Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Post That Takes Your Money: Week Nine

Utah (+4.5) wins outright over USC

I know Travis Wilson is banged up but a dead crowd at the coliseum won't be able to affect him or his backup Adam Schultz and USC has simply run out of players. The Trojans only had 53 scholarship players available for last week's game against Notre Dame and five of those players have been pronounced out of this game due to injuries. USC got excited for one game without Lane Kiffin but that has disappeared. Look for Utah's defense to overwhelm USC's depleted offense and for Wilson to play well enough through pain to win on the road and put Utah on the brink of bowl eligibility.

The Pick: Utah 27, USC 17

Oregon (-23.5) over UCLA

Oregon should be energized by getting De'Anthony Thomas back and they will be looking to land a statement win over a good UCLA team to prove they belong ahead of Florida State in the chase for the BCS championship game. The best and perhaps only reason you need to pick Oregon is UCLA starting three freshman offensive linemen on the road in the loudest and most hostile stadium on the West Coast. Oregon's big, athletic defensive line should overwhelm the young Bruins like Stanford did last week and the Ducks offense is good enough to score on anybody, even a defense as good as UCLA. I hope you jumped on this line when Oregon opened as a 17 point favorite but even at 23.5, I still like the Ducks

The Pick: Oregon 45, UCLA 20

Arizona (-13) over Colorado

I expect Colorado to get a few encouraging plays from Sefo Luifau and Michael Adkins on offense but a better core of linebackers and a change of venue is not nearly enough to slow down Ka'Deem Carey and keep this score close.

The Pick: Arizona 49, Colorado 24

Stanford (-4) over Oregon State

Stanford consumes one dimensional offenses and the Beavers haven't faced a pass defense better than 76th ranked Utah. Stanford is hurting a bit on offense without Devin Cajuste but I think The Cardinal can grind this one out on the ground and slow down Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks.

The Pick: Stanford 31, Oregon State 24

Washington (-28) over California

Just take Cal's opponent minus anything for the rest of the season (except for maybe the Colorado game) and thank me later.

The Pick: Washington 52, California 17

Last Week Against the Spread: 2-5

Last Week Straight Up: 4-3

This Season Against the Spread: 33-28

This Season Straight up: 49-12

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