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This Week’s Picks


Arkansas at Georgia | The Arkansas hype is for real and I am on board! I think the Razorbacks have what it takes to make this a close game. Ultimately, I see Georgia coming out on top due to their defense. But, I do think it is a much closer game than a lot of people are anticipating.

Iowa at Maryland | The Hawkeyes have already beaten two top 25 teams through four weeks of football. Going on the road and playing the powerful offense of Maryland will be a tough test, but I think Iowa will handle it well.

Fresno State at Hawaii | I like the Bulldogs in this one because their offense is simply too much for Hawaii to keep up with. Fresno State should have no problems winning this one by a couple of touchdowns.


Iowa at Maryland | Big game in the Big Ten! Who thought it would be Iowa and Maryland stealing the conference spotlight but here we are. This spread is rapidly shrinking and with good reason. The Hawkeyes could be walking into an ambush. Iowa has been able to mask issues on the offensive line through four games this season (Colorado State had three sacks and eight tackles for loss last Saturday) and on a short week that’s exactly the type of issue that can get you upset on the road.

BYU at Utah State | This kind of looks like a lopsided affair to me. The Cougars are 4-0 for the second season in a row and looking to make some waves in the College Football Playoff conversation. Fresh off a 35-27 win over South Florida last weekend, BYU is humming on the offensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, Utah State had a dose of reality last weekend when the Aggies took it on the chin in a 27-3 loss to Boise State. The Aggies are looking for a rebound game but if they struggled with Boise I don’t see how they can keep up with BYU.

Arkansas at Georgia | Arkansas has been one of the biggest surprises through the first month of the college football season. The Hogs are taking their 4-0 record on the road to Athens for an epic S.E.C. showdown. In the style of an old Southeast Conference style of play, Arkansas brings the top rushing attack in the S.E.C. against Georgia and the league’s top defense. This will be Georgia’s toughest opponent since they played Clemson in the opener and a true test of offensive improvement. At the end of the day, I think defense will be the them for both sidelines which absolutely draws me to Arkansas getting nearly 17 points here.


BYU at Utah State | There’s nothing that really stands out about BYU this season. Still, the group is playing efficient and complimentary football. On the other side of the equation, Utah State looks turnover prone and susceptible to penalty.

Iowa at Maryland | The Hawkeyes have a stone wall for defense that has yet to allow more than 100 yards rushing or 200 yards passing. It will be the reason Tagovailoa fails to produce the big numbers for the Terps. Needless to say it leads to a win for Iowa and they cover.

Tennessee at Missouri | Two struggling teams face off and one of them has to win this game right? Missouri can’t get a third down stop while Tennessee is likely without their starting quarterback. I don’t really care for either program but I’ll take the home team by three here.


Michigan at Wisconsin | Wisconsin has had a TOUGH start to the year thanks to playing a tough schedule. Losses to Penn State and Notre Dame are not how you want to kick off your season. Meanwhile, the Wolverines have had it easy so far. Sounds like a recipe for an upset, if you ask me. Give me the Badgers at home.

BYU at Utah State | The Cougars are still lacking a big-name win, but they’re undefeated, and they’ve looked good doing it. I think they handle Utah State with ease.

Iowa at Maryland | Maryland is off to a solid start to the season, but aside from a 6-point win over West Virginia, they haven’t had much competition. Iowa has played a slightly tougher schedule, but I think the Hawkeyes are at least a touchdown better than the Terps.

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