I didn’t pick any games last week and it’s no wonder–I’ve been absolutely atrocious picking against the spread this year. I’m going to give it one more try this week and then call it a day until bowl season. Here are my picks for the week against the line:
Texas (-21) at Texas A&M–The Longhorns are on a roll and I am not too confident that the Aggie defense–which gave up 62 and 65 to K-State and OU, respectively–will be able to contain Colt McCoy.
Texas 45, Texas A&M 14
Auburn (+10) vs. Alabama–This seems like too big of a spread for a rivalry game of this magnitude. Although Auburn’s defense is suspect, I do think the Tigers can hang close enough in this one to cover.
Alabama 23, Auburn 14
Illinois (+21) at Cincinnati–The Bearcats might be looking ahead to next week’s battle with Pitt. The change in quarterbacks back to Tony Pike might also be disruptive. I see this one being a little closer than expected.
Cincinnati 38, Illinois 21
Boise State vs. Nevada (OVER 71.5)–This one should be very entertaining, with tons of points being scored. I like the over to hit past 71.5 with ease.
Boise State 52, Nevada 34
Missouri (-3) at Kansas–The Jayhawks are in turmoil and I like the Tigers to take advantage in what could be Mangino’s last hurrah in Lawrence.
Missouri 27, Kansas 17
Ole Miss (-8) at Mississippi State–The Rebs finally found a formidable winning formula: Run Dexter McCluster as much as possible. He has another big game here.
Ole Miss 28, Mississippi State 14
Oklahoma State (+9.5) at Oklahoma–Even with the quarterback issues at Ok State, I like this one to be pretty close.
Oklahoma 24, Oklahoma State 17
Georgia Tech (-8) vs. Georgia–A nightmare of a season comes to a merciful end for UGA. Tech keeps it going on its way to a BCS bid.
Georgia Tech 38, Georgia 24
Arizona (-3.5) at ASU–Both teams are down and in the dumps, but Arizona is just better and should win solidly once it gets over last week’s tough loss to Oregon.
Arizona 27, ASU 16
Arkansas (+3.5) at LSU–Get ready for Arkansas to be the new ‘it’ team in the SEC next year and for Ryan Mallett to be the ‘it’ quarterback.
Arkansas 31, LSU 20
Stanford (-10) vs. Notre Dame–Weis is on his way out and Clausen may soon follow. Not sure what the Irish have to play for. Stanford, meanwhile, is licking its chops.
Stanford 42, Notre Dame 31
UCLA (+13) at USC–The Bruins and Trojans seem to be moving in different directions, with UCLA the improving team and USC apparently declining. That doesn’t mean UCLA has enough in the gas tank to get the win, but I like for them to keep it close. I also like the UNDER of 47.5.
USC 21, UCLA 19
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