The final Tuesday of October means it’s officially MACtion season and there shall be no more football-less nights. With the MAC filling ESPN 2, 3 and U timeslots for the next 4 weeks, football is now a daily occurrence and we have arguably the worst, yet most entertaining FBS conference to thank for that.
Of course, the start of MACtion means an opportunity for some mid-week money. These bets will be separate from my traditional work, as these picks contain limited research and will be supported by limited funding. I have no clue who to pick in these games and know nothing about these teams, so let’s have some fun…..
Bowling “For Soup” Green (+1) at Kent Read Kent Write Kent State (Nothing like a battle of perennial losers to kick-off MAction 2K18. Thanks to a coin flip aided decision, I like Bowling Green to win and “improve” their record to 2-7. Now if they could only improve their hideous color scheme.)
State University of New York at Buffalo (+6.5) at Miami O-H-I-O (This spread has bounced between 8.5 at the open, to 6.5 today. Anything above a touchdown, I like the RedHawks of Oxford. Anything below however and I’m rolling with the Bulls and their 6’7 QB Tyree Jackson.)
Holy Toledo (-18) at Ball So Hard State (Fun Fact: David Letterman graduated from Ball State with a 2.3 GPA. Speaking of two’s and three’s, I like the Rockets to win by 23 at home against the Men of Muncie, Indiana.)
College football lines, spreads and predictions for week 9
Week 8 Recap: We hit home runs with Stanford and LSU but with the remaining four picks missing, it’s time to right the ship and cash in this week.
Navy (+24.5) vs Notre Dame (Midshipman aren’t great but 25 points is a lot to cover and the Fighting Irish have a tendency to allow bad teams to hang around.)
Kentucky (+7) at Missouri (As if they needed any extra motivation, 12th ranked Wildcats are the undercats against Tigers, who are 0-3 in SEC play.)
Iowa (+7.5) at Penn State (Hawkeyes are a solid football team and Nittany Lions have historically struggled against Iowa. Expect a barnburner in Happy Valley.)
Colorado State (-1.5) vs Wyoming (Cowboys have the second worst scoring offense in the country, while CSU is desperate for wins to become bowl eligible.)
Texas A&M (+3) at Mississippi State (Another ranked SEC team that opens as the surprise underdog. Kellen Mond has improved each week and the Bulldog’s offense is pitiful.)
Oregon at Arizona Under 65 (This Duck squad has offensive shortcomings and Arizona doesn’t even know who their quarterback will be. I think 38-16 is a reasonable score and well under the line.)
College Gameday Pick ’em: (No money here, just channeling my inner Lee Corso)
Georgia-28 vs Florida-24 (In what could decide the SEC East, Georgia wins the most anticipated game this rivalry has seen since the Tim Tebow-Mark Rict era. Florida has improved but still needs a year to develop defensively.)
College football lines, spreads and predictions for week 8
No frills or flash. Just a quick six picks.
Stanford (-2.5) vs Arizona State (Cardinal win by a touchdown against reeling Sun Devils who have dropped 3 of 4)
Memphis (+9.5) vs Missouri (Potential “upset”; At the very least, MU Tigers aren’t 10 points better than UM Tigers)
Kentucky (-11.5) vs Vanderbilt (Wildcats defense is the real deal and Vandy can’t score. The Bluegrass Cats are still tied for 1st in the East and should roll.)
LSU (-6.5) vs Mississippi State (On the road in Death Valley doesn’t fare well for a Bulldog squad averaging 12 points/game in SEC play)
NC State vs Clemson Over 56 (Expect a shoot-out. Clemson D-Line is stellar, but big plays have been a problem and Wolfpack have a gunslinger in Ryan Finley)
Michigan State vs Michigan Over 41 (These two have combined for 40+ in 13 of last 16 meetings)
College Gameday Pick ’em: (No money here, just channeling my inner Corso)
Oregon-39 vs Wazzu-42 (Cougs prevail in Pullman, making Pac-12 the first Power 5 conference to officially eliminate itself from national title contention)
Overall Record: 0-0