After last week’s train wreck of a performance (1-5) there’s only one thing we can do: get better. With the exception of Washington State every game was a win until the last quarter. We’ll do better this week as there are some great match ups and opportunities to get back on track.
No. 2 Texas (-23.5) at Baylor: When I’m picking games I usually try and find a common opponent to gauge how this may turn out. Both teams played Oklahoma State, and both were lopsided games – Texas winning at OSU by 27 and Baylor losing at home by 27. This leads me to believe that if Texas plays the way they’re capable of playing that the stands should empty out early. Give up the points and hook ’em Horns. Confidence: 7
Michigan at No. 20 Wisconsin (-8.5): The Wolverines appear to be in a free fall after coughing up three consecutive losses to Penn State, Illinois and last week’s home game to Purdue. Don’t expect Michigan to fare any better on the road at Camp Randall. Wisconsin will win by double digits. Confidence: 9
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan (+14): The Eagles are on par for a perfect season, just like last year’s cross-town pro franchise, the Detroit Lions. However the 0-9 Eagles usually play tough at home and the Broncos aren’t a great road team. Don’t be surprised if EMU keeps this much closer than the 14 point spread and pulls out a shocker. Take EMU and the points. Confidence: 7
No. 22 BYU (-28) at New Mexico: The winless Lobos are really, really good at one thing: helping the other team cover the spread. In their 9 games this year they’ve gone 2-7 against it and haven’t played a team of BYU’s caliber. Look for the Cougars to romp big. Confidence: 9
No. 1 Florida (-17.5) at South Carolina: The ‘Ol Ball Coach hasn’t had a close one against the Gators in the Tim Tebow era and don’t expect this year to be any different. The Gamecocks have been getting trounced whenever they get out rushed, so expect a lot of Tebow and a plethora of wildcat formations to run wild on SC. Give the points and take the Gators. Confidence: 8
Notre Dame at No.9 Pittsburgh (-6): This one is just for the Gully. The Fighting Irish might have a decent passing attack but Pitt is just too strong to contain. Given the spread is under one TD you have to go with the undefeated home team. Take the Panthers and give the points. Confidence: 7