College Capper: Picking Winners Week 8
College Capper: Picking Winners Week 8

This article is part of our College Capper series.

CHRIS' PICKS

I suffered my first losing week since Week 1 (I think), and it took a lethargic effort from VT and an 11-0 outscoring by FIU over MTSU to set me back. Time to get back into the win column.

Missouri –10
vs. Memphis

This opened at –7, which I liked a lot more. Memphis' four wins came against teams ranked no higher than 126th in Sagarin ratings. Missouri ranks 41st. Memphis also fell to Tulane and Navy, two teams that have unimpressive resumes otherwise. When Missouri wins, it wins big, with eight of its last 10 wins coming by an average of 33.7 points. Missouri ranks 25th against the rush, allowing only 120.2 yards per game. Memphis played the game of its season against UCF last week, only to see the lead slip away. Memphis won't be able to get up for this contest, and Missouri will shut down the rushing attack and pull away on the arm of Drew Lock.

Kentucky –11.5
vs. Vanderbilt

UK ranks 26th in rushing, putting up 223.5 yards per game, with just South Carolina and Texas A&M holding it below that mark. The Wildcats should pound the ball with Benny Snell against Vanderbilt's 96th-ranked rush defense that allows 183.3 yards per game, 5.3 YPC to Power 5 opponents and saw two backs top 100 yards against it last week. Kentucky also ranks fourth in scoring defense, allowing 13.8 points a game. The Wildcats allowed 20 points only twice, three times holding

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Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
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Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.
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