MP’s Pigskin Picks – NCAA Football Week 3

By | September 11, 2014

Week 2 wasn’t quite the thrilling series of contests we enjoyed in Week 1, but was profitable nonetheless as we finished 5-3 to push the season total to 16-10. The early slate of games began with a resounding victory for the public, with Missouri steamrolling Toledo 49-24. Professionals had bet this number down to +3.5 from its +6 open, and their faith in the Rockets was not rewarded. Missouri was dominant from start to finish, further flexing the SEC’s cumulative muscle. That top-to-bottom strength will be put to the test this week, however, when Tennessee travels to Norman to face #4 Oklahoma. The Sooners looked unstoppable in their 52-7 road rout of Tulsa last week. The line for that game has vacillated between 20.5 and 21 throughout the week, so the Vols have their work cut out for them.

USC’s unconvincing 13-10 win over Stanford has vaulted them up the polls, but a lot of folks are still not convinced. Stanford had a ton of opportunities to win the game, but just could not convert on the Trojans’ side of the field. Either way, it’s a huge road win for Southern Cal in a year when they look to be a legitimate title contender. They should have a relatively easy go of it this week, as a trip across the country to face ACC also-ran Boston College should not cause them too much trouble. The threat level they pose to Pac-12 favorite Oregon, however, remains to be seen.

Speaking of Oregon, we were staring a push in the face on our -12 move on the Ducks this past week when an unnecessary touchdown pushed us into the win column. I’ll definitely take them wherever I can get them, and that was a fortunate one for Oregon backers. Wyoming travels to Eugene as lambs to the slaughter this weekend, and Oregon will assuredly roll into Pullman at 3-0 next week to face the 0-2 Cougars of Washington State.

As for Oregon’s opponent, Michigan State was not the only Big Ten team to struggle this past week. We had an outright Twitter (@MWPGT) winner with Virginia Tech +11.5 in Columbus against Ohio State, and Michigan was trounced handily by Everett Golson and Notre Dame. The NCAA then suspiciously removed Penn State’s postseason ban, rendering them the solitary Big Ten team with any actual relevancy. We’ll see how long it lasts, though, as they are only laying three points this weekend on the road at Rutgers.

Overall, not the greatest weekend in college football, but it clarified the playoff picture a little bit with the fall of the Big Ten. For our first three moves this week, we’ve got some pesky road underdogs that are undervalued in their current spots by the public. As always, more moves will be posted on Twitter as the week goes along.

139 Massachusetts +17.5 (Coast)
163 Minnesota +14 (MGM)
171 Wake Forest +14.5 (MGM)

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