Critic's Picks: Week 4

Nebraska FansContributor ISeptember 25, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: ESPN television personality Lee Corso watches the Ohio State Buckeyes play the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Oregon/Arizona State OVER 54.5
Oregon leads the nation in total yards and scoring offense.  The Ducks and their explosive ground attack amassed a school-record 528 rushing yards in last week‘s game against Portland State.  Arizona State is 2-1 and has posted solid offensive numbers through its first three games.  In last week’s 20-19 loss at Wisconsin, the Sun Devils kept the Badgers’ defense off-balance for much of the game with their up-tempo spread offense, but could not turn impressive yardage totals into points.  Oregon should score at least 35 (they may score 54 themselves).   The Over is 8-2 in Oregon’s last 10 games.  Take the Over.

Oregon State +18 over Boise State
In what some may consider a trap game, the Beavers are getting 18 points against a WAC team.  While Oregon State’s inexperience at QB cost them a victory over TCU in Week 1, the Rodgers brothers are a dangerous duo which will allow the Beavers to score points and keep pace with the dynamic Broncos.  Oregon State is 10-1 against in the spread in its last 11 road games.  Take Oregon State and the points.

North Carolina State/Georgia Tech UNDER 58
In the six games that North Carolina State and Georgia Tech have each played this year, the total points have been below 58 points for every game!  Georgia Tech’s power option game should slow the game down and burn clock.  Georgia Tech controls the clock and keeps North Carolina State off the field.  Bet the Under.

Virginia Tech -3.5 over Boston College
Virginia Tech has looked awful in its first three games of the season, but Boston College hasn’t faired much better.  The Eagles struggled against Weber State (won 38-20) and Kent State (won 26-13) in previous weeks while their offense has looked horrible.  The Hokies are 22-9 against the spread in their last 31 games overall.  Virginia Tech and Tyrod Taylor  finally break out.  Hokies win. Big.

Oklahoma -14 over Cincinnati
The Bearcats are just not very good.  Cincinnati has bad losses to Fresno State and North Carolina State.  Oklahoma continues to receive little respect from oddsmakers due to sluggish showings against Utah State and Air Force.  Cincinnati is 0-8 in its last 8 games against the spread.  The Sooners will be focused in their first road game of the season.  Oklahoma big.


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