Picking college football games this season just doesn’t seem quite as easy as it has in past years. Go figure. Not that it was ever easy, but this year has been a struggle, much more so than previous years.
One of us was perfect last week, and not surprisingly it wasn’t me. Freddie was 4-0, bringing him up to .500 on the season while I was a measly 2-2, leaving me still stuck below the line of mediocrity.
CJ Cribb: 11-13 (46%)
Freddies Huth: 6-6 (50%)
Let’s see what week nine has in store for us.
Boston College at #1 Clemson (-31.5)
CJ: BC hasn’t scored more than seven points in a game against the Tigers in each of their last three meetings. I expect that to change this week. Clemson is just missing to much on the defensive side. No Tyler Davis or James Skalski. Maybe no Mike Jones Jr. While the Tigers have plenty of depth, those are three key starters. Fortunately, this team is healthy on offense and the fact that they had a bad day at the office last week spells doom and gloom for the Eagles… Clemson -31.5
Freddie: I expect the Eagles to come in fired up. Especially, with new head coach Jeff Hafley but unlike Ohio State there won’t be much for them to complain and whine about by the time this one is over. As scrappy of a team as Boston College usually is, Clemson just has way too much firepower and will be wanting to show the world that last week was just an off day against Syracuse. I expect the Eagles to be in it early but the Tigers put them away, kind of like Jason or Freddy... Clemson -31.5
Arkansas (-12.5) at #8 Texas A&M
CJ: Arkansas is playing well under first year head coach Sam Pittman, especially on defense. What does that says about Chad Morris? Anyways, this is two teams much better than most have anticipated. Arkansas would likely be 3-1 if the corrupt SEC officials hadn’t stolen one from them. However, going into College Station is never easy and while I expect Arky can keep it competitive, I don’t think they get the win. We are talking about Jimbo Fisher though and sooner or later you can bet on this Aggie team choking one up… Arkansas +12.5
Freddie: This one has the ability to be an interesting one. The surprise in the SEC this season is the Razorbacks. They probably should be 3-1 coming into this one and have played much better than anyone expected. Meanwhile the Aggies are playing well also and have a win over Florida to show for it. I see this one being close for a while but believe Texas A&M will be too much and pull away late... Texas A&M -12.5
#3 Ohio State (-12) at #18 Penn State
CJ: Oh Penn State. One game in and they have already tripped all over themselves and the entire B1G with their embarrassing loss to Indiana last weekend. The networks were already hyping this one as a playoff elimination game and the Nittany Lions totally screwed the pooch. On the other side, make no mistake, this Ohio State team is legit and Ryan Day will be out to prove it every Saturday as evidenced by his refusal to kneel on it last weekend. Who expected this Penn State team to start 0-2… Ohio State -12
Freddie: Some are hoping that the Nittany Lions can come into this game, beat Ohio State, and see what the playoff committee would do then if the top team in the B1G was to have at least one loss. Especially, after Penn State’s upset loss to Indiana last Saturday. But don’t look for that to happen, especially when the B1G commissioner seems to be looking for any reason to cancel their season already and if there is a chance that their team isn’t going to be around in late December then that would give them even more reason to can the season. Don’t worry B1G fans, Ohio State keeps the season going with a second win in their 8 game treat of a regular season. #3 Ohio State -12
#15 North Carolina (-6.5) at Virginia
CJ: This Virginia team just hasn’t looked the same since the Clemson loss. Maybe they just put to much into that one. Whatever the reason, the Cavs just aren’t very good. UNC rolls… North Carolina -6.5
Freddie: This is another one that has the ability to get interesting with Virginia’s ability to slow a game down to a crawl. The issue I see with them is the fact that they have major issues moving the ball at times and a defense that has been horrid against the pass, while the Tarheels have their offense rolling at this point in the season. I can see the Cavaliers bringing the best effort on Halloween but they just won’t have the firepower to keep up and, North Carolina gets the win… North Carolina -6.5