Picking This Week’s Games

Everyone ready for a little football betting?

My picks improved last week.  I went just 5-5, but lost some very close ones that could’ve easily gone my way.  On the year, I’m now at 9-11 against the spread.  Ugh!  Time to get to .500!

Syracuse (+3) vs. Northwestern–The Orange have displayed more grit in the last couple games than they have in recent years, so I think it will pay off in an outright win here at home.

Syracuse 20, Northwestern 17

Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt (under 44.5)–These are two teams who seem to have trouble scoring.  I think Vandy’s defense shuts down the Bulldogs and the ‘Dores get enough done on offense to win.  But whoever wins, I like the UNDER here.

Vanderbilt 20, MSU 9

UCLA vs. Kansas State (under 43.5)–The Bruins are starting a true freshman at quarterback, so I think a conservative game plan is in order.  The Wildcats are just inept all over the place, so the Bruin defense dominates and holds the score down.

UCLA 21, Kansas State 10

Auburn (-7.5) vs. West Virginia–The Tigers are rolling under new coach Gene Chizik and new OC Gus Malzahn.  I think they keep it going here and move to 3-0. 

Auburn 34, West Virginia 21

Florida (-29.5) vs. Tennessee–I’m not sure there are enough points for this spread.  This one should be the massacre we’ve all come to expect.  I doubt Meyer let’s up at 50.

Florida 63, Tennessee 14

Cal (-14) at Minnesota–The Bears have won their last 5 meetings with Big Ten foes by an average of 16 points.  I think Jahvid Best goes off again here and the Bears crush the Gophers.

Cal 45, Minnesota 21

Baylor (-10.5) vs. Connecticut–The Bears had two weeks to prepare for this one and I think Art Briles will have some things up his sleeve for his offense.  Robert Griffin has a big day and the Bears move to 2-0.

Baylor 31, Connecticut 16

BYU (-7.5) vs. Florida State–Provo isn’t an easy place to play and the Seminoles might be in for a shock with the elevation and the pure Mormonism of it all.  If they don’t get things together early on offense, this could get ugly.

BYU 28, Florida State 17

Arkansas (-1.5) vs. Georgia–The Bulldogs haven’t seen Ryan Mallett yet and I see this as an advantage for the Hogs, who have had two weeks to get ready.   Georgia’s defense is plundered yet again.

Arkansas 35, Georgia 28

Oregon State (+1) vs. Cincinnati–The Beavers have found a quarterback in Sean Canfield to go with the exciting Rodgers Bros.  Cincy is off to a good start but OSU is a step up in class that will be too much to handle.

Oregon State 23, Cincinnati 19

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5 Responses to Picking This Week’s Games

  1. Balla September 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Um, Texas- Texas Tech?

  2. Chudwick September 18, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    What say you on the TU/OU game?

  3. Heismanpundit September 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    I am only picking games where I see a potential ‘play’ in the line. If I were betting I would avoid those two games you guys commented on, cus I’m not sure what will happen against the spread.

  4. AUman76 September 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    NW over the ‘Cuse by 10. Vandy in a close one by the score of 28 to 23 so I take overs too HP. UCLA and K-St why? Bruins 31 Cats 16. Ah yes…my Tigers and dem thar mountain men. A lotta road kill tween Morgantown and The Lovilest Village on the Plains. The biggest will be the musketmen themselves. This bunch of felines got some bit and will rip WVU to pieces. Gus Malzan’s offense is more dangerous than than Gus the Mule’s leg in that wacky movie. AU 56 WVU 16. UF and UT? Wow if this were a prize fight it would be stopped by now, and it ain’t even started yet! Gators gonna be on top of ole Smokey stink on chit. Hope Lame Kitty has his water proof jock on cause Urban Meyer’s boys are gonna knock his richard in the dirt. UF 73 ut 6. (lol kept it clean for you HP)Cal 38 Minnie Mouse 17. Baylor Bears 24 Uconn 17. BYU 35 FSU 20. Hawgs and Dawgs? humm…. interseting game for several reasons but UGA wins by the slim margin of 30 to 29. Cinci is fer real fellows. Bearcats kept knawin at the Beavers till the ole dam spings a leak. UC 34 OSU not (dahOSU huh?) 24.

  5. AUman76 September 18, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    I know… misspelled Loveliest when I changed a line above.