The scoop….Week 8

No upset picks in the batch this week, as the top five teams should have an easy time of it. The next few weeks will continue to weed out the pretenders, but this week’s marquee matchup will see if Michigan State’s defense can try to slow down the Wisconsin offense, because no one has been able to so far.

On to the picks….

#11 West Virginia (5-1, 1-0 Big East) at Syracuse (4-2, 0-1 Big East)

Line: West Virginia by 14.5.

The scoop: Syracuse’s secondary is one of the worst in the nation and that suits the West Virginia offense just fine. Syracuse broke an eight-game losing streak to the Mountaineers last season.

West Virginia 37, Syracuse 21.


#12 Kansas State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Kansas (2-4, 0-3 Big 12)

Line: Kansas St. by 11.5.
The scoop:
Last week against Oklahoma, the Jayhawks gained a grand total of six yards in the second half.  Doesn’t help that they have worst defense in America also.

Kansas State 30, Kansas 17.


#6 Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Missouri (3-3, 1-2 Big 12)

Line: Oklahoma St. by 7.5.

The scoop: The Cowboys have won eight in a row on the road, and continue to win despite a defense that continually give up big plays. It helps scoring 49 points a game, as well.

Oklahoma St. 34, Missouri 24.


North Carolina (5-2, 1-2 ACC) at #8 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC)       Line: Clemson by 10.5.

The scoop: The Tigers have more playmakers on offense and defense (barely) than the Tar Heels and the passing game will be adequate enough to get the job done.


Clemson 28, North Carolina 17.

#23 Illinois (6-1, 2-1 Big 10) at Purdue (3-3, 1-1 Big 10)                    Line: Illinois by 4.5.

The scoop: If Illinois loses this game, their fraud status will be confirmed. Illinois’ success is based on two things: a strong running game and not turning the ball over.

Illinois 31, Purdue 23.


#10 Arkansas (5-1, 1-1 SEC) at Mississippi (2-4, 0-3 SEC)      Line: Arkansas by 16.5.

The scoop: The SEC’s worst defense is going to be in trouble no matter whom it plays. This week the Rebels happen to play the conference’s leader in offense.

Arkansas 42, Mississippi 14.


Boston College (1-5, 0-3 ACC) at #16 Virginia Tech (6-1, 2-1 ACC)

Line: Virginia Tech by 21.

The scoop: The nation’s tackling leader Eagles LB Luke Kuechly will making a lot of them because his offense is last in the ACC in scoring and total offense.

Virginia Tech 35, Boston College 10.


#19 Auburn (5-2, 3-1 SEC) at #1 LSU (7-0, 4-0 SEC)                   Line: LSU by 23.5.

The scoop: Sorry, Auburn: Cam Newton isn’t coming through that door. And starting a new quarterback against LSU is a recipe for disaster.

LSU 37, Auburn 17.


#20 Georgia Tech (6-1, 3-1 ACC) at Miami, (FL) (3-3, 1-2 ACC)                   Line: Miami by 3.

The scoop: The turnover machine known as Miami QB Jacory Harris has not thrown a pick in his last 89 passes. Georgia Tech has only thrown the ball 88 times…all year.

Miami 31, Georgia Tech 27.


#9 Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12)  at Colorado (1-6, 0-3 Pac-12)      Line: Oregon by 32.5.

The scoop: Maybe there are better things than money. Isn’t that why Colorado is in the Pac-12? I am sure the Buffalo faithful would like to see some wins. Unfortunately, it’s not coming this week.

Oregon 50, Colorado 15.


#13 Nebraska (5-1, 1-1 Big 10) at Minnesota (1-5, 0-2 Big 10)           Line: Nebraska by 25.

The scoop: The only thing Minnesota is competing for this week is the title of sorriest BCS team….that is all.

Nebraska 38, Minnesota 7.


Air Force (3-3, 0-2 MWC) at #5 Boise State (6-0, 1-0 MWC)             Line: Boise St. by 31.5.

The scoop: And Boise wonders why no one thinks they are any good until they play a consistent schedule. The Mountain West is a joke this year and for consolation, Bronco fans: back to the Fiesta Bowl.

Boise St. 56, Air Force 13.


#17 Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) at Iowa State (3-3, 0-3 Big 12)

Line: Texas A&M by 21.

The scoop: Iowa State can’t stop the run or the pass and if they can’t put pressure on Aggies QB Ryan Tannehill it is going to be a long afternoon. Tannehill has been sacked three times in 210 passing attempts this season.

Texas A&M 44, Iowa St. 20.


Marshall (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) at #21 Houston (6-0, 2-0 C-USA)                  Line: Houston by 21.

The scoop: Houston still doesn’t know how to play defense; but who cares when you have an offense that puts up 600 yards per game.

Houston 48, Marshall 24.


Tennessee (3-3, 0-3 SEC) at #2 Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC)                   Line: Alabama by 30.

The scoop: Recurring theme for the Crimson Tide: they have held each their last eight opponents to 14 points or less.

Alabama 30, Tennessee 9.


Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) at #3 Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0 Big 12)                    Line: Oklahoma by 30.

The scoop: Oklahoma will attempt to become the ninth school to win 40 straight home games and has won 11 straight overall.

Oklahoma 54, Texas Tech 31.


#4 Wisconsin (6-0, 2-0 Big 10) at #15 Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big 10)

Line: Wisconsin by 9.5.

The scoop: Have a feeling Wisconsin will surpass the 10 points and 186 total yards per game that the Spartans give up.  Wisconsin has won every game by at least 31 points this season.

Wisconsin 31, Michigan St. 17.


#22 Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) at #7 Stanford (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12)             Line: Stanford by 21.

The scoop: Stanford has steamrolled so far through the JV portion of its schedule. Stanford has won a school-record 14 straight games.

Stanford 40, Washington 24.


Off this week: #14 South Carolina, #18 Michigan, #24 Arizona State, #24 Georgia

Last week: 13-4 straight up; 10-7 against the spread


Straight up: 124-19

Against the spread: 66-62


~ by Scooby Axson on October 19, 2011.

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