Once again if you would have taken our collective advice against the spread, and then gone the opposite direction, you would have made some money last weekend. We’re back at it again this week taking our best shot at some of the spreads among the Power Five conferences.
|Friday Lock Results|
Louisiana at Iowa State (-11.5) | With Brock Purdy back at QB for the Cyclones I don’t foresee them having much trouble putting points on the board
Clemson (-33) at Wake Forest | After the loss in the National Championship and Trevor Lawrence’s 3rd season as starter I expect this team to come out focused. Clemson will score fast and often.
Duke at Notre Dame (-20) | Notre Dame finished last season off hot and I expect them to carry the momentum into this game with Book returning at QB.
Iowa State (-11.5) vs Louisiana | I have to acknowledge the 1-2 rushing punch of the Ragin Cajuns. However, the firepower of Iowa State combined with the defensive identity instilled by Matt Campbell leads me to believe the Cyclones will win this one a bit more comfortably than expected. Give me ISU to cover here in the home opener.
Clemson (-33) vs Wake Forest | There’s no denying that the Tigers are the best team in all of college football this season. With a Heisman caliber quarterback and a stout defensive unit, WF presents little challenge to Clemson in this one.
UTEP (+43) vs Texas | The over/under is set at 58 points in this contest. If that’s truly the case, it will be hard to beat a team by 43 on any given night. Needless to say, I think the Longhorns win handedly but I can’t assume that it will be by the current spread. I’ll take UTEP and the point this weekend.
Louisiana at Iowa State (-11.5) | The Cyclones are a Top 25 team (for a good reason), while the Rajin’ Cajuns are coming off their best season in school history. I don’t expect Louisiana to repeat that success this year, and I don’t expect them to cover the spread against Iowa State, either.
Clemson (-33.0) at Wake Forest | The Tigers are arguably better than they were a season ago, and I don’t think you can say the same thing about the Demon Deacons. Clemson beat Wake Forest by 49 last year, and it will probably be a similar outcome in this one.
UTEP (+43.0) at Texas | I still don’t believe that Texas is “back,” and I think it would be hilarious if the Miners covered in this one, so I’m taking UTEP just for fun.
Texas (+43) vs UTEP | The Longhorns are going to win this game in dominating fashion, but 43 points is a lot. UTEP already has a game under their belts which might give them an early jump. I find it hard to see Texas winning by 7 touchdowns.
Iowa State (-11.5) vs Louisiana | The Ragin’ Cajuns had an eleven win season last year, but that won’t help them much against the Cyclones. Iowa State has the potential to be an issue in the Big 12, and I think they come out and easily win this one by a couple of touchdowns.
North Carolina (+22.5) vs Syracuse | The Tar Heels haven’t even been back to practice for 3 weeks since shutting down due to COVID. This could cause some issues early on for them. In the end, I think they come out with the win. But, Syracuse will keep this one close.
Syracuse (+23) at North Carolina | The Tar Heels are clearly the better team here and should have no trouble winning this game. That said, I believe the lack of spring ball and limited summer workouts is an advantage to heavy underdogs early in the season. I think Syracuse comes in just under the 23 points they are getting.
Notre Dame (-20) vs. Duke | Yeah, I know what I just said about heavy underdogs early in the season but the Irish get to play in a conference this season and I fully believe they are going to flex on as many ACC opponents that they can. Duke gets to be the first to experience that.
Florida State (-13) vs. Georgia Tech | The rebuild of the Seminoles program is underway. I expect them to be mediocre in 2020 but they’ll be a few notches above a Yellow Jackets team that is still looking for an identity after last year’s disastrous season.