How happy are each and every one of you right now? I’m still over the damn moon after last Saturday. If you read this blog often, you may recall that I picked the Oklahoma Sooners to lose a close one in Columbus at this point last week. You all may now go down to the comments and tell me how much of an idiot I am for doing that.
HOWEVER, I did pick OU to cover against the Buckeyes, which made me 5-3-1 against the spread last weekend (though my O/U picks were less than stellar, and I even forget to pick the O/U for USC-Stanford). Here’s what I have for this week’s crap-tastic slate of college football games.
Oklahoma State (-12.5) at Pittsburgh – Pitt just isn’t the same without Matt Canada running the offense, and I definitely don’t see them hanging with Okie Light for long. Gambling pick: Oklahoma State covers with ease. Under 64
Baylor at Duke (-14.0) – How is this line so low? Duke looked pretty solid on both sides of the ball against Northwestern last week. Baylor on the other hand appears to be trash after losses to Liberty and UTSA. Gambling pick: Duke covers and probably wins by about 21. Under 58.5
Tennessee at Florida (-4.5) – This is kind of tough. The Gators still have a bunch of dudes suspended, and the futility of their offense is stuff of legends. On the other hand, well… Butch Jones. Gambling pick: Tennessee covers and wins in spite of itself. Under 49.5
Kansas State (-4.0) at Vanderbilt – I think K-State’s the real deal this year, especially on defense. However, this one’s a little tough considering neither team has really played anyone yet. Vandy’s defense looked good against Middle Tennessee, but it’s tough to really take too much from that performance. Gambling pick: The Wildcats may not have quite as much success running the ball as they would like, but I still like K-State to cover. Over 50
Tulane at Oklahoma (-35.5) – This line seems a little high. Tulane’s defense really isn’t too shabby. Wait, what am I saying? OU basically moved the ball at will against an Ohio State defense that’s full of elite athletes. If the Sooners can really hit their stride in the running game, this could be a loooong game for Tulane. And with Banks (their usual starting QB) absent, the threat of the pass in their option attack basically goes away. Gambling prediction: Oklahoma passes the line in the second half and doesn’t look back.
Clemson (-3.0) at Louisville – Clemson had 11 sacks last week against Auburn. Will they have that many this week? No, but they’re going to cause some serious problems for Lamar Jackson, who will undoubtedly still do some spectacular things. He’ll make it worth a watch, but… Gambling pick: Clemson prevails on the road and covers the spread. Under 58.5
Texas at USC (-15.5) – Yes, Tom Herman has a history of getting his teams pumped up for big games (we know all too well), but the potential for a blowout is just too high here. Chris Warren and co. may be able to have moderate success on the ground against a vulnerable run D. UT’s defense, however, isn’t going to slow USC down. Gambling prediction: USC covers and gives UT a losing record entering Big 12 play. Over 68
Here’s this weekend’s TV schedule (ET):
Saturday TV Schedule
Source: Crimson and Cream Machine
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