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Week Eight

divgreenmonkeylogoRaised my record to 74 and 26 on the year, raising the win ratio to 74%, which is good if you remember the one week I was down at 60%.   Alright you losers, try and keep up:


The Big 12

Saturday, October 22nd


Oklahoma State at Kansas, FS1 12:00pm ET

Kansas is improving week over week, but Oklahoma State saw what happened to TCU if you try and look past the Jayhawks.  Vegas has Kansas giving up over three touchdowns on a 61 point over, which seems high to me, even if the Cowboys get the win.

Oklahoma State 35 – Kansas 14


Texas at Kansas State, ESPN2 12:00pm ET

Texas got back on track against Iowa State last week while the Wildcats put up a fight in Norman.  The problem is Iowa State still held the Longhorns to 27 points and their defense is nowhere near as solid as Kansas State’s.   The Longhorns rely heavily on two things, rushing the ball and deep pass plays.   Look for the wizard to remove one completely and slow the other one down.

Kansas State 27 – Texas 21


TCU at #12 West Virginia, ABC 3:30pm ET

This is the game of the day in the Big 12 as the Frogs head back to Morgantown and try and inch out a win again.  TCU has been more than a little inconsistent this year and hasn’t really been tested on the road.  The Mountaineers completely destroyed the top offense not only in the Big 12, but the entire FBS, on the road against Texas Tech.  I expect to see some couches burning

#12 West Virginia 45 – TCU 38


#16 Oklahoma at Texas Tech. FOX 8:00pm ET

It will be interesting to see how Oklahoma does against Tech, if for no other reason than to compare them to this West Virginia squad who seems to be sneaking up on everyone.  The Sooners haven’t shown to have a stout defense this year, but when they can run it becomes a very long day.  I’m also suspicious of this Texas Tech offense, which is probably chomping at the bit to get back on the scoreboard after last weekend’s embarrassment.  The upset is possible, but I’ve learned to lean towards the Sooners in October and November.

#16 Oklahoma 55 – Texas Tech 49


Other Games that Matter

Saturday, October 22nd

#10 Wisconsin at Iowa, ESPN 12:00pm ET

Wisconsin has been lighting it up against the best of the Big Ten East, now it has to keep that level of intensity to secure the West.   That all starts in Iowa City this weekend where the over under for this game is 42.5.  Take the under

#10 Wisconsin 17 – Iowa 14


#6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama, CBS 3:30pm ET

Well, the Aggy’s have six wins, which means it’s probably time to go 2-4 to end the season.  It is also about this time of year that the SEC has about six teams all over ranked to serve no other purpose than to make Alabama’s schedule seem stronger than it is.

#1 Alabama 48 – Texas A&M 31


Eastern Michigan at #20 Western Michigan, ESPN3 3:30pm ET

Yeah let’s do this, MAC Michigan Matchup!  Though, as much as I want to get excited for EMU’s 5-2 record, I don’t think this game is going to be very close.   The over/under is 58.5 and the Broncos should be most of those points.

#20 WMU 49 – EMU 27


Memphis @ #24 Navy, CBSSN 3:30pm ET

Navy is a difficult team to play with their triple option.  However, it is also difficult to get a triple option going if you’re playing from behind.   Memphis has the ability to score in droves, so something is going to give here.  This should be a fun game to watch, if there was any audience left from A&M/Bama and TCU/WVU to tune in.

Memphis 38 – #24 Navy 35


#19 Utah at UCLA, FOX 4:00pm ET

If Utah wants to win the south they have to run the table on LA.  This UCLA team is very up and down, mostly down.   I expect the Utes to grind this one out on the ground and feast off Bruin mistakes.

#19 Utah 24 – UCLA 14


#17 Arkansas at #21 Auburn, ESPN 6:00pm ET

I am not sure I have any interest in watching these two teams who have struggled off and on this year battle it out, but, because they are in the SEC West and have a winning record, they are ranked, making this one of the few dual ranked games on this weekend.  As bad as Auburn has looked this year, they have given teams fits at home.  I’m giving them the edge.

#21 Auburn 24 – #17 Arkansas 17


#23 Ole Miss at #25 LSU, ESPN 9:00pm ET

How are either of these two teams still ranked?!  The Rebels have lost as many games as they’ve won, and it’s nearly Halloween!  LSU has beat Missouri and Mississippi State, who both have a combined record of 4-8.  Maybe the world will correct this mess and give a loss to both teams.

#25 LSU 31 – #23 Ole Miss 28



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