Welcome back to our third week (technically Week 7 of the CFB season) of the betting lines. Thankfully, no one has been kneecapped (that I know of) so all your fearless leaders were able to submit picks this week.
Recap of last week
I had a terrible week... and I still wasn't last. On the opposite side, Reef's bold strategy of picking all the underdogs paid off beautifully. Much like the actual games, last week was a bit unpredictable from a betting perspective.
Reef and Nam both had great weeks and appear to be the writers to beat for the rest of the season. It's important to note that in week 5 we had 10 picks (5 spreads and 5 over/under), while in Week 6 we switched to only spread bets, and there were 6 of those. I'm sticking with showing the true results (unweighted), but if it ends up skewing the final picture too much, I'll switch to a version with equal weighting by week.
In the detailed breakdown, you can see nearly everyone got the Cal and Colorado games. The other games tripped people up at nearly equal rates.
Week 7 picks
Wazzu AT furd
None of us seemed to understand why the furd is 17.5 favorites.
Ruey Yen: I don't think the Furd offense is good enough to cover here.
Nam Le: This is easy money. Wazzu won't win, but they'll pass until the sun rises and probably end up beating the spread at the last minute.
Vincent S: I don't know that Stanford can score 17 in a game.
Berkelium97: Stanford has had trouble SCORING 17 points, let alone winning by 17.
Reef: Mostly because I'm skeptical about furd scoring, you know, points.
boomtho: No reason Furd should be favored by 17
Oregon AT UCLA
Unanimous picks again!
Ruey Yen: Ducks are the better team even if I would prefer not to face UCLA the following week with them on a two game losing streak.
Nam Le: Oregon's offensive line may not be any good, but neither is UCLA's pass rush. Mariota should be alright.
Berkelium97: This game is going to be a train wreck. I have slightly more confidence in Oregon's defense than UCLA's, so they get the edge.
Reef: Zig zag, which is really lazy analysis, since they both lost. Ducks loss was worse, though.
boomtho: Oregon gets back on track and gets after Hundley
Washington AT Cal
Finally, our first game with split opinion!
Ruey Yen: Cal by a field goal.
Nam Le: #DROP70 (I actually felt a lot better about this before the line moved in Cal's favor)
Berkelium97: UW does not have the talent in the passing game to exploit our deficiency at pass defense.
Reef: I'm worried about the step up in competition.
boomtho: Don't think UW can stop our offense, and think we're solid enough against the run
Arizona AT USC
Opinion exactly split again
Ruey Yen: Arizona stays undefeated for another week.
Nam Le: Freak accident USC loss last week. I think.
Berkelium97: After giving up 452 rushing yards to Boston College's zone read running game, USC will likely struggle to contain Solomon/Wilson.
Reef: Another zig zag.
boomtho: Guess it's time I hope on the Arizona bandwagon... probably just enough time for USC to ruin my bet
Interesting slate of games this week. 2 games are unanimous while the other 3 are quite evenly split.
Will Reef and Nam reign supreme after this week? Check back with us and find out next week!