Week 5 was very good to me. A 6-1 week, with the lone miss being Arkansas +18. All the rest hit. As such, I sit at 24-10-1 (70.59%) on the season. 5 weeks of picks - 5 winning marks. Let’s see if we can keep the hot streak going (all lines courtesy of DraftKings.com)...
Maryland at Ohio State (-21). Ok, Buckeyes, I’ll bite. Very impressive performance at Rutgers last week. Meanwhile, the Terps’ defense was absolutely shredded by Iowa last Friday night. I’ll take both teams’ recent trends in a blowout in Columbus.
Virginia at Louisville (-2.5). Speaking of trends, the Cards are trending in the right direction lately, coming off a very close loss at Wake Forest where they fell late. Virginia’s defense is still a hot mess, Miami’s first half incompetence notwithstanding. I think the Cards get it done, and I’m laying less than a field goal, so sign me up.
Georgia at Auburn (+15.5). Maybe I’m buying into Bo Nix’s spell-binding second half against LSU, and the fact this is a rivalry game....but this feels like it will at least be competitive. I’ll take 15.5 all day here.
Wake Forest (-5.5) at Syracuse. I thought Syracuse would win outright last week in Tallahassee, and they probably should have. That said, they have shown little to nothing this year, outside of a close win against Liberty. I’ll take the far more accomplished Demon Deacons here laying 5.5.
Michigan (-3.5) at Nebraska. The Wolverines were flat-out dominant at Wisconsin last week, so why can’t they do the same thing on the road against the Huskers? Sure, latter has been plucky lately, with close losses at OU and Michigan State and a blowout win over a hapless Northwestern squad, but I’ll take the better overall team here who’s also been playing at a high level.
Alabama (-18) at Texas A&M. The Aggies are terrrrrrrrrible on offense with their backup QB, and Alabama is as dominant this year as ever. Add in some smart aleck words from Jimbo Fisher for Nick Saban to soak in, and this one has big time blowout written all over it. Tide by a bunch.
Stanford (+13.5) at Arizona State. This feels like it’s going to be a competitive Friday night fight between these two, so asking the Sun Devils to lay basically two touchdowns doesn’t make that much sense to me. Stanford showed its mettle last week against Oregon, and I think they take this one to the finish as well.