The Gould Standard Picks: Week 8

Somehow, Wisconsin, Miami and Oklahoma schlemieled-and-schlimazeled their way to victories in which they didn’t cover last Saturday. That left me 0-3 in the afternoon.

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But a 3-0 finish after dark—with Ohio State and Alabama stomping their way to routs, and Michigan State-Minnesota providing the Over—made for a 3-3 adrenalin rush.

That leaves me 25-17 for the season. And cautiously optimistic moving forward.

This week, I’m abandoning the over/under whipped cream and staying in the Big Ten for five of six against-the-spread picks. Meat-and-potatoes, baby.

Good luck in sports. . .

THE GAMES

Purdue minus-9-1/2 at Rutgers

Maryland plus-24 at Wisconsin

Indiana plus-6-1/2 at Michigan State

Tennessee plus-34-1/2 at Alabama

Illinois plus-13-1/2 at Minnesota

Michigan plus-10 at Penn State

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THE PICKS

Indiana plus-6-1/2 at Michigan State

A little scary to get on the Sparty bandwagon against an Indiana that can score points. But I’m thinking Michigan State is determined to prove last year really was an aberration.

The score: Michigan State, 31-21

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Maryland plus-24 at Wisconsin

Badgers looked ready to steamroll Purdue last week when they jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, then had to hold on for dorky 17-9 win on a rainy, mistake-prone day. Wisconsin is too sound, and too talented, to let that happen two weeks in a row.

The score: Wisconsin, 42-10

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Tennessee plus-34-1/2 at Alabama

Wow. Vols getting five touchdowns. The thing is, the Crimson Tide has been covering ridiculous lines all fall. And the wheels seem to be coming off at Tennessee.

The score: Alabama, 52-10

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Purdue minus-9-1/2 at Rutgers

Yeah, Rutgers is coming off an historic win at Illinois. And yeah, this game would have looked like a tossup on Labor Day. But the turnaround job Jeff Brohm has engineered, so to speak, at Purdue is noteworthy. And the Boilers are talented at QB and on the D line. Those are good places to be talented.

The score: Purdue, 30-17

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Illinois plus-13-1/2 at Minnesota

With three straight conference losses after a 3-0 nonconference start, Minnesota ought to have a lot of pent-up energy to provide P.J. Fleck with his first Big Ten win. And Illinois is just the team to rough up.

The score: Minnesota, 38-17

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Michigan plus-10 at Penn State

Very tough call. Penn State’s offense hasn’t been as dazzling as its reputation, courtesy of O line issues. And Michigan’s stout defense could take advantage of that. Question is, can Wolverines D hold relentlessly without much help from a Michigan offense that seems to be stuck on sputter? It’s an incomplete sample, but after seeing Penn State barely escape from Iowa and get stymied in the first half at Northwestern, I’m thinking Michigan keeps it close.

The score: Penn State, 17-10

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LAST WEEK: 3-3 (2-3 ATS, 1-0 O/U).

SEASON: 25-17 (16-10 ATS, 9-7 O/U).[/membership]

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