NCAA DirecTV ESPN GamePlan Free Picks: Week 9

It looks like I’m favoring the road teams in these ones – see if we cant’ do work with this group of covers. 

Boston College @ North Carolina (-3): Analysis in my Free Picks section. 

Cincinnati Bearcats @ Connecticut Huskies (+2.5): I think this is the game that Cincinnati’s quarterbacking injuries comes back to haunt them. The Huskies are solid, they are playing at home, and while they are hurting at quarterback as well, I think they will win the rushing battle and this game. 

Central Michigan Chippewas (-4) @ Toledo: CMU QB Dan LeFevour is my hero and I will give him the nod in this one. He played a heck of a game last week against Western Michigan and I like the Chipps to build on that momentum. Toledo beat Michigan but I’ll say it just one more time – so what?

Fresno State Bulldogs (-14) @ Utah State Aggies: I’ll warn you that somewhere over 70% of the public is on the Bulldogs here and the lines are still moving up and away. Maybe it’s not as easy as I see, but even with the Bulldogs’ troubles, Utah State is this bad. 

Oklahoma State Cowboys (+12.5) @ Texas Longhorns: I would and am staying away from this game – but if you must have my slight leaning opinion, I’ll take the underdogs +12.5. Oklahoma State looks like they have the make-up to at least stay close to Texas, and a touchdown and a field goal behind still wins them this one. Texas has played amazing football and I hate to bet against them again (they’ve taken it to me a couple weeks in a row now), but I’ll take the dog – Plus, I’m a man, so I have something in common with the Cowboys head coach – yhatzee!

UCLA Bruins (+18) @ California Golden Bears: In conference against non-Washington Pac 10 teams I just can’t take the Cal Bears as huge favorites. Everyone in this conference (sans WA Schools and USC) are pretty even – UCLA stays close in this one. 

South Florida (-4) @ Louisville: Analysis in my Free Picks section.

Virginia Tech Hokies (+5.5) @ Florida State Seminoles: The Seminoles are talented, sure, but the Hokies are too, and they’re coached better. I like the Hokies to keep the upset happy ACC conference fully intact this week. 

Bowling Green Falcons @ Northern Illinois Huskies (-7.5): The Huskies have three losses, all to very solid teams. They recently beat the Miami of Ohio team that Bowling Green just lost to. I know that doesn’t mean much, but I like NIU – they are solid. Freshman quarterback Chandler Harnish has played mistake free football, if he keeps that up his Huskies should win by a couple scores. 

New Mexico State Aggies (-12.5) @ Idaho Vandals: Yes sir, the Vandals are even this bad. Since they are very close, I’m going to go ahead and link them into my “always bet against Washington sports” philosophy. We’ll see how that works out. 

Mississippi Bulldogs @ Arkansas Razorbacks (+6.5): Both of these teams make a gaggle of mistakes just about every time they step foot on the field. They are both 3-4 and the loser of this one likely sits out the bowl season (or so that’s how I see it). One thing I like about the home team here, their 4 losses this season come at the hands of Alabama, Florida, Texas, and a 1 point loss to Kentucky. Maybe they aren’t as bad as I thought they were. I’ll take them here. 

Florida Atlantic @ Louisiana Monroe (+2.5): In conference home dog – I’ll take it. I like UL’s signal caller, that’s enough for me to lean on the home dogs here. 

Kentucky (+26) @ Florida: Analysis in my Free Picks section.

Nevada Wolfpacks @ Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (+3.5): Hawaii is at home against a Nevada team that has 4 unimpressive wins over unimpressive opponents. I’ll take Hawaii. They look to be getting it together a little behind their new coach.

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