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STAFF PICKS: WEEK 7

Staff standings after 6 weeks:

Brent Blum and Jared Stansbury: 24-21

Rob Gray: 23-22

Garrett Kroeger: 22-23

Chris Williams and Kirk Haaland: 21-24

Adam Gray: 20-25

Jeff Woody: 18-27

CF Publisher, Chris Williams

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) – I see this being a lot like that game two years ago in Austin. Lots of points. Iowa State’s offense keeps getting better, so I’ll take the points.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5) – What’s crazy is that this line is all the way up to 13 right now. I’ll take the Vampire in a very Vampire type of game.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – Vegas knows something here as Nebraska and its nationally following is a sexy pick this week. I’ll take the Hoosiers to cover, Nebraska to win.

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – Playing in Lubbock is awful, I’m told. WVU is unbeaten but not proven. Tech wins outright.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee – Vols cover.

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas – More points for a good SEC home team? Give me Arkansas.

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin – I really like Ohio State here.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – Don’t know enough about either team to have a great feel, but do know that it’s an important divisional game in the ACC. I guess I’ll take the points and UNC.

CF Senior writer, Rob Gray

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) – I went on the record predicting an ISU win during “The Seniors” and I haven’t changed my mind — except by ratcheting the score up. I’ll say 48-45 — but if the Cyclones can’t pull off the upset, I’m confident they’ll prevent a ‘Horns cover.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5)- The WIldcats are sneaky decent and even though the Sooners have steadied the ship to an extent, points won’t come as easily against the Big 12’s best defense. No cover for OU.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – The Hoosiers are just good enough to pose a serious threat to the Huskers’ magical unbeaten run so far. I’m just not sure they’re good enough to seal the deal. Give me Big Red to cover.

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – The Big 12’s game of the week. Patrick Mahomes pilots the league’s top offense at Tech. The undefeated Mountaineers are the third-best defense — and are surprisingly balanced. Give me the home team, though I have reservations.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee- Yes, Tennessee is capable of keeping it close and possibly upsetting the mighty Crimson Tide. But a banged-up Vols team can’t deter ‘Bama’s elite talent on both sides of the ball. Roll Tide.

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas- Ole Miss is good, but not more than a touchdown better than the Razorbacks in Fayetteville. Expect plenty of points. I’m taking Arkansas (to at least cover and maybe win).

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin- Bucky the Badger is one of my favorite mascots. Why? Badgers are cool. That’s the level of analysis I’m unapologetically bringing to this game. Buckeyes likely win, but won’t cover.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – ‘Canes — if the defense dusts itself off after a tough loss to FSU. Not sure how rusty QB Brad Kaaya will be, though, and UNC, of course, beat FSU earlier this season. I sense a possible push in this one, but I’ll take Miami anyway.

CF Staff writer, Jared Stansbury

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) – This line doesn’t make any sense to me. I think Iowa State’s offense will be able to move the ball again this week. I don’t think if they can win, but they’ll be close. 38-35 Longhorns

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5) – I think Kansas State would be able to hang around in Manhattan but not in Norman. Sooners cover.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – This game scares the crap out of me. I’ll take Nebraska, but I don’t feel good about it.

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – Give me Texas Tech to win outright at home.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee – Roll damn Tide.

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas – In my weekly “I have no freaking clue” game of the week, I’ll take Ole Miss.

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin – I find it hard to believe Wisconsin won’t be able to stay within single-digits at night in Camp Randall. Buckeyes win by a touchdown.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – One of my roommates is a Miami fan. His reaction after the tying extra point was blocked against Florida State was very sad. I’ll pick them to bounce back for him.

CF Columnist, Brent Blum

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5). This is a confident Iowa State team and I expect it to go right down to the end. Texas 38 Iowa State 35.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5). Oklahoma seems to have things figured out. Oklahoma 42 K-State 28.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana. Indiana 24 Nebraska 23.

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech. Tech is very good at home. Tech 42 West Virginia 37.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee . UT keeps it interesting. Alabama 37 Tennessee 30.

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas. This one looks fishy. Arkansas 34 Ole Miss 30.

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin. The Ohio State domination tour continues. Ohio State 30 Wisconsin 14.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7). North Carolina has made as much sense this year as the Presidential election. North Carolina 30 Miami 27.

Former Cyclone running back and CF analyst, Jeff Woody

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) –Clones.  ISU finally finishes a game and Charlie Strong makes a killing off of his contract buyout.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5) – Cats. K State had always keeps matchups with OU close. They don’t win, but they keep it close.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – Indiana’s defense is “better than OU’s.” No it’s not. Huskers.

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – Tech. First one to 60 wins!

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee – Vols. Tennessee has to keep this one close, since they have to finally kill off all their fans who haven’t had a heart attack yet.

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas – Pigs. 7.5 at home is a huge amount. And hey, what’s the craziest thing that could happen? A lateral first down on like a 4th and 20? No way something like that would ever help a team in this game.

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin –Bucky. Ohio State is good, but 10.5 in Camp Randall is a lot.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – Miami. North Carolina, in the words of Austen Arnaud: “THEY AINT REAL!”

Stat Guy, Kirk Haaland

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) – It’s hard to argue with how well the Cyclones have been playing the past two weeks. Between that and Texas being mostly lackluster, the Cyclones should at least cover.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5) – The Wildcats have been sneaky efficient this year and the cfbanalytics.com machine loves them, Sooners sneak out the win but K-State covers.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – Nebraska hasn’t played the toughest schedule but they’ve played pretty well. They’ll get the cover on the road.

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – You don’t just stroll into Lubbock and run all over the–okay, you do, but they’ll get ya back. Tech with the win at home.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee – The Volunteers won’t want to fall behind in this one. Tide gets the win but Tennessee gets the late cover.

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas – Arkansas keeps this one inside a touchdown.

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin – Buckeyes. Big.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – The prediction machine at cfbanalytics.com has this as exactly a seven point win for the Hurricanes, 38-31. In that case, I’ll give the edge to the home team.

Director of sales, Adam Gray

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) – The line seems larger than it should be and I’m guessing it’s based on the names on the front of their jerseys.  I think ISU finally holds a 4th qtr lead and gets W #2.  

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5) – I think Kansas State wins outright.  That’s right.  Sooners defense is slow, and KSU’s is just good enough to slow down the Sooners.  

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – Indiana will be winning heading into the 4th qtr and Nebraska will go off like they’ve done all year and win by 10.  

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – First team to 50 wins.  I think that will be Tech.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee  – Tennessee learned a hard lesson last Saturday and I think they come out ready to play from the opening snap, for the first time all season.  Vols cover

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas – Ole Miss wins.  Arkansas covers

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin – I don’t think Wisconsin can score more than 10 against OSU’s defense.  So the question is do I think OSU can score more than 21 against Wisconsin’s defense.  The answer to that is yes.  Buckeyes roll.
North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – Miami rebounds after a tough loss that week to win by 13.  

CF Intern, Garrett Kroeger

Iowa State @ Texas (-13.5) – Texas wins but Iowa State covers. The Cyclones have to put together a four-quarter game for me to pick them.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma (-10.5) – The Wildcats are underrated. However Sooners win but Kansas State covers.

Nebraska (-4) @ Indiana – Jared Stansbury is a loser and he likes the Cornhuskers. So give me the HOOISERS!

West Virginia (-1) @ Texas Tech – Mountaineers will still be undefeated after this game.

Alabama (-13) @ Tennessee  – ROLL DAMN TIDE!

Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Arkansas – Give me Swag Kelly and the Rebs by at least two touchdowns.

Ohio State (-10.5) @ Wisconsin – Buckeyes expose the Badgers as the frauds they are.

North Carolina @ Miami (-7) – Carolina blue is a very nice color and the Hurricanes are overrated. Give me the Tar Heels.

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Garrett Kroeger

Cyclone Fanatic Publisher

Garrett is an intern for Cyclone Fanatic and is currently a junior at THE Iowa State University. He is studying Journalism and Mass Communications while minoring in Sports and Rec. If you like college football, NBA or just random life tweets, Garrett is a must follow on Twitter: @gkroegs.