Last week we provided some big-time winners. Nebraska on the road gave Oklahoma all they could handle. Cincinnati secured a big road win at Indiana. We continue to bang the table for the Fresno State Bulldogs. Not only did they cover, but they beat UCLA outright. We did falter on our game of the week, unfortunately. Florida battled Alabama all game long and did not fold against the Crimson Tide pressure. Give the Gators a ton of credit. We dive back in this week to give you all the winners.
PICK OF THE WEEK: West Virginia at Oklahoma (-16.5) (O/U 56)
This week we kick it off with an Oklahoma game once again. Last week we told you Nebraska would keep it close. This week we are telling you to hop on the Sooners. This game is one of the weeks that Spencer Rattler and company show off in prime time and hang close to 50 points on the Mountaineers. West Virginia will score points of their own, but they won’t be able to keep pace.
Picks: Oklahoma -16.5, Over 56
Wake Forest at Virginia (-4) (O/U 68.5)
The Cavaliers look good in this spot. I don’t feel that the Demon Deacons can hold down the multi-pronged Virginia offense for long. Wake Forest has a threatening offense in their own right, but I will take the Cavaliers to cover at home.
Picks: Virginia -4, Under 68.5
UNLV at Fresno State (-30.5) (O/U 58.5)
Seeing Fresno State as one of our picks in this section should come as no surprise. The Bulldogs have one of the more underrated offenses across college football. 30.5 is a big number to hang, but I believe Fresno State, riding high off a big win against UCLA, will score plenty.
Picks: Fresno State -30.5, Over 58.5
Notre Dame at Wisconsin (-6.5) (O/U 46.5)
We faded the Fighting Irish a week ago to our detriment. Notre Dame has been erratic all year long. Wisconsin, as always, the Badgers have been the model of consistency. I believe Wisconsin wins the game at home, but 6.5 is too many points for me to give in a back and forth contest. I’ll take the Irish, and I’ll take the points. It will not shock me if Notre Dame wins outright.
Picks: Notre Dame +6.5, Over 46.5
North Carolina (-12.5) at Georgia Tech (O/U 63)
North Carolina was very impressive a week ago–the Tar Heels rebounded nicely from a season-opening defeat. Georgia Tech is a daunting task in its own right. I’m going to stick with the Tar Heels and their momentum, expecting quarterback Sam Howell to get it done on the road.
Picks: North Carolina -12.5, Under 63
Indiana (-9) at Western Kentucky (O/U 63.5)
We liked Cincinnati against Indiana a week ago, and that call paid off. Indiana did not play poorly in that game. The Hoosiers are an explosive offense and a well-coached team. I do not foresee any slippage here as Indiana rebounds and takes care of business on the road against Western Kentucky.
Picks: Indiana -9, Over 63.5
UCLA (-4.5) at Stanford (O/U 58.5)
Two weeks ago, we saw Stanford upend a high-powered offense in USC. The Cardinals are back at it again as they attempt to upset UCLA. Stanford is built differently. They are going to out-physical the Bruins in this one, and Stanford pulls off the upset outright.
Picks: Stanford +4.5, Under 58.5
Louisville (-2) at Florida State (O/U 62.5)
The Louisville/Florida State game has all the makings of a potential shootout. The Florida State program finds itself amidst turmoil once again. I like Louisville with the steadier play at the quarterback position to win this one on the road.
Picks: Louisville -2, Under 62.5
Oregon State at USC (-11.5) (O/U 62.5)
A week ago, Jaxson Dart came in to relieve the injured Kedon Slovis and lit it up. Now the USC Trojans have a bit of quarterback controversy on their hands. As of now, we don’t know who the starting quarterback will be for USC. What I do know is Dart certainly injected some life into this Trojans’ offense. Either Dart remains under center, and we see more fireworks, or this will light a fire under Kedon Slovis, and the Trojans’ offense begins to move more effectively. Either way, I’m taking USC in this spot to score plenty of points and to cover the spread.
Picks: USC -11.5, Over 62.5
Tennessee at Florida (-19) (O/U 63)
I came away thoroughly impressed with the Florida Gators following last week’s narrow loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida has some playmakers on offense and causes matchup problems for the opposition. Facing the Volunteers’ defense after facing Alabama is going to feel like child’s play. Florida wins this one in a romp.
Picks: Florida -19, Under 63
Clemson (-10) at NC State (O/U 47.5)
Clemson needs a boost of confidence. The Tigers’ offense never got it going against Georgia in the opener and looked disinterested last week. Clemson cannot sleep walk-through this week against a game NC State team. I believe Clemson comes out with more energy and more juice offensively this week, and the defense carries them the rest of the way. Give me Clemson, and I’ll give the points.
Picks: Clemson -10, Under 47.5
Rutgers at Michigan (-20) (O/U 49.5)
Jim Harbaugh–I apologize. I have blistered the Michigan Wolverines football program for quite some time. I have been on the right side of things the vast majority of the time. This year, Michigan has played excellent. I have seen the error of my ways and will take the Wolverines to cover against Rutgers.
Picks: Michigan -20, Under 49.5
Texas A&M (-5) at Arkansas (O/U 47.5)
The season has not gone according to plans for Texas A&M. The Aggies have dealt with injuries and inconsistent play so far in 2021. Texas A&M remains a talented football team. The Razorbacks will pose an early challenge, but ultimately, Texas A&M pulls away late in this one.