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College Football Pick 'Em Week 8: Lisa Horne's Picks Include 3 NFL Teams

October 16, 2014

                                                                                                           photo credit VegasParlay.com

 

by Lisa Horne

 

Week 7 saw so-so results with Pigskin Grind going 6-of-10—it has a respectable 35-of-60 success rate for the season. This week's lines lack great values. For that reason, we are replacing three college games with three NFL games. For what it's worth, Pigskin Grind is 4-0 in NFL pick 'ems. 

 

As always, good luck.

 

Obligatory disclaimer: Pigskin Grind is not a tout service. All spreads listed are for entertainment purposes only—due to fluctuations, these lines may or may not reflect real time Las Vegas odds. 

 

 

 

Michigan State -14.5 at Indiana

 

The Hoosiers are better than the experts think and normally, they would be a great pick to cover here. But quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Hoosiers lost their only two experienced reserve quarterbacks due to transfers to other schools. That leaves freshman Chris Covington, who was not recruited as a quarterback, according to an IndyStar report.

 

Lay the points and roll with Sparty

 

 

Rutgers  +19.5 at Ohio State

 

The Buckeyes' defense is a concern. Rutgers can score points. While Ohio State should win here, especially since it is Homecoming, Rutgers should keep the game competitive for three quarters. 

 

Take the points and Rutgers

 

 

Kentucky +9.5 at LSU

 

Look, LSU is not very good. The Tigers struggled to beat a very average Florida last week and needed some luck to do it. Kentucky looks improved. Not only does Kentucky cover, it should have a good shot and winning this game. UPSET ALERT.

 

Take the points and Kentucky

 

 

Texas A&M +11.5 at Alabama

 

The SEC looks to be very down. Alabama is still tweaking its offense and its secondary looks like a work-in-progress. Think Aggie quarterback Kenny Hill will try and exploit the Tide's weak link? The Tide should win but this game will be closer than the experts think.

 

Take the points and Texas A&M

 

 

Cincinnati +14.5 at SMU

 

Neither of these teams has a good defense but I like the Bearcats' offense more. Moreover, SMU, like Eastern Michigan, has been one of those teams to pick against all season. The Mustangs usually don't cover. 

 

Lay the points and take Cincy

 

 

Washington +20.5 at Oregon

 

 

The Ducks look like the best team in the Pac-12 but the Huskies' defense has really impressed lately. It passes the eye test. Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson will make a big play sometime during this game.  The Ducks should win this game but the Huskies will prevent them from covering. 

 

Take the points and Washington

 

 

Cal +8 v UCLA

 

The last time the Bruins won at Berkeley was in 1998. UCLA has only covered once against the spread this season. This will be a high-flying game with at least 70 points scored. It's hard to fathom UCLA losing three straight games but it is possible—the team's confidence has to be shattered. If UCLA does win, it will likely be by a field goal.

 

Take the points and Cal

 

 

New England -9.5 v Jets

 

The Jets are a hot mess and one of the best teams to pick against right now—they've lost five straight. Also, Tom Brady is a little ticked at the negativity from two weeks ago. Pats win with an easy cover.

 

Lay the points and take the Pats

 

 

Dallas -5.5 v New York Giants

 

The Cowboys are scorcing hot right now. Eventually, they'll have a Romo-inspired meltdown but not against the Giants. 

 

Lay the points and take the 'Boys

 

 

Seattle -6.5 at St. Louis 

 

Coming off of a loss and visiting the Rams who have lost three straight is the perfect medicine for Seattle. Ugh, this will get ugly fast. Seahawks win big.

 

Lay the points and take Seattle

 

 

 

 

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