Once again there is an unintentional theme to my picks this week: underdogs. I don’t know how, but I have a full slate of underdogs this week. Rooting for underdogs is fun. Plus they don’t have to actually pull the upset for you to win money. All lines courtesy of covers.com
Penn State at Ohio State: Well, Penn State isn’t exactly a heroic underdog we can all rally around. This will be their first time on the road since the scandal broke, and Vegas seems to think they won’t be able to handle it. I think they’re better than Ohio State. Penn State +6.5
Vanderbilt at Tennessee: Jeez, how many times in recent history has Tennessee actually been an underdog to Vanderbilt? How many times has ANYONE been an underdog to Vanderbilt? Tennessee is pretty bad this year so they are deserving underdogs here, but I think this week they will rally to beat their preppy, instate rivals. Tennessee +1.5
Oklahoma at Baylor: After a long absence, RGIII makes his glorious return to my picks page! He’s bumping Kansas State out of their normal slot (Bonus pick: Texas -8). Oklahoma has looked pretty strong after their baffling loss to Texas Tech. They’ll win this one, but RGIII will work his magic to keep it interesting. Baylor +15
Southern Methodist at Houston: Houston is one of the few undefeated teams left in the country. They have been putting Oklahoma State-like beatdowns on Conference USA foes. The hype is getting a little out of control for my tastes, though. It doesn’t take Case Keenum to beat up on the likes of Tulane and Rice. Gameday is in town for this week’s game, and I think the Cougars will stumble a little under the spotlight. SMU +19.5
Tulsa at Texas-El Paso: Not picking this one against the spread, but I think the total is absurdly low. Both of these teams play high-octane style offenses. Take the over. OVER 55.
FREE MONEY LOCK OF THE WEEK: Arizona at Arizona State: This should be an epic blowout in favor of the Sun Devils. Speaking of– have you ever actually looked at Arizona State’s logo. I mean really looked at it?
I don’t know what it is specifically about it, but this thing is absurd to me. It looks like it should be in Fantasia or getting outsmarted by Bugs Bunny. And he’s wearing a onesie. Because this will be a blow out, you can expect lots of scoring. OVER 68
Last week: 4-2
Season Total: 32-33-1