We improved to 5-1 on Thursday night games for the season yesterday – making us 10-5-1 for the season. We’ve got two picks for the weekend…
Illinois +3 @ Michigan
Ill. +130/Mich. -150
The Pick : Illinois +130
So let’s look at Michigan’s run of Big Ten games this season:
And now we’re looking at -3 against Illinois. If you look at the team’s track records this season, it is an easy game to call – and there isn’t much point analyzing it. Illinois has three losses to teams in the top 15: Missouri, Michigan State and Ohio State, plus they went on the road and crushed Penn State. They have proven to have a solid defense and a serviceable offense with a few big play threats. The Wolverines have a not-so-durable Denard Robinson and a terrible defense.
This is purely a case of Vegas trying to get even money on each side of the coin and there are still way to many Michigan faithful putting money on the Wolverines. Use your head and take the Illini to win straight up.
Oklahoma -3 @ Texas A&M
Okla. -150/TAMU +130
The Pick : Oklahoma -3
Texas A&M got off to a rough start in their Big XII season schedule going 0-3. Since then, the Aggies have rebounded and beat up on Kansas and Texas Tech. Oklahoma has had an outstanding season with only one loss coming against Missouri on the road. The Sooners have a solid defense and a great offense, led by QB Landry Jones, WR Ryan Broyles and RB DeMarco Murray.
My biggest concern in this game is Texas A&M’s quarterback situation. Starter Jerrod Johnson had a lot of hype coming into this season, but he is now splitting time with backup Ryan Tannehill. This week when reporters asked the pair of QBs if they knew Mike Sherman’s plan for this game, they both indicated they had no clue.
College Station is one of the toughest stadiums in the country to play in, and this weekend the 12th Man should give the Aggies a huge advantage. Unfortunately, with A&M’s quarterback issues, I don’t think they have the talent to keep up with Oklahoma this year and Stoops is going to once again undo Sherman (who I’ve said before is not the right fit for Texas A&M). My pick is Oklahoma -3.