Week 8 college football point spread moves 

October, 22, 2009

I love reading Bruce Feldman's pick's blog every week. He's honest about what he gets right (Iowa over Wisconsin last week) and what he gets wrong (Florida to destroy Arkansas). Plus, he has sound logic behind every game he picks. Oh, and the man is eight games above .500 against the spread this season. Not too shabby.

But it's also interesting to see how someone as plugged in and knowledgeable about college football as Bruce -- and there is no one in the country who's better -- thinks of games compared to how handicappers think of them. For example, one of the biggest line moves this week was Clemson's going from plus-7 against Miami to plus-4.5. Bruce has the Canes winning by a touchdown. But handicappers are jumping all over the Tigers to cover. Meanwhile the Oregon-UW spread has jumped up, from the Ducks minus-6.5 to minus-10. Bruce is on the Ducks to win by two.

He's got his reasons, and they are smart, and the bookmakers have theirs for going the other way. I asked veteran handicapper Bryan Leonard to help me make sense of it all with the week's five biggest movers in college football.