2014 NCAA College Football Week Nine Picks
The final weekend of the October trilogy of great Saturday matchups of ranked teams battling each other was another entertaining day of football, especially a certain late game if you’re a fan of referees deciding the outcome and not the players on the field.
Before getting into this week’s thirteen selections, here is a quick rundown on how last week’s picks went -
Minnesota -12 Purdue
My Hayden Fox/Craig T. Nelson (seen below appearing on Fox News while looking like he is suffering from kidney stones) pick doesn’t work out as Minnesota barely squeaks past a poor Purdue team at home, 39-38. (L)
Bowling Green -1 Western Michigan
Bowling Green gets shutout in the second half on their way to a 26-14 loss at home against Western Michigan. (L)
Marshall -21 Florida International
Rakeem Cato dominates again, throwing for four touchdowns and breaking the NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 39 in a row, as Marshall wins big, 45-13. (W)
Notre Dame +12 Florida State
Notre Dame wins 34-31 as Everett Golston throws a touchdown pass with seconds remaining to beat Florida State at in Tallahassee. Oh wait, no, they instead got brokebacked on a horrible offensive pass interference call, thrown by the referee who was farthest away from the play, and the Irish lose (but cover) 31-27. Without a doubt the worst flag Notre Dame fans have seen since the phantom clipping call that overturned Rocket Ismael’s punt return for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter against Colorado in the 1991 Orange Bowl for the National Championship. (W)
Stanford -3 Arizona State
I continue to struggle picking Pac 12 teams(3-8-2 on the year), as Stanford is dominated by Arizona State, losing 26-10. (L)
San Diego State -7 Hawaii
Hawaii continues to be terrible on the road, losing their 15th straight game, as San Diego State wins 20-10. (W)
Last weeks record – 3-3 Season record – 43-37-3
THIS WEEK’S PICKS
East Carolina (-27) vs. Connecticut Thursday 7:00 PM
Connecticut is the only FBS team in college football this year that has yet to cover, and their only straight up win to go with their five losses so far this season was a mere 19-16 victory against the mighty Stony Brook. Former UConn basketball Kara Wolters, seen below seconds before ripping both of the smiling girls’ arms off, could probably have walked on and started at fullback for a Husky offense that only averages 77 yards per game on the ground. They will not get their first cover of the season on the road against East Carolina, a team that has recently dominated at home, averaging 55 points per game this season and covering in six of their last seven games.
PICK East Carolina -27
South Alabama (-13) vs. Troy Friday 7:30 PM
After early season road losses to #1 Mississippi State and 5-2 Georgia Southern, South Alabama has won three games in a row to improve their record to 4-2, and should get revenge at home against a Troy team that has beaten them the last two seasons but has started out this year with 1-6 record and letting up an average of over forty points a game.
PICK South Alabama -13
Boise State (-6) vs. BYU Friday 9:00 PM
BYU has gone 0-2 since do everything quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a season ending injury in early October, and now starting running back Jamaal Williams is questionable to play with an ankle injury. That is definitely not good news as they travel to play against Boise State, who is won 15 of their last 16 games at home on their Smurf-septic blue turf. BYU has only covered twice in their last eight road games and their poor record will continue on Friday night.
PICK Boise -6
Minnesota (-6) at Illinois Saturday 12:00 PM
Picking the Gophers didn’t work out for me last week, but I like them again this week on the road against the Fighting Illini. Minnesota has covered the last four times playing at Illinois and should have no problem getting their high power rushing attack going against the 122nd rated rush defense in the country.
PICK Minnesota -6
Arkansas -21 vs. UAB Saturday 12:00 PM
Arkansas has now lost sixteen straight SEC games, twelve of those under head coach Brett Bielema, who as you can see above looks like a mirror image of an adult Butthead. With 4 SEC games left and bowl eligibility still possible, Arkansas and Bielema need a win badly and thankfully for them a non-SEC team is coming to town, and it’s a UAB one that’s 2-7 against the spread in their last nine on the road. Despite their 3-4 record, The Razorbacks have covered five of their last six games, and this week they get their season back on track with a much needed blowout win in Faeyetteville.
PICK Arkansas -21
Rice (-13) vs. North Texas Saturday 12:00 PM
Rice is another team that has recovered from road losses to quality opponents (falling to Notre Dame and Texas A&M to start the season), winning three games in a row to get to an even 3-3 on the year. On the other side of the field is a 2-5 North Texas squad has covered the spread in just one game this year against FBS teams. Rice is 4-0 against the line in their last four games after a bye week and a very impressive 9-1 in their last ten October games.
PICK Rice -13
San Jose State (+10) at Navy Saturday 1:00 PM
Navy starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds missed their last game due to a re-aggrevated knee injury and is questionable to play this weekend. That is a big loss for the Midshipman, and could open the door for a San Jose State upset. The Spartans are 9-1 against the spread in their last ten games against teams with a losing record and have covered an impressive 17-5 in their last 22 road games. Take the points and go with San Jose State. Also, David Robinson went to Navy. His son Corey, a standout wide receiver on Notre Dame, was the one robbed of a touchdown catch against Florida State on the bs call at the end of this past weekend’s game.
PICK San Jose State +10
Georgia Southern (-15) at Georgia State Saturday 2:00 PM
Georgia Southern is a team that loves to run the option and score a lot of points, averaging over 42 points per game this season. They have the number one rushing offense in the country, averaging 375 yards per game on the ground, and are going against Georgia State, which is ranked 120th against the run. G South has covered in ten of their last eleven games, the trend continues.
PICK Georgia Southern -15
Arizona (-2.5) at Washington State Saturday 5:00 PM
Arizona has had two weeks to think about their only loss of the season, a 28-26 nail biter against USC. Rich Rod will use that as motivation and have them fired up and ready to go against Washington State, who is 2-5 this season and really hasn’t done anything since the great Ryan Leaf played there in the late 90s.
PICK Arizona -2.5
Ole Miss (-3) at LSU Saturday 7:15 PM
Bo Wallace, shown below getting sucker punched at a college party, continues to fly under the radar when it comes to this year’s Heisman race, despite being the driving force behind Ole Miss’ undefeated season and #3 ranking in the polls. The Rebels are 4-0 against the spread in their last four SEC games, and while playing on the road against LSU is never easy, I think they can continue their undefeated season against a Tigers team that has covered only once in their last five games as an underdog.
PICK Ole Miss -3
Alabama (-16) at Tennessee Saturday 7:30 PM
Despite losing two weeks ago to Ole Miss, Alabama is right back into playoff contention with all the recent shakeups in the top 10 and travel to Tennessee to take on a Vols squad that they’ve beaten by at least 31 points per game in their last four matchups. With regular season games remaining against LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, every game matters for the Tide and this week they continue to Roll on the road.
PICK Alabama -16
Nevada (-3) at Hawaii Sunday 12:00 AM
In the last game of the weekend, go with Nevada, who is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games and is playing against Hawaii, who has only covered twice in their last twelve October games. So far this year I’m 7-0 when picking Mountain West teams, the streak continues with the Wolfpack.
PICK Nevada -3
That's all for this week's picks. Vote below on whether or not you thought the last second offensive pass interference was a good or bad call in the Notre Dame vs. Florida State game.