Our man Zack Low is still posting the perfect record after the first two weeks. We’re staying in the Big 12 again this week with varying opinions of Texas at USC and SMU at TCU. Other game that have drawn our interest are Kansas State at Vanderbilt, Oklahoma vs. Tulane, and Duke vs. Baylor.
More than half of the Big 12 teams are on the road this weekend with Baylor, Kansas, and Texas all being underdogs. Here’s our picks.
Friday Locks Season Results
USC (-15.5) vs. Texas – I wish there was a way for both of these teams to lose on Saturday. However, even in my dislike for both of these teams I’ve gotta take USC. There’s a chance the Trojans are overrated, but I still think they’re good enough to beat the Longhorns by 3 touchdowns.
Kansas State (-4) vs. Vanderbilt – I definitely think this will be a close game on Saturday. The trend for this season has been me picking the Big 12 over the SEC. I’m gonna stick with that and take the Wildcats by a touchdown.
Oklahoma (-35.5) vs. Tulane – Picking the Sooners by a big spread during week one paid off for me. Even though I like to stay away from big spreads, I gotta take Oklahoma in this one. The Sooners offense looks unstoppable through two games and I expect nothing different on Saturday.
Oklahoma State (-11.5) at Pitt – We’ve yet to see Oklahoma State’s offense slowed down this season. While you can question the level of competition, you can’t question the offensive talent. Pitt will finally provide OSU with a true road challenge but anything less than 14 points is not enough here.
Duke (-14) vs. Baylor – The Blue Devils are averaging 50.5 points per game and Baylor has one of the worst defenses in the nation. This is my “easy money” pick right here.
SMU (+20) at TCU – I attacked big point spreads last week and took it on the chin but I’m going to do it again. I like the Frogs to win this game but I think SMU will score some points. The Mustangs are on the road, but they’re only traveling across town and they bring an offense that is averaging 56 points per game.
Kansas State (-4) vs Vanderbilt – Presented with a opportunity to prove themselves worthy of their ranking, I believe the Wildcats earn a road win in SEC territory. It’s clear that KSU has the more potent offense led by Jesse Etta. Plus, I believe the secondary can shut down the likes of Kyle Shurmur.
USC (-15.5) vs Texas – The No. 4 team in the country must look to make a statement. Granted, this Longhorn team isn’t who the media thought they would be thus far. In the Colesium, I’m not sure Texas can compete…I mean they don’t have any magic fairy dust especially since Mack Brown refuses to quit hoarding it.
Oklahoma State (-12.5) vs Pitt – There’s a reason OSU has an 80% chance to win this game on the road — it’s Mason Rudolph. With the ability to put points up in a hurry, the Cowboys should once again pressure their opponent to keep pace. One slip up could prove costly for Pitt in this one. One stop from O-State’s defense and it should be a comfortable two touchdown win.
TCU (-19) vs. SMU – The Horned Frogs have been on a roll, and while I’m not entirely convinced that they’re a top-20 team, SMU is not exactly a football powerhouse. TCU should win this by four touchdowns.
Kansas State (-4) at Vanderbilt – I have so much respect for Bill Snyder because he is constantly putting a quality team on the field no matter what caliber of athletes he has to work with. Kansas State should be a dark horse to do some damage in the Big 12, and a big win over the SEC at Vanderbilt will just solidify that.
Texas at USC (15.5) – The Trojans are so severely overrated in my opinion, but the Longhorns are just bad, so there’s no doubt that Texas will do everything possible to embarrass the Big 12. USC wins by three touchdowns.