College Football Picks
The Washington State Cougars are off to a 3-0 start after running over the Eastern Washington Eagles last Saturday 59-24. The Cougs are currently winning games by an average of 29 points per contest. Neither team expects a margin like that on Friday. USC is favored by 4.5 points.
Central Florida has allowed just 17 points on the season. It’s hard to say what that means with the opponents being really weak. Maybe it means the opponents have been really weak? But, they started last season the same way and the offenses figured them out a bit as the year went on. Is it too early for Florida Atlantic to break this year’s D? Loot Levinson takes a look and gives his football pick.
The Illini have a one advantage they may use to keep this contest close, their rushing offense. Penn State’s defense gives up 148.3 yards per game on the ground (68th nationally). This helps a team whose running game has produced 244.3 yards per (23rd nationally). Is this enough for Illinois to keep the game within 28? Mike Mann gives his opinion and his college football pick.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish head south to take on Wake Forest in an early Saturday afternoon game at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. The teams have met four times since 2011 with Notre Dame winning all of the match ups, including a 48-37 victory in South Bend last season. Will Notre Dame make it 5 in a row and 4-0 on their season? Mike Mann breaks down the game and gives his prediction.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Temple Owls meet on Thursday September 15th, 2018. These two teams are playing for the prize of a .500 record. Temple has home field and with that a -7 spread. Jay Horne breaks down these very similar teams and makes his football pick.
The Washington State Cougars host their east-side instate rival Eastern Washington Eagles this Saturday evening in Pullman. The two schools are a little more than an hour apart from each other and have met a few times over the years—Eastern Washington may be from the lower BIG Sky Conference, but they are as good or better than any team the Cougars have faced this season. WSU is 15.5 points better according to the market at the sportsbooks.
The Washington Huskies make the trip to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes on Saturday, as both teams open their Pac-12 Conference schedules. Last season’s matchup between these two teams turned out to be a doozy (what am I, 90 years old?), as a Washington FG with time running out gave them the 33-30 win in Seattle. This season’s pairing figures to be another competitive game as evident by sportsbooks separating these teams by less than a touchdown.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Georgia Bulldogs square off in a Conference USA versus SEC clash scheduled for Saturday, September 15th, 2018. The game will take place “Between The Hedges”, live from the Classic City known as Athens, Georgia. Keith Franks is not expecting the typical big spread blowout. Read his pick.
In 2017, USC needed some good ball bounces and almost 400 yards from Sam Darnold to narrowly avert defeat at home to the Longhorns. Now in Texas, maybe the Longhorns can do one better against a depreciated USC offense. Is it ripe for Texas as a 3 point favorite to get the W? Loot Levinson makes his college football pick on USC Trojans vs. Texas Longhorns who play Saturday 9/15/2018.
Alabama appears to be completely unstoppable with QB Tua Tagovailoa under center and Alabama is setting up for another title run. But the Tide shouldn’t look too far ahead becaause a team that has historically been dangerous awaits this Saturday in Oxford. The Ole Miss Rebels have been a thorn in the side of Alabama over the last few years and they are also a scoring machine. Is Bama three TDs better than the Rebels? Jay Horne breaks it down.
The Boise State Broncos visit Stillwater in week three to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday. The sportsbooks have this game at 2 or 2.5. Loot Levinson believes both teams will put up offense but who shows up on D?
Jay Horne toots his horn and makes his pick between two teams that cashed for him last week! “Last week, I made Ohio State a strong pick against Rutgers and the Buckeyes cashed with a 52-3 beat-down over the Scarlet Knights. I also had TCU as a strong play in another big favorite spot vs. SMU. The Horned Frogs also delivered with a 42-12 cover for a winning ticket. Now, no. 4 Ohio State and no. 15 TCU meet for a rare out of conference match between these programs. I will tell you why Ohio State is the pick!”
Word out of the Penn State locker room is some of the players wished they didn’t wear white uniforms against Appalachian St, which took an overtime to pull out the win. Can the sportsbooks keep making money off dog covers vs Penn State? Bob Clark looks at Penn State and another monster spread.
The SMU Mustangs and the Michigan Wolverines do battle in a game putting the B1G against the American. SMU visits the Big House otherwise known as Michigan Stadium. Keith Franks claims he was never in the big house… but does have a collection of sharp objects made from combs and old tubes of toothpaste. He insisted we share his… sharp play.
Jay Horne is confident the LSU Tigers will cover the spread getting 9.5 points. Sportsbooks opened Auburn -8.5 and the line has slowly crept north since. Some books are offering +10 at this time. Read Jays pick and find out why you should focus on getting the best line for the underdog Tigers.
The David vs Goliath stage of the College Football season, AKA non-conference play, is nearly finished. That means we we are almost done watching beatings for cash. But, there have been a few teams who managed to give the big boys a run for their money and that’s maybe the most fun football to watch. Wisconsin is known for bringing it consistently. Ted Walker takes a close look at this team and if they are ripe for a dog cover or upset.