UPDATE: Looks like a 28-23 record for the week.
Don't have a ton of time to throw this together, but here are the basics.
Last Week's Results
|Big 12 Games
|0-5 point spread
Another solid week after a series of awful ones, but something feels off about this week's picks. We'll see.
This week's picks after the jump.
- "LOCKS" signify games where the spread and projection are more than 17 points apart. At this point, LOCKS are rare, as Vegas seems to have hacked into my damn computer.
- If there is a "(!)" next to the spread, that means the projection and spread are within 2 points of each other ... and you should probably lay off of these picks if you are the betting type. There are far too many of these this week.
- Verdicts in all caps signify games where the underdog is picked to win straight up.
|10/21||8:00pm||UCLA at Oregon||Oregon by 20.1||Oregon -22||Ucla (L)|
|10/22||8:00pm||South Florida at Cincinnati||Cincinnati by 11.5||Cincinnati -7.5||Cincy (L)|
|10/23||11:00am||Michigan State at Northwestern||Mich. St. by 25.3||Mich. St. -6||Mich. St. (LOCK) (W)
|Penn State at Minnesota||Penn St. by 2.4||Penn St. -9.5||Minnesota (L)
|Purdue at Ohio State||Ohio St. by 40.8||Ohio St. -24||Ohio State (W)
|Rutgers at Pittsburgh||Pitt by 18.2||Pitt -13||Pitt (W)
|Iowa State at Texas||Texas by 27.1||Texas -21||Texas (L)
|Duke at Virginia Tech||Va Tech by 37.9||Va Tech -26.5||Va Tech (W)|
|Syracuse at West Virginia||WVU by 22.2||WVU -14||WVU (L)
|Indiana at Illinois||Illinois by 28.8||Illinois -14||Illinois (W)|
|Temple at Buffalo||Temple by 1.0||Temple -7.5||Buffalo (L)
|Notre Dame at Navy||Notre Dame by 7.5||Notre Dame -7 (!)||Notre Dame (L)
|11:30am||Ole Miss at Arkansas||Arkansas by 9.2||Arkansas -9.5 (!)||Ole Miss (L)
|12:00pm||Maryland at Boston College||BC by 0.1||BC -4||Maryland (W)|
|Ohio at Miami (OH)||Ohio by 6.5||Ohio -3||Ohio (W)|
|Florida Atlantic at Arkansas State||ASU by 7.9||ASU -7.5 (!)||Ark St (W)|
|1:00pm||Wyoming at BYU||BYU by 14.5||BYU -10.5||Byu (L)
|2:30pm||LSU at Auburn||Auburn by 9.4||Auburn -6.5||Auburn (W)|
|Arizona State at California||ASU by 3.9||ASU +3.5||ARIZONA ST (L)
|Texas Tech at Colorado||Colorado by 5.8||Colorado +2.5||COLORADO (L)
|Connecticut at Louisville||Louisville by 8.5||Louisville +2||LOUISVILLE (W)|
|Kent State at Bowling Green||BGSU by 8.6||BGSU +2||BGSU (L)
|Nebraska at Oklahoma State||Nebraska by 5.5||Nebraska -6||Okla St (L)
|Georgia Tech at Clemson||Clemson by 14.8||Clemson -6||Clemson (W)|
|Kansas State at Baylor||Kansas St by 0.8||Kansas St +6||KANSAS ST (W)|
|Western Michigan at Akron||W. Mich by 12.1||W. Mich -7.5||W. Michigan (W)|
|Rice at Central Florida||UCF by 31.8||UCF -22||C. Florida (W)|
|Wisconsin at Iowa||Iowa by 2.7||Iowa -6||Wisconsin (W)|
|Houston at SMU||SMU by 17.0||SMU -7.5||Smu (L)
|3:00pm||Central Michigan at Northern Illinois||NIU by 12.5||NIU -9||N. Illinois (W)|
|3:15pm||Marshall at East Carolina||ECU by 18.9||ECU -12.5||E. Carolina (W)|
|3:30pm||UL-Monroe at Middle Tennessee||MTSU by 10.4||MTSU -12||UL-Monroe (L)
|4:00pm||Washington State at Stanford||Stanford by 42.6||Stanford -35||Stanford (L)
|New Mexico State at Idaho||Idaho by 26.9||Idaho -23.5||Idaho (W)|
|Western Kentucky at UL-Lafayette||ULL by 9.8||ULL -6||UL-Lafayette (L)
|Hawaii at Utah State||Hawaii by 16.7||Hawaii -3||Hawaii (W)|
|5:00pm||Colorado State at Utah||Utah by 35.0||Utah -30.5||Utah (W)|
|Eastern Michigan at Virginia||Virginia by 17.3||Virginia -24||E. Michigan (L)
|6:00pm||South Carolina at Vanderbilt||S. Caro. by 29.2||S. Caro -12.5||S. Carolina (W)|
|UAB at Mississippi State||Miss. St. by 22.7||Miss. St. -20||Miss. St. (L)
|Texas A&M at Kansas||A&M by 29.3||A&M -14||A&M (W)|
|Alabama at Tennessee||'Bama by 32.1||'Bama -16.5||Alabama (W)|
|Ball State at Toledo||Toledo by 20.7||Toledo -12||Toledo (L)
|6:30pm||Georgia at Kentucky||Kentucky by 4.8||Kentucky +3.5||KENTUCKY (L)
|North Carolina at Miami||Miami by 9.6||Miami -6.5||Miami (W)|
|7:00pm||Fresno State at San Jose State||Fresno by 20.1||Fresno -19.5 (!)||Fresno St. (L)
|Air Force at TCU||TCU by 22.2||TCU -19.5||Tcu (W)|
|Oklahoma at Missouri||Mizzou by 6.5||Mizzou +3||MIZZOU (W)|
|8:05pm||Tulane at UTEP||Tulane by 3.9||Tulane +9.5||TULANE (W)|
|9:00pm||San Diego State at New Mexico||SDSU by 36.3||SDSU -23.5||Sdsu (L)
|9:15pm||Washington at Arizona||Arizona by 16.5||Arizona -6.5||Arizona (W)
Picks I am Feeling Safest About:
Texas -21 Iowa State. It's only 21?
Miami -6.5 North Carolina. No reason why, really.
Utah -30 Colorado State. Utah's rolling.
WVU -14 Syracuse. This feels like a 20-pointer to me.
SMU -7.5 Houston. Houston's reeling, and SMU's fast-paced enough to win by 20 if they get an advantage.
Picks I am Feeling Queasiest About:
Mizzou +3 Oklahoma. I probably don't need to explain why here.
E. Michigan +24 Virginia. Not sure they can stay that close to any BCS conference team, even UVa.
Kansas State +6 Baylor. Baylor can be bowl eligible with a win, so maybe they're in for a letdown ... but the first truly big game in Waco for a while could make for a great(ish) atmosphere.
Stanford -35 Washington State. Wazzu's defense has been improving, and the pace might not be high enough for 35 points.
Maryland +4 Boston College. No reason why, really.