College Football Picks
An interesting ACC battle on Friday night with the Pittsburgh Panthers visiting the No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers who have been money in the bank this season with an 7-1 against the spread mark. Can they continue padding bankrolls this week or is the hook going to be their undoing this week?
The Colorado Buffaloes (5-3 SU, 5-3 ATS) visit the Arizona Wildcats (4-5 SU, 5-4 ATS) in Week 10 college football action. The oddsmakers have the host Wildcats as a -3 spread favorite over the Buffaloes with an O/U line of 57.5 to 58/5 depending on where you play. Colorado looks to turn it around after opening the season 5-0 they’ve dropped three straight. Arizona got back on track with a nice 44-15 win over Oregon where they had more rushing yards than the Ducks had total offense.
A great battle on Thursday night between the Temple Owls and the UCF Knights. The oddsmaker has the unbeaten UCF as a large 10.5 point home favorite with the total on the board at 60.5. Can the Owls knock them off their perch or at the least cover the number and get the money?
The Ball State Cardinals vs. Toledo Rockets are on tap on Wednesday night college football action. The odds boards have Toledo as a prohibitive -14 favorite on the point spread line and that may be good value considering Ball State’s recent blowout losses. Predictem handicapper Jay weighs out the line and gives out his opinion on where your money should land on this MAC game.
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks (3-5 SU, 5-3 ATS) visit the Buffalo Bulls Buffalo Bulls (7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS) in Tuesday MAC action on Tuesday night. The RedHawks are only just 3-5 straight up but lost two of their games by a single point. Both teams have been padding their backers’ bankrolls with positive returns against the point spread, but the Bulls are at home and will have revenge on their mind after dropping the last two in this rivalry. Read who which side of the spread line Jay thinks you should be on to get the money.
Mississippi State enters off a nasty 19-3 loss suffered on the road in Death Valley against the No. 4 LSU Tigers. Bulldogs Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald looked lost throwing the football as he completed just 33% of his passes for 59 yards and threw four interceptions. Keith Franks handicapped this game and predicts which Bulldogs squad we see Saturday night!
Last year’s encounter between both outfits was a classic. Penn State literally won on the last play of the game at the infamous Kinnick Stadium and broke Iowa hearts when the Hawkeyes thought they had finally ousted one of the conference’s heavyweights. Iowa believes they can win and sportsbooks suggest they can as well having the underdog get less than a touchdown here. Keith Franks looks at the matchup and where the value sits.
Florida does not have the greatest offensive reputation. In fact, the Gators defense and running game has been their strengths over the last several years. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are on the heels of their worst offensive performance of the season in the 36-16 loss at LSU. Jay Horne looks at if we should expect a snooze-fest and who is the team to be betting come Saturday afternoon.
We have seen many different manifestations of Oregon, both in terms of their strengths and weaknesses on the field, in addition to their overall level of energy. With the Ducks, it can flip right in the middle of a game. Against Stanford, they were shot out of a cannon, only to wane and let Stanford stage an unlikely comeback to win the game. Against Washington State last week, it was the opposite dynamic, with the Ducks looking like mummies in the first half, before turning on the juice in the second half. Which Oregon shows up on Saturday. LL has his free college football prediction.
Texas Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is listed as questionable with a Level 1 Shoulder Sprain. This is mission-critical for Texas as he is the one that drives the Longhorns offense. As a dual threat quarterback, Ehlinger keeps defenses honest with the persistent possibility of a scramble and/or designed option play. How do we make a pick on this game considering the injury? Keith Franks breaks down the betting options.
Stanford is coming off a week 8 win over the ASU Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium last Thursday night. Cardinal QB K.J. Costello was 22/29 for 231 yards and one TD but this game was a battle of FG kickers until midway through the third quarter—it was a whopping 6-3 Stanford lead at the half. Stanford will need more points this week to take a lead into the half versus WSU! See Wilson’s prediction.
When your 129th in the country in passing offense, there isn’t going to be much excitement among your receivers and that is certainly the case for Navy. They have just one player with over six catches on the year and not one player has more than a single touchdown so far. How does this Navy team put up points against Notre Dame?
Win or lose, Northwestern has made it a regular occurrence to play in close games. They gave Michigan a three-and-a-half quarter scare before falling 20-17 to the Wolverines and nipped the Huskers in overtime after going 90-yards to tie the game as time wound down in regulation. These Northwestern kids are gamers! But is 7 points enough versus a 5-2 Wisconsin team?
Washington is still among the class of the conference. But we do see some troubling patterns. In their two biggest games of the season, they came up short. There is this everlasting dull vibe about them. On one hand, they have that stifling defense with all those sterling defensive backs, along with an offense with a 4-year starter in QB Jake Browning and RB Myles Gaskin, On the other hand they’ve gotten worse over time in terms of bottom-line production. Does this Huskies team have enough to cover an 11, and at some betting sites, a 12 point spread? Loot has his doubts.
Despite the improvements shown by this Florida State team, they still have a long way to go before they are an elite football team. The offense still goes through periods of “what the heck are they doing?” The defense is solid but not good enough to carry the load. Sportsbooks have set the line at -14.5. Can FSU find an edge to reward dog bettors here? Jay Horne has his football prediction.
You have bad defenses, then you have the UCLA defense. There seems to be a systemic failure on that side of the ball. Recent neglect in this area has created this dreary period in the history of this defense, where they are out-manned and out-performed at nearly every turn. Is this fact enough to take a hard look at Utah -10? Loot Levinson gives his football pick.
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