Tommy Rider believes that No. 1 Texas is going down this week.
I usually do this earlier in the week but I have been slacking off lately. These are just opinions but they have done pretty well over the last three weeks, going 3-2, 3-2 and 4-1. Here are the underdogs I think pack some bite for Week 9:
Rutgers +10This is a Stache special. Why is Dave Wannstedt such a bad coach? Because of games like this one. Pitt is playing well and Rutgers has struggled this season. So this should be an easy win for the Panthers, right? Not so fast. I can see Pitt coming out flat in this game. That is where the coaching comes in. The Panthers won't be mentally prepared to handle a team they should beat and because of that, I think there is a good chance Rutgers can stay within this number. Like I said, this game is made for Wannstedt to screw up.
Duke +10.5Some teams don't make good double-digit favorites. Vanderbilt is one of those teams. Since 2003, Vanderbilt has been a double-digit favorite five times and they are 2-3 over that span, with one cover by a single point. Also, this is a bad spot for Vandy. They just played a couple of emotional SEC games and have more on deck. Plus, the pressure is on them right now because they need one more win to be bowl eligible. Programs like Vanderbilt aren't used to that kind of pressure and I think they will have a tough time with an improved Duke squad this Saturday.
SMU +12I'm going to keep riding the Ponies here. SMU had a chance to beat both Tulsa and Houston but blew leads in each game by being outscored 35-3 in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs aren't good yet but they are getting better, particularly on offense where freshman quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is coming on strong. If there is one thing you can do against Navy it's pass the football. This should be a high-scoring game but I see SMU's offense doing enough to cover the high number.
Colorado +24.5I've seen this happen too many times to teams in CFB. Teams that are National Title contenders before the season and then drop a couple of games in a row to pretty much ruin their season. Now comes lowly Colorado. Missouri should get back on track at home against the Buffs, right? I'm not so sure. I think it's going to be awfully tough for Chase Daniel and the boys to rebound after the butt-kicking they took last week at the hands of Texas. Remember, we aren't talking about just winning the game here, we're talking about covering a 24.5 point spread. I just can't see it happening. I like the Buffs to keep this game close and I wouldn't be shocked at all if Missouri falls for a third week in a row.
Oklahoma State +12If there is a game where Texas may not be sharp mentally, I think this is the one. The Horns just played two huge games against Oklahoma and Missouri. Now they have to face a dangerous Oklahoma State squad that's playing lights out right now. If you read my blogs over the summer, you know I thought the Cowboys had a shot at a New Year's Day bowl because I love Zac Robinson and that offense. However, what's shocked me is the play of their defense. They don't have great statistical numbers but OSU held both Missouri and Baylor - two explosive offenses - in check. As I said on our podcast this week, I believe Robinson to be the best dual threat quarterback in the nation and that includes Tim Tebow. I think Robinson busts on the National scene this week and leads Oklahoma State to an upset over the No. 1 Longhorns. Hey, why didn't I make this play my Underdog Game of the Month? lol
The Stache! lol What a joke.
You can tell Matty has the day off. It took him an entire two minutes to respond to this post. lol
Zac Robinson is the real deal.
You know one of these picks is my Podcast Play O' the Week :)