Buy your tickets and take a seat on this train because we're rolling after posting a 4-1 record in week six. I don't love the lines as much this time around, so there will be no bonus picks, just my top three selections for this week.
My picks are in the bold font
All spreads came from CBSSports.com as of Friday afternoon (10/11)
Iowa State @ No. 20 Texas Tech (TTU -15.5)
Admittedly the 15.5 point spread almost scared me off here, but if the Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0) are for real I have to believe they will take care of business at home against the Cyclones (1-3, 0-1). Typically, I love taking Iowa State as a dog, but in 2013 ISU doesn't seem to have the same fight as in year's past. Three loses at home already! And to Northern Iowa, Iowa and Texas. That's brutal. Now they have to face a red hot Texas Tech team in Lubbock. Meanwhile Tech needs to win this game, as Kliff Kingsbury's squad is set for back-to-back road match ups in weeks eight and nine (at West Virginia and Oklahoma). Swallow the points as the Red Raiders roll 34-13.
No. 19 Northwestern @ Wisconsin (WISC -10.5)
Since Northwestern (4-1, 0-1) was so nice to me last week, making my Ohio State pick a winner in the final seconds of their loss, I'll take the Wildcats this time around. But the scheduling gods did not help NU. Off an emotional loss to the Buckeyes, the Wildcats hit the road for a tough match up in Badger country. Even though Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1) is unranked don't let that fool you. UW is a tough out in general, and especially in Madison. Northwestern won't play it's best game, but the Wildcats' "D" will keep it close. Wisconsin upsets Northwestern 24-20.
No. 18 Michigan @ Penn State (PSU +3.5)
We wrap things up in not so Happy Valley, where Penn State (3-2, 0-1) is coming off a bad 20-point loss at Indiana.That half point is key in this pick, as I would not take this game with a spread any smaller than the one above. The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0) are clearly the better team, and I expect them to win, but I believe PSU head coach Bill O'Brien is too good of a coach to let his team get blown out in consecutive weeks. His squad will be pumped up at home, and with a bye in week eight, the Nittany Lions can leave it all on the field. Grab the points, as Michigan edges Penn State 27-24.
*Stay tuned Saturday, I'll post my picks for the Week 6 NFL slate*