Halloween Picks Cutting Back a Bit

Just picking a few this week.

Thursday October 29th:

North Carolina 6-1 at Pittsburgh 6-1: North Carolina plays ACC Coastal fellow leaders Pittsburgh this week and the other leader Duke next. These games should clear up the conference standings.  The Tar Heels only lost their first game against South Carolina, but they have gotten better every game. They are favored by 3 over a pretty good Pittsburgh team. The Panthers only lost to undefeated Iowa and it was a good game with Iowa winning 27-23. North Carolina is playing really well now and I think they win and cover the spread.

Saturday October 31st:

Ole Miss 6-2 at Auburn 4-3: Ole Miss is favored by 7.5 points over a talented Auburn team that is not playing well. Ole Miss is a hard team to figure, but they are extremely motivated to beat Auburn because of their loss to them last season and the injury to their star player, Laquon Treadwell. Ole Miss still has a shot at the SEC West title if they continue winning and that all begins with this Auburn game and Ole Miss more than likely covers.

USC 4-3 at California 5-2: USC is favored by 6 points and is extremely talented in spite of their record. A motivated USC wins this game and interim coach Clay Helton wants to be the new coach. He can only do that, probably, by winning out. California won their first 5 games and then lost their last 2. I believe that USC comes out ready to play and wins by more than 7 points.

Clemson 7-0 at North Carolina State 5-2:  Clemson is this week’s media darling which concerns me greatly since the media is usually wrong about everything. Last week, Utah was all the rage and we all saw what happened to them. Clemson is favored by 10 points and should cover, but North Carolina State is not a bad team at all. Everybody thinks that Clemson has a favorable schedule because they have all written off Florida State since the beginning of 2014. I can guarantee Clemson has not written off the Seminoles.

Florida 6-1 at Georgia 5-2: Everybody expected Georgia to dominate the SEC East this season and they have disappointed. Florida was seen as in rebuilding mode. But, now, Florida is favored by 3 points over a struggling Georgia. Over the years, this has been a very even rivalry with Georgia holding a slight edge over Florida. This game is too unpredictable and I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole as a gambler. Gators are playing better right now and I would guess they will cover the spread.

Oklahoma State 7-0 at Texas Tech 5-3: I just wrote about Texas Tech at home on Halloween in another article: 2008 Texas Tech vs Texas 

That was a few years ago and a different coach, but things are really similar.  Oklahoma State is undefeated and favored by 3 points, but it’s just not going to happen. Texas Tech will not only win, they might even win big. I could be wrong, but I do think Tech wins it big at home in Lubbock.

Maryland 2-5 at Iowa 7-0: Iowa is probably not as good as their record, and Maryland is probably not as bad as theirs, too. Iowa is favored by 17 points and will win but I am not thinking they cover the point spread.

Vanderbilt 3-4 at Houston 7-0: This is an important game for the University of Houston and for the American Athletic Conference. They need another win over an SEC team to improve the reputation of their conference. Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason can’t afford to lose this game to a non SEC school. Houston is favored by 11.5 points and they should win, but it will be closer and they probably don’t cover the spread. It would be kind of fun if Houston stayed undefeated until their game against Memphis on November 14th.

Michigan 5-2 at Minnesota 4-3: Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill just abruptly retired today and that’s just incredible timing as he is the 8th coach this season to either be fired or retire. Minnesota has a decent team and the right coach could continue what Kill started but it won’t be against Michigan. The Wolverines are favored by 14 points and are rearing to get out there again and erase the bad memories of a Michigan State loss that will haunt some people forever.

Minnesota will be fired up, but it won’t do any good and Michigan will roll and definitely cover. This Michigan team is possibly capable of beating Ohio State and causing a potential 3 way tie in the Big 10 East.

Tennessee 3-4 at Kentucky 4-3: Tennessee is the visitor but favored by 8.5 points over Kentucky. The Wildcats are improved, but the Vols are just the better team right now. However, the good news for Kentucky and their fans is they should win 6 games this season thanks to the FCS teams on their schedule and be eligible for a bowl game. I enjoy watching Quarterback Patrick Towles. I also enjoy watching Tennessee Quarterback Joshua Dobbs and he is just too good. Kentucky may give the Vols fits at home, but I believe the Volunteers still win by about 10 points and cover.

Notre Dame 6-1 at Temple 7-0: Nobody saw Temple as being undefeated coming into this game. Nobody thought the American Athletic Conference would have three undefeated teams at this point. But, Notre Dame is still favored by 9.5 points. The Irish are often overrated, but their only loss was to unbeaten Clemson who all of the media members have jumped all over. If you watched the game, played in almost Hurricane like conditions, you would have noticed that the Irish gave Clemson all that they wanted and the game could have gone either way. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are good even after losing at least 6 starters to injuries. Temple is good and has some stars, but Notre Dame is better and will win and probably cover the spread.

Stanford 6-1 at Washington State 5-2: I will admit that I am a Stanford fan and I hope they make the Playoffs. However, this game worries me for several reasons. One of them is that Washington State is a dangerous foe and especially at home. Also, strange things happen when Mike Leach coaches on a Halloween against a ranked team. I have seen this before when he was at Texas Tech. Link:  Scary  Stanford is favored by 12 points and I do believe they survive this test, but they don’t cover the spread as the Cougars of Washington State scare the Stanford Cardinal.

Arizona 5-3 at Washington 3-4: Arizona, after being a national surprise last season, has been a major disappointment this season. Washington is struggling and they have a true freshman starting at Quarterback. They are rated even and I am picking Washington to win at home just because they have the better defense.

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