Back from a week's hiatus (on vacation), I'm itching to get back to picking against the spread for this weekend's college games. I'm really liking the spreads this week, so just as I did in week six, I'm adding two bonus picks.
My picks are in the bold font
All spreads came from CBSSports.com as of Friday afternoon (10/25)
UCONN @ No. 21 UCF (UCF -22.5)
We begin in Orlando, where I'm picking against the public. Coming off a statement win last week against Louisville, everyone is high on the Golden Knights (5-1, 2-0). That's why the spread is so big. Meanwhile UCF hasn't beaten an opponent by more than a touchdown in its last three victories. Even though the Huskies (0-6, 0-2) have not won a game, they'll keep this one respectable. Take the points, as UCF rolls to a 33-17 victory.
No. 9 Clemson @ Maryland (UMD +13.5)
As you'll come to find out, I'm all about the underdogs this week. Both Clemson (6-1, 4-1) and Maryland (5-2, 1-2) are coming off road beat downs, so I definitely expect each team to bring its "A"game this week. Typically you may hear someone say, "Clemson is coming off a tough loss, they'll want to make a statement this week." While I do agree, don't count the Terps out. Don't get me wrong if this game was on the road, the easy pick is Clemson (UMD was outscored 94-10 in loses at Florida State and Wake Forest). But at home, here's a chance for Maryland to flip the script on its season. Take the points as Clemson slides by Maryland 30-21.
Duke @ No. 16 Virginia Tech (VT -13.5)
Lets stay in the ACC, where Duke (5-2, 1-2) has become a viable opponent. But this pick is less about the Blue Devils and more about the Hokies (6-1, 3-0). Outside of a 45-3 win against Western Carolina, Virginia Tech has not won a game by more than 10 points. So with such a large spread I'm taking the points. Virginia Tech wins in Virginia Tech-Fashion 20-10.