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The Book - Week 8 - October 18, 2014

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Book posts its best week of the season last week. Eagles into Top 50, 5 point home dog vs Clemson. Mississippi schools own the top of the charts.

Tyler Murphy thinks BC has a chance as a 5 point dog
Tyler Murphy thinks BC has a chance as a 5 point dog
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We hit the midway point of the 2014 season this week and with it a look into the complete 128 team rankings of the Book. Our top four teams now are identical to the composite Massey rankings, with Ole Miss, Mississippi St, Auburn and Baylor leading the way. Oh and by the way, wasn't The Book the first on the scene with the Rebels? Now of course, it could all go to hell in a hand basket any week now, but when everyone else said we were nuts...well, we are nuts..but at least Ole Miss is making look less than totally insane.

As ESPN's Brad Edwards mentioned today, "how amazing is it that people put Mississippi State at the top of their ballot above the defending and undefeated national champion?" Heady times indeed.

The other team that has been in our top 10 for a while now of course is Marshall. The Herd has now crept into the national top 25 and is 21 in the Massey ratings...nuts part II!!

We do have some seemingly underrated teams, although these teams are ones we usually think of as overrated, that would be Florida State and Notre Dame. They will meet this week in the latest Notre Dame, Game of the Century, in Tallahassee. The winner stays firmly planted in the national championship race. The loser, while not eliminated, will have to wait for the cycle of upsets to come around to move them back into play.

The Book takes Notre Dame (as much as that pains me) to cover the 12 point spread, picking the Noles by 9.

Our Eagles certainly benefited from their win at NC State, jumping up to #48 in the country, remaining ninth in the ACC. BC will be a five point dog this week vs Clemson at Alumni. The Book was on the right side of the spread once again with BC and is now 4-1 ATS on Eagle games.

BC's final six games then have them facing teams ranked 17 (Clemson), 9 (Florida State), 25 (Louisville), 35 (Virginia Tech), 74 (Syracuse) and 98 (#TheRivalry). BC has played UMass (#116), Pittsburgh (#66), USC (#19), Colorado State (#42) and NC State (#81), so certainly the second half of the schedule is significantly stronger than the first half.

The Book had its best week of the season last week, posting a 30-20 record good for a solid 60% winning mark. This nudges us above .500 for the year now at 153-149-5 .507. How close is the Book now to what Vegas is posting? Well this week, using the opening lines posted on Yahoo (the standard), The Book has 7 games which exactly match those lines and another 10 which are within a point one way or the other.

We are off and running this week too, being on the right side of the Tuesday night game, taking Louisiana to drop Texas State (ULL -1 as a 3 point Vegas dog) and winning 34-10.

This week's Sleeper game is #27 Missouri at #36 Florida (UF - 3).  The Sleeper game is 3-3 on the season, hitting the Louisville-Clemson game dead on the number last week, picking the Tigers by 7.

The Toilet Bowl was a loss last week, with UMass getting win #1, putting us at 2-4 on the year.  Let's try again with a real kicker, #126 New Mexico State at #127 Idaho. They may be ranked lower, but the Vandals are a 4.5 point pick.

Read down, check out the rankings and the weekly spreads.

Go Eagles!!

THE MID-SEASON NATIONAL RANKINGS 1-128
BOOK ADJUSTED
RANK TEAM REC MASSEY
1 Ole Miss Rebels 6-0 1
2 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 6-0 2
3 Auburn Tigers 5-1 3
4 Baylor Bears 5-0 4
5 Georgia Bulldogs 5-1 8
6 Marshall Thundering Herd 6-0 21
7 Ohio State Buckeyes 4-1 20
8 Alabama Crimson Tide 5-1 6
9 Florida State Seminoles 6-0 5
10 Oklahoma Sooners 5-1 7
11 Michigan State Spartans 5-1 12
12 Oregon Ducks 5-1 9
13 TCU Horned Frogs 4-1 11
14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6-0 10
15 Texas A&M Aggies 5-2 13
16 Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-1 16
17 Clemson Tigers 4-2 15
18 LSU Tigers 5-2 14
19 USC Trojans 4-2 18
20 Stanford Cardinal 4-2 23
21 Utah Utes 4-1 26
22 Arizona Wildcats 5-1 22
23 Washington Huskies 5-1 30
24 Kansas State Wildcats 4-1 19
25 Louisville Cardinals 5-2 25
26 UCLA Bruins 4-2 17
27 Missouri Tigers 4-2 35
28 Duke Blue Devils 5-1 32
29 Iowa Hawkeyes 5-1 41
30 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-3 36
31 Tennessee Volunteers 3-3 38
32 Oklahoma State Cowboys 5-1 24
33 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5-1 28
34 East Carolina Pirates 5-1 33
35 Virginia Tech Hokies 4-2 34
36 Florida Gators 3-2 27
37 Kentucky Wildcats 5-1 37
38 Arizona State Sun Devils 4-1 31
39 Maryland Terrapins 4-2 49
40 South Carolina Gamecocks 3-3 39
41 BYU Cougars 4-2 44
42 Colorado State Rams 5-1 43
43 Virginia Cavaliers 4-2 47
44 UCF Knights 3-2 52
45 West Virginia Mountaineers 4-2 40
46 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5-1 29
47 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 4-3 45
48 Boston College Eagles 4-2 50
49 Wisconsin Badgers 4-2 42
50 Texas Longhorns 2-4 56
51 Oregon State Beavers 4-1 51
52 Boise State Broncos 4-2 46
53 Memphis Tigers 3-3 58
54 Houston Cougars 3-3 72
55 Penn State Nittany Lions 4-2 54
56 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 5-1 53
57 Northwestern Wildcats 3-3 59
58 Utah State Aggies 4-2 48
59 Temple Owls 4-1 62
60 Indiana Hoosiers 3-3 69
61 California Golden Bears 4-2 55
62 Arkansas State Red Wolves 4-2 57
63 Washington State Cougars 2-5 75
64 North Carolina Tar Heels 2-4 73
65 Michigan Wolverines 3-4 66
66 Pittsburgh Panthers 3-3 60
67 Iowa St. Cyclones 2-4 64
68 Rice Owls 3-3 76
69 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 3-3 61
70 Nevada Wolf Pack 3-3 67
71 Central Michigan Chippewas 4-3 87
72 Georgia Southern Eagles 5-2 68
73 Akron Zips 4-2 71
74 Syracuse Orange 2-4 70
75 Purdue Boilermakers 3-4 83
76 San Diego State Aztecs 3-3 91
77 Air Force Falcons 4-2 74
78 UAB Blazers 4-2 65
79 Toledo Rockets 4-3 80
80 Cincinnati Bearcats 2-3 85
81 N.C. State Wolfpack 4-3 63
82 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 4-3 77
83 Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners 2-4 94
84 Bowling Green Falcons 4-2 79
85 Navy Midshipmen 3-4 84
86 Colorado Buffaloes 2-4 89
87 Illinois Fighting Illini 3-4 90
88 South Alabama Jaguars 3-2 86
89 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 2-3 81
90 Texas Tech Red Raiders 2-4 82
91 Northern Illinois Huskies 4-2 78
92 Fresno State Bulldogs 3-4 93
93 San Jose State Spartans 2-3 88
94 Kansas Jayhawks 2-4 96
95 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns 2-3 104
96 Wyoming Cowboys 3-3 92
97 Western Michigan Broncos 3-3 100
98 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2-4 99
99 Hawaii Warriors 2-4 98
100 FIU Panthers 3-4 95
101 Texas State Bobcats 3-2 105
102 Tulane Green Wave 2-3 109
103 ULM Warhawks 3-3 97
104 Vanderbilt Commodores 2-5 101
105 Florida Atlantic Owls 2-4 103
106 South Florida Bulls 2-4 108
107 North Texas Mean Green 2-4 107
108 Texas-El Paso Miners 3-3 102
109 New Mexico Lobos 2-4 113
110 Buffalo Bulls 4-3 111
111 Ohio University Bobcats 3-4 112
112 Old Dominion Monarchs 3-4 106
113 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 1-5 116
114 Army Black Knights 2-4 114
115 Miami-Ohio Redhawks 1-6 122
116 Massachusetts Minutemen 1-6 123
117 UNLV Rebels 2-5 117
118 Southern Miss Golden Eagles 2-4 110
119 SMU Mustangs 0-5 118
120 Ball State Cardinals 1-5 115
121 Connecticut Huskies 1-5 121
122 Troy Trojans 1-5 119
123 Eastern Michigan Eagles 2-4 120
124 Kent State Golden Flashes 0-6 127
125 Georgia State Panthers 1-4 126
126 New Mexico State Aggies 2-5 124
127 Idaho Vandals 0-6 128
128 Appalachian St. Mountaineers 1-5 125

THE WEEKLY NATIONAL AND ACC SPREADS
FAVORITE SPREAD UNDERDOG
at Oklahoma 10.5 Kansas St
Baylor 11 at West Virginia
Clemson 5 at Boston College
at Ohio St 23.5 Rutgers
Michigan St 12 at Indiana
at Alabama 9.5 Texas A&M
at TCU 13 Oklahoma St
Georgia 6 at Arkansas
at USC 21.5 Colorado
Marshall 24 at Fla International
at Mississippi 17.5 Tennessee
Nebraska 6.5 at Northwestern
at Oregon 10.5 Washington
at Florida St 9 Notre Dame
Stanford 2 at Arizona St

ACC
Virginia Tech 4 at Pittsburgh
Syracuse 1 at Wake Forest
at Duke 7 Virginia
at Louisville 20.5 NC State
at North Carolina 1.5 Georgia Tech

Other BC Opponents
at UMass 11 E Michigan
at Colorado St 7 Utah St