A week ago, our favorite pick of the week was the Oregon Ducks going into Columbus, OH, and giving the Buckeyes all they could handle. The Ducks did so and MORE as they pulled off one of the largest updates of the young college football season. We are back at it again this week to give you all the college football winners for the weekend.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Alabama (-15.5) at Florida (O/U 56)
We are going to kick it off with one of the marquee games of the weekend. The question entering this battle of SEC rivals: can the Gators keep up with the Crimson Tide? The Gators have done a good job keeping defenses off-balanced while swapping in multiple quarterbacks. These parlor tricks are not going to work against Nick Saban. Saban has seen it all and done it all. Alabama is on a mountain top to itself this year. The Crimson Tide will roll in this one.
Picks: Alabama -15.5, Over 56
Nebraska at Oklahoma (-22) (O/U 61.5)
Spencer Rattler had the Oklahoma offense on full display a week ago. The issue has been on the defensive side of the ball for the Sooners. Nebraska and Adrian Martinez pose their form of issues for would-be defenses. I like the Sooners to win this game, but a spread over three touchdowns is a lot to give. I’ll take the Cornhuskers here.
Picks: Nebraska +22, Over 61.5
Cincinnati -3 at Indiana (O/U 51)
I’m looking forward to this one. Cincinnati/Indiana could be one of the most fun games of the season. Michael Penix Jr. and Desmond Ridder are going to engage in a shootout. Cincinnati has the more balanced team overall, so give me the Bearcats to cover on the road.
Picks: Cincinnati -3, Over 51
Northern Illinois at Michigan (-27) (O/U 54)
I am nothing but consistent. I have been pandering against Michigan this year as a team that doesn’t put teams away. Thus far, I have been on the wrong side of things, and the Wolverines have made me look silly. Going to the well one more time, I believe Michigan wins this game, but a four-touchdown spread is too many points for me to give.
Picks: Northern Illinois +27, Under 54
New Mexico at Texas A&M (-30) (O/U 51)
I was genuinely surprised when I first glanced at the spread on this one. Coming into the season, I was as high on Texas A&M as anyone, but we need to adjust to what we have seen on the football field. The Aggies have struggled mightily early on. The Aggies remain unbeaten, but they had to survive a scare against Colorado last week. I don’t see how Texas A&M can give ANYONE thirty points. The Aggies will be victorious, but I will take New Mexico given the large spread.
Picks: New Mexico +30, Under 51
Purdue at Notre Dame (-7) (O/U 59)
Notre Dame is another team that remains undefeated, but it hasn’t been pretty so far. For me, the biggest surprise is the Fighting Irish defense has been beatable. The Fighting Irish will improve and stabilize their defense. Until we see it on the football field, I’ll take the underdog. Give me Purdue +7.
Picks: Purdue +7, Over 59
USC (-8.5) at Washington State (O/U 61.5)
A week ago, USC looked nothing like the team we thought that they were. USC floundered, was outclassed by a Stanford Cardinal team. It certainly feels like the Trojans are still reeling following last week. The fact that USC is over a TD favorite on the road is a bit surprising. USC wins the game, but it will be by a razor-thin margin. I’ll take the home Cougars to cover in a shootout.
Picks: Washington State +8.5, Over 61.5
South Carolina at Georgia (-32) (O/U 48)
Last week we advised you to jump all over the Bulldogs, and they did not disappoint. Georgia romped UAB 56-7. This week we are preaching additional caution. Both Georgia quarterbacks are a bit banged up. I wonder how much cohesion they have had in practice leading up to the game. I advise taking an SEC underdog getting points like this, and I will do so again. South Carolina covers in this spot.
Picks: South Carolina +32, Over 48
Auburn at Penn State (-5) (O/U 53)
Auburn/Penn State is a game of two teams I cannot buy-in. Both the Tigers and the Nittany Lions have some critical flaws to exploit. The question is: can the opposing offenses take advantage? I believe we are looking at more of a slugfest than one would think. I’ll take Auburn to keep it close.
Picks: Auburn +5, Under 53
Virginia at North Carolina (-8.5) (O/U 66)
We were ahead of the curve on the Tar Heels’ struggles heading into the 2021 football season. You cannot lose that type of talent from your roster and not miss a beat. Sam Howell is legit and can rally the troops, but don’t underestimate the Cavaliers. Virginia is multifaceted on offense and can be a tough matchup. I will take North Carolina to win but give me Virginia and the points.
Picks: Virginia +8.5, Under 66
Arizona State (-3.5) at BYU (O/U 51)
The Sun Devils face their biggest challenge of the season when they travel to face BYU. Jayden Daniels has electrified this team as the top passer and runner. Daniels is the ‘X’ factor that puts Arizona State over the top in a high-scoring affair.
Picks: Arizona State -3.5, Over 51
Fresno State at UCLA (-11) (O/U 63)
The Bulldogs and Bruins are two teams that don’t mind flying up and down the football field. We have been banging the drum for Fresno State all year long. I have to admit, UCLA has been impressive in the early going. I like the over in this spot. Give me Fresno State to keep this one close enough to cover the spread.