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The Book - Week 9 - October 25, 2014

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Massive...seemingly out of line spreads highlight Week 9. Top 5 teams in National Poll from SEC. Loss doesn't hurt Eagles who actually rise and are a solid two touchdown favorite at Wake.

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It all sounds good until someone loses an eye.

Why do I think it's time for The Book to lose an eye?

Another winning week for The Book against the spread, but looking at the numbers coming out of the home office this week, I am scared. The spreads for seemingly every game are just massive and for the most part appear to be way out of line. Has The Book developed Balls of Steel and now thinks it's bigger than Vegas?

For instance, Michigan State by 25 1/2 over Michigan? I know the Wolverines suck...but is it that bad?

Actually, there are some spreads that look too low as well. Something tells me to get out the soap and shampoo...time to take a bath.

In the meantime though, my fictional wallet continues to grow, albeit a small gain. 24-21 .533 with a whopping seven games the same as Vegas last week, to stand at 177-170-5 .510 for the season.

The ACC and National polls though look reasonable. Ole Miss continues to hold down the top spot, as five SEC teams including four SEC West teams make up the top five. With the Playoff Committee ready to release its rankings in just another week, how possible is it that more than two teams from the SEC West will be in the initial four?

BC's loss to Clemson didn't faze The Book much at all. In fact, the Eagles rose in the overall poll to 45 (that strength of schedule thing at work) and will travel to Winston-Salem to face #107 #theRivalry this week.

BC also rose in the ACC rankings to #8...up a notch, although there is a pretty large pack of eight ACC teams between 38 and 64, so a solid win or a bad loss could drop a team greatly.

Oddly, with so many big spreads this week, the Eagles are actually favored here by slightly less than the Vegas spread at 13, meaning that the Book is taking the Deacons and the 13 1/2.

Last week, The Book once again got on the right side of the BC game and is now 5-1 ATS when handicapping the Eagles.

Both the Sleeper and the Toilet Bowl games won last week, with Missouri getting 4.5 at Florida in that bizarre rout and the Idaho Vandals taking out old friend Doug Martin and NM State. That puts the Sleeper pick at 4-3 and the Toilet Bowl at 3-4 on the year.

This week let's try #24 Arizona at #29 Washington (take UW -4 with Vegas showing UW +2) and the Toilet Bowl #116 Miami OH hosting #119 Kent State (Miami -4.5 with Vegas showing Miami -6...so we have the Golden Flashes)

Check out the polls and the spreads and enjoy your football Saturday!

Go Eagles!

THE NATIONAL RANKINGS 1-20 (ADJUSTED)
RANK TEAM REC MASSEY
1 Ole Miss Rebels 7-0 1
2 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 6-0 2
3 Alabama Crimson Tide 6-1 4
4 Auburn Tigers 5-1 3
5 Georgia Bulldogs 6-1 6
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 5-1 14
7 Michigan State Spartans 6-1 9
8 TCU Horned Frogs 5-1 8
9 Marshall Thundering Herd 7-0 18
10 Oregon Ducks 6-1 7
11 Florida State Seminoles 7-0 5
12 LSU Tigers 6-2 15
13 Baylor Bears 6-1 11
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers 6-1 16
15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6-1 10
16 Oklahoma Sooners 5-2 12
17 Kansas State Wildcats 5-1 13
18 USC Trojans 5-2 21
19 Missouri Tigers 5-2 26
20 Clemson Tigers 5-2 17

Others receiving votes: Utah, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona St, Louisville

THE ACC RANKINGS (ADJUSTED)
RANK TEAM REC NATIONAL RANK
1 Florida St. Seminoles 7-0 11
2 Clemson Tigers 5-2 20
3 Louisville Cardinals 6-2 25
4 Duke Blue Devils 6-1 28
5 Virginia Tech Hokies 4-3 38
6 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 4-3 41
7 Virginia Cavaliers 4-3 43
8 Boston College Eagles 4-3 45
9 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5-2 47
10 Syracuse Orange 3-4 60
11 Pittsburgh Panthers 4-3 63
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 3-4 64
13 NC State Wolfpack 4-4 79
14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2-5 107

THE WEEKLY NATIONAL AND ACC SPREADS
FAVORITE SPREAD UNDERDOG
Oregon 14 at California
at Kansas St 13 Texas
at Nebraska 22 Rutgers
at Marshall 33 Florida Atlantic
at Michigan St 25.5 Michigan
at TCU 27 Texas Tech
Mississippi St 15 at Kentucky
at Missouri 29 Vanderbilt
at Clemson 18 Syracuse
Mississippi 3 at LSU
at Auburn 21 South Carolina
Alabama 10 at Tennessee
Ohio St 13 at Penn St
at Utah 2.5 USC

ACC
at Virginia Tech 6 Miami FL
at Virginia 7 North Carolina
at Pittsburgh 1 Georgia Tech
Boston College 13 at Wake Forest

Other BC Opponents
at Colorado St 18 Wyoming
at Toledo 9 UMass