are basically in a complete rebuild under Randy Edsall. They’re likely to have 17 true freshman on the depth chart. There are some really weak areas going in. The running back situation is bad. The projected starting tailback tore his ACL, their short yardage back didn’t like being a short yardage back and transferred. The secondary is about as young as it gets and looks very vulnerable. I just don’t see this UConn team being able to compete with anyone that’s any good. On my power ratings, I have UCF 30 points better on a neutral field, and the home edge for the Huskies isn’t particularly strong. This looks like a blowout and I will give the points with Central Florida.