College Football Week 14: Early Lines and Point Spreads

Mitch Wilson@sportschatplaceSenior Writer INovember 23, 2008

It was another week of picking winner after winner against the spread all over the site, and we're ready for more of the same this week.

I went 13-5 against the spread on Saturday, including 7-2 in games I gave a confidence rating of 7 or higher to. Jordan turned in another winning week, which has become just a matter of course for him, and the free newsletter picks were a perfect 3-for-3 against the spread.

In the free picking contest it was a smashing week with the best performances overall of the year and the highest scores across the board. This week's winner was Mayday, who went a crushing 12-3 against the spread and racked up a record 105 confidence points. Many were close to that record, but Mayday just was dialed in on what games he thought were the easiest to pick. We'll get in touch with him shortly and we hope he has more to add as to how he got it done.

Personally, I can say I got it done using the same methods I used all season and have been using for years, a ton of number crunching and research. I also used all of the resources available, including the forums and chat room, where I have found the most knowledgeable group of college football fans.

What has happened in our community is we have fans from all over, and each has a specialty and it has really narrowed things down and made life much easier; this is going to really be something to see in years to come.

While the future looks exciting, so do this week's games. Before I go on much further and the lines start to move, here are the opening lines for Week 14 of college football.


The week starts with a double-header on Tuesday with Western Michigan +10 1/2 at Ball State and Navy +3 at Northern Illinois. Both of these games are on TV and we have seen plenty of all of these teams this season.

On Thanksgiving night, Texas A&M is +33 1/2 at Texas. These are just two teams in two different places.

As we move into Friday, we have a whole day full of action.

West Virginia is -3 at Pittsburgh for The Backyard Brawl. Last year Pitt won outright as 29 point underdogs.

Ohio is +1 at Miami (OH). Both of these teams would love to win this one for their fans.

Mississippi State is +13 at Mississippi in the Egg Bowl. The trophy won't come easy this year.

Akron is +3 at Temple. Temple has been great against the spread while it hasn't meant outright wins.

UTEP is +5 at East Carolina. UTEP is closing well while ECU started well.

Central Michigan is -10 1/2 at Eastern Michigan. This looks very low but they usually are in rivalries.

Kent is +10 at Buffalo. Buffalo won in a major comeback on the road last week.

LSU is -4 at Arkansas. While neither of these teams are contending for a title, they both play hard.

Bowling Green is -3 at Toledo. Yet another game with a road favorite.

Colorado is +15 at Nebraska. This game traditionally has one team scoring a bunch.

Fresno State is +19 at Boise. Boise needs this one to clinch a perfect regular season.

UCLA is +10 at Arizona State. Both of these teams are having season they'll want to forget soon.

As we move into Saturday, Miami is -1 1/2 at NC State. Miami looks to rebound while NC State looks to ride the momentum.

Vanderbilt is +3 1/2 at Wake Forest. Both of these teams wish they could only finish the season like they started it.

Maryland is +7 at Boston College. If BC wins they go to the ACC Championship game, again.


See the rest of the week 14 college football odds and point spreads.