Last Week: 13-3 (81%)
Overall: 80-29 (73%)
Oregon (2-4) @ California (3-3) – 10:30PM ET, ESPN (Friday)
The Pick: California
#10Wisconsin (4-2) @ Iowa (5-2) – 12PM ET, ESPN
The Pick: Wisconsin
Indiana (3-3) @ Northwestern (3-3) – 12PM ET, Big Ten Network
The Pick: Northwestern
NC State (4-2) @ #7Louisville (5-1) – 12PM ET, ABC
The Pick: Louisville
Colorado (5-2) @ Stanford (4-2) – 3PM ET, Pac12 Network
The Pick: Colorado
#19Utah (6-1) @ UCLA (3-4) – 4PM ET, FOX
The Pick: Utah
Michigan State (2-4) @ Maryland (4-2) – 7:30PM ET, Big Ten Network
The Pick: Michigan State
#16Oklahoma (4-2) @ Texas Tech (3-3) – 8PM ET, FOX
The Pick: Oklahoma
Washington State (4-2) @ Arizona State (5-2) – 10PM ET, Pac 12 Network
The Pick: Washington State
Miami (FL) (4-2) @ Virginia Tech (4-2) – 7PM ET, ESPN (Thursday)
Spread: Virginia Tech -5.5
The first of two Thursday Night games that will be featured in this write up is between two ACC Coastal teams, the Coastal is the craziest division in football 4 out of the 7 teams in the division have just one loss in conference, meaning the race is still wide open. Both of these teams were ranked last week, but each team lost a game not many expected them to, Miami lost at home against North Carolina and Virginia Tech went to the Carrier Dome and lost to Syracuse. Both teams pride themselves on defense, so it will be the team that can force the most mistakes that will come out on top, and Miami has lost their last two games on stupid mistakes, I’m taking the home team in Virginia Tech.
The Pick: Virginia Tech 24, Miami (FL) 20
BYU (4-3) @ #14Boise State (6-0) – 10:15PM ET, ESPN (Thursday
Spread: Boise State -7.5
The top ranked Group of 5 conference champion will get into one of the most prestigious bowl games of the year, the Cotton Bowl, and right now it’s looking like that will either be Boise State or Western Michigan, as Houston would need Navy to lose twice for the Cougs to make it into the AAC title game. But with a loss here, Boise’s hopes could be dashed. BYU is a good team, they’ve beaten Michigan State, Arizona, and Mississippi State, and I think BYU makes this one close, but Brett Rypien and the Boise State offense will throw all over a weak BYU secondary, and Boise will get the win in a close one.
The Pick: Boise State 30, BYU 21
#6Texas A&M (6-0) @ #1 Alabama (7-0) – 3:30PM ET, CBS
Spread: Alabama -18
Alabama has been head and shoulders above everyone else in the country so far this year, and they solidified that when they beat then #9 Tennessee 49-10 on the road. Texas A&M is probably the best team the Crimson Tide have played thus far, but they have a fatal flaw. They can’t defend the pass. While Alabama QB Jalen Hurts is a freshman, he has been very effective so far, throwing for 9 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions in young career with the Tide. I see this as a game where Alabama is leading by 7 or 8 most of the game, and then breaks away in the 4th quarter so seal the deal.
The Pick: Alabama 38, Texas A&M 23
TCU (4-2) @ #12 West Virginia (5-0) – 3:30PM ET, ABC/ESPN2
Spread: West Virginia -6
West Virginia is a team that has somehow flown under the radar despite the 5-0 start, but they finally got some national coverage after their 48-17 blowout win over Texas Tech last week. Hanging 48 points on Texas Tech wasn’t the real takeaway from that game though, it was the way the West Virginia defense shut down one of the best offenses in the country. TCU has been kind of disappointing so far this year, and Gary Patterson’s defense has not lived up to expectations. TCU is coming off of a bye, but West Virginia has this game at home, and I’ve got the Mountaineers, minus the points.
The Pick: West Virginia 38, TCU 28
#17Arkansas (5-2) @ #21 Auburn (4-2) – 6PM ET, ESPN
Spread: Auburn -9.5
If you’ve been reading these picks every week you know that I have been skeptical of Arkansas all year because of the tough season opener against Louisiana Tech and that I felt that they didn’t really have a good win. This past week the Razorbacks proved me wrong with a 34-30 win over Ole Miss. On the other side, Auburn is coming off of a bye, so they’ve had an extra week of rest, Arkansas is coming off of back to back games against physical teams in Ole Miss in Alabama, so the “body blow” theory might come into effect here. I said Arkansas has grown on me, but they’re on the road and QB Sean White will throw all over a weak Arkansas secondary, I don’t think the Razorbacks win, but they cover the spread.
The Pick: Auburn 27, Arkansas 24
#2Ohio State (6-0) @ Penn State (4-2) – 8PM ET, ABC
Spread: Ohio State -19.5
What a world we live in, Penn State is a 20 point underdog at home. The thing is, Alabama and Ohio State are just in a league of their own compared to everyone else in the country. Last week in the win against Wisconsin the Buckeyes proved they could play a physical game on the road in a tough environment and still come out on top, and I don’t think Penn State can play good enough defense to slow down the Buckeyes, and Ohio State knows how to control the clock and slow down Penn State. I’ve got the Buckeyes in a blowout in their march to the game vs Michigan, and JT Barrett’s march towards the Heisman.
The Pick: Ohio State 40, Penn State 17
#23Ole Miss (3-3) @ #25LSU (4-2) – 9PM ET, ESPN
Spread: LSU -6
For the final game of this preview we have a late night game featuring two SEC West teams battling it out to keep their spot on the edge of the top 25. Ole Miss is a team that has hung with Florida State, Alabama, and Arkansas in close losses, but we really haven’t seen anything too spectacular in the win column. On the other side, LSU is a confusing team, sure, it’s been against some not great competition, but LSU, especially the offense, has been very much improved ever since Coach O took over for Les Miles. The Tigers are also getting star RB Leonard Fournette back for this game, and I think that will make the difference
The Pick: LSU 35, Ole Miss 28