Last week may have been our best start ever on Friday Locks. We went a collective 10-2 between the four of us, with Craig and Zack pulling off the perfect weekend. This week we take a look at the Big 12 Conference slate, beginning with Oklahoma State at South Alabama tonight.
Staying only in the Big 12 this week, we also have thoughts on TCU/Arkansas, Iowa/Iowa State, San Jose State/Texas, Kansas/Central Michigan, and East Carolina/West Virginia.
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Oklahoma State (-28) vs. South Alabama | The Pokes will be far too explosive on offense to struggle against South Alabama. On the defensive side, they will be solid enough to easily cover the 4 touchdown spread.
TCU (-3.5) vs. Arkansas | How could I not take the Big 12 over the SEC? I think TCU will have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. Defense could be a cause of concern for the Horned Frogs, but I see them coming out on top by a touchdown.
Iowa State (-2.5) vs. Iowa | I’m thinking pretty highly of Iowa State this season. Iowa on the other hand, isn’t the powerful run game and solid defense they’ve had in the past few years. I think the Cyclones barely sneak out a win on Saturday.
South Alabama (+28) vs. Oklahoma State | Don’t get me wrong here. The Pokes win this game easily but I think you have to factor in that it’s the first road game for OSU and it’s a week before their biggest out of conference game. Definitely a possible trap here for O-State which leads me to take the Jaguars and their four-touchdown cushion.
TCU (-3.5) at Arkansas | The Frogs were my preseason Big 12 rebound team of the year. The got off to a great start last week and will continue to build momentum with beating the Hogs on the road by more than a touchdown.
San Jose State (+25) at Texas | This could be a little bit of piling on but I like the Spartans getting all of those points. Texas looked terrible on defense, inconsistent on special teams, and very questionable on offense last week in their loss to Maryland. They have a big road trip to USC next week and , oh yeah, Shane Buechele hasn’t practiced this week. Those 25 points look even better now.
Oklahoma State (-28) vs South Alabama – Being on the road doesn’t cause me to shy away from the Cowboys this week. They have possibly the most explosive offense in the country. Combine that with a defense that shouldn’t have a problem on Saturday and I’ll take OSU to cover
TCU (-3.5) vs Arkansas – In their opener the Horned Frogs looked impressive on both sides of the ball. I still believe Arkansas possesses the better defense while TCU boasts a better offense. It will be strength on strength but I’ve got Texas Christian by a touchdown when the clock hits 00:00.
Kansas (-6) vs Central Michigan – I took Kansas during our podcast so there’s no way I can go back on them now. I’m all in this week on the Jayhawks simply because I think they finally found a decent passer who carries them to victory this weekend.
West Virginia (-24) vs. East Carolina | Despite their best efforts, the Mountaineers were unable to pull off a win against Virginia Tech on Sunday, but things could be worse. East Carolina, for example, lost at home to FCS school James Madison by a whopping twenty points. I think the rowdy home crowd in Morgantown will be more than ready to watch a beatdown, even if kickoff is at 11 AM. The Pirates should just go ahead and be ready for their second embarrassing loss in a row.
TCU vs. Arkansas (+3.5) | The Horned Frogs opened up their season by laying a 63-point smack down……on FCS foe Jackson State. Color me not impressed. The Razorbacks’ win wasn’t that impressive either–a 49-7 win over FCS school Florida A&M–but Arkansas hosts TCU, so in a duel of teams that rank in the middle of their respective conferences, I give the home team the edge. At the very least, TCU will barely squeak out a win and miss covering the spread.
Kansas vs. Central Michigan (+6) | Central Michigan is not the same team that beat Oklahoma State a year ago on a play that never should have happened, nor is it even the squad that got smacked by Tulsa in the Miami Beach Bowl. However, Kansas is still Kansas, so I’ll be surprised if the Jayhawks cover the spread, much less win the game at all.