NCAA Football: Against The Spread

By Freddie Vickers


We’ve had a great start to the college football season, as our 2* picks are on a 5-0 run.  We are also 5-2 overall on the year, with the two losses coming on our 1* picks.  This week, we look to make it 8-0 on our 2* plays as we have a three pack that we really feel confident in.

Last week, we told you to take the Georgia Bulldogs and lay the 14 points.  Vanderbilt was no match for the ‘Dawgs as they destroyed the Commodores 48-3.  Georgia’s defense continues to shine, as they’ve locked opponents down in the early part of the season.

This week, we have two Pac-12 teams and one ACC team that are looking pretty good.

So, let’s jump right into our College Football:  Against The Spread picks, and add some more money to that bankroll.

2*  Virginia Tech -6.5 (Bookmaker)

The Hokies moved to 3-1 on the year after blasting Bowling Green 37-0.  Virginia Tech comes into this game with just a 12-18 record in neutral site games under current head coach, Frank Beamer.  That includes an 0-2 mark at FedEx Field, the site of this game versus Cincinnati.

The reason I’m backing the Hokies in this spot are:

1.  I think this team had a wakeup call versus Pittsburgh.

2.  Bud Foster‘s defensive preparation versus a quarterback making his first start on the road.

3.  Logan Thomas‘ leadership ability and his young playmakers finding their way after a month of play.

Hokie Hokie High, Go Tech V.P.I.  

Hokies 38 – Bearcats 23

2*  CAL +1 (Bookmaker)

Looking at the line release on Sunday evening, this was one of the games that immediately jumped off the paper to me.  California came out as two point favorite.  That pretty much told me all I needed to hear.

This Cal team comes in off a loss to USC.  Unfortunately for the Bears, they got a mad Trojan team that had just had its BCS Title hopes smashed by the Stanford Cardinal.

Coach Jeff Tedford has to know, his head is on the line.

The Bears were beaten by a game Nevada team, who can really run the football.  The Bears then went to Ohio State and showed a lot of resolve, as they were within minutes of pulling out a win over the Buckeyes.

California has won four straight in the series dating back to 2008.  I think they make it five in a row, as they use the lazy 4:00 pm pacific kick time, and a great home field advantage in Berkley to take out the Sun Devils.

Cal 31 – Arizona State 21

2*  Arizona -2.5 (Sportsbook)

This game represents two teams moving in opposite directions.  At least that’s what the media would have you believe.  The Wildcats return home to Tucson after traveling to Oregon and getting dominated for four quarters.  Arizona wasn’t able to muster a single point.

Bad execution on special teams, five turnovers, and five penalties for 51 yards kept the Wildcats in catch up mode the entire night in Eugene.  As I said in week two when Oklahoma State traveled to Tucson, I’m a firm believer in Rich Rodriguez.  He’s one of the top offensive coaches in the country and I think this Wildcat offense bounces back in a huge way this week.

The Beavers are riding high after going on the road and beating UCLA 27-20, moving their record to 2-0 on the year.  Oregon State will also be looking to win their sixth straight in the desert and post their first 3-0 start in 10 years.

I’ll give you my thoughts on this game.  Oregon State has looked solid in two quality wins.  The Beavers have won five straight in Tucson.  The Wildcats couldn’t score one point versus Oregon.

Why is Arizona favored here?

Let’s ride with Rich Rod and the Wildcats here as they get back on track and give the Beavers their first loss of the season.

Arizona 31 – Oregon State 24



Freddie Vickers covers the SEC for Rant Sports

Follow Freddie on Twitter:  @fredvic9



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