Picking This Week’s Games

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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5 Responses to Picking This Week’s Games

  1. Robert November 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Why don’t you ever pick the Florida game?

    Also, why are you so anti Tebow? What if he has a huge day and beats Bama?

  2. HP November 26, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    I only pick games where i see a ‘play’.

    I’m anti-Tebow? I just posted that he’s one of the greatest CFB players of all time a couple posts down.

  3. Honesty is the best policy November 29, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    HP – why didn’t you put UCLA in your list of bogus bowl teams? They’re only bowl eligible because of a win over MWC bottom dweller San Diego State with a 4-8 record.

  4. Please, HP, prove me wrong! November 29, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    So now you have to take Georgia for sure and possibly South Carolina off your bogus bowl teams list and maybe add UCLA (whatever you do with USCe you have to do with UCLA given Sandiego State and Florida Atlantic’s comparably poor teams). I’ll bet you don’t have the integrity to re-write that piece and apologize for jumping the gun.

    Please, prove me wrong by writing a new article acknowledging your errors on that, or giving kudos to the SEC for scheduling and winning three OOC rivalry games at the end of the year, two of which they shouldn’t have won according to rankings.

    YOU WON’T DO IT, WILL YOU?

  5. Anonymous November 29, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    How many times has the PAC 10 beat Notre Dame this year? That’s some BCS schedule padding if I’ve ever heard of it!