Well it wasn’t a great start to the season for us but at least we’ve got our heads above water with an overall 8-7 record. Not willing to shy away from the big games, one of us has some thoughts on LSU at Texas this week. We’ve also got some thoughts on a big game in the state of Florida as well as attacks on some pretty big spreads.
|Friday Locks Week 1 Results|
Army (+22) at Michigan | Michigan failed to cover last week against Middle Tennessee State while at home. Army won last week while only scoring 14 but we’ve all seen how they can slow it down. I expect that fact to be enough to cover this weekend against an overrated Wolverines team.
Colorado (+4) vs Nebraska | Nebraska is not back. Colorado will win this straight up. But it is cool to see a former Big 12 rivalry play again. Nebraska also didn’t cover last week while beating South Alabama 35-21 at home, and I do not think that they will fare well on the road. This will most likely be my last chance to pick against Nebraska as the favorite.
New Mexico State (+55.5) at Alabama | A Nick Saban coached Alabama team has yet to ever cover 50 point spread since he took over in 2007. Let’s go Aggies!
UCF (-11) at Florida Atlantic | I certainly don’t see UCF winning by a blowout, but surely they can win by two touchdowns. This is an easy pick to make.
Boise State (-12) vs. Marshall | Boise State looked impressive in their opener. Considering they have home field advantage, I’ll take them to cover the spread in this one.
Ohio State (-16) vs Cincinnati | The Buckeyes are on a mission to prove people wrong this year. I’ll take them in a big win over Cincinnati.
Army (+22) at Michigan | I slept on Army all last season, and while they are certainly not the same team, they’re still solid. Michigan is overrated, and after beating Middle Tennessee by just 19 points, don’t be surprised when the Black Knights keep this game within a couple of touchdowns.
Syracuse (+2) at Maryland | The Terps ran wild and racked up 79 points last week….against FCS foe Howard. Meanwhile, Syracuse handled Liberty on the road. Neither victory should necessarily be hailed as impressive, but I’ll take the Orangemen on the road in this one.
UCF (-10.5) at Florida Atlantic | After going down 28-0 in the first quarter to Ohio State last weekend, FAU managed to fight the rest of the game, but they still came up way short. UCF manhandled Florida A&M, and I don’t think they’ll have any issues beating the Owls by at least two touchdowns.
Clemson (-17) vs Texas A&M | In the ACC, there are not many opportunities to impress the College Football Playoff committee. The defending national champions will use this game to distance themselves from the competition. Stacked on both sides of the ball, I’ll take Clemson to cover the wide margin this go around.
Texas (+6.5) vs LSU | The Longhorns proved capable of competing with the best in the SEC during the bowl season. Now riding the momentum into the fall, UT meets a difficult opponent in LSU. However, the SEC is composed of two elite teams while the rest simply ride those coat tails up the rankings. With home field advantage, I’ll take the points in this one as I believe it’s a close contest that goes in favor of Texas.
Michigan State (-16) vs Western Michigan | The Spartans shut down their week one opponent on the ground. If that’s the case once again, WMU will become one dimensional. As usual, a one dimensional team is significantly easier to defend. Because of that, I think MSU covers.
Iowa (-19.5) vs Rutgers | The Hawkeyes were 24 points better than Miami, Ohio last week and are facing a Scarlet Knights defense that gave up 21 points in the first quarter to UMass.
Central Florida (-11) vs. Florida Atlantic | Josh Heupel has the offense humming at Central Florida. The Golden Knights posted 62 points and nearly 700 yards of offense on Florida A&M last week and now host a FAU squad that was torched for 45 points and 470 yards at Ohio State.
Stanford (+3) at USC | I know it’s a road game for the Cardinal but getting three points against a USC team that lost its starting quarterback last week should be free money.
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