College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 10, 2014

Nick Marshall

The last few weeks in College Football has been compelling as the season heads towards the College Football Playoff. My College Football Picks Against the Spread have gone very well in the past few week as well, including going 12-3-1.

Week 9, features a slate of great games including a matchup between two top 5 teams in Auburn Tigers and University of Mississippi. It also features a PAC 12 matchup that has produced great games in the past when Oregon Ducks look to get their revenge against a Stanford Cardinal team that has beat them the last two matchups.

> Season Total 24-15-2
>Upset Alert 6-5

Auburn Tigers +2 at University of Mississippi Rebels

The Ole Miss Rebels went on the road a week ago and lost to LSU. They look to rebound heading home, sitting in the top 4 of the first College Football playoff pole, which surprised some. This will be huge for the Rebels, who can’t afford a loss if they want to see themselves in the College Football Playoff. The same will be said for the Auburn Tigers, who can’t afford a loss. Quarterback Bo Wallace will need to have a better game and regain his poise. I dont see that happening. I expect quarterback Nick Marshall to head into Oxford and put it on Ole Miss. The Auburn Tiger defense is really talented and will give the Rebel offense all they can handle. I expect Auburn to not only cover but win outright.

Kansas State Wildcats -12 vs Oklahoma State Cowboys

A night game in Manhattan, Kansas sets up really nice for an impressive Wildcat defense. Quarterback Jake Waters continues to improve under head coach Bill Snyder. Tyler Lockett is legit weapon and will find himself on the other end of passes thrown by Waters. Oklahoma State has not been nearly the same since losing quarterback JW Walsh. They have been trounced in the past two weeks by TCU and West Virginia, this week should look very similar. Kansas State’s defense will be very impressive and the offense will help them cover the spread easily.

Oregon Ducks -8 vs Stanford Cardinal

The Oregon Ducks welcome the Stanford Cardinal to Autzen with revenge on their mind. The Stanford Cardinal have won the last two matchups in this series. The Ducks will look to come out fast and play well. Stanford has a strong defense but the offensive side of the ball has been an issue. Quarterback Kevin Hogan will have to finish drives if the Cardinal want to stay in this game. I expect the Ducks to win this game and win pretty convincingly. They want to end up in the Final Four

Navy Midshipmen +14 vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

This is a challenging spot for the Fighting Irish. They head into Fed Ex field in Washington DC, which will allow for more of a home game feel, despite technically being the road team in this contest. A week from Saturday, the Irish head to Tempe, Arizona to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. This could easily become a look ahead game for Notre Dame. This game will look very similar to the game against the University of North Carolina. Navy utilizes the triple option which is always challenging especially when your team doesn’t see it often. Navy also will not beat themselves with penalties and turnovers. The Irish will win this game but it will be by less than two touchdowns.

**Upset Alert**

Maryland Terrapins +3.5 at Penn State Nittany Lions

The Maryland Terrapins let me down a week ago, looking awful against the University of Wisconsin. Penn State, on the other hand played well and almost knocked off Ohio State. Obviously Maryland is the right side to be on this week. A week after a huge game is often times hard to get up for. I expect Maryland to bounce back in a big way this week. They have an impressive offense that should look much better this week. Maryland will not only cover in this game but will win outright.

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