Welp, it took six weeks, but I finally had a down week. A 2-5 week puts my overall total at 26-15-1. We’re still 11 games north of .500, so I can’t complain too much.
On with this week’s picks....
Miami at UNC (-7.5)
I was on the fence on this one, but I’m off it. I just can’t trust a Manny Diaz team off a bye, especially with apparent turmoil in the locker room. I think this one gets away from Miami early, and they can’t keep up. I saw someone write that the Heels’ defense would look like the 1985 Bears this weekend. I can’t help but shake my head, because I fear that will be the case.
Pitt at Virginia Tech (+5)
Home dog Hokies after that strong of a showing against Notre Dame? Yeah, I’ll take 5 points here all day.
Texas Tech (-17) at Kansas
Call this my belief in...Kansas being the worst team in the Power 5. Red Raiders by a lot more than this.
Alabama (-17) at Mississippi State
Football is weird. The Bulldogs won at A&M. The 18-point favorite Tide lost there the next week. And still 17 points at State isn’t nearly enough to take the Bulldogs. Tide bounce back in a big way here.
Clemson at Syracuse; OVER 45
I don’t know if the Tigers will win by 10 or 17, but I think these teams will find enough of a way to get over this total. The Syracuse defense played relatively well against Wake Forest, but they were poor against a bad FSU team. If Clemson can’t get it going here? Woof.
Cal at Oregon (-13.5)
The Bears are rotten this year, and if the Ducks really are a Top 10 team, they should put their feet on their throats and win this game by 20+.
Iowa State at Kansas State; OVER 51
This is nothing more than a hunch. The Cyclones’ offense has been solid since it lost to Iowa, albeit against inferior competition. I still think these two find a way to clear this number though.