With a limited slate of Big 12 games this weekend we’re looking around the Top 25 to pick up a third option for Friday Locks. That throws the USC/Washington State game front and center in our discussion. We’ve also got some thoughts on Oklahoma State/Texas Tech and Baylor/Kansas State.
Friday Locks Season Results
Baylor (+16.5) vs. Kansas State – The Bears played great last week at home against the Sooners and I expect the same against the Wildcats this weekend. Baylor surprised me last week, and Kansas State hasn’t been what I thought they would be. I think K-State pulls out a single digit win.
OSU (-9.5) @ Texas Tech – I like the Pokes in this one. They will be coming out with a chip on their shoulder after losing to TCU last week. I don’t think Texas Tech is as good as some people do. I see the Cowboys winning by two touchdowns Saturday.
Washington State (+3.5) vs. USC – I’m predicting the upset from Washington State. USC is a bit overrated in my opinion. I think the Cougars pull off a big win at home.
Kansas State (-16.5) vs Baylor – The overreaction here would be to jump on Baylor after their impressive showing against Oklahoma last weekend. However, the Bears have two things going against them. First, Kansas State’s defense is only allowing an average of 13.3 points per game. Secondly, the Wildcats are a strong running team at 230 yards per game, which is just under the average that Baylor allows per game. You could also throw in the fact that the Bears are on the road. Give me the Wildcats and the points.
Texas Tech (+9.5) vs Oklahoma State – Tech’s Nick Schimonek is the best quarterback that no one is talking about and he gets an OSU defense on the road that is reeling a bit. I like the Cowboys to win a shootout here, but by less than ten points.
Washington State (+3.5) vs. USC – The Trojans have been flirting with disaster for a month now. Tonight is when it all finally catches up with them. Washington State has the ability to make the Trojans pay for turnovers and defensive lapses. I’ve got the Cougars pulling the upset.
Baylor (+16.5) vs Kansas State – We are in conference play and all preconceived ideas have been pushed aside. Despite a 0-4 record, I think this Baylor team is much better than the one that lost to Liberty to start the season. Regardless, the Wildcats will control the clock throughout the contest. While I think KSU gets the win, I don’t know that it’s by two touchdowns and a field goal on Saturday.
Clemson (-7.5) vs Va Tech – There’s a legitimate argument that Clemson should be the No. 1 program in the nation. The defending national champions have a defense worthy of the repeating and the offense doesn’t appear to have missed a step. Looking to make a statement in the ACC, Clemson puts on a clinic. I’m expected the Tigers to cover the spread in this one. — Yes, Matt, I am fully on board the Clemson train at this point in time!
Washington State (+3.5) vs USC – Let’s be honest, the PAC-12 is atrocious this season. The Trojans have not been impressive while carrying the banner of the conference. However, when the lights are on, USC finds a way to win. Led by turnover machine Sam Darnold, this may be wishful thinking on my part. But, I’m predicting a WSU win this weekend.
Auburn vs. Mississippi St. (+9) – The Bulldogs smacked LSU two weeks, and then got destroyed by Georgia last week, but I’m not sold on Auburn. Mississippi State may not come away with a win, but the score will be within a touchdown.
Clemson (-7.5) at Virginia Tech – The point spread for this game shocks me. Virginia Tech has looked solid so far, but Clemson has looked like one of the best teams in the country. The Tiger defense is mean, and the Hokies are in for a tough time in front of their home crowd. Clemson wins by two touchdowns.
USC (-3.5) at Washington St. – I’m not big on the Trojans at all. I think they’re extremely overrated. With that being said, there’s no way this game is closer than a touchdown. USC should cover easily.