Reporting Mike Meltser
Last week – 2-2 (Losses with Wake Forest and Texas Tech, wins with Texas and Texas A&M. Thank the replay officials in Stillwater for that one).
Overall – 7-10
West Virginia +6.5 at Texas – I simply expect this game to be a little closer than the spread. We know the Mountaineers defense is atrocious (giving up 63 points to Baylor), but they have an excellent offense. The Longhorns D is ranked around 100 in opponents yards per play. They’ve been shaky against both Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. WVU has a better offense and better quarterback than both of those teams.
Oklahoma -4 at Texas Tech – Always dangerous to go with a road favorite, but I expect Oklahoma to start to reel off big wins after their inexcusable loss (at home) to Kansas State. After a loss, it feels like Bob Stoops’s teams start pounding people for a couple of weeks. Plus, this is a revenge game, since the Red Raiders won in Norman last season to spoil an undefeated OU campaign.
Boston College -6.5 at Army – I used to work for the Army radio broadcast team, but they are not covering this spread. The Black Knight are 0-4, and coming off a loss to Stony Brook. BC has lost 2 in a row, but one of those games was at Northwestern, and the other was against top 25 Clemson, a game in which BC scored 31 points. This will be a bludgeoning.
Virginia Tech +5.5 at North Carolina – This line would not have been this way to start the season, but Virginia Tech has been a major disappointment with 2 losses. Thing is, Frank Beamer’s teams (like Bob Stoops’) tend to start picking off teams left and right immediately following bad losses. The Tar Heels are decent, but this line seems a bit high. Is UNC really a 2.5 favorite on a neutral field (home field is worth 3)? I don’t see it. I think this will be a very close game, and expect the Hokies to bounce back and likely win outright.
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