Well the new year begin with a bang for me as I started my predictions with this past Wednesday nights games and promptly got lucky in going 3-0, and if you don't believe me here is the link. The slate of games this Saturday represents the first full weekend of Big 12 conference action where every team is playing on the same day so it should be fun.
So down below are the games, their spreads and my predictions. Results article will happen following all the contests with my cumulative record as well, no matter how bad it turns out. Please feel free to make any comment you want on how you think the games will turn out in relation to the spread or simply how you feel about my choices.
Please note the spreads I use come from the website www.vegasinsider.com and I try to use the most common spread listed amongst the different sports books assuming there is a variance.
MY CURRENT RECORD AGAINST SPREAD THIS SEASON: 3-0
#5 Baylor Bears at Texas Tech Red Raiders - Baylor is a 14.5 point favorite
Saturday - 12:45 P.M Central
MY PREDICTION: This is a tough spread to pick as Baylor should clearly dominate the Red Raiders but in their home opener the Bears only beat a struggling A&M team by nine points. The Red Raiders played hard against Oklahoma State and had a chance late in the game before Keiton Page closed the door on their comeback attempt. This spread is just a touch too large for me as I am going to gamble and take Tech to show some pride and too not allow Baylor to cover this spread.
#6 Missouri Tigers at #22 Kansas State Wildcats - Missouri favored by 1 point
Saturday - 12:30 P.M Central
MY PREDICTION: Maybe the toughest game of the day to pick as Missouri will face their first real true road test of the season. The Tigers have been on fire virtually the whole season but now they come into an arena where they have not won since the 2003-2004 season and they will be facing a tough K-State team coming off a loss. The Wildcats fought hard to come back in the game against Kansas but eventually it got away from them. So far this season the Wildcats have struggled at times to score while Missouri definitely has not as they are averaging 86.2 points a game, which is good for 2nd in the nation. My best guess is the Tigers leave Bramlage Coliseum for the final time ever with a victory and a cover.
#15 Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma Sooners -Jayhawks favored by 4.5 points
Saturday - 1:00 P.M Central
MY PREDICTION: We have been hearing all through the early part of the season about how this Kansas team isn't elite and is beatable but all they did on Wednesday night was beat the #22 team in the country by 18 points. Now they travel to Norman to face an Oklahoma team that has to be questioning itself after being beatdown by 38 points in their conference opener on the road in Missouri. Look for KU to pile on the Sooners as the Jayhawks win this game easy and cover the spread.
Iowa State Cyclones at Texas A&M Aggies - Aggies favored by 4 points
Saturday - 3:00 P.M Central
MY PREDICTION: Who would have thought before the season that the Cyclones would be 1-0 in conference play and traveling to College Station to take on an underperforming Aggie squad. This is a sandwich game of sorts for Iowa State as they just beat Texas in the conference home opener and their next game after this is at home against #6 Missouri. The question here is how focused will the Cyclones be on this game or will they be looking ahead. I have to see more from Iowa State before I can pick them to go on the road in a tough environment and pull off back to back conference wins so my pick is the Aggies to win and cover.
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Longhorns - Longhorns favored by 11 points
Saturday - 6:00 P.M Central
MY PREDICTION: Even though the Cowboys are 1-0 in conference they were less than impressive in beating Texas Tech and now they travel to Austin to take on a likely angry Longhorn squad who is going to be focused on not starting 0-2 in conference. I look for the Longhorns to take the game to the Cowboys who just won't have enough in the tank to hang around for all 40 minutes. I predict a Texas win and cover.