There was something bittersweet about Chris Burke’s
opening-week victory in the Daily’s staff picks. On the one
hand, Burke rolled together a solid 9-6 mark to take a one-game
lead in the standings. On the other hand, Burke’s best bet
— Oregon — didn’t cover. And the Ducks got beat.
At home. By Indiana. Almost enough to ruin the first-week victory.
But not quite. The moment of the week came as Gennaro Filice began
celebrating what he thought was a weekly victory after Georgia Tech
stunned Clemson, only to find out that he had — sadly —
come in second. Speaking of sad, Bob Hunt was extremely fired up
after starting the week 6-1 (including a stellar celebration of
Miami’s come-from-behind win). But Hunt promptly ran through
an 0-5 stretch. That collapse tied him with Sharad Mattu, who
entered the week proclaiming that he would not win, and then
delivered big time. Meanwhile, Dennis Lee got the celebrity group
off to nice start, though his confidence in Michigan covering fell
by the wayside.

Janna Hutz


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