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Perfection. It’s what I strive for. The goal of this weekly staple isn’t to just hit enough winners to be respectable. The goal is to be perfect with these college football picks against the spread, week after week, despite knowing how unrealistic that goal may be.
Last week, however, Locks of the Week were perfect.
Five wins, zero losses.
Not a single blemish.
If you thought we were hot heading into last weekend, well, things have escalated quickly. This season, Locks of the Week are now 11-3. I’ll pause momentarily so everyone can let that soak in.
Take your time.
Overall, our total picks last week finished an exquisite 7-2. For the year, they are now a lovely 16-10. At the moment, business is good.
Before we move on to this week’s selections, let’s digest the good and the bad from the week that was.
The Good, ALL OF IT OR AT LEAST MOST OF IT: Fine. I’ll narrow it down some. The most satisfying win last weekend was the Ohio State-Nebraska over. To hit it, it required the Buckeyes to score a touchdown with their backup quarterback in a blowout with only 18 seconds left. Head coach Ryan Day actually apologized for running plays rather than taking a knee after the game. No need to apologize here, Ryan. Job well done.
The Bad, VERY LITTLE, OBVIOUSLY, BUT I’LL GO WITH FRESNO STATE: There were only two losses on the card, but this was the worst one. I thought we’d see a much better Fresno State at home to start the year, although Hawaii was in complete control the entire game. Not going to dwell on it, but this one missed the mark. We can do better.
Is perfection a possibility for an encore? Let’s find out.
Here are the Week 9 selections, using point spreads provided by DraftKings.
Week 9 Locks of the Week
West Virginia (-4) vs. Kansas State
Ask the most dedicated college football fan in your life to name three players featured in this game. In fact, ask them to name both head coaches—or even just one. You will likely be greeted with dead air.
But this is a solid, important Big 12 game that is slightly less important after West Virginia fell last week to Texas Tech. Kansas State is cooking after dropping its opener to Arkansas State.
Here’s why I believe that ends. For starters, the game is in Morgantown. This won’t be the normal couch inferno that is pretty much all of West Virginia’s home games, but it is an environment in which this team seems to thrive.
I also like the two-man punch that QB Jarret Doege and running back Leddie Brown can offer for the Mountaineers. They were one late fumble away from making this a matchup between ranked opponents.
Don’t let the No. 16 ranking attached to Kansas State scare you; the Wildcats are deserving of their current status, but West Virginia is plenty