A Jersey Guy's Picks: Week 8

Wow. Another week over .500 (3-2-1). But we're not going to argue with the odds Gods because they can turn on you in a heartbeat. We are at 26-15-1 for the season, which is money in the bank if we did this for a living, which we don't.

The Locksmith is still mumbling about UConn's upset of Temple, which put him at .500 for the week, but he continues as well.

So let's see what games we have this week.

A Jersey Guy

Michigan getting 10 vs. PENN STATE

Maryland getting 24.5 vs. WISCONSIN

Syracuse getting 16.5 vs. MIAMI


UCF vs. NAVY O/U: 66

Louisville vs. FSU O/U: 59

Iowa State vs. TEXAS TECH O/U: 67.5

The Locksmith

Iowa minus 1.5 vs. NORTHWESTERN

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The Picks

A Jersey Guy

Michigan getting 10 vs. PENN STATE--I'm not buying Penn State as a Super team and I have blind faith in Don Brown's defense at Michigan. Not only do I think Michigan can cover, I think they can win the game.

Michigan 21, Penn State 17

Maryland getting 24.5 vs. WISCONSIN--I continue to have little faith in Wisconsin's greatness, which means I think they will win, but not cover this spread which is huge.

Wisconsin 31, Maryland 13

Syracuse getting 16.5 vs. Miami--This is a watch out game. Let down for Syracuse after a big win over Clemson and Miami was lucky to beat Georgia Tech. I'm still not sure how good the Canes are, but I think Syracuse is good enough to scare them.

Miami 27, Syracuse 23


UCF vs. NAVY O/U 66, Over

Louisville vs. FSU O/U 59 Under

Iowa State vs. TEXAS TECH O/U 67.5 Under

Last week: 3-2-1

Season to date: 26-15-1


The Locksmith

Iowa over NORTHWESTERN, giving 1 1/2

Hawkeyes had a week off to fix their spotty run defense and to figure out a way to slow Northwestern star Justin Jackson, who rushed for a season-high 171 yards and two TDs in a victory over Maryland last week. At this point, we know what we're going to get from Iowa: This is a good, solid team whose only losses have been by two points to Penn State and by seven at Michigan State. The offense goes as RB Akrum Wadley goes, but we're counting on improved play from QB Nate Stanley against a Wildcats' defense that has been roughed up at times, including in a 31-7 loss to Penn State. Northwestern will be able to run effectively at times and stay in the game, but the better team wins out here. And that's Iowa.

Season to date: 3-3-1

Temple at ARMY

Here's the danger with going over with Army: The run-dominated, ball-control offense shortens games and puts scoring at an even higher premium. But the Black Knights are 5-2 overall and on a roll, averaging 37.3 points the past three games, scoring 28 last week without completing a pass (for the third game this season). That's how smoothly QB Ahmad Bradshaw has this triple option running now. Owls come off an inexplicable loss to UConn and could be in for a long day with a defense ranked 72nd against the run and 80th overall. But Temple is capable of putting up points, especially against Army's defense. Black Knights are also 4-0 at home this year.


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