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CF Experts Pick’Em: Week 8

CURRENT STANDINGS

Adam Gray, 26-15
Brent Blum, 26-15
Adam Carper, 24-17
Chris Williams, 23-18
Dave Zawilinski, 22-19
Chris Hassel, 22-19
Bret Meyer, 21-20
Austen Arnaud, 20-21
Trevor Enerson, 20-21

ADAM GRAY – ADAM GRAY INSURANCE AGENCY

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – I believe the line has since moved up to 20.5 in favor of the Aggies. That’s not good. Everything in my head tells me that we are going to get crushed on Saturday. Something like 49-10. But whenever people start to give up on a Paul Rhoads coached team, they show what they are really about. I’m not going to predict a win, but I’m going to go against my head on this and say we cover.

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – I think this is a good matchup for Missouri. They have a strong defensive front and can pressure Wheeden with little help. That allows more guys to guard their great WR’s. I like Mizzou to cover in this game.

Kansas State (-15)@ Kansas – Kansas will come out and play hard and make it a game as it is a rivalry. But Snyder is 100X the coach that Turner Gill is and he will make the needed adjustments and K-State will roll in the second half and cover.

Wisconsin (-7)@ Michigan State – This is the first true test for Wisconsin. They are more physical, more balanced, and are unstoppable for any team in the little 10. Wisconsin covers.

Penn State
@ Northwestern – Neither team is very good. Penn State’s offense is bad but Northwestern’s defense may be worse. Give me Penn State.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – Miami’s defensive speed will really slow down Georgia Tech and I expect them to win at home

BRENT BLUM – CYCLONE RADIO NETWORK

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – I’ve picked Iowa State the last three weeks and it didn’t end well. Yes, I am naive enough to think that has some sort of effect on the outcome. Cyclones need to hope A&M has no interest in being in Ames Saturday. Mike Sherman’s clubs have never wowed me with their mental toughness. I think they sleepwalk early and the Cyclones make it an entertaining Homecoming. A&M 34 Iowa State 30.

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – Missouri has talent and is very good at home. Going to be a feisty atmosphere in Columbia on Saturday. Scary game for Gundy’s crew. If Mizzou QB James Franklin plays a clean game (large IF) the Tigers most definitely can win this game. So I will gladly take the touchdown in points in this battle. Oklahoma State 30 Missouri 28.

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – Gross. Kansas somehow covers this thing. That’s all I’ve got. K-State 34 Kansas 20.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – Wisconsin is a pretty salty squad. Nobody has been within 30 of these dudes. I’m also not quite sold on Sparty yet. Although Vince McMahaon should sign that Gholston ‘fella up for the WWE pronto…that guy has the villain role down to a science. Wisconsin 31 Michigan State 21.

Penn State @ Northwestern – Ladies and Gentlemen, the Big 10 Conference! I don’t think it is a stretch at all to say that Missouri (who is currently 8th in the Big 12) would be the 2nd or 3rd best team in the Big 10. Oh well, Northwestern shows some pride at home. Northwestern 28 Penn State 25.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – The Georgia Tech Quarterback has completed 12 for his last 39 attempts over the past three games. I think he could start for the Vikings. Flip-a-coin matchup here. In those cases, I will grab the home team. Miami 27 Georgia Tech 24.

ADAM CARPER – FORMER IOWA STATE LINEBACKER

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – After the last two weeks, ISU is in desperate need of a home game. The guys will rely on the fans to give them a spark against the high-octane offense coming to town. Game is close at halftime but the Aggies will be too much at the end and cover.

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – If Okie State has any shot at the national championship game, they will need some “style” points and win games decisively. I’ll take the Cowboys to cover.

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – With the Jayhawks playing competitive last week against Oklahoma and this being a rivalry game, I’ll go with KU.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – Wisconsin is in a class of their own in the Big Ten. Wisconsin covers.

Penn State @ Northwestern – Penn State beat Iowa. Iowa beat Northwestern. So that means Penn State wins. Not great analysis but that’s what I’m going with.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – Miami has some athletes but they won’t be disciplined enough to overcome Paul Johnson’s offense. G-Tech.

CHRIS WILLIAMS – CYCLONEFANATIC.COM’S PUBLISHER

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – Read my preview for this game by CLICKING HERE.

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – I’ve been saying all week that Oklahoma State’s 100th ranked defense is ripe for an upset. Missouri is America’s best 3-3 football team. At home, give me Mizzou in the outright upset here that will shake up the Big 12 and BCS hopes of the Cowboys.

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – I really don’t know. Kansas was impressive last week against Oklahoma, but I don’t see that being a trend. Their rush defense is really bad. Bill Snyder likes to run the football. I’ll take the Wildcats.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – One of America’s top rush offenses vs. one of America’s top rush defenses. Give me Sparty to cover in one of those ugly, slugfest Big 10 games.

Penn State @ Northwestern – Speaking of ugly Big 10 football, I’ll take Northwestern to win this one.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – I’ll take the Canes at home.

DAVE ZAWILINSKI – ABC 5 SPORTS

Let’s make this simple. Historically, I love the favorite. For some reason I’ve taken the points in every game the last few weeks. That stops here for no rhyme or reason ….

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – Texas a&m

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – Oklahoma State

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – Ok. Streak breaker. Give me Kansas.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – Wisconsin in a rout

Penn State @ Northwestern – Straight up. Give me Penn St. NW seems to be a popular pick so I always go against the public.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – Georgia Tech is in first place in their division for a reason. Plus – K state beat Miami. Give me Ga tech.

CHRIS HASSEL – WHO TV 13 SPORTS

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – The line has actually moved all the way up to 21 on some sites. I think ISU actually comes to play this weekend, but I don’t think that will matter. Texas A&M is far superior in talent on both sides of the football. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘Clones have it within 7 in the third quarter, but the Aggies will open it up in the 4th. I’ll take A&M to cover, 42-20.

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – This could be a tricky spot for Oklahoma State. Missouri is better than its 3-3 record, but not good enough to pull this kind of an upset. I like OSU to cover, 35-24.

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – I’m 0-6 in Kansas State games, this year. I’ve bet against them every week. I would probably bet against them again, if they weren’t playing Kansas. K-State covers, 52-30.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – This should be the best game of the weekend. The Badgers have yet to face a decent defense, let alone one of the best defenses in the country. I think Wisconsin’s streak of 13 straight games scoring 30 or more points is going to end — but its winning streak will not. Badgers win, and cover, 24-14.

Penn State @ Northwestern – Penn State needs to find an offense. I think this one sets up perfectly for the ‘Cats. Penn State loses its first Big Ten game, to 0-3 NW, 21-18.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – Miami is a team that’s been impossible to figure out. I don’t think GT loses two in a row. Jackets win it, 34-24.

BRET MEYER – FORMER IOWA STATE QUARTERBACK

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – Tough to have much optimism going into Saturday’s matchup with A&M. Uncertainty at QB for ISU, a defense that can’t stop anyone…A&M covers.

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – Look for OSU to struggle early and have a huge second half. Okie State covers.

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – K State wins, but rarely blows anyone out. Wins by 10 in Lawrence.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – Sparty will be without perhaps their best defender out due to suspension. Badgers cover.

Penn State @ Northwestern – Penn State’s defense is very good. Like Jo Pa to win on the road.

Georgia Tech @ Miami – Miami historically is known as an undisciplined team. Ga Tech will capitalize and win on the road.

AUSTEN ARNAUD – FORMER IOWA STATE QUARTERBACK

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – Iowa state is struggling right now to find an identity as a whole, not a good time to play a team of this caliber.

Oklahoma State State (-7.5) @ Missouri – Mizzou will try and get to weeden early and often, but OK State doesn’t skip a beat here

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – Simple, I will not go against the old man this week!

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – Michigan State big win last week = hangover, badgers come in well rested after beating up on Indiana.

Penn State 24 – NW 23 – Penn State will have trouble with this NW team, however PSU’s rushing attack will give them the edge against a below average run defense in Northwestern.

Miami 31 – Ga Tech 27 – Miami is playing great football right now, took Va Tech to the wire in Blacksburg, and went on the road and beat an athletic UNC team. Ga Tech has struggled to put up points the last couple weekends.

TREVOR ENERSON – THE VOICE OF THE FAN (YAMAN3)

Texas A&M (-17.5) @ Iowa State – This whole picking ISU thing isn’t working. ISU’s offense is a mess and our run defense will meet probably the best tandem of backs we will see all year. Prediction: Pain. aTm covers 46-24

Oklahoma State (-7.5) @ Missouri – Fear the Boone. OSU is really good. I don’t see Mizzou being able to run over them like they did ISU. Weeden does pretty much what he wants and OSU covers 45-27.

Kansas State (-15) @ Kansas – KU can’t play defense at all. They can score well enough but KSUs defense is too good for KU to make this a shoot out. KSU covers 31-10.

Wisconsin (-7) @ Michigan State – The best defense in the B1G against the best offense. In college football, I’ll take the offense. Wisconsin runs the ball well and WIlson continues his Heisman campaign while the Badgers cover 35-17.

Penn State @ Northwestern – PILLOW FIGHT. I think Dan Persa is good enough to win this game for Northwestern. NW 24-17

Georgia Tech @ Miami – GTU is pretty good. I don’t think Miami puts up much of a fight and Tech wins easy. GT 42-24

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