Sunday, October 7, 2007

Prediction Outcomes, Week 6

Cincinnati (+3.5) @ Rutgers: Cincinnati 28-23 The Bearcats have looked good all season, playing a few good teams, while the Scarlet Knights has looked iffy playing even worse teams. Rutgers does have the home field advantage, but Cincy has proved they can win on the road.
Cincinnati by 10 = Yup. Who woulda thought the Bearcats would be 6-0 to start the year?

Wisconsin (+2.5) @ Illinois: Illinois 31-26 Since when does the non-ranked team give points to the #5 ranked team? Something's fishy here... Is it that Wisconsin really shouldn't be ranked that high? Or is it that Illinois should be in the top 25? Probably a little of both, but I don't know if I'm ready to jump on the Zookers bandwagon just yet...
Wisconsin by 7 = Okay, I'm ready now.

Oklahoma State (+6.5) @ Texas A&M: Texas A&M 24-23 How much will all the hullabaloo surrounding Coach Fran affect the Aggies this week? You know Gundy is just happy that the controversy doesn't revolve around him here. The Cowboys are improving, but the Aggies are at home where they're 4-0 this year.
Texas A&M by 7 = Coach Fran's seat is still warm, but it's cooled down a bit. At least for a couple days.

Kansas (+3.5) @ Kansas State: Kansas 30-24 One team will continue their catapult, the other is in for some heartbreak. The edge goes to the Wildcats because their schedule has been respectable, if not tough, going to Auburn & Texas. The Jayhawks opponents are 3-15.
Kansas State by 10 = Nice win by the Jayhawks. I'm curious to see if they can keep it up against the now-respectable Big 12 North.

Virginia Tech (+5.5) @ Clemson: Virginia Tech 41-23 Another night game at Death Valley, but both of these teams are looking awfully shaky and seem to be hanging on to their seasons by a thread. Can the Tigers overcome last week's disappointing performance at Georgia Tech? I'm not so sure.
Virginia Tech by 7 = Beamer Ball at it's best.

Oklahoma (-11.5) v. Texas: Oklahoma 28-21 This one's a tough choice, since it seems like it really could go either way. I think it's going to be closer than the spread indicates though.
Texas by 6 = That was about the best either team could hope for. Oklahoma's back in the Top 10, while Texas is maybe Top 25.

Nebraska (+6.5) @ Missouri: Missouri 41-6 This one should end up being a shootout, since neither D is all that great. It'll be close, but the gut says go with the Tigers this week.
Missouri by 7 = Did the Tigers find some D, or did the Huskers lose their O?

Florida (+8.5) @ LSU: LSU 28-24 LSU Offense - check. Florida Offense - check. LSU Defense - check. Florida Defense - hmmm...
LSU by 14 = The Tigers pulled it out at the end there. Better than average showing by the Gators though.

Ohio State (-7.5) @ Purdue: Ohio State 23-7 The Buckeyes are well-tested so far this season, while Purdue has had some defensive struggles against relatively weak teams. This might be close for a while, but I'm thinking the Boilermakers finally get their bubble burst.
Ohio State by 10 = Yup.

South Florida (-16.5) @ Florida Atlantic: South Florida 35-23 Only 16.5? Seems rather low to me. (Is there a Owl echo in here?)
South Florida by 27 = Wow, Bulls. Your credibility just took a bit of a hit. Bad.

Stanford (+39.5) @ Southern California: Stanford 24-23 Look, I know that the Trojans can be explosive. And if there was any game where they could open up their offense and dominate with their defense it's this one against the Cardinal at the Coliseum. But they've only covered the spread in 2 of their 4 games this year. This one's trickier than anticipated, and it kinda looks to me like LSU last week vs. Tulane: the Trojans will struggle early then turn in on in the 2nd half, but not enough to make up 39.5 points.
Southern California wins, but Stanford (barely) covers the spread = This whole season for you Trojan fans must have felt like riding in a Ferrari with someone who couldn't shift past 3rd gear. Well, that guy just wrapped it around a telephone pole.

Arizona State (-9) @ Washington State: Arizona State 23-20 I thought that the Cougars were looking up before they really stank against Arizona. But they've got Arizona State at home, and the Sun Devils are bound to lose one game they're supposed to win this year. This is one of the last games of their season where the Sun Devils will be favored. I'm picking the upset here.
Washington State by 3

Well, kind of a mix-n-match week here. Same against the spread as straight up for the first time this year. Interesting.
Both Straight Up & Against the Spread I was 7-12 (58.33%)
Season Totals: 55-72 (76.39%) Straight Up, 40.5-72 (56.25%) Against the Spread.

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