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Week 4 College Football Picks Against the Spread

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West Virginia Mountaineers

Things got ugly last weekend. But so did most of college football and that is what makes the sport so great. 

The SEC West and Pac-12 South both got flipped on their heads, Ohio State and the ACC struggled and the state of Texas was a spectacle.

After going 2-3, I am in big need a bounce back this weekend so I've included some stats below to help you all with your... entertainment this weekend. I'm going hard into the Big 12.

Last Week: 8-8

Year-to-date: 2-3

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Maryland (+16.5) at West Virginia

This game has been really close the last two seasons and appears like a decent matchup at first glance. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Terps gave up 692 yards and 48 points to Bowling Green’s spread offense in a 21-point loss at home. West Virginia is better on offense and really good on D and is at home. Prediction: West Virginia -17

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TCU (-6.5) at Texas Tech

I really wanted to pick the upset after Texas Tech rolled over Arkansas last week and TCU is down to one leg and two arms on defense. But this line opened at 9.5 and has plummeted. Now that it’s under a touchdown, I’m all over Trevone Boykin and company. Tech still doesn’t play defense. Prediction: TCU -6.5

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Oklahoma State (-3.5) at Texas

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The Longhorns are rejuvenated with the emergence of Jerrod Heard at quarterback. They also smoked the Pokes last fall 28-7 in Stillwater. Oklahoma State is much better now than they were then but Texas will play them hard. And the hook helps too. Prediction: Texas +3.5

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BYU (+4.5) at Michigan

Big Blue has some serious defense this year and BYU is coming off three brutally tough games — win or lose. Michigan is at home and has allowed 138 yards (Oregon State) and 235 yards (UNLV) in consecutive home drubbings. The Cougars are the ranked team but the Wolverines have Jim Harbaugh. Prediction: Michigan -4.5

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Mississippi State (+2) at Auburn

Auburn is switching quarterbacks (to a snowboarder) but has to have some pride on the line this weekend at home. Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp are too good not to be competitive and LSU is THAT much better than Mississippi State (despite the score two weeks ago). Prediction: Auburn -2

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Northern Illinois (+4.5) at Boston College

The Huskies played Ohio State really well and Boston College was shutout last weekend so this line feels skewed. The Eagles play great defense and the Huskies probably took a lot of body blows last weekend. Prediction: Boston College -4.5

Georgia Southern (-16) at Idaho

The Vandals are 121st in total defense at 541.3 yards allowed per game in three contests, including a massive 8.68 yards per play allowed. The Eagles got star quarterback Kevin Ellison back from suspension and  last week and posted 484 yards and 7.1 per play on offense in a win over The Citadel. The Kibbie Dome isn’t ready. Prediction: Georgia Southern -16


Teams ATS


Air Force, BYU, Buffalo, MTSU, Ole Miss, NC State, Northwestern, Ohio, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Washington


 UL Lafayette, Navy, Colorado St*, Texas Tech*


Baylor, Boise St, Fresno St**, Kansas, New Mexico St** North Texas, UTEP**


Akron, Arizona St, Auburn, UCF, Cincinnati, Michigan St, Mizzou, Old Dominion,  San Diego St,

* — 2-0-1
**  — 0-2-1