This is the third week in a row I've made this thread so I figured it needed a name, hope you enjoy.
4-0 last week! Utah (if only I'd taken the money line), Navy, Ohio, and Indiana all covered for me. To MGrowOld, who suggested that after my 0-3 week three the best play would be to take the other side of all my bets, I believe the term is "Neener, Neener". Side note: I also went 6-0 in my NFL pick 'em office pool last week. Maybe if I had parlayed all 10 games I got right I wouldn't be in the office this morning, but such is life.
Picks I like this week:
Cincinatti +7 vs. Miami - Home dog on a Thursday night is always a good play in my book, especially if you can get the full TD spotted. Cincy has a high powered offense and, ya know, betting against Al Golden never seems like that bad of an idea. Bearcats to cover.
Purdue +21.5 at Michigan State - If Purdue scores 10 points they cover in this game. MSU is nursing some injuries and should win fairly easily, but I doubt they come into this one guns blazing and light up the scoreboard. Hate to ever put a couple bucks on Purdue, but I like them to cover in this game.
Northwestern -4 vs. Minnesota: Anyone else with me in thinking Minnesota would struggle to win the MAC this year? Leidner is a terrible QB and they still haven't found an answer to the loss of David Cobb at tailback. They will struggle mightily to score in Evanston. Also of note, Vegas books set the over/under on Minnesota's season win total at the start of the year at 5.5. They don't see the Gophers winning many Big Ten games and neither do I. Northwestern comfortably covers.
Alabama +2.5 at Georgia: Nick Saban hasn't lost two conference games in a row since his first season with the Crimson Tide in 2007, and how often are you going to get to take Alabama *with* the points? +2.5 isn't that attractive of a line because losing by a field goal still gets you nothing, but I like Alabama to win in a close one. I'm keeping the points as a small buffer because the money line only gets you +110 and I only bet like 5 or 10 bucks on these games. Rowl Tahd Pawl.
And before you ask, yes I know Oregon is only -7.5 at Colorado. No, I won't touch that game because 1. I want to be able to wholeheartedly cheer for the Buffs, and 2. I actually have no idea how good (or bad) Oregon is this season and their QB situation is a complete nightmare.
Who do you like this week?