We’ve reached the point of the season where motivation starts to become a significant factor. Teams have suffered key losses—many of which were on display during Week 8—and expectations suddenly shift with the finishing line coming into focus.
I know. I’m scared too.
Determining which teams respond following key victories and defeats can be easier said than done, although it’s a challenge that has to be taken head on in Week 9.
With the upsets that unfolded, there is no choice.
Last week’s picks navigated choppy waters to another solid week above .500, although it’s time for a breakout moment. Given the intriguing slate, now would be a better time than ever.
The games featuring the AP Top 25 this week have a handful of interesting wrinkles. The 40-point spreads return with a break in the conference action, while Oregon and Baylor continue to get incredible respect from the oddsmakers.
Let’s handicap motivation en route to more winners.
Spreads courtesy of VegasInsider.com.
Record Against the Spread Entering Week 9: 84-61-2