NCAA College Football Pick’em: Week 8

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Week 7 saw another No. 1 ranked team bite the dust as Ohio State was throttled by a hungrier Wisconsin team.  With top-seeded teams falling in each of the last two weekends, perhaps I should consider betting against them next time, rather than with them.  As you will see, that is the game plan heading into week 8 as we look to bounce back from a 1-2 effort.

Thanks to losses from the Buckeyes, and Arkansas, and a big win from Boise State, we now find ourselves at 9-8-1 on the year.  So without further ado, here is a look at our predictions for the upcoming weekend.

Game: (1) Oklahoma at (11) Missouri
Spread: Oklahoma -3
Pick: Missouri

Reason: Sticking with that trend that has seen top-ranked teams lose in each of the last two weeks, we will be hoping it continues when Oklahoma visits Missouri to take on the 11th ranked Tigers.  Both teams are currently undefeated with 6-0 records, but something will have to give on Saturday and we give the edge to Missouri at home.  In four of their first six games, the Sooners have barely edged their opponents, but none of them will pose the same difficulties that they should see from Missouri.  With one of the top ranked defenses in the league, look for the Tigers to slow down DeMarco Murray and the Sooners offense, while Blaine Gabbert should be able to do enough damage through the air to give Missouri the victory in this marquee match-up Saturday night.

Game: (7) Michigan State at Northwestern
Spread: Michigan State -6
Pick: Michigan State
Reason: Often viewed as a pushover, Northwestern has proven to be anything but that thus far in the 2010 season as they currently find themselves with a 5-1 record.  However, their opposition has been anything but impressive as they have beaten the likes of Vanderbilt, Rice, Illinois State, Central Michigan and Minnesota, while losing to Purdue in their last game.  Look for that losing streak to reach two as the Michigan State offense should be able to keep them off-balance with a strong rushing attack from the likes of Edwin Baker, Le’Veon Bell and Larry Caper, and a solid passing attack led by Kirk Cousins.  The Spartans have beaten the likes of Michigan, Wisconsin and Notre Dame thus far.  Don’t expect them to fall to Northwestern this weekend.

Game: (6) LSU at (4) Auburn
Spread: Auburn -5
Pick: Auburn
Reason: LSU’s defense is among the best in college football, but they have not seen anything quite like Auburn’s Cam Newton.  Or, at least they have not seen anything like him since a guy by the name of Tim Tebow was leading the Florida Gators offense.  Newton can do it all back there, whether he is needed to pass the ball or run it into the end zone himself.  As for the LSU offense, they are still searching for a solution to their quarterback problems.  In a match-up between two teams, one with what many are claiming to be the nation’s top quarterback, and the other without one worthy of a full-time starting job (Les Miles continues to flip-flop between Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee), I’ll take the home team with the quarterback any day of the week.

Current Record: 9-8-1 (Last Week: 1-2)

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