Friday Locks | Can Ole Miss Capitalize on the Ed Orgeron Drama?

Season Standings

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No. 10 Oregon (+0.5) @ UCLA | I like the Ducks here. With a spread that small, you’re picking the winner, and I think Oregon gets the job done this weekend.

No. 5 Ohio State (-21.5) @ Indiana | There’s no other way to put it: Indiana is a bad football team. The Buckeyes are going to win this one big.

USC @ no. 10 Notre Dame (-6.5) | USC is still a mess, and the Fighting Irish are looking to get back into the college football playoff conversation. Notre Dame will walk away with a big win on Saturday.


No. 3 Cincinnati @ Navy (+27.5) | You won’t make a lot of money picking against Cincinnati this season, but I’ll make an exception this week. Give me the Bearcats with a convincing win but the Midshipmen with just enough control of the clock to keep it within four touchdowns.

No. 15 Wake Forest (-3.5) @ Army | Army has lost five games in a row to Power Five Conference teams. The question isn’t if Wake Forest will make it six; rather, it’s how much will Wake win by? I think it’ll be by more than four points.

Illinois (+23.5) @ no. 8 Penn State | Let’s be honest: this is a huge point spread for two Big 10 teams. Penn State is clearly the best of these two squads, but that’s a ton of points to cover for a team that’s coming into the weekend averaging 28.3 points per game.


BYU (-4) @ Washington State | With a bit of turmoil this season, the WSU Cougars have not been consistent in terms of play on the field. Knowing that’s the case, I expect it to once again rear its head in this one. BYU on the other hand it looking to right the ship after a loss last week. It’s a dangerous team to be in front of this weekend.

LSU @ no. 12 Ole Miss (-9.5) | The Rebels bring the top rushing attack of any Power 5 program to the table. At the same time, LSU hasn’t been the best at stopping ball carriers. It will be the difference maker in this one.

West Virginia @ TCU (-4.5) | West Virginia is on the verge of giving up this season. On the other hand, TCU has a lot left to play for. With the line sitting at -4.5 and the Horned Frogs playing at home, this seems like a gimme type pick.


No. 2 Oklahoma (-38.5) @ Kansas | Oklahoma’s defense is sketchy, which is why I’m giving the Jayhawks a whopping 17 points, but the Sooners might break 60. This is going to be a massacre.

LSU @ no. 12 Ole Miss (-9.5) | I’m not big on Ole Miss—like at all—but the Tigers are in shambles, and with Ed Orgeron on the way out, I think there’s too much distraction going on for LSU to keep this to single digits.

No. 9 Oklahoma State (+7.5) @ Iowa State | I have a pretty consistent rule where I don’t lock my own team, but I just don’t get this. I don’t see how an undefeated top-10 team is an underdog by more than a touchdown against a 3-2 squad. Don’t get me wrong, the Cyclones are a solid football team, and if this was week 1, I would be 100% on board, but with what both teams have shown through the first half of the season, I think the Cowboys will come away with the win, even if the game is on the road.

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