Mitch's Week 10 College Football Picks: Part One

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IOctober 28, 2008

Another winning week against the spread in the books, and the start of another week of college football.

We start off with two Tuesday night games this week—just what we needed after last week's mess, which may have been one of the worst college football games I've seen in my lifetime.

This is also the week of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville. While I'm not sure I have a solid opinion on that one as of yet, I believe Jordan is already locked and loaded on it, and he'll be back later in the week to share his picks.

Jordan has been on a tear, and while I stated his record at 6-2 last week, I was reminded by a reader that he was actually 7-2 as he gave us Temple last Tuesday. This doesn't come as a surprise as Jordan is the hottest picker of college games against the spread anywhere right now, and we can't wait to hear what he has to say this week.

The games and spreads will be sent out tonight for the free picking contest. It was a lot of fun last week, and I think as this place continues to grow daily, it will only get bigger and better every week and every year.

For those who haven't signed up, there is still plenty of time, and you can sign up all the way until 10 am EST on Saturday, though there is some work involved and you would be hard-pressed to get it done if you waited until the last minute.

If you have any questions, everyone knows how to get in touch with me. Of course, the best place is always in the forums, as if you have a question, there are probably many other people who have the same question.

Let's get on to picking some games already.


Houston -7 1/2 at Marshall (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8 EST): 6 out of 10

On paper this game looks almost too easy, as we have a statistical mismatch in Houston's offense against Marshall's defense and a pretty even battle in Marshall's offense going against the Houston defense.

Marshall's pass defense ranks 105th in the country and gives up an average of over 254 yards per game. The overall defense isn't good either, giving up 427 yards per game and ranked 103rd, while Houston has the No. 2 pass offense and is No. 3 in overall yards per game.

The winner of this one will have broken a major trend of having negative trends, as neither has much exciting or positive to speak of. Marshall has only covered once this year and has not covered in their last four games, while Houston has only covered twice this year—it has been in two of the last three games.

I think Marshall has a chance to keep it close for a while, but what we have seen in Houston's last few games is teams just not having the depth to go a full four quarters with them. I feel this will be the case again, and Houston wins by enough to cover.


Click here to see the rest of Mitch's picks against the spread for Part One of Week 10 of college football.