Here are the rest of the picks for Week 9:
Chargers at Dolphins (-1)
My line: Pick em
Pick: Pass (Contest: Chargers)
Jaguars at Bengals (-11)
My line: Bengals -11
Pick: Pass (Jaguars)
Buccaneers at Browns (+7)
My line: Browns -6.5
Pick: Pass (Buccaneers)
Redskins at Vikings (-2.5)
My line: Vikings -1.5
Here are my Week 10 college football picks and the rest of the pool plays:
North Carolina (+14.5) over Miami: North Carolina started 1-5 in 2013 before finishing the season 7-6. This season’s team started 2-4 but have won their last two games. I think North Carolina continues their strong play and are getting way too many points against Miami.
Kentucky (+7) over Missouri: I’m a Missouri grad and fan but don’t like where the Tigers are headed this season. They are 6-2 but the offense has struggled greatly in the four conference games. Kentucky has talent and might finish second in the SEC East.
Auburn (+2) over Ole Miss: Ole Miss returns home after suffering their first loss of the season against another one-loss team in Auburn. I think Auburn is the better team and their offense will test the stout Rebels defense.
Arizona State (-6) over Utah: Utah had their biggest win since they joined the Pac-12 last week against USC. Fans stormed the field and the Utes put themselves in prime position to win the Pac-12 South. However, they first have to travel to Arizona State for a late night game. I think there’s value on the home team who has their starting quarterback back from injury.
Wisconsin (-11) over Rutgers
Duke (+3.5) over Pittsburgh
Very entertaining night of football on Thursday. No. 2 Florida State has their toughest remaining test of the season as they travel to Louisville. The Saints play the Panthers in the NFL to decide first place in the underwhelming NFC South. I’m not going to make an official pick on either game but have a strong lean in both games.
Florida State (-4) over Louisville: This line has dropped too much and I think the more talented Seminoles will win by at least a touchdown. Florida State is coming off a bye week and they know this is their last true test before the College Football Playoff. Louisville will have trouble scoring so I would lean for this game to go under 51.
Panthers (+3) over Saints: A standard pick against the Saints as favorites on the road. They probably should’ve won at Atlanta, Cleveland and Detroit but it’s concerning that they can’t close out games away from the SuperDome. Carolina is a mess offensively but think Cam Newton will be able to rush successfully. I also like the under in this game, which is now at 49.
Bonus pick in the NBA is Cavaliers (-11.5) over the Knicks. New York lost by 24 to Chicago on Wednesday and the Cavaliers are playing their season opener.
Continued my Thursday night struggles with another loss on a contest pick. Have five picks this Sunday after a 5-1 day in Week 7. Here are the rest of the picks for Week 8:
Lions (-3.5) vs. Falcons in London
My line: Lions -3.5
Pick: Pass (Contest: Lions)
Vikings at Buccaneers (-3)
My line: Buccaneers -1
Pick: Pass (Vikings)
Bears at Patriots (-7)
My line: Patriots -7
Pick: Pass (Bears)
Rams at Chiefs (-7)
My line: Chiefs -6
Seahawks (-6) at Panthers
My line: Seahawks -3.5
Here are my Week 9 college football picks and the rest of the pool plays:
Wisconsin (-10.5) over Maryland
Under 48 in Kansas State vs Texas
North Carolina (+7) Virginia
Under 49 in Michigan State vs Michigan
Oklahoma State (-1) over West Virginia
LSU (+4) over Ole Miss
Over 65 in Auburn vs South Carolina
Under 46 in Tennessee vs Alabama
Washington (+3) over Arizona State
Oregon (-17.5) over California- Friday Night
Illinois (+6) over Minnesota
Had a strong weekend in Week 8 of college football and Week 7 of the NFL. Despite a good Saturday and Sunday, I was 0-3 in pool plays and contest picks last Thursday. One of the reasons I don’t make official picks on Thursday is because handicapping a game on a short week is difficult. Games are harder to predict and there is less time to gain information about both teams. There’s one college game and one NFL game to pick for contests on Thursday:
Chargers (+8.5) over Broncos
Virginia Tech (+3) over Miami
Started 0-1 in contest picks for the week. Here are the rest of my Week 7 NFL picks:
Bengals at Colts (-3)
My line: Colts -2.5
Titans at Redskins (-6)
My line: Redskins -4
Pick: Pass (Contest: Titans)
Dolphins at Bears (-3.5)
My line: Bears -4.5
Pick: Pass (Bears)
Browns (-6) at Jaguars
My line: Browns -4
Seahawks (-7) at Rams
My line: Seahawks -6.5
Pick: Pass (Seahawks)