NCAA Football Weekly Locks: Week 8

We went with three road favorites ranked in the top ten last week and it couldn’t have worked out any better for us, as LSU, Oklahoma State and Clemson all covered their respective spreads, giving us a perfect 3-0 record for the week.  That bumped our season record to an impressive 13-5 and we see more success in the weeks ahead, beginning with tomorrow’s week eight action.

Here is a look at what we like.

Game: #4 Oklahoma State @ Missouri
Pick: Oklahoma State -7
Reason: Last week we took Oklahoma State at -7 on the road in Texas and it worked out great for us.  Once again we find the Cowboys favored by 7 on the road against a conference foe, and once again we are going to go with them to cover the spread.  Missouri has won all three of their home games thus far this season, but those games were against Miami-Ohio, Western Illinois and Iowa State.  They have never seen anything quite like the potent Oklahoma State offense, which is led by Heisman candidates Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.  The Cowboys have already found success on the road against Texas A&M and Texas.  We expect them to do the same against Missouri, as they beat them and cover the one-touchdown spread in the process.

Game: North Carolina @ #7 Clemson
Pick: Clemson -10.5
Reason: The Tigers have been playing great for both themselves and the bettors this season.  Not only are they 7-0 straight-up, but they are also 6-1 against the spread.  Clemson has won four of their last five games by more than ten points, and among those big wins are road victories over Virginia Tech and Maryland.  The Tigers have won three games against ranked opponents this season and they should have no problem beating a Tar Heels team that is 1-2 against ACC opponents this season.  Look for Clemson to win big tomorrow.

Game: #6 Wisconsin @ #16 Michigan State
Pick: Wisconsin -7
Reason: Wisconsin has quietly been one of the most impressive teams in the Big 10 and in the entire NCAA thus far this season.  None of their opponents have come within 30 points of them, and while many of those victories have come against below-average opponents, one of those wins was against a No. 8-ranked Nebraska team.  The Spartans defense has been stellar this season, allowing the fourth-fewest points against in the NCAA, but they have yet to face a quarterback like the Badgers’ Russell Wilson.  Look for Wilson to lead his team to the win and the cover.

Last Week’s Record: (3-0), 2011 Record: (13-5)

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