Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland Terrapins. (Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
The DVR is cleared and ready for this week. That means I’m ready to view the damage from the college football betting carnage last weekend. I don’t think it was as bad as weeks 5 and 8, but after the way I started, I was afraid it would be.
2020 has been a weird year to be sure, but college football has been particularly wacky. We see how important offseason practices and workouts are. We are seeing how long layoffs can affect teams. And we are seeing that the Big 12(10) is probably worse than at least one non-power league.
I’ve dug myself a rather large hole at the beginning of this season. Hopefully this is where I can start to crawl out of it.
Here we will recap week 8 of the 2020 college football betting season. The winner against the spread will be in BOLD. My result will follow. The picks themselves will recover. My ego and wallet? That could be a different story. One is more fragile than the other, but both were dealt a rough blow.
In case you want to follow along:
Let’s cover the pre-Saturday games first.
South Alabama at Georgia Southern(-4.5): MISS! This was only a seven point game, but it felt like more. The Jags had plenty of chances considering they were leading heading into the fourth quarter. They celebrated by getting dominated in the final stanza.
Colorado State(-1.5) at Fresno State: MISS! Ah…..the evils of picking a team I haven’t seen play yet. Colorado State’s defense is still abysmal.
Minnesota(-19.5) at Maryland: MISS! Taulia Tagovailoa looked like big brother Tua in dismantling the Gopher defense. The Minnesota offense is good, but that defense is going to lose them a few more this year.
East Carolina at Tulsa(-17.5):MISS! I want to say I knew better, but this is 2020. I obviously don’t know a damn thing and I have the numbers to prove it.
Hawaii at Wyoming(EVEN): MISS! The Wyoming defense completely grounded the Hawaii offense. The Cowboys might be players in the Mountain West with a defense like that. Of course, Carson Strong lit them up last week, so, uh, maybe not.
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