I have had my worst 2 weeks in the history of my blog in my predictions which was still better than ESPN experts. But, I am not proud of that and hopefully will be better this week.
Thursday September 24th:
Cincinnati 2-1 at Memphis 3-0: The battle of two of my favorite Quarterbacks and I have not actually seen either of them in 2015. Gunner Kiel leads Cincinnati against Paxton Lynch and his Memphis Tigers. Memphis has been really good this season and should win here. Cincinnati has not played great defense this season and they may have trouble stopping the Tigers.
Backup Quarterback for Memphis is Clay Holgorsen who is the nephew of West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and he was a district champion in the 400 meters. Memphis coach Justin Fuente has this program on the rise and his stock will continue to rise as a hot football coaching prospect. Keep an eye on Outside Linebacker/Defensive End for Memphis 6-6, 245 Jackson Dillon. He will play on Sundays.
Friday September 25th:
Boise State 2-1 at Virginia 1-2: Surprisingly, the Cavaliers are favored in this game by the odds makers, but only by 2 points. Virginia has home field and has looked good at times taking Notre Dame to the wire. But, then they struggled against William and Mary last week. Take the Cavs and the points.
Stanford 2-1 at Oregon State 2-1: The Cardinal got off to a rough start in Chicago, but bounced back against USC and could be a threat again for the Pac 12 Title as was expected before the season started. The Cardinal will win this game because of superior defense, but keep an eye on brilliant true freshman Seth Collins at Quarterback for Oregon State. He is the exact opposite of the last Quarterback at OSU, Sean Mannion. Stanford is favored by 15.5 points and they win but I don’t feel they cover the spread in Corvallis.
Saturday September 26th:
Kansas at Rutgers: Rutgers is 12.5 point favorite, but the problem is that the Scarlet Knights have plenty of issues on their own. Still, Kansas is that bad and take the points with Rutgers beating them handily.
BYU 2-1 at Michigan 2-1: Nobody can say that the BYU Cougars don’t play anybody. They started with Nebraska, then went to Boise State, then UCLA and now to Michigan. They are 2-1 against tough competition. UCLA ran the ball well on BYU, but the Mormons are tough, older and experienced. Michigan is getting better by the day, but might not quite be good enough to beat BYU and I am taking the Cougars.
Central Michigan 1-2 at Michigan State 3-0: The Spartans are 26.5 point favorites here. Michigan State will win, but not cover in my opinion. They are not as impressive as the Polls are telling us even though they are a solid team.
Southern Mississippi 2-1 at Nebraska 1-2: Huskers will bounce back from devastating loss at Miami, but can they cover the 21.5 point spread. I think they do as they showed some heart in coming back last week and their loss to BYU was a fluke. It’s time for Nebraska to rise up and compete in the Big 10 West.
Georgia Tech 2-1 at Duke 2-1: ACC battle between the last two champions of the Coastal division of the ACC. Is Notre Dame that good? Or, was Georgia Tech overrated? Georgia Tech is a 9.5 favorite and should cover, although I am still thinking Duke is a pretty solid team as well.
LSU 2-0 at Syracuse 3-0: The politically correct named Orange is undefeated against questionable competition and they have injury problems. The Tigers are on fire right now and should roll, but will they cover the 24 point spread? I think so.
Bowling Green 1-2 at Purdue 1-2: If you are an old time college football fan it might be really sad that Bowling Green is actually a favorite over Purdue, but they are at 2.5. Both schools have two tough losses each, and could have a better record. Bowling Green has been more impressive and should cover.
Indiana 3-0 at Wake Forest 2-1: I haven’t seen a point spread, yet, but I expect the Hoosiers to win. They have a great offense, but little defense and they have won some wild games. Running Back Jordan Howard the transfer from UAB, is great and so is senior Quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Wake is more known for their defense of late and this year’s defense is lead by Linebacker Brandon Chubb.
Northern Illinois 2-1 at Boston College 2-1: Northern Illinois gave Ohio State fits last week, surprisingly. But, Boston College also was tough for Florida State and is favored by 4 points. BC has the top defense in the country so far, but they lost their starting Quarterback last Friday Night in their loss to the Seminoles. Northern Illinois is a solid team, but take Boston College and the points at home.
Florida International 2-1 at Louisiana Tech 1-2 : Don’t discount Louisiana Tech just because of their record. They lost last week to Kansas State in Overtime and they lost a close one to Western Kentucky. I think they beat Florida International and cover the 14.5 spread in their first Conference USA game of the season. Tech Quarterback Jeff Driskel is itching to have a breakout game and Running Back Kenneth Dixon is one of the nation’s best kept secrets.
New Mexico 1-2 at Wyoming 0-3: The New Mexico Lobos favored in a game? Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie has their running game rolling and they should beat a pitiful Wyoming Cowboys and cover the spread.
Maryland 2-1 at West Virginia 2-0: The Mountaineers of West Virginia are tough at home and can beat almost anybody in Morgantown. They are favored by 17 and with their wide open offense they should cover at home.
Ohio 3-0 at Minnesota 2-1: The Gophers are favored by 10 and they win, but they may not cover the spread. Ohio is undefeated and has played well against inferior competition other than Marshall. Ohio Linebacker Quentin Poling has been an early season terror.
Western Michigan 1-2 at Ohio State 3-0: The Buckeyes are 31 point favorites, but they have not looked good on offense in 2015. But, this is the week that they finally get it going and Urban Meyer finally picks a Quarterback and sticks with him. Look for the Buckeyes to win huge here and take out their frustrations on Western Michigan.
Oklahoma State 3-0 at Texas 1-2: The undefeated Cowboys are 3 point favorites. But, I think Texas wins this game in something of a surprise for some.
Virginia Tech 2-1 at East Carolina 1-2: Hokies are favored by 8 and the East Carolina defense has been bad all year giving Virginia Tech a serious advantage and they cover the points.
Tennessee 2-1 at Florida 2-1: The Gators have owned the Vols for a long time and they are favored by 1.5 at home. If the Volunteers lose this game they are going to have a hard time winning the SEC East so it’s a must win. I think the Vols upset the Gators.
TCU 3-0 at Texas Tech 3-0: Strange, strange things have happened in Lubbock, Texas to highly ranked teams. Texas Tech beat Arkansas last week to stay unbeaten on the season. The Horn Frogs from TCU have not been beaten, either, but they have not impressed as they should have. I don’t look for the Frogs to cover and maybe even Red Raiders win it.
Middle Tennessee 2-1 at Illinois 2-1: The Illini is favored by 6.5, but they are horrible other than Running Back Josh Ferguson. The Illini does not cover the spread here, but may barely win.
California 3-0 at Washington 2-1: Washington has one of the nation’s better defenses based on stats right now in spite of 3 first round draft choices last season being in the NFL. Cal is favored by 4.5 points and I believe they will cover.
Texas A%M 3-0 at Arkansas 1-2: At Arkansas? Game is being played at Jerry World in Arlington, Texas which is more like Aggie backyard, and the Pigs are reeling. Coach Bret Bielema might just be the most hated coach in America right now. Aggies should win this one, but they are not as good as everyone is saying because the teams they have beaten are not as good as everyone thinks. Texas A%M is favored by 7 and should win.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 3-0: The Rebels are the most loved team in America right now and are favored by 25 and will easily cover the points.
Arkansas State 1-2 at Toledo 2-0: The Toledo Rockets beat Arkansas and Iowa State and will beat Arkansas State and cover the points.
Mississippi State 2-1 at Auburn 2-1: Auburn is favored by 3 and I don’t see that at all. I’m taking Mississippi State over a struggling Auburn. A must win for both schools at this time.
Missouri 3-0 at Kentucky 2-1: Missouri might be the worst 3-0 team in the nation right now. The
Kentucky Wildcats are strangely favored by 3 but I think they win in something of a break out game.
North Carolina State 3-0 at South Alabama 2-1: The Wolfpack of North Carolina State are favored by 17 and will cover easily.
UCLA 3-0 at Arizona 3-0: An early battle of unbeaten teams with the UCLA Bruins being favored by 3.5. Arizona is tough at home. Some think UCLA might be a playoff team and this is a must win for them, or for Arizona for that matter in the race for the Pac 12 championship. I think that the Bruins win on the road, beating BYU was a good experience for them.
Utah 3-0 at Oregon 2-1: Very important game for both teams. Oregon will win at home.
USC 2-1 at Arizona State 2-1: I will confess that I did not see USC losing to Stanford and Arizona State has not looked good at all this season. The Trojans are more talented, but they are young. I am still picking the Trojans and remembering that Ohio State had one loss last season and USC has that same kind of pull. The West Coast will have either USC or UCLA or nobody in the playoffs in my opinion. The Trojans may still be a year away, but they will lose Cody Kessler. USC is favored by 6, and I see them winning in spite of the Sun Devils owning the Trojans in recent seasons