Bad week for me on picks last week and I went 16-9. But, I did pick Clemson to beat Florida State by 3 and hit it right on. Think you can beat me? Bring it on.
Thursday November 3rd:
UCLA 3-5 at Colorado 6-2: Look, I don’t want to come across as cocky, or as some soothsayer, but I have been talking up Colorado for a couple of years and here they are. Jim Mora at UCLA was well thought of, but his stock is sinking fast. The Bruins are destructing while the Buffaloes are on the move. Expect a show out of Colorado and a big win.
Saturday November 5th
Vanderbilt 4-4 at Auburn 6-2: Both of these coaches were in trouble before the season started and
Auburn is now probably the hottest team in the country. Vanderbilt has a tough defense, but Auburn wins by about two scores.
Louisville 7-1 at Boston College 4-4: The Eagles of Boston College lost their outstanding Defensive Coordinator to Michigan, but they are still a top 10 defense. Can they slow down Lamar Jackson? Maybe, but last week against Virginia, it was mostly dropped passes that slowed down Action Jackson. Louisville wins, but they won’t have their normal output against a strong defense.
Michigan State 2-6 at Illinois 2-6: The Spartans were ranked when the season started and won their first 2 games before just falling apart and losing 6 straight. Illinois just isn’t very good right now and the once powerful Spartans get back in the grove with a big road win.
Wisconsin 6-2 at Northwestern 4-4: On the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wildcats can play tough especially afteer a really tough start. But, the Badgers of Wisconsin need a win here and will get it.
Georgia Tech 5-3 at North Carolina 6-2: North Carolina has had a rough time stopping the run in recent years and the Yellow Jackets can run the ball. Georgia Tech has a decent defense, but North Carolina is explosive with a lot of speed even without Mack Hollins at Wide Receiver. This should be a good game, but North Carolina, I believe, will win.
Pittsburgh 5-3 at Miami 4-4: The Hurricanes jumped out to a 4-0 start and then lost 4 straight. The only game they weren’t in was the loss to Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Pittsburgh could very well be unbeaten with their only losses being close. I hate to say it because I don’t want to see Mark Richt and Miami with a losing record, but I think that Pitt might actually come down and beat them. I like both programs and I think both are on the right track.
Oklahoma State 6-2 at Kansas State 5-3: The Cowboys beat formerly unbeaten West Virginia, but Kansas State is tough at home. I’m going out on a limb here and picking Kansas State and their iconic coach Bill Snyder to pull off the upset.
Syracuse 4-4 at Clemson 8-0: Dino Babers and Syracuse are going to be formidable in the future, but
they aren’t quite there yet. They did beat Virginia Tech which was something impressive for a first year in the program. Clemson only seems to play well against good teams which needs to change if they are going to remain undefeated. Sophomore Eric Dungey will be one of the nations’ best Quarterbacks in 2017 after working with Babers for a year. Babers is the man, but Clemson is a no brainer here. However, it could be closer than expected.
Virginia ‘Tech 6-2 at Duke 3-5: The Blue Devils home advantage is probably only for basketball. Duke is still a good team in spite of the record, but Virginia Tech is just better and they should win the ACC Coastal. The Hokies win by at least 2 Touchdowns.
Oregon State 2-6 at Stanford 5-3: Stanford and Christian McCaffrey need this game. Oregon State has some good players, but they don’t seem to use them. Stanford could finally get it going and they pick up a big win here.
TCU 4-4 at Baylor 6-1: The Horn Frogs have fallen apart in recent weeks and Baylor lost thir first game last week. The Bears win here with relative ease.
Florida 6-1 at Arkansas 5-3: Florida is still in first place in the SEC East and needs to win this game to stay in first. But, winning in Fayetteville is no easy task. I want to pick the Gators, but I am going with the Razorbacks.
Arizona 2-6 at Washington State 6-2: The Wildcats are hurting and their season has fallen apart.
Washington State started slowly, but they are surging now. They will brutalize Arizona.
Florida State 5-3 at North Carolina State 4-4: The Wolfpack often gives the Seminoles problems and especially at their place. North Carolina State seems to have a split personality. They should have beaten Clemson and were blown out by Louisville, and then they lost to Boston College. Somehow, Florida State beats the Wolfpack and wins out.
Oregon 3-5 at USC 5-3: The Ducks are a mess and the Trojans are coming on strong. The Trojans probably really want a piece of Oregon right now due to recent humiliations applied to them. USC runs all over a bad Duck team.
Iowa 5-3 at Penn State 6-2: Iowa has a stout defense. but Penn STate is hot right now and they hae more talent on offense than the Hawkeyes should be able to contain epecially at Happy Valley.
Georgia 4-4 at Kentucky 5-3: Who would have thought that Kentucky would be one of the better teams in the SEC. The Bulldogs, the Vols and everyone in the East is just not that good this season. Kentucky has plenty to play for and they should beat Georgia.
Alabama 8-0 at LSU 5-2: The LSU Tigers have gotten better since they fired Les Miles. But, Alabama is still the strongest team in the SEC and they will once more roll.
Nebraska 7-1 at Ohio State 7-1: For whatever reason, the Buckeyes are struggling. They barely handled Northwestern last week and that was at home. Now, Nebraska comes to town after losing their first game against Wisconsin last week. Loss number 2 will come at Columbus, but it may not come easy for the Buckeyes.
Washington 8-0 at Cal 4-4: The Huskies are the best team in the West and their closest competition may come from in state rival Washington State. The Huskies offense will run all over the Cal defense, but the Cal Bears offense may challenge the defense.