Friday, September 25, 2009
Roberts College Football Picks of Week: Cal and Canes Win as Road Favorites
California -5 @ Oregon: Cal has won and covered the last three meetings between the two teams. Even though the trend has been to go against the top 10 teams playing on the road, Cal should be able to buck it and get the win with their balanced attack under Head Coach Jeff Tedford. The last time Oregon was getting points at home was in 2005 was USC laid -21 and won 45-21.
Miami -2 @ Virginia Tech: Miami is still flying under the radar in the minds of experts, but after they beat their third straight ranked team, Miami will finally start to get their due. Blacksburg is a tough place to play, but Nebraska almost did it last week losing 15-16. Miami’s QB Jacory Harris has been able to spread the ball around and make big plays in their two wins against two pretty good teams already in Florida State and Georgia Tech.
Penn State -9.5 vs. Iowa: Joe Paterno hasn’t covered the spread in any game this season, but this is their first real test with a light spread. Penn State is looking to avenge their loss at Iowa last season which ruined their chance at playing for the National Championship. Looks for Penn State to take care of business in this game and not allow the Hawkeyes to get any momentum at any juncture of the game.
Wyoming +3.5 vs. UNLV: In the last five seasons after a non-conference game, UNLV is 1-10 straight up as a favorite on the road. In the last two years, UNLV has gone 0-8 straight up against a Mountain West team on the road. Laying an initial line of -5.5 after the power ranking had Wyoming getting only +7 against the struggling Big-12 team of Colorado seems a little out of whack. Until UNLV can win on the road in conference play, they have to be bet against.
Last Week: 0-2