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A look at the current standings in the VTM Pick Em contest, and what the odds makers are saying about this week's games.

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Week 8 Recap

Another week down in the pick em contest for a few of the VTM writers. When I was setting the picks for the week, I noticed there were a few non-Power 5 teams among the games to be set, as some non-traditional teams had entered the AP Top 25 poll. Additionally, there were some of the bigger name schools that weren't going to be in the picks for us. Since I have all the control on what games to pick, and because more games is more fun, and usually yields more points, we will be picking contests from the schools that are ranked as well as all Power 5 teams. First a look at the overall standings from week to week.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Ryan

20-9-1

375

18-11

311

15-9

197

10-12

130

Drew

21-8-1

331

17-12

273

10-14

106

13-9

142

Hunter

19-10-1

358

15-14

272

12-12

150

8-14

105

Jonathan

15-14-1

274

14-15

229

10-14

136

10-12

125

Conner

20-9-1

341

13-16

179

10-14

131

10-12

107

Nathan

20-9-1

372

15-14

239

N/A

0

N/A

0

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Overall

Ryan

9-10

82

11-10

115

10-8

81

18-15

341

111-84-1

1632

Drew

8-11

85

14-7

136

10-8

88

15-16

279

108-87-1

1440

Hunter

9-10

94

10-11

109

8-10

78

16-15

247

97-98-1

1413

Jonathan

9-10

96

15-6

179

10-8

101

17-16

289

100-95-1

1429

Conner

8-11

80

13-8

128

12-6

108

15-18

300

101-94-1

1374

Nathan

N/A

0

N/A

0

0

0

35-23-1

611

The middle is still very crowded, with the official results still having Hunter in 3rd, but with less overall points than Jonathan. The results on the web site we are using drops the 2 lowest weeks, so for now Hunter is surviving to win a medal (even though none will be given out). There were a lot of points given out this week, with 33 games to pick, however we are still picking the games at around .500. But hey, .500 gets you a bowl game.

There were 4 conference games last week, as a couple more teams had this mysterious thing called a "Bye Week". I'm not sure what they are, and like the Abominable Snowman, not quite sure they even exist in the South Plains.

ISU 27
BU (-37) 45

TTU 27
OU (-14.5) 63

KU 10
OSU (-33.5) 58

KSU 9
UT (-4) 23

Ryan

ISU (7)

TTU (22)

KU (13)

KSU (18)

Drew

BU (21)

TTU (25)

OSU (17)

KSU (15)

Hunter

BU (32)

TTU (19)

OSU (20)

KSU (23)

Jonathan

BU (31)

TTU (29)

OSU (21)

UT (1)

Conner

BU (17)

TTU (21)

OSU (22)

UT (25)

Ouch. Only 2 of us were able to pick 2 of the 4 games correctly, and everyone lost a lot of potential points for sticking with our boys in white. Baylor had an off game, and in a rare occurrence, wasn't able to cover the spread.

Week 9 Games

Big 12 Games

West Virginia @ #5 TCU (-14)

#12 Oklahoma St @ Texas Tech (+2.5)

#14 Oklahoma @ Kansas (+40.0)

Texas @ Iowa St (+5.5)

Top 25 Games

North Carolina @ #23 Pittsburgh (+3.0)

Syracuse @ #17 Florida St (-19.5)

#19 Ole Miss @ Auburn (+7.5)

Colorado @ #24 UCLA (-23.0)

#3 Clemson @ North Carolina St (+10.5)

Maryland @ #10 Iowa (-17.0)

Georgia @ #11 Florida (-2.0)

Oregon St @ #13 Utah (-24.5)

#15 Michigan @ Minnesota (+13.5)

Tulane @ #16 Memphis (-32.5)

Vanderbilt @ #18 Houston (-12.0)

Miami @ #22 Duke (-11.0)

#9 Notre Dame @ #21 Temple (+11.0)

#8 Stanford @ Washington St (+10.5)

Don't forget to join the VTM Reader pick em group for bragging rights and a sweet giveaway. The games will be set Sunday evening or first thing on Monday.