With all of the upsets in the SEC and around the country last week, we felt fortunate to break even. Many were not so lucky. South Carolina flopped on the road in Knoxville, while Alabama gave the Hogs the beating we though they would.
A larger than normal card is on tap for us in Week 9.
Last Week: 1-1 Year to Date: 16-10 (61.5%)
UCLA at Oregon – Interesting spot for the Bruins this week as they try to rebound from their first loss of the year last week at Stanford. The 24-10 loss was really not that close as the Cardinal out gained UCLA by a 419-266 margin. The Ducks on the other hand are a scoring machine, and might be irked a bit by the fact that the first BCS Standings had them third behind Bama and Florida State. Oregon gets star RB De’Anthony Thomas back. He has missed the last few (ankle). We think with the College Gameday crew in the house, the Ducks step on the gas to make a statement, and push the total over 70 in the process. 2 Bets: Oregon -22 and UCLA/Oregon Over 70.
Baylor at Kansas – We don’t think there is any way the Jayhawks can hold down this Bear offense. Baylor – the ‘Oregon of the South’ – comes in averaging 64.7 poins per game (1st nationally), while Kansas ranks 114th at 18.3 PPG. Kansas kept it relatively close last week vs. OU (34-19), but that was more about the Sooners hangover following the loss to Texas. Ride the Bears until further notice. Baylor -34.5.
Utah at USC – The Trojans got the typical ‘bounce’ after letting their aloof coach ride off into the Southern California sunset. A nice 38-31 win over Arizona seemed to indicate the players might actually play hard for interim coach Ed Orgeron. Their 14-10 loss to Notre Dame last week though said otherwise. Irish QB Tommy Rees left the game in the third quarter, and the Trojans still couldn’t find a way, all while commiting 11 penalties. The Utes have played everyone close this year and have posted good wins vs. BYU and then #5 Stanford. Star USC WR Marquise Lee is hobbled (knee) and is questionable. We think Utah starting QB Travis Wilson (hand) will play, so we’ll take the points and fade the LAME DUCK coaching staff (Hog fans know what that feels like). Utah +7.
Wake Forest at Miami, Fla. – We have followed the Hurricanes closely this season, and were not surprised they struggled last Thursday night to put away a one-win North Carolina team. Adding to their frustration, star WR Phillip Dorsett was lost for 4-6 weeks with a partial MCL tear. Meanwhile, Wake has played a bit better – and scored better – the last couple of weeks (62 points) in wins over N.C. State and Maryland. While there is a big difference in talent here, we think the Canes might be looking ahead to a Top 10 matchup with Florida State next week. We’ll play a hunch and take the points. Wake Forest +23.5