College Football Picks
After losing a shocker to Maryland to kick off 2018, the Texas Longhorns are looking like the team that was talked about as a contender for the Big 12 title. A win versus 5-0 Oklahoma, whose favored by 7, would put Texas right back in the mix but is that too tall an order? Keith Franks gives his prediction.
Bulldog Nation enjoyed a 38-12 victory over one of their biggest rivals, the Tennessee Volunteers last Saturday. Bookmakers assigned a spread that were weren’t used to seeing in this matchup. Georgia closed as a 30.5 favorite. Bulldog/Volunteer games are often known as hard-fought thrillers settled by one play or possession. Sportsbook’s and bettor respect Georgia and rightfully so. This week they are looking at a 26.5 spread and Keith Franks explains why Georgia is his pick to beat it.
BYU’s time as a Top 25 team was short lived after a terrible loss to no. 11 Washington last Saturday. The Cougars not only lost to a better football team but they gave an awful performance. There is no other way to say it. For whatever reason, this team has been up and down all year. Which BYU team will we see on Friday? Jay Horne makes his prediction and advises on how to bet your bookie.
Jay Horne has been covering Alabama weekly. For this football pick Jay analyzes the October 6th opponent Arkansas and reasons for and against betting Bama -34 at the sportsbooks. “Arkansas’ biggest problems have been on the offensive side of the ball. The Razorbacks rank 109th in total offense averaging 349 yards per game and 103rd in scoring, averaging 23.8 points per game. The quarterback position has been a disaster with Ty Storey and Cole Kelley completing just 50% of their passes and combining to throw 7 touchdown passes with 8 interceptions. “
Thursday’s conference meeting between Tulsa and Houston is slated to be a 17 point mismatch. Betting sites are currently showing lines from 17 to 18. Tulsa has been terrible in all aspects of their offense illustrated by their 105th ranking in total offense and 101st in points. Making matters worse, they don’t have any solutions. QB Luke Skipper has tossed more interceptions than touchdowns. Does the line does take all of this into account? Jay Horne handicaps the game and gives his Thursday college football pick!
Some people will compare Ole Miss’s 62-7 blowout defeat to Alabama as an indicator of how they will move the football against LSU. LSU is very close to Alabama in defensive talent and is even better in the secondary. But, they do not have the better pass rush and that’s what caused Ta’amu to have his worst game of the season against the Crimson Tide. Does that mean a higher scoring game here? Jay Horne makes his prediction.
The Clemson defensive line is one of the best in the country but this is not the best match-up for them. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is a dangerous dual threat. Dungey has been great with 9 touchdowns, only 1 pick and he leads the Orange in rushing. Will his play be able to keep the Orange within 25? Jay Horne has his pick!
Cal is off to a nice 3-0 start. Wins over UNC and certainly Idaho St. don’t get the blood pumping, but a win over a BYU team that beat Wisconsin on the road the following week puts a different light on Cal football. Can they take out an Oregon team that’s favored by a field goal?
Last week the Sooners were taken to overtime by visiting Army, who in an eerily similar fashion to Iowa State in 2017, came into the fixture as a 30-point underdog. Will Oklahoma look to put away this week’s big dog early in the contest? Keith Franks gives his prediction.
When you have an offense that struggles, it’s hard to overcome. When you have an offense that struggles against an elite SEC defense, it takes things from bad to worse, much worse. Not only has Tennessee’s quarterback play been poor but the offensive line might be the biggest liability. This scenario leads Jay Horne to offer two picks for Saturday.
Kansas State looked like a shell of itself when it traveled to No. 12 West Virginia, last Saturday. The Mountaineers would dominate the Wildcats and hand them a 35-6 loss in Morgantown. Which Kansas State team we will see against the Longhorns? Keith Franks gives his prediction.
The Achilles’ heel of this Texas Tech bunch has always been their lack of a defense. The Red Raiders own the 110th ranked passing defense, surrendering 288 yards per game. Keith Franks looks at if this is enough reason to play WVU -3.5 on Saturday.
Two 3-1 teams go at it Saturday, September 29, 2018 when the BYU Cougars visit the Washington Huskies. Unfortunately for BYU that record may be where the similarities in these two teams end. Sportsbooks list BYU as 17 to 18 point underdogs. Loot breaks down the match up to project who covers Saturday night.
Dave Wilson breaks down the Utah Utes at Washington State Cougars game which kicks off Saturday, September 29, 6:00PM EST. The two teams go into their match a combined 7-0 against the spread. Dave predicts who take the first ATS loss!
Keith Franks breaks down the game between the #24 ranked Michigan Wolverines and the 14.5 point underdog, Northwestern Wildcats. The Wildcats were a hot team going back to 2017 winning 11 in a row then promptly dropped two games to Duke and Akron. Which NW team will we see when they host the Wolverines on Saturday?
The Golden Eagles returned to action last week after their game against Appalachian State was postponed in week 3 due to Hurricane Florence. Before the postponement, Southern Miss suffered a somewhat surprising loss to Louisiana-Monroe before bouncing back last week with a 40-22 win over Rice. Will they lack momentum to give Auburn a game or at least stay within the 27 point spread?