I think I did better this week. This is my first time going over the scores though, so first impressions, and first looks, may be deceiving…..
Winners against the spread will be in bold, followed by my result.
Louisiana-Lafayette(-2.5) at Arkansas State: MISS! The Cajuns are becoming the darlings of Tuesday nights.
Kentucky at Mississippi State(-10.5): MISS! The Wildcats were able to hang around. Yes, this was surprising, especially on the road.
Marshall(-9.5) at Middle Tennessee State: MISS! This was a thrilling game, unless you’re a Marshall fan…..
Boise State at BYU(-6.5): HIT! This wasn’t surprising. Boise is average with Southwick. They are a bit below without him.
Louisville(-20.5) at South Florida: HIT! Road game or not, the Bulls are a mess. They might be the worst team in Florida, and that is saying a lot!
Oklahoma State(-13.5) at Iowa State: HIT! I was nervous about this one, but I guess I didn’t need to be.
Nebraska(-10.5) at Minnesota: HIT! The Gophers were coming off a big win at Northwestern, and Nebraska had Martinez back. I am a little bit suprised that Nebraska lost, but I had a strong feeling that they wouldn’t cover. This might spell the end of the Pelini era in Nebraska. Scott Frost, you’re on the clock!
Houston at Rutgers(-6.5): MISS! Lines aren’t usually this far off. Rutgers was a TD favorite, and lost by 35……at home!
Ball State(-10.5) at Akron: HIT! Don’t let the near miss in Ann Arbor fool you…….the Zips are at the bottom of the MAC, and yes, that is hard to do.
Connecticut at Central Florida(-23.5): HIT! The Knights let off the gas in the second half, and still won by 45.
Northwestern at Iowa(-3.5): MISS! Hey, it did go into overtime!
Wake Forest at Miami(FL)(-22.5): MISS! The Canes barely scored what they were favored by…….yuck!
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M(-17.5): MISS! I really thought the A&M defense would have trouble. I guess I forgot just how bad Vandy’s offense can be….
Georgia Tech(-9.5) at Virginia: MISS! GT had a nice bounce back game. Not a good thing for me!
Pittsburgh(-5.5) at Navy: HIT! You can’t trust Pitt…….EVER…..
Miami(OH) at Ohio(-25.5): MISS! Those stupid halves strike again….
Toledo at Bowling Green(-3.5): MISS! I am a bit surprised that Toledo won on the road, but not much. I wasn’t very confident in this pick to begin with.
Western Michigan at Massachusetts(-3.5): MISS! Congrats to the Broncos for winning a game! This was their only chance…..
Temple at SMU(-12.5): MISS! That SMU defense is atrocious. Remind me of that next time I pick them to cover a line of more than one score…..
North Carolina State at Florida State(-32.5): MISS! On the losing end of another half. The Noles were pitching a shutout at halftime. That said, it’s hard to keep up the intensity when the game is all but over at halftime.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma(-6.5): HIT! It turned out to be an exciting game, but if it weren’t for the TT turnovers, we would have lost.
Clemson(-13.5) at Maryland: MISS! Another half gone awry….and the game was much closer than the score indicated.
Boston College at North Carolina(-6.5): HIT! I wasn’t expecting a blowout since BC hung with Clemson and FSU for a half.
UTEP at Rice(-17.5): HIT! The Miners are the worst team in Texas, and it isn’t even close….
Duke at Virginia Tech(-13.5): HIT! I didn’t expect Duke to win outright, but I knew that this was too much for the Hokie offense to handle.
Tennessee at Alabama(-28.5): MISS! Yeah, the win over SC fooled me.
Michigan State(-10.5) at Illinois: HIT! I will admit, I didn’t think Sparty would score that many points, but them holding the Illini to three wasn’t much of a surprise.
Buffalo(-1.5) at Kent State: HIT! I knew this was too low. The Bulls might be the best team in the MAC…..or at least the best team in the MAC East.
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois(-30.5): HIT! No big surprise here.
Tulsa(-2.5) at Tulane: HIT! I kinda figured this line was backwards.
West Virginia at Kansas State(-10.5): HIT! The Wildcats are back after a rough start to the season.
Utah at USC(-6.5): MISS! How in the world did the Utes beat Stanford?
Troy at Western Kentucky(-10.5): MISS! That is two straight weeks the Hilltoppers have burned me. Petrino magic has worn off…..
Notre Dame(-19.5) at Air Force: MISS! Who knew the Domers had this much offense?
UAB at UTSA(-6.5): HIT! The Roadrunners have been tough at home.
Louisiana Tech(-6.5) at Florida International: HIT! The Panthers aren’t getting any better….
UNLV at Nevada(-6.5): MISS! Nice win for the Rebs.
Wyoming at San Jose State(-7.5): HIT! Finally a half goes in my favor!
South Carolina at Missouri(-2.5): MISS! You can’t say that Mizzou didn’t have their chances. They led 17-0 going into the fourth quarter…..
South Alabama(-2.5) at Texas State: MISS! These two teams combined for 37 fourth quarter points. It was a great finish!
Baylor(-34.5) at Kansas: HIT! The train keeps rolling.
Georgia State at Louisiana-Monroe(-10.5): MISS! The streak had to end some time…..
UCLA at Oregon(-23.5): MISS! I’m still surprised that the Bruins got covered.
North Texas(-11.5) at Southern Mississippi: HIT! The Eagles have been one of the worst teams for two years running now. This shouldn’t be a surprise.
Florida Atlantic at Auburn(-23.5): HIT! The Tigers wiped the floor with a team that they should have.
Idaho at Mississippi(-41.5): HIT! I’m glad Ole Miss didn’t let off too much.
Texas at TCU(-2.5): HIT! I hit my lock again to move to 7-2 in lock games. TCU had no business being favored, even with Pachall back.
Arizona(-14.5) at Colorado: HIT! The Ralphies aren’t just roadkill, you know…
Penn State at Ohio State(-14.5): MISS! Wow, I didn’t expect the Buckeyes to unleash this kind of hell.
Fresno State(-8.5) at San Diego State: MISS! Yeah, uh, no way the Bulldogs are better than 109 teams. Just saying….
Stanford(-4.5) at Oregon State: HIT! The Beavers made it interesting, but fell just short.
California at Washington(-25.5): MISS! This was a blowout, and they still didn’t cover……
Colorado State at Hawaii(-2.5): MISS! How did that happen??
So, it looks like I went 26-27 to put my season total at 230-206. Not as good as I had hoped for, but better than last week!
Here is the Wednesday line:
Cincinnati(-2.5) at Memphis: Even without Munchie, the Bearcats should be at least a FG better than the Tigers, even on the road.