Three College Winners Vs Spread: Washington, UNLV, and Iowa

McCord RobertsCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 03: Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies runs away from John Ryan #90 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 3, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Washington 37-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Week Eight College Football Plays

Washington +10 vs. Oregon

This game opened up Oregon -6 and was quickly bet up to -10 by the sharpest player in Las Vegas.  It’s usually not wise to go against that type of play, but I liked Washington from the start on the basis of their home wins alone against ranked opponents like USC and Arizona, along with a near upset opening week vs. LSU.

Oregon has their high-octane QB Jeremiah Masoli back this week and are coming off a bye, but the combination of Washington’s fired up crowd, Jake Locker making big plays, and Oregon looking ahead to their big game in Eugene next week against USC makes this a great spot for Washington.

This also is worth a poke at taking the money line for a portion of the allotted wager.

UNLV pk @ New Mexico

UNLV has been winless on the road forever and are 0-2 this season.  The Rebels just got pounded back to back weeks at home by the ranked team of BYU and Utah.  Coach Mike Sanford is 7-17 in his career against the spread as a road team.

It doesn’t sound like the Rebels could beat anyone in any instance, does it?

Almost, but the one instance they should win on the road comes this week against the New Mexico Lobos who are 0-6 this season.  A hungry team is tough to play, especially when you have your own issues, but sometimes really bad is just bad.

Iowa pk @ Michigan State

Everyone is so weary of taking a chance on Iowa as they head towards the Big-10 title. This is the last real hurdle for the Hawkeyes before their final test in Columbus against the struggling Buckeyes.

Last week everyone was betting against Iowa at Wisconsin and it was the wrong choice.  This week it’s been the same type of pattern and should see similar results.  The bet-against game will be in Columbus for all the marbles when Ohio State will be devalued and Iowa is then over-valued.

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