Sunday, October 21, 2007

Prediction Outcomes, Week 8

Mississippi State (+24.5) @ West Virginia: West Virginia 38-13 This one's a bit tricky. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in non-conference play, and West Virginia is a bit banged up. The Mountaineers should have enough firepower to pull out the win at home, but probably not by 24.
West Virginia wins, but Mississippi State covers the spread = Ah, jeez. Listen, I understand that when you're down 31-13, a 2-point conversion makes it a two possession game, while the extra point makes it three possessions. I get it, and props to Croom for knowing his math, but it doesn't help cover the spread any.

Penn State (-7.5) @ Indiana: Penn State 36-31 The Nittany Lions are rolling after two straight blowout victories. The Hoosiers are looking shaky after starting off the season on an emotional high.
Penn State by 14 = C'mon now.

Wake Forest (-3.5) @ Navy: Wake Forest 44-24 Don't look now but the Midshipmen are 4-2 and on a three game winning streak. The Demon Deacons are rebounding from 0-2 themselves, winning their past four including last week against Florida State. If this one's close, Jim Grobe's team won't lose their cool.
Wake Forest by 7 = Solid win for the Deacs.

Kansas (-4) @ Colorado: Kansas 19-14 I know the Buffs took down Oklahoma, but can they take down a second undefeated team this season? I'm hesitant to pull the trigger on them, but the Jayhawks have played the weakest of schedules this year and it's only going to get harder for them.
Colorado by 7 = The Jayhawks? Really? I'm happy for them

Texas A&M (+1.5) @ Nebraska: Texas A&M 36-14 Both of these coach's are probably gone at the end of the season - maybe they should just switch jobs. Nah.
Texas A&M by 7 = Bye-bye, Bill.

Southern California (-18.5) @ Notre Dame: Southern California 38-0 Trojans, Trojans, Trojans. For some reason the bookies still love you. Was Stanford the beginning of the end, or can you continue the sick streak you've been on for 5+ years? I know you hardly ever cover the spread, but you need this one. Bad. Lucky it's against the Irish.
Southern California by 24 = Solid win - now the Trojans get into the meat grinder of their schedule.

Miami (FL) (+5.5) @ Florida State: Miami (FL) 37-29 Up and down for these two this season. Just when you thought the Seminoles found a QB, they blow it against Wake Forest. The Hurricanes are looking rough after losses to North Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Florida State by 10 = Both these teams have three losses and we're not even out of October. My how the once mighty have fallen.

Florida (-7.5) @ Kentucky: Florida 45-37 The Wildcats? Really? They've gotta be emotionally spent after beating LSU last week. Two big wins in a row would be huge for their program. Don't look now, but the Gators are on a two game losing streak - three would be really, really painful for Meyer.
Florida by 10 = See that, Mississippi State? That's how you cover the spread - let them score in the last seconds but don't let them kick the extra point. Well done, Gators.

Cincinnati (-10) @ Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh 24-17 I still believe in the Bearcats.
Cincinnati by 17 = That'll teach me - ouch.

Virginia (+4) @ Maryland: Virginia 18-17 The Cavaliers & Terrapins are a combined 10-3. Who woulda thunk? This one might come down to the last play.
Maryland by 7 = Nope, though it was close til the end. The Cavaliers are putting together a fine season.

Oregon (-13.5) @ Washington: Oregon 55-34 The Huskies brutal schedule continues, while the Ducks are just sailing along.
Oregon by 21 = Right on the money.

Tennessee (-1) @ Alabama: Alabama 41-17 This is why the Tide brought Saban to Tuscaloosa - to beat the tar out of Fulmer and the Vols. Things are gonna get ugly at one SEC school...
Tennessee by 3 = Fulmer's seat is starting to get awfully hot...

Well, I'm still hovering around .500 - not too good, but the way this season has gone I guess it's somewhat understandable.
Straight up I was only 7 for 12 (58.33%)
Against the spread I was 5 for 12 (41.67%) for the second week in a row
Season Totals: 70 for 96 (72.92%) Straight up, 50.5 for 96 (52.60%) Against the Spread.

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