Posted by deaconcat08 on November 24, 2010
Last week my overall record wasn’t good last week, but I extended my lock of the week winning streak to a remarkable six straight games! That’s right, my # 1 pick has now covered easily each and every week since South Carolina’s shocking upset of Alabama. Here’s a breakdown of the picks:
- Week 7: Pick- Pittsburgh (+1.0) at Syracuse (Final Score: Pitt 45, Syracuse 14)
- Week 8: Pick- Hawaii (-3.0) at Utah State (Final Score: Hawaii 45, Utah State 7)
- Week 9: Pick: Hawaii (-14.0) vs. Idaho (Final Score: Hawaii 45, Idaho 10)
- Week 10: Pick: UL-Monroe (+9.5) at FIU (Final Score: FIU 42, UL-Monroe 35)
- Week 11: Pick: Tennessee (-1.0) vs. Ole Miss (Final Score: Tennessee 52, Ole Miss 14)
- Week 12: Pick: Clemson (-12.5) at Wake Forest (Final Score: Clemson 30, Wake 10)
As you can see, not only did I hit all of these games, but the team I picked covered easily each and every week. Maybe it would be better if I just published my # 1 pick each week. Unfortunately, that would make for a pretty short column. All of the spreads below are from the World Sports Exchange’s current lines and are ordered based on my personal confidence in each.
Pick # 1 (Lock of the Week): UConn (-1.5) vs. Cincinnati- I know the Bearcats had an impressive woodshedded win over Rutgers last week, but that was at home. Now they have to go on the road to play the Big East’s hottest team.
Pick # 2: Purdue (-3.0) vs. Indiana- The Boilermakers are definitely the better team, and they’re playing at home.
Pick # 3: Ohio (-3.0) at Kent State- This line has already dropped from 3.5 to 3.0 and I don’t understand why. Kent State has looked like garbage the past two weeks in ugly losses to Western Michigan and Army. Meanwhile, Ohio is thriving after their big win over Temple and may need to win this one to clinch the MAC East.
Pick # 4: Mississippi State (-2.5) at Ole Miss- The Bulldogs always play well against the Rebels, and I’m afraid Ole Miss might not have anything left (emotionally or physically) after their tough loss to LSU.
Pick # 5: Vandy (-6.0) vs. Wake Forest- This Demon Deacon team is done, pure and simple. There’s no way they can stay within a touchdown of anybody, especially on the road.
Pick # 6: Boise State (-14.0) at Nevada- The Broncos are just playing amazing football right now, and their defense is big enough and fast enough to stop Nevada’s potent, yet one-dimensional, offensive attack.
Pick # 7: SMU (Pick) at East Carolina- The Pirates already abysmal defense seems to be getting worse every game. It doesn’t matter what kind of attack the opposition runs or even where the game is played (see home game vs. Navy), ECU’s defense has simply been horrid. The lowest of low points came last week when a 3-8 Rice squad scored 62 and racked up 639 yards of offense on the Pirates. Now ECU comes home to play the June Jones’ Mustangs, and there’s no telling how many points this potent SMU offense will be put on Friday.
Pick # 8: Boston College (+2.5) at Syracuse- Simple logic with this one. No Big East team, especially one in the bottom half of the conference standings, should be favored against any team from another BCS conference. Exceptions would include Wake Forest and Indiana, but Boston College is much better than those squads. Expect the Eagles to win comfortably here.
Pick # 9: Utah (-9.0) vs. Brigham Young- In games where the Utes have been the more talented/athletic team, they have absolutely dominated their opposition. I expect you will see this scenario play on Saturday against BYU.
Pick # 10: UL-Monroe (-7.0) vs. UL-Lafayette- The Ragin’ Cajuns surprisingly find themselves at the rock bottom of the Sun Belt standings riding a seven-game losing streak. I’m pretty sure they’ve packed it in for the year, while the Warhawks will be playing for a chance to garner their first-ever bowl bid.
Last Week’s Record: 4-6, Overall Record: 62-58