NCAA: Week 7

Well, well, well, thanks to strong defensive efforts by Nebraska and Florida, I went undefeated last week, and improved my record for the season to 8-5. As much as it pained me to bet against Mizzou, I had a feeling their weak schedule and inexperience was masking some gaping holes in their team on both sides of the ball, and it showed against a much-improved Cornhuskers team. And what do you say about Tebow? He played … maybe not the best idea in the world, but they go the job done, and covered. Let’s see who’ll cover this week.

I’m going back to the Big 10 this week, since a recent report came out that 8 teams from the conference were expected to go to bowl games this year. Talk about a popular conference. Whether you agree with that is one thing, but there are certainly at least a handful of talented, deserving teams. This week, Ohio State visits Purdue and takes a 14-point line in there with them. Let me make this clear – Purdue is not one of those teams. At 1-5, 0-1, their only victory was against Toledo. To their credit, 4 of their 5 losses have been by less than 10 points, so they’re at least competitive. But against a powerhouse like Ohio State, I would expect them to get trounced, even at home. The No. 7 Buckeyes lost a close, defensive showcase to USC in week 2, but haven’t looked back since. QB Terrelle Pryor has 9 Tds on the year so far, and almost 1,000 yards. The double threat also has 3 rushing touchdowns. Here’s the one telltale stat – the team is outscoring its opponents by more than 17 points a game, and all of them so far have been better than Purdue. Bet the Buckeyes to cover.

One more quick one – another great matchup in the Big 10 when No. 11 Iowa (6-0) visits Wisconsin (5-1). Wisconsin is favored by 2.5, but I’m going to call an upset, if you can call it that, and say Iowa overcomes the fierce road disadvantage and pushes through on their talent. Iowa is outscoring it’s opponents by 10 a game, while Wisconsin’s margin is around 6. I’ll take Iowa.