At FantasyCPR, we’ve been excited to add a new staff member who focuses on College Football picks each week against the spread. If you haven’t checked out his picks for Week 7 against the spread, you need to go do that and make sure to come back each week to see how he did and who he’s taking all season long.
In the College Pick’Em game, we don’t have to worry about the spread since the goal in that game is just to pick the winner of the top ten games each week (you can join our group by clicking here). Last week, I ended up with 43 out of a possible 55 points losing with Penn State, Arizona State, and Iowa. My 43 was still above the average which was 40 and good enough for second in our group behind mdaallen who ended up with 44. Our overall leader pitpenguins66 had 41 on the week and remains in the top 0.1% in the overall standings.
This week looks like another good one with three games featuring a pair of top 25 teams and some tough road tests for other ranked teams. Here’s my picks and the points I’m putting on each with a quick note why I’m leaning that way.
1 Point: Oregon State over Washington State: I’ll take the Beavers on the road in this solid Pac 12 matchup. Oregon state has bounced back after a horrific opening loss to E Washington and won their last four including a beatdown of Colorado last week. The Cougars knocked off USC but haven’t had any real good wins outside of that and were hammered at home by Stanford. OSU isn’t Stanford, but I still think they’ll have enough to beat WSU
2 Points: Oregon Ducks over Washington Huskies: This will be one of, if not the, most exciting matchup of the day as the #2 Ducks try to stay unbeaten in their toughest test yet headed into the new Husky Stadium at Washington. At home, Washington has pulled some bigtime upsets in the past, and almost knocked off Stanford last week on the road. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Huskies pull the upset, but I’ll take Oregon on a low-point pick.
3 Points: Wisconsin Badgers over Northwestern Wildcats: These two teams both played and lost to Ohio State in the last two weeks in close games. Northwestern will face a tough task going into Camp Randall and winning against a Badgers team that had an open date last week. Don’t get caught up in the ranking, take the Badgers at home.
4 Points: Brigham Young Cougars over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: BYU has looked solid after a slow start while the Yellow Jackets have dropped their last two. Since the Cougars are at home and playing better, I think their defense will be able to contain the Jackets rushing attack.
5 Points: Georgia Bulldogs over Missouri Tigers: The Tigers can put up points in a hurry and come in unbeaten as a result. However, I don’t think they’ll pull the upset at Georgia since the Bulldogs have just as much offensive firepower and have won their last four after dropping a heartbreaking opener to Clemson. Georgia has won each of their last two games by just three points, but those games were tougher matchups than this one, in my opinion.
6 Points: LSU Tigers over Florida Gators: In big SEC matchups like this, homefield advantage is huge. LSU is hosting this and not headed to the swamp which is why I think they get the win.
7 Points: Oklahoma Sooners over Texas Longhorns- The Red River Rivalry looks like a mismatch and OU should be able to win fairly easily. However, it’s a rivalry game and the ‘Horns desperately need the win, so I’m not going higher on the confidence.
8 Points: South Carolina Gamecocks over Arkansas Razorbacks- SC’s only loss was at Georgia, but their last few games have been close, late as other teams almost caught them from behind. The Razorbacks have dropped three in a row including their last two to top-20 teams like SC. The Hogs are at home which is why I do give them a chance to win this, but I still think the Gamecocks get the W.
9 Points: Texas A&M Aggies over Ole Miss Rebles- Ole Miss has lost their last two on the road at Alabama and Auburn, and now they have to return and face the Aggies who have rolled over everyone but ‘Bama who they played close before losing by seven. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies will be well rested and should be able to hand the Rebels their third loss in a row.
10 Points: Michigan Wolverines over Penn State Nittany Lions- Michigan heads to Beaver Stadium for a tough road test, but the Nittany Lions looked bad in last week’s loss to Indiana. Their defense won’t be able to stop the Wolverines, so I think Michigan remains undefeated and leaves Happy Valley with a win.