|Friday Lock Results|
Baylor (-2.5) at TCU | The Bears are coming off a disappointing performance against West Virginia. I expect them to come out motivated and take care of TCU.
Penn State (-7) at Minnesota | This is Minnesota’s first test with best wins against Nebraska and Purdue. Penn State should dominate this game with having a solid offense and one of the best defenses in the nation.
Maryland (+43.5) at Ohio State | Ohio State should win this comfortably but I think Maryland will score enough for Ohio State not to cover.
Kansas State (+7.0) at Texas | Did I miss something? I’m not sure how the Longhorns are favored by a whole touchdown, but I’m definitely taking the Wildcats to cover. I’m not sure if Kansas State will get the win in Austin, but I think they keep it within a touchdown at the very least.
Clemson (-31.5) at NC State | The Tigers are likely unhappy with their no. 5 ranking in the College Football Playoff poll, so I expect them to come out and thrash the Wolfpack to make a point.
Vanderbilt at Florida (-26.0) | Vandy is bad, and the Gators are coming off a crushing loss to Georgia. I expect Florida to blow this one wide open early and run away with it.
Kansas State (+6.5) at Texas | The Wildcats are currently finding their stride with three consecutive wins. On the other end of the spectrum, the Longhorns have only earned one win in the past three attempts. Add to it the fact that it appears as though the players are quitting on Tom Herman and it’s a recipe for disaster. Playing with confidence and a new found strategy, give me the Wildcats in this one.
Alabama (-6.5) vs LSU | In possibly the most highly anticipated matchup of the season, the LSU Tigers remain inexperienced in pairings of this caliber. On the flip side of the coin, Bama is no stranger to big time games regardless of the time slot. Expecting Tua Tagovailoa and one of the top receiving corps. to be 100% in this game, I’ve got to give the win to the Crimson Tide by a touchdown.
Iowa State (+14.5) vs Oklahoma | The Sooners will take the field without two starters in the secondary. Knowing ISU opted to throw the ball nearly 70 times in the previous outing, I’m expecting Brock Purdy to challenge the young defense early. While I believe Oklahoma is the better team, I don’t know that the program pulls off a win by three scores. Give me the points on this one.
Kansas State (+7) at Texas | I’m taking the Wildcats to get a big road win this week. I think they are a quality football team putting together some wins. Meanwhile, Texas is a dumpster fire right now.
Baylor (-2.5) at TCU | I’m going to take the road team to cover the spread in this one as well. Charlie Brewer will lead the way for the Bears.
Alabama (-6.5) vs. LSU | All eyes will be on this game this weekend. I’ll take Alabama to win by at least a touchdown.
Baylor (-2.5) at TCU | I do believe this will be a close game and the Bears will feel extremely uncomfortable at some points. However, I also believe that the Bears win this by more than a field goal.
LSU (+6.5) at Alabama | I think ultimately the Tide come out on top here because they are the home team and have the better defense. However, I think this is going to be settled by less than a field goal.
Kansas State (+7) at Texas | Honestly, you have to question how Texas is favored by so much here? I totally get home field advantage but I also get the reality of a program’s situation. Texas may very well win this game (I don’t think they do) but it won’t be by more than a touchdown, in my opinion.
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