NCAA College Football Pick’em: Week 9

After a disappointing 1-2 performance in week 7, we were able to bounce back strong in week 8 by going an impressive 3-0. thanks in large part to our “go against the top-ranked team” strategy.  Oklahoma simply couldn’t get the job done in Missouri, as we predicted, while Michigan State used another late rally against Northwestern to win the game and cover the spread, and Cam Newton continued to show why he is the most dynamic player in college football by leading his Auburn Tigers over their SEC rival LSU Tigers.  But with Auburn currently holding the top spot in the BCS standings, it will be tough for us to stick with our “anti-No.1” strategy.

With another weekend upon us, we will look to post a similar 3-0 record in an effort to improve upon our 12-8-1 record.  Whether such week 9 will bring us such fortunes remains to be seen.  Here is a look at our picks.

Game: (1) Auburn at Mississippi
Spread: Auburn -7
Pick: Auburn

Reason: Yes, the last three weeks have seen number one teams lose, but we believe the trend ends here.  It is simply too hard to bet against Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.  Even against a tough LSU defense, Newton was able to rush for 217 yards and two touchdowns, on route to a 24-17 victory.  We have little reason to believe that we will not be able to toll over a Mississippi defense that ranks 10th in the SEC in total defense, allowing an average of 370.6 yards against per game.  You simply have to like those numbers if you are a Tigers fan.  Give me the Auburn Newtons by more than a touchdown.

Game: (2) Oregon at USC
Spread: Oregon -6.5
Pick: Oregon
Reason: USC has always been the talk of the Pac-10, but Oregon has helped change that over the past year.  Now they will have a chance to go into the Coliseum and put an exclamation mark on their rise to the top of the conference.  USC has been terrible on the defensive side of the ball, allowing an average of 24.3 points against per game.  That is never a good thing when the Ducks are coming to town.  Oregon currently has the nations top offense, averaging 569 yards per game and 55.4 points per game.  Look for them to reach similar totals against USC on Saturday night as they roll to a blowout win over their Pac-10 rivals.

Game: (6) Missouri at (14) Nebraska
Spread: Nebraska -7.5
Pick: Missouri
Reason: Missouri turned out to be a good pick for us last weekend in this position, playing as the underdog against a Big 12 opponent, so we will ride them once again.  The Tigers defense is currently ranked fourth in the nation on defense, allowing only 13.1 points against per game.  They were able to slow down the offense of then top-ranked Oklahoma, and we expect them to do the same to Taylor Martinez and the Nebraska offense.  It will be tough for Missouri to come away with the win at Memorial Stadium, but we do expect them to keep things tight enough for cover the 7.5-point spread on Saturday.

Current Record: 12-8-1 (Last Week: 3-0)