Last Week’s Picks
We absolutely too it on the chin last weekend. We’re still above .500, as a group, on the season though!
This Week’s Picks
Colorado State at Iowa | The Hawkeyes might have one of the best teams they’ve had in a long time. They simply outmatch Colorado State here and should be able to cover this spread fairly easily.
Iowa State at Baylor | The Cyclones are another team that is still waiting for the opportunity to show they still belong in the national spotlight. A win over Baylor doesn’t necessarily get them there, but it’s a great way to start conference play. I like Iowa State by a couple of scores in this one.
Clemson at NC State | Clemson is still looking for that game that really puts people on notice. They haven’t looked great through three weeks of football, but I think that changes this weekend. I like the Tigers to win this one by a lot.
Georgia at Vanderbilt | I’m a firm believer in the Georgia defense, just not so much in the offense yet. Not that Vanderbilt is going to have the ability to stop the Bulldogs though. I see some long, sustained drivers, from JT Daniels and company. I’m just not sure they will score at the type of pace required to cover a spread that’s greater than five touchdowns.
UNLV at Fresno State | Fresno State is the real deal! The Bulldogs have gone toe-to-toe with Oregon and UCLA of the Pac-12 and are now seasoned and tried as the head into Mountain West play. UNLV has faced significant struggles on the defensive side of the ball and FSU can score a lot of points in a hurry. I expect this one to get ugly pretty early on.
Notre Dame at Wisconsin | The fact that both of these teams are a bit overrated doesn’t take away from this being a really good football game. The Irish are on the road for the first time since the season opener and after close calls at Florida State and then at home against Toledo I don’t see how this one won’t be close as well. Defense is going to be the deciding factor here and that heavily favors the Badgers. By how much is the question? I think less than a touchdown.
Miami (Ohio) at Army | Facing one of the service academies is always a trying task due to the brand of football played. Army is not different and has the ability to put up a plethora of points while keeping the opposing offense off the board. It’s why I think Army not only wins to remain perfect but also covers the spread this week.
UCLA at Stanford | Lacking a consistent pass rush while struggling to stop the rushing attack, Stanford is in trouble in this one. UCLA’s RB Zach Charbonnet could have a career day on the ground this weekend.
Notre Dame at Wisconsin | It’s crazy to think that the Fighting Irish are the underdogs by almost a touchdown in this contest despite the higher ranking and better record. Needless to say, Wisconsin’s front seven is going to give ND’s offensive line all they can handle. Still I think Jack Coan is out to prove something in this game and is the difference maker here. This should be a close game from start to finish.
SMU at TCU | The Mustangs are 3-0 because of an easy schedule. The Horned Frogs are 2-0 because they’re a solid football team. I’ll take TCU by double digits.
Texas Tech at Texas | I’m not big on the Longhorns, but I think the Red Raiders starting off the season 3-0 is a little bit of a sham. Texas should be able to beat Tech at home by at least a couple of touchdowns.
Georgia at Vanderbilt | The Bulldogs are legit, and the Commodores are….not. Georgia will have no problems blowing this one wide open, and Vanderbilt should really only hope to try to get SOME points on the board.
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