|Friday Lock Results|
Oklahoma State (-2.0) at TCU | I’m making the mistake of picking my own team for the second week in a row. The Cowboys should have covered last week, but I’m not going to make excuses. This week is different. Give me Oklahoma State covering easily.
Tulsa (-12.0) at Navy | It turns out that the Golden Hurricane are kinda good this season. Navy isn’t, so I expect Tulsa to win by two touchdowns.
Baylor at Oklahoma (-22.0) | I might as well make it an Oklahoma trifecta and pick the Sooners to cover as well. Baylor is pretty bad, and the Sooners have been on a tear since surviving in triple OT against Texas. Give me OU by 30.
Syracuse (+34) vs Notre Dame | Make no mistake, the Fighting Irish are the better team in this matchup with the Orange have claimed a single win on the season. Still, spotting any team nearly five touchdowns is risky business. With that said, I’m taking the points in this one even though ND wins comfortably.
Kansas St. (+7) vs Texas | Tom Herman and the Longhorns are the sideshow of the college football circus. Riddled with oddities and distractions, this is a team that is quitting on its coach and university. Knowing that KSU has kept things interesting with the likes of OSU and Baylor, I think this one is again closer than people expect.
Clemson (-22) at Virginia Tech | Trevor Lawrence is back under center and nothing will stand in the way of the Tigers and a shot at the ACC title. I expect a statement game before most likely squaring off with Notre Dame for all the marbles in the conference championship in a revenge game. This team, a team that I still believe is the best in the country when at full strength, will be dialed in and ready to work.
Alabama (-29.5) at LSU | Undecided at quarterback and having a receiver opt out is a recipe for disaster when playing the Crimson Tide. That’s the case for an underwhelming LSU program this weekend. Posting 38 points or more in all contests this season, it’s a tall task to ask any SEC opponent to keep pace. Alabama is an elite team and LSU is just a bump on the road.
Oklahoma (-22) vs Baylor | The Sooners have been playing like one of the best teams in the country for the last month. The offense has found a rhythm, and defensively things are as good as they’ve been in a long time. I think they will roll over the Bears on Saturday.
LSU (+29.5) vs Alabama | I picked against Alabama last week and it didn’t go my way. But I feel better about this matchup. LSU is the biggest underdog for a defending national champion in history. I believe this game will be a lot closer than people think.
Iowa State (-6.5) vs West Virginia | The Cyclones lead the Big 12 heading into the last few games of the season. They finally crack the top 10 in the playoff rankings, and I don’t think they’ll let that change this weekend. Iowa State wins this one by more than a touchdown.
Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee | This is a huge mismatch. I expect the Gators to come out and try to make a case that they should be in the top 4 at the end of the season.
Tulsa (-12) at Navy | I’m pretty sure that Navy still hasn’t had a full contact practice this season with how bad they have been playing. Tulsa has been playing a lot of close games but this will be their statement game before Cincinnati next week.
Oregon (-9) at Cal | Cal has had a disappointing start to the season, and I don’t think that it will get any better with the Ducks coming to town angry and focused after their loss last week. The talent gap in this gap in this game is wide. Ducks huge.
Clemson (-22) at Virginia Tech | I usually am not a fan of big point spreads but the ACC is doing everything in its power to place Clemson and Notre Dame in the conference championship game. I don’t see the Tigers wasting that either. I expect a massive muscle flex from Clemson against a team that is giving up an average of 32.6 points per game.
Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State | Speaking of muscle flexes, Ohio State is in a difficult situation due to the number of games on their schedule. I expect there to be some significant style points here against an inept Michigan State team.
Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee | The Vols are limping into this game having lost five straight by an average score of 36-15. Kyle Trask is licking his chops to get at the Vols defense.
Oregon (-9) at Cal | The Golden Bears have come to life a bit offensively of late but they’ll have their hands full with an Oregon defense that is looking to rebound from a poor performance last week against Oregon State. I like the Ducks to pull away late in this one.
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