We are back with another installment of Underdogs Against the Spread after our first weekend push of the season. In the eyes of the degenerate gambler, a push is a win.
The Temple vs. Navy game ended in a seven-point win for the Owls, which gave us our first push after seven weeks of action. The other four games split as Marshall and FIU picked up wins, while USF failed to cover the spread and Hawaii took a beating from BYU.
We will get back to .500 over the next two weeks. Be confident about that. Here are the winning picks for Week 8:
Last week: 2-2-1
*All lines are according to Scores and Odds and are accurate at the time posted
Miami-Ohio Redhawks vs. Army Black Knights (-7.5)
This line has moved from 11.5 to 7.5 and we’ll gladly back the clear better team in this one. Army has been impressive all season long, nearly pulling off an upset against Oklahoma. The Redhawks have won two straight, but those wins came against Kent State and Akron, both of which are still winless against FBS teams. Miami is 0-7 in their last seven non-conference games which gives us more reason to back the Knights offense.
Western Michigan Broncos (-3.5) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
Here’s a fun nugget about this matchup: the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings between the two directional schools from Michigan. CMU has been one of the bigger disappointments in the country with a 1-5 record, which already includes three losses at home. On the flip side, the Broncos have won five straight, including three on the road.
Houston Cougars (-11.5) vs. Navy Midshipmen
I’m not making any friends in nearby Annapolis after picking Army and against Navy. The Mids are not the same team in years past that we’re Navy failed to cover the seven-point spread at home against Temple last week and now face a Houston offense ranks fourth in the nation. Navy will try to slow the game down, but just can’t keep up with D’Eriq King and company.
UCF Knights vs. East Carolina Pirates (over 64.5)
These are two teams trending in opposite directions. UCF barely held on to get past Memphis and know they need to make a statement against lesser teams to continue rising in the polls. ECU was impressive in their first four games, but have reverted back to 2017 form that can’t stop anyone on defense. The Knights put up 63 points in the meeting last season and the over has hit in seven of the last 12 meetings. It will again.
Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (-4.5)
ODU cost us in consecutive weeks earlier in the season. Now, we’ll go against them in back-to-back weeks. WKU hasn’t been much more impressive as both teams come into this game with one win, but the Hilltoppers have won the last four meetings.
Check back with us next week for more and let me know what you think in the comments below or via Twitter. Until next week, SHOW ME THE MONEY!!