I really should just give up doing these picks. I went an abysmal 3-7 last week and now stand at 48-59-3 against the spread for the year. Sigh. Maybe I should switch to NFL betting. So if you want picks to actually bet on, maybe try Bruce Feldman at ESPN.com–he’s nine over .500 on the season. Well anyway, here’s the next round, with lines courtesy of Betus.com.
UCLA (+2) at Washington–The Bruins traditionally play very well up in Seattle. I think Jake Locker will show his rust and struggle against UCLA. Outright win for the Bruins.
UCLA 20, Washington 16
Tennessee (-9) at Vanderbilt–The Volunteers are still in line for a bowl berth if they can win out. They seem to have found their quarterback of the future in Tyler Bray. I like them to win handily here.
Tennessee 35, Vandy 17
Maryland (+4) vs. Florida State–The Noles have not looked good these last four games, while Maryland is on a bit of a roll of late. I like the Terrapins to cover and get the outright win at home.
Maryland 26, Florida State 21
Wisconsin (-4) at Michigan–To me, this seems like the easiest pick of the day. I just can’t see any way that Michigan’s pathetic defense can stop the Badgers. And Wisky should be able to slow down Michigan just enough to pull away.
Wisconsin 45, Michigan 28
Ohio State (-3) at Iowa–The Buckeyes are playing really well, especially on defense. I think they’ll shut down the Hawkeyes and Terrelle Pryor will have a good all-around day.
Ohio State 28, Iowa 12
Oklahoma State (-24) at Kansas–The Cowboys have one of the new juggernaut offenses in college football. The Jayhawks will have their hands full with Weeden, Blackmon and Hunter.
Oklahoma State 55, Kansas 20
Arkansas (-3) at Mississippi State–The Bulldogs won’t be able to keep up with the high-powered Razorbacks. Another big day from Ryan Mallett and Knile Davis.
Arkansas 42, Mississippi State 24
Stanford (-6.5) at Cal–It’s always tough to pick a rivalry game, but I don’t trust Cal to put together two good defensive performances in a row. The Bears are woeful on offense and Andrew Luck should have a big game here in the Big Game.
Stanford 31, Cal 13
Texas A&M (+2.5) vs. Nebraska–The Aggies are the hottest team in the Big 12, so I’m not going to pick against them. Nebraska is off rhythm a bit offensively, which should help the Aggie defense.
Texas A&M 28, Nebraska 27
Navy vs. Arkansas State (OVER 63.5)–These are two teams that are pretty good at finding ways to score points. That’s why I like the OVER in this one, with Navy getting the win.
Navy 48, Arkansas State 38