Free NCAA Football Picks Week 5 – 2006

Two off weeks in a row have me wondering where I went wrong. As every great husband always figures out, it started with me. No bets on Lucky’s favorite teams, and betting against the teams I hate is out of the question as well. When it comes to gambling, wins are what matter, who makes you money is never a big deal. So, let it roll….. Here we go.

Auburn Tigers @ South Carolina Gamecocks (+14.5): The Tigers are ahead in every single stat available to me. South Carolina hasn’t played top competition besides getting shut out by LSU 18-0. Auburn beat LSU. However, I’m not taking Auburn. The Tigers play close games with tough teams, and the Gamecocks are at least that. They are better than they were last season, which makes over 2 touchdowns just too many for me to go any other way.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (-3) @ South Florida Bulls: It’s my bet that Rutgers stay undefeated by taking down the Bulls in Florida this Friday. The fact that the Knights haven’t been had by a spread yet, and how they want revenge for last years loss to the Bulls, are two of the many reasons I want a much improved Rutgers team to rock South Beach on Friday Night like Shaq celebrating the NBA Championship.

Virginia Cavaliers (-5) @ Duke Blue Devils: I don’t care if the Dukies have improved at pigskin tossing over the years, they still don’t belong on the field with any team from Virginia. Devils be damned, watch the Cavs put Duke back in their place. After a big loss to Georgia Tech, Virginia should be hot and ready to dominate Duke like a Little Caesars Pepperoni Pizza.

Toledo Rockets @ Pittsburgh Panthers (-14): Even with a 14 point spread, the Panthers’ big play offense should out gun the Rockets on the road. The Panthers are tough at home (5-1 ATS in their last 6) and they’ll be ready for Toledo this time around. Tyler Palko’s 12 touchdowns and nearly 1200 yards will be showcased in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Alabama Crimson Tide (+14) @ Florida Gators: This isn’t the ‘Bama team of yester-year, but the Tide can still play ball. Florida has been had by ‘Bama the last three times these two have laced them up. I don’t think the Gators will come out losers in this contest, but a high scoring domination game is out of the question, as I’ll take the underdog and all those points.

Oregon Ducks (-1) @ Arizona State Sun Devils: Arizona State is very up and down, as they’ve been the last few years, but the Ducks are one of the Pac-10’s few constants. Oregon struggles on the road in blistering weather, but they will still have enough to oust the Devils. They’ve had a week off since their gift win over Oklahoma, just don’t expect a let down, they’ll be out to prove their big win wasn’t a fluke.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+10) @ Virginia Tech Hokies: I really think Georgia Tech isn’t getting enough credit here, while the Hokies are 10 point favorites for no particular reason whatsoever. Tech has a close loss to Notre Dame, and wins over a decent Virginia team and solid Troy team. The Hokies have a nice strength of schedule… If we’re talking college basketball. But here in the football realm, wins over North Carolina and Duke really don’t mean jack. I’m looking for a Jacket upset here, especially with the Hokies losing their starting defensive end and #2 wide receiver for this game.

California Bears (-9) @ Oregon State Beavers: I’ve gotta stick with the Bears, they’ve been the here and there win each of the last couple weeks. Oregon State really should struggle with Cal, as the Bears are better than the Beavers in every aspect of football. Each and every game, Cal’s quarterback situation gets better and better, and soon we’ll be talking about this young kid as a possible Top round draft pick. Take the Bears to bamboozle the Beavers.

Ohio State Buckeyes (-6) @ Iowa Hawkeyes: Besides an early season route of the Montana Freaking Grizzlies, the Hawkeyes really haven’t dominated any one of the lesser opponents they’ve met up against. Now they’ve won all their games, so I’m not saying they don’t belong amongst college football’s best, but I’m saying they don’t belong with college football’s best… Wait, I was saying that after all. Iowa will get stomped by a far superior Ohio State team that got a nice wakeup call last weekend.

Washington Huskies (+4) @ Arizona Wildcats: I can’t believe I’m betting on the Huskies. But like Tyrone Willingham always does, he’s turning the Dawgs program around. I still might be crazy here, but I think Isaiah Stanback looks like he’s figuring it out for UW. I really hate to say it, but I’m taking the Dawks on the road in Arizona. Gulp.

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