NCAA Football Weekly Predictions
Note: After a horrendous Week 1, I bounced back with a 5-2 record, which included my Game of the Month, as Penn State crushed Notre Dame. Here's to another solid week. For legality purposes, this Web site does not promote or advocate gambling.
West Virginia (2-0) at Maryland (2-0)
Line: West Virginia by 16.5.
Thursday, 7:45 ET
I usually like taking live home dogs on national TV, especially on non-Saturday nights. The thing is, Maryland isn't a live dog. The Terps have no chance of winning this game. The Mountaineers, who were clearly looking ahead last week when they struggled to beat Marshall, simply have too much firepower in Pat White and Steve Slaton. If this does turn into a shootout, which I think it will, the Terps won't be able to keep up because quarterback Jordan Steffey is a dink-and-dunk passer. His longest completion this season is only 24 yards!
Prediction: West Virginia 48, Maryland 17
West Virginia -16.5 (2 Units - Money Pick) -- Correct; +$200
West Virginia 31, Maryland 14.
Notre Dame (0-2) at Michigan (0-2)
Line: Michigan by 7.5.
Saturday, 3:30 ET
OK... let's try this again. I thought Michigan would rebound from its loss to Appalachian State against Oregon, but that didn't happen because Lloyd Carr had no clue how to prepare for the Ducks' spread offense. Notre Dame doesn't utilize that style of attack. In fact, I'm not even sure if the Fighting Irish have any sort of offense. They have a whopping four rushing yards this season. Freshman Jimmy Clausen has no one to throw to. I know the Wolverines will be starting a freshman signal caller of their own, but at least he'll have Mike Hart, Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington to lean on.
Prediction: Michigan 24, Notre Dame 10
Michigan -7.5 (2 Units - Money Pick) -- Correct; +$200
Michigan 38, Notre Dame 0.
Ohio State (2-0) at Washington (2-0)
Line: Ohio State by 4.
Saturday, 3:30 ET
Wow, talk about the wrong team being favored. I have no idea why the Buckeyes are ranked. I guess the "experts" who vote in the polls are completely unaware that Troy Smith, Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez are no longer in college. The Huskies should be the favorite in this contest; they just clobbered Boise State and are looking forward to knocking off a vastly overrated Ohio State squad that couldn't score against Akron.
Prediction: Washington 24, Ohio State 3
Washington +4 (4 Units - Double Money Pick) -- Incorrect; -$440
Ohio State 33, Washington 14.
Florida International (0-2) at Miami (1-1)
Line: Miami by 33.
Saturday, 3:30 ET
I'm not planning on taking my large favorites, but I like Miami as a small play for two reasons: The coaches need to rebound after Oklahoma drilled them last week. The players, meanwhile, want to embarrass Florida International after that skirmish they had in 2006. The Golden Panthers are one of the worst teams in Division I, so I don't see why Miami can't easily cover the number.
Prediction: Miami 45, Florida International 0
Miami -33 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110
Miami 23, Florida International 9.
Louisiana Tech (1-1) at California (2-0)
Line: California by 33.5.
Saturday, 6:30 ET
You can't tell me that California is 34 points better than a Louisiana Tech team that was a 2-point conversion away from beating Hawaii. Tech was able to score at will against the Rainbow Warriors, and I feel they'll be able to do the same thing this Saturday, given how porous the Golden Bears' defense has been this season.
Prediction: California 41, Louisiana Tech 24
Louisiana Tech +33.5 (1 Unit) -- Correct; +$100
California 42, Louisiana Tech 12.
Fresno State (1-1) at Oregon (2-0)
Line: Oregon by 16.5.
Saturday, 7:00 ET
They're going crazy in Oregon. They're selling t-shirts celebrating their victory over the Wolverines. Sets up a great play on Fresno State, who went into Texas A&M and took the Aggies into triple overtime. The Ducks are better than Texas A&M, but I believe they'll be flat against a Bulldogs squad that always plays them hard.
Prediction: Oregon 30, Fresno State 27
Fresno State +16.5 (4 Units - Double Money Pick) -- Incorrect; -$440
Oregon 52, Fresno State 21.
Louisville (2-0) at Kentucky (2-0)
Line: Louisville by 7.
Saturday, 7:30 ET
I've been waiting for this game for a long time. This contest features the top two quarterbacks in the nation, Brian Brohm and Andre' Woodson. Whoever performs better in this contest could be the first signal caller taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. There will be a lot of fireworks in this battle, and the odds-maker is well aware, setting the total at 77.
I've mentioned this so many times my wrists and fingers are starting to hurt. Kentucky is one of the most underrated teams in the nation, and I plan on betting on them until the public realizes how good they are. If the Wildcats win this contest, my Kentucky betting run could be over. If Louisville takes them lightly, that's exactly what will happen. Given how the Cardinals performed against Middle Tennessee State, I'd say that's a very realistic possibility.
Prediction: Kentucky 48, Louisville 41
Kentucky +7 (5 Units - Double Money Pick) -- Correct; +$500
Kentucky 40, Louisville 34.
Boston College (2-0) at Georgia Tech (2-0)
Line: Georgia Tech by 7.
Saturday, 8:00 ET
This spread is so stupid and ridiculous, I'm scared of making a big play on it. What did Georgia Tech do to deserve to be a 7-point favorite over a great team like Boston College? So, the Jackets sat on Notre Dame? Everyone is going to do that this year. Tech has only one good player on its offense, running back Tashard Choice. The Eagles, meanwhile, are so much more talented, starting at quarterback. Matt Ryan is one of the top athletes at his position. I'll take Ryan as a 7-point dog over any team not ranked in the top 10.
Prediction: Boston College 24, Georgia Tech 13
Boston College +7 (3 Units - Money Pick) -- Correct; +$300
Boston College 24, Georgia Tech 10.
USC (1-0) at Nebraska (2-0)
Line: USC by 10.
Saturday, 8:00 ET
This is Nebraska's Super Bowl. They want revenge for getting crushed last year. They'll have the home crowd on their side. They're going to maintain all the momentum...
...until John David Booty and the Trojans establish a 17-point lead in the second quarter. USC is just way too talented for the Huskers. Plus, I don't trust Sam Keller and Bill Callahan in a big game.
Prediction: USC 48, Nebraska 17
USC -10 (4 Units - Double Money Pick) -- Correct; +$400
USC 49, Nebraska 31.
Hawaii (2-0) at UNLV (1-1)
Line: Hawaii by 17.
Saturday, 9:30 ET
People love betting Hawaii, so the odds-maker is forced to throw out ridiculous spreads whenever they play. I'll take UNLV at 17; the Rebels nearly took down Wisconsin last week. The Rainbow Warriors are a fraud; Colton Brennan is simply a product of the system, while his defense is a mess. Any team that needs to go to overtime against Louisiana Tech doesn't deserve to be a 17-point favorite over any quality opponent on the road.
Prediction: Hawaii 49, UNLV 42
UNLV +17 (2 Units - Money Pick) -- Incorrect; -$220
Hawaii 49, UNLV 14.
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