Last Week’s Picks
We took it on the chin last weekend with only one of us having a winning record. The good news is that three of the four of us are at .500 or better after the first two weekends of the season.
This Week’s Picks
Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin | The large spread definitely concerns me a bit, but at the end of the day I think the Badgers are going to win in blowout fashion. This will be a great bounce back game for Wisconsin after the tough loss to Penn State last week.
Iowa at Iowa State | I’m putting my faith in the Cyclones despite their struggles a week ago. It was a nice opportunity to sort out all of the kinks before this big time matchup. I believe Iowa State will show up and win this game by at least a touchdown.
Texas at Arkansas | The Longhorns looked very impressive in their season opener. They seem to have figured out the quarterback situation, and they had no issues running the ball. I like their odds of going on the road and winning by two scores on Saturday.
Kansas at Coastal Carolina | Coastal Carolina is 2-0 against Kansas over the last two years and those games were played in Lawrence. This will probably be the easiest contest of the three for the Chanticleers and while most people immediately think of quarterback Grayson McCall when Coastal Carolina is mentioned, I actually think it’s Jeffrey Gunter and the defense that’ll be in for a big night.
Middle Tennessee State at Virginia Tech | Here’s my “risky” pick for the week. The Blue Raiders do have a few things going for them here. First, they showed last week that behind NC State transfer QB Bailey Hockman they can put up some points. Secondly, Virginia Tech is coming off a huge upset win over North Carolina last week which opens the door for a potential hangover game. Let’s roll the dice here on MTSU getting nearly a three touchdown cushion.
Oregon at Ohio State | I feel that maybe I’m against the trends here but I like the Ducks to cover. Ohio State has the potential to be explosive on offense but they’re still playing a freshman quarterback in an early non-conference game that could have playoff implications. Meanwhile, I saw enough struggles from the Buckeye defense in the opener against Minnesota to lead me to believe that this game can, and will, be close.
Toledo at Notre Dame | Breaking in a new defensive coordinator, the Fighting Irish secured an overtime win. On the other side of the ball, Toledo can slow the game down and boasts an above average rushing defense. It’s for these reasons that this one remains closer than expected. ND for the win but it won’t be a 20 point victory.
Oregon at Ohio State | The Buckeyes may very well be the better team here. But surrendering over 200 yards on the ground is cause for concern. In a game that shapes the CFB landscape, 14.5 points is quite a bit. While I think tOSU wins, it’s the .5 that has me tacking Oregon against the spread.
Kansas at Coastal Carolina | This is a nationally televised game and the Big 12 might get embarrassed. Needless to say that’s exactly what happens as Coastal Carolina is looking to prove their worthy of staying in the rankings.
UAB at Georgia | The Bulldogs won a dogfight on Saturday against Clemson, and the competition drops off considerably when it comes to the Blazers. Georgia should probably blow this one wide open, but they have to prove they can score a lot of points in order to do that. Still, I think Georgia covers early and holds on to the end.
Purdue at UConn | The Boilermakers opened up their season with a nice 9-point win at home against Oregon State, and even though they have to play on the road this weekend, the Huskies are absolutely terrible. I have no qualms about picking Purdue by at least 5 touchdowns over UConn.
Texas A&M at Colorado | The Aggies seem like they’re ready to burst onto the national scene once again, but I’m not entirely convinced. I think the Buffaloes can keep this one within two scores, and the spread will likely be decided in the final minutes. Give me Colorado to cover.
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