- #11 Miami (-10.5, O/U 58.5) @ NC State
Weather: 70 and Party cloudy
NC State: 4-2 ATS and 5-1 on Over’s
Miami: 4-2 ATS and 3-3 on Over’s
NC State: Starting QB Devin Leary – (Shin) Out Indefinitely
Miami: Star starting TE Brevin Jordan – (Shoulder) Probable
NC State: Ranked #60 in total offense and #76 in total defense
Miami: Ranked #44 in total offense and #47 in total defense
Prediction: As long as Bailey Hockman is the Wolfpack QB, NC State most likely will not be winning another game. Even though the Hurricane offense has not totally clicked yet, they still have one of the most dynamic QB’s in the nation in D’Eriq King. I predict this to be an absolute bloodbath and I am taking the Hurricanes while leaning towards the over.
Hurricanes Win, 48-14
2) #14 Oklahoma State (-12.5, O/U 46.5) @ Kansas State
Weather: 72 and Cloudy
Oklahoma State: 3-2 and 2-3 on Over’s
Kansas State: 4-2 and 4-2 on Over’s
Kansas State: Starting TE Briley Moore – (Back) Questionable, Starting QB Skyler Thompson – (Shoulder) Out Indefinitely, Starting DB A.J Parker – (Leg) Questionable
Oklahoma State: Starting Safety Kolby Harvell-Peel – (Head) Questionable
Kansas State: Ranked #84 in total offense and #70 in total defense
Oklahoma State: Ranked #25 in total offense and #12 in total defense
Prediction: I personally did not even like the Wildcat’s with starting QB Skylar Thompson, and I like them 20 times less now without him. The rankings do not lie, even though they are 4-2 Kansas State just isn’t a good team. Oklahoma State rides and dies with their big 3 of QB Spencer Sanders, RB Chuba Hubbard, and WR Tylan Wallace and surprisingly their defense is even better right now. I predict another bloodbath here and would not be surprised if Kansas State scores less than 10.
Oklahoma State rolls, 35-7
3) UNC (-10.5, O/U 64) @ Duke
Weather: 73 and Cloudy
UNC: 3-3 ATS and 3-3 on Over’s
Duke: 4-3 ATS and 4-3 on Over’s
UNC: Nothing new of note
Duke: Nothing new of note
UNC: Ranked #5 in total offense and #43 in total defense
Duke: Ranked #53 in total offense and #51 in total defense
Prediction: UNC’s recent struggles do not bother me; Sam Howell and the Tar Heel Offense is still a wagon. This game has the feel of UNC going up early and Duke not being able to do enough on offense to keep up. Expect the trio of Howell, RB Michael Carter, and WR Dyami Brown to have a field day against a subpar Duke defense. The over is also a sneaky solid play here.
UNC Steamrolls, 45-24
4) #1 Clemson (-5.5, O/U 51.5) @ #4 Notre Dame
Weather: 70 and Sunny
Clemson: 2-5 ATS and 4-3 on Over’s
Notre Dame: 2-4 ATS and 3-3 on Over’s
Clemson: Starting QB Trevor Lawrence – COVID-19 (out Saturday), Starting LB James Skalski – Groin (out indefinitely)
Notre Dame: Nothing new of note
Clemson: Ranked #10 in total offense and #7 in total defense
Notre Dame: Ranked #29 in total offense and #6 in total defense
Prediction: Obviously being without Heisman favorite and presumed #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence is a huge loss for Clemson, but I still think they cover with ease. Though they barely squeaked out a win against Boston College last week without Lawrence, Backup QB and 5 Star true freshman D.J Uiagalelei looked really good. This kid is the future of Clemson football and expect him to give Clemson fans a glimpse of their bright future with a beatdown in South Bend this Saturday night. This game will show the country the Fighting Irish are one dimensional on offense and QB Ian Book cannot do enough with his arm to keep up with the big dogs of college football. I advise to lay the points with Clemson, and heavily lean towards the over.
Clemson wins convincingly, 38-20
5) West Virginia @ #22 Texas (-6.5, O/U 55)
Weather: 80 and Sunny
West Virginia: 4-2 ATS and 4-2 on Over’s
Texas: 2-3-1 ATS and 5-1 on Over’s
West Virginia: Starting Kicker Evan Staley – Knee (out indefinitely)
Texas: Starting RB Keaontay Ingram – Ankle (out Saturday)
West Virginia: Ranked #22 in total offense and #4 in total defense
Texas: Ranked #26 in total offense and #65 in total defense
Prediction: Stats and Data wise, this game screams to take the Mountaineers who rely heavily on their top five defensive unit and their elite rushing attack behind breakout junior Leddie Brown. With that being said, I still think the Longhorns win this game by at least a touchdown. As long as the modern day Tebow and current Longhorn QB Sam Ehlinger’s fingerprints are all over this game, Texas should win. Tom Herman’s Longhorns are in a good grove coming off an OT thriller against the Cowboys in Stillwater and I expect them to take off the second half of the season. Lay the points with Texas, and do not be afraid to take the over as well.
Texas wins a good one, 35-24
6) Tennessee (-1.5, O/U 52.5) @ Arkansas
Weather: 70 and Sunny
Tennessee: 1-3-1 ATS and 2-3 on Over’s
Arkansas 5-0 ATS and 2-3 on Over’s
Tennessee: Nothing new of note
Arkansas: Nothing new of note
Tennessee: Ranked #95 in total offense and #64 in total defense
Arkansas: Ranked #82 in total offense and #71 in total defense
Prediction: This line makes no sense. Why in the world is the better team who also happens to be the home team the underdog? The Razorbacks also have the better QB by a longshot in Florida grad transfer Feleipe Franks. This game will probably be pretty boring but as long as Arkansas can contain Tennessee RB Eric Gray, they should win with ease.
Arkansas wins a snooze fest, 24-20
NEW WEEKLY TOPIC ALERT!
Every week for the rest of the season I will be picking a weekly touchdown or more underdog to outright win. These picks will all be 1U plays.
- San Jose State (+300) @ San Diego State
Prediction: Do not have any stats to back this one up but I am going with this one solely based on Nick Starkel. The former Texas A&M and Arkansas QB has made his way to San Jose State as a grad transfer Senior and has come out of the gate hot, leading the Spartans to a 2-0 start. San Diego State is a run-first and defensive team and San Jose State already had a test with that two weeks back in the Air Force Falcons and shut them down with ease. I got a feeling with this one!
Spartans win a low scoring game, 21-17