Free College Football Picks Against the Spread <br> Week 2, 2008
Can't complain about a 4-2 start, which included winning my August College Pick of the Month.
South Carolina (1-0) at Vanderbilt (1-0) Line: South Carolina by 10. Thursday, 8:30 ET
I doubt anyone cares about this game with the NFL season starting. But for the record, I like South Carolina.
I know going with live dogs on national TV under the lights, with Vegas telling us to take the dog, is usually profitable, but I don't consider Vanderbilt a live dog. Plus, with about two-thirds of the action on the Gamecocks, the line has risen from -9 to -10.
Prediction: South Carolina 27, Vanderbilt 7 South Carolina -10 (1 Unit) -- Incorrect; -$110 Vanderbilt 24, South Carolina 17
Eastern Michigan (1-0) vs. Michigan State (0-1) Line: Michigan State by 21. Saturday, 12:00 ET
I don't know what the Spartans did to deserve to be favred by 21. Eastern Michigan isn't that bad, and given that this is their Super Bowl, I have to believe they can cover three touchdowns. With tons of action on Michigan State, this line has dropped from 24 to 21.
Ohio (0-1) at Ohio State (1-0) Line: Ohio State by 34.5. Saturday, 12:00 ET
Laying five touchdowns is never a good strategy, but I like Ohio State here. Jim Tressel usually does pretty well in these pre-Big Ten conference games, as he likes to cover games for the boosters. I'll never forget when Tressel kicked a meaningless field goal against Cincinnati as time was expiring to increase his lead to 34, barely beating the 32.5-point number.
Prediction: Ohio State 38, Ohio 0 Ohio State -34.5 (2 Units) -- Incorrect; -$220 Ohio State 26, Ohio 14
Cincinnati (1-0) at Oklahoma (1-0) Line: Oklahoma by 21.5. Saturday, 3:30 ET
The Sooners should be able to clear Cincinnati by more than three touchdowns. I also have to believe that Bob Stoops would be inclined to run up the score to build Sam Bradford's Heisman resume. Lots of people are betting on Oklahoma, but that's OK because the books have moved the line from -20 to -21.5.
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Texas A&M (0-1) at New Mexico (0-1) Line: Texas A&M by 2.5. Saturday, 5:00 ET
Scratch the Penn State game. I'm not laying two touchdowns with a team that could be unfocused with all the players who were suspended for marijuana possession this week. I have to question why weed possession is so bad in the first place; the only reason that drug is illegal is because the government makes tons of money from taxing tobacco companies, but let's not go there...
A Mountain West team over a BCS school that has a new coach implementing a new system? Where have we heard that before? This is Utah vs. Michigan Part II, as clueless Mike Sherman has no idea how to use Stephen McGee, Jovorskie Lane and Mike Goodson.
With about four-fifths of the action on Texas A&M, this line has dropped from -3 to -2.5.
Prediction: New Mexico 20, Texas A&M 13 New Mexico +2.5 (4 Units) -- Incorrect; -$440 Texas A&M 28, New Mexico 22
South Florida (1-0) at Central Florida (1-0) Line: South Florida by 14.5. Saturday, 7:00 ET
This is Central Florida's Super Bowl. In case you don't know, South Florida killed the Golden Knights last year. After the game, the Bulls did a lot of trash talking. In fact, rumor has it that they called some of the Central Florida players "big meanies" and "poopy heads." How awful. At any rate, I like taking double-digit dogs in huge rivalries.
Prediction: South Florida 31, Central Florida 21 Central Florida +14.5 (3 Units) -- Correct; +$300 South Florida 31, Central Florida 24 2009 NFL Mock Draft