Week Nine was another winning week against the spread, topped off by my highest-rated pick ever in my confidence ranking system, TCU, crushing Wyoming 54-7.
This week I also got my picking contest started, and the winner was none other than Bleacher Report Big Ten Community leader Kristofer Green, who correctly picked 11 out 15 games against the spread. Congratulations to Kristofer. We'll see if Kristofer becomes the first back-to-back winner in the short history of the contest this coming week.
This week we also brought in Jordan Corso to share his picks with us. Jordan was lights out, going 6-2 against the spread as he continued the tear he has been on all season long.
We are already getting a lot of reader requests for more of Jordan's picks, and he's planning to continue to bring them to us. I know he helped my weekend significantly, and with the knowledge he brings, I'm sure he'll continue to bring plenty of great picks.
As we move on to this week's lines, we need to remember that winter is coming quickly, so while lines are what they are today, they can change all the way up until kickoff, and sometimes very quickly. Let's take a look at where they start out.
On Tuesday night we have two games. Ohio is -2 against Buffalo. The Bobcats nearly put us to sleep last Tuesday. On the other game, Houston is -8 at Marshall. We never know what we're going to get from either of these two teams.
On Thursday, South Florida is -3 at Cincinnati. Both of these teams are coming off tough losses in games most would have thought they would win.
Indiana is -2 1/2 against Central Michigan. It seems like Central Michigan is playing a team from a BCS conference almost every week.
Army is +10 at Air Force. Cover or not, there is a good chance the Black Knights' winning streak ends on the road this week.
Louisville is -14 at Syracuse. The Cardinals appear to have righted the ship and should make a bowl this year.
Miami is -1 at Virginia. The Canes try to get revenge for the 45-0 blowout last year at the Orange Bowl.
West Virginia is -3 1/2 at Connecticut. This one will have a big say as to who wins the Big East.
Illinois is -2 Vs. Iowa. Some of the most exciting players in the game will be featured in this one.
Northwestern is +5 1/2 at Minnesota. The Wildcats couldn't hold on to the ball in their loss last week.
Duke is +7 at Wake Forest. The Blue Devils come off a good win. Wake comes off a tough loss.
Iowa State is +31 at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys will be dealing with the hard-fought loss at Texas.
Missouri is -20 at Baylor. The Tigers appeared to have righted the ship last weekend.
Auburn is +5 1/2 at Ole Miss. Auburn is going to need to win some games, or they may not make it to a bowl game this year.
Colorado is +2 1/2 at Texas A&M. Both teams look to salvage a disappointing season.
Pittsburgh is +5 1/2 at Notre Dame. This is an interesting matchup all of a sudden.
Tennessee is +6 at South Carolina. Not a bad matchup for a meaningless game.
Florida is -5 at Georgia. This is the one we have all been waiting for.
Washington is +43 at USC. No, that isn't a typo—it's 43.
Nebraska is +21 at Oklahoma. This used to be a great rivalry.
Oregon is +3 at Cal. Both of these teams come off easy conference wins.
Kansas State is +11 1/2 at Kansas. Both of these teams try to recover from some serious beatdowns at home.
Texas is -6 at Texas Tech. This is the first time the Horns have been less than double-digit favorites in a while.
Michigan is +1 1/2 at Purdue. Neither of these teams is having the season they had hoped for.
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