*Looks at Week 7 results (my first losing week of the year).*
Let’s just put it at that and move on to our picks for Week 8, shall we?
Crabbs’ Week 7 CFB picks against the spread (game winners in bold)
Virginia Cavaliers (-3.5) @ North Carolina Tar Heels
#6 Texas Christian Horned Frogs @ Kansas State Wildcats (+7.0)
UCLA Bruins (-2.5) @ Arizona Wildcats
Boise State Broncos @ San Diego State Aztecs (-6.5)
Last week: 1-3
Season to date: 16-12
Southern California Trojans @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3.0)
The Irish get three points at home, which essentially makes this game a coin toss. The Trojans have been a disappointing team this year, in that they haven’t really been able to get it together for a full team effort.
The catch? The Irish are starting to get national buzz, and as disappointing as USC has played in stretches, nobody does letdowns better than the Fighting Irish. Give me the Trojans.
Louisiana State Tigers @ Mississippi Rebels (+7.0)
LSU loves to make things difficult and Mississippi is rolling into this game as home dogs after putting 57 points up on Vanderbilt. Recipe for a successful Saturday for the Rebels (Land Sharks?!)? I don’t think so. The only tests Ole Miss has had this year against quality competition have come up empty, losing 66-3 against Alabama and 44-23 to Auburn, who LSU just beat at home last week.
I’m not ready to buy in on a Mississippi team that’s beaten Vanderbilt, South Alabama and Tennessee Martin.
Boston College Eagles @ Virginia Cavaliers (-5.5)
The Cavaliers have been kind to me this year. But more importantly, they have a solid football team in Charlottesville! Boston College is riding high off of an upset win over the Louisville Cardinals, an offensive explosion that yielded 45 points.
Now, the Eagles head on the road against a Virginia team that is off to it’s best start in a decade. I’ll take Virginia as a better team with a more even keel set of emotions at home.
Oklahoma Sooners @ Kansas State Wildcats (+14.0)
Coach Bill Snyder always leads a well coached team, so this will be a tou- wait just a darn minute. You fooled me last week, Kansas State. You won’t get me again this weekend!
The Sooners are clearly a more talent squad and the Wildcats are without their starting QB, Jesse Ertz. I think that’s going to be enough to prevent them from moving the ball consistently against the Sooners.