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Last Week’s Picks

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This Week’s Picks


Georgia at Tennessee | Tennessee has done a great job at turning things around this season. I think Georgia walks away with the win, but the Vols will keep it close.

Michigan at Penn State | With a spread this small you’re essentially picking the winner here. I think Penn State playing at home will be the difference maker in this one. 

Purdue at Ohio State | Purdue pulled off the upset win last week over Michigan State. I’m not sure they can walk away with another upset, but I do think they can make this a competitive game.


Michigan at Penn State | With a one and a half point spread you pretty much have to predict an upset here. Penn State is reeling but they snapped their three-game losing skid last week with a road win at Maryland. Now they’ll have to come up with a plan to solve the rushing attack that Michigan is going to bring. The counter for Penn State is going to be Sean Clifford and the passing game. They’re just dangerous enough to stay in the fight late. Playing in front of the home crowd and Michigan’s propensity to turn the ball over should keep this one in doubt until the very end.

Mississippi State at Auburn | I have zero confidence in Mississippi State’s defense against Auburn’s offense. The Tigers are looking to rebound from an abysmal offensive performance at Texas A&M last week and the Bulldog defense could be exactly what they need in order to do just that. 

Cincinnati at South Florida | Here’s what this is going to come down to – Can South Florida’s offense generate enough points against the Bearcat defense to make this a respectable game? The Bulls have already been competitive with BYU, Tulsa, and Houston so there’s reason for hope. USF has one of the worst statistical offenses in the AAC but, and here’s the hope, they have scored at least 30 points in three of their last four games, including a season-high 42 in last week’s loss to Houston.


Purdue at Ohio State | The Boilermakers spoiled the season for a ranked opponent last week and will now look to do so once again. While I think the hope comes up short, it should make for an entertaining game as Purdue is 2-2 against ranked foes this season. Given the offensive output of tOSU, the odds are in the Buckeyes favor for sure. But I’ll take the points in this one.

Michigan at Penn State | The Wolverines are still in the hunt for the conference crown and control their own destiny. In crunch time, Michigan is looking for a second win over a ranked opponent to keep the CFP dream alive as well. However, it’s the rushing yards per game that could easily decide the winner and Michigan holds the edge.

Cincinnati at South Florida | The Bearcats are on the verge of breaking the CFP rankings but will need style points to do so from here on out. Despite this being a 23.5 point spread, Cincy should easily pull away and extend the margin of victory in this one. I’d hate to be on the receiving end of the Bearcats here in November.


Mississippi State at Auburn | The Bulldogs aren’t terrible, but they’re not great either. Meanwhile, Auburn is going to need a rebound win after the loss to Texas A&M. I anticipate at least a touchdown cover by the Tigers.

Oklahoma at Baylor | The Bears are solid. They’ve had two narrow losses, but after the one last week to TCU, I fear they may start to crumble. Meanwhile, the Sooners had an extra week to prepare for the toughest 3-week stretch of their season. I’m taking Oklahoma by at least a touchdown.

New Mexico State at Alabama | This spread is HUGE, and that’s the only reason I’m thinking the Aggies might cover. Alabama should be more worried about staying healthy at this point than trying to run up the score on some low-level opponent.

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