Citizens of The Manoverse may have noticed that there were no picks last week. Your humble Potentate of Profundity ran into some computer issues at home, and my backup plan fell thru as well, so I decided to take it as a bye week. However, Zach had already emailed me his picks and he went 2-3. He picked UCLA over Stanford (oops), Clemson over Florida St. (oops), Northern Illinois over Central Michigan (thumbs up), Carolina over St. Louis (thumbs up), & Denver over Indianapolis (oops). That brings his total record thus far to 18-20. Zach doesn’t know this yet, but he’s getting a bye week this week and I’m flying solo. That’ll even things out.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma (-6.5)
I’ve watched both of these teams play and both struggled against my WV Mountaineers before ultimately getting the win. Tech is 7-0 but the argument can be made that they haven’t truly been tested. Oklahoma has a loss to archrival Texas as the only blemish on their record. I don’t doubt that Tech is legitimately good, but I have to go with the home team here.
South Carolina at Missouri (-3)
Who would have ever predicted a month ago that this game would be all that meaningful?? And who could have foreseen that the Tigers would be the Top 10 team?? No one can say that Missouri hasn’t played anyone, even if it is true that Florida & Georgia were slightly overrated. Conversely the Gamecocks had high expectations and have seen them crashing to earth after losses to Georgia and Tennessee. I think South Carolina rebounds a bit here and it’ll be Missouri being knocked off their very tenuous pedestal.
UCLA at Oregon (-23.5)
I’m really looking forward to this game. In my pre-season Top 25 I rated the Ducks #1 and the Bruins #15. So far I’m not too far off, although Oregon is going to need a bit of help to get into the national championship. They can help themselves immensely with a victory in this game. I believe Oregon will indeed win…but not for a second do I think they will even come close to covering the spread. So UCLA is the pick.
Dallas at Detroit (-3)
The only reason the Lions have the betting edge is because of home field advantage. They have been way too up & down for my comfort level this season, and it isn’t quite time yet for the Cowboys to crash & burn. That’ll happen in the playoffs as usual.
Atlanta at Arizona (-2.5)
Another spread no one could have predicted just a few short weeks ago. The Falcons are off to a very poor 2-4 start, while the Cardinals defense has carried them to a respectable 3-4 record. At some point Atlanta will surely begin to resemble the team that nearly every pundit had winning another division title and making a deep playoff run. I just don’t think it’ll be this week.
- College Football Week 9 Pickoff: UCLA-Oregon, Texas Tech-Oklahoma; more (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- The Tailgater college football picks week 9 (isportsweb.com)
- College Football 2013 Week 9: Cheerleader Edition (coed.com)
- Blog Post: College Football Odds South Carolina vs Missouri (pregame.com)
- Saturday Syllabus: The Sun Never Sets On Kliff Kingsbury (thebiglead.com)
- CFT: Report: Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez intends to start (collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Week 9 Preview (katiesports.wordpress.com)
- Week 9 Staff Picks (projectcfb.wordpress.com)