|I love October Saturdays
So now our weekly take on last week and this week, in five bullets:
1) It's always way too early to talk playoff teams, especially seeding, in October. Evidence Clemson, two Washington schools, and Auburn going down. None of these teams are out of it BTW (except maybe Auburn).
2) Michigan took a big step back last week, looking like a two horse race in the Big 10 East to play Wisconsin. That being said, I feel a few more upsets are in the cards in the top heavy Big 10
3) I believe the Pac 12 and Big 12 are the deepest conferences with fewer soft teams. It might result in both missing the college football playoff, but strong Bowl game performances
4) It's nice to have USC and Notre Dame be a big national game again. One of the great rivalries in college football. Two national brands and there will be a lot of NFL talent on the field in South Bend this Saturday.
5) Is this the swan song for Butch Jones? I have trouble believing he'll do anything but get destroyed by Alabama, and I can't see how he can be kept much longer. If nothing else, Tennessee gets a jump on the hot candidates. And they might as well, this season is a dumpster fire.
|No Georgia game this week makes me sad
Our two analysts are J.R. Ewing, Texas Longhorns fan and general loud mouth. And we feature big time Georgia Bulldog fan Bulldog Babe (BDB) (@bulldogbabexo) as a guest expert.
JR: 4-1 S/U, 3-2 ATS
BDB: 4-1 S/U, 2-3 ATS
Season to date:
JR: 22-13 S/U, 20-15 ATS
BDB: 24-11 S/U, 23-12 ATS
Both of us missed Auburn winning and covering; BDB went on to miss both Georgia covering and Oregon beating the spread, while JR foolishly underestimated the Longhorns.
Spreads are from a great pick site, Capped Sports
Game 1: Memphis (+3) at Houston (8:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday)
Missed pick window
Memphis is the final team inside of the AP Top 25. They face off against Houston this weekend and I think they can keep their winning ways going. They’re 5-1 on the season and they have the talent to show for it. Memphis wins.Memphis 20, Houston 14
Here we have two teams that have been nothing short of disappointment. A returning Heisman winner for the Cardinals and Florida State with a Heisman contender hurt the first game. The teams are a combined 3-5 in the ACC so far and are reduced to spoiler. Both teams will fight hard, and Florida State wins by a FG late.
Florida State 24, Louisville 21
I love this matchup! Two very talented football teams with their own storylines on the season. They both have three losses on the season, but Florida State just hasn’t lived up to any expectations this season. Louisville wins.
Louisville 34, Florida State 20
I will not pick against Texas again. At least against the spread. They are now 5-1 against the spread and really are playing up to their competition; noting that this week will be their third Top 10 matchup in five games. They fight hard at home with emerging freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger, but fall short in a shootout.
Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35
This is an interesting matchup, which will hopefully be fun to watch. Oklahoma State is ranked #10 in the country, so they will bring their best game against Texas. I think they will pull off the win
Oklahoma State 30, Texas 24
Game 4: Michigan (+9.5) at Penn State (7:30 p.m. EDT)
Finally the Big 10 has a matchup of their best four teams. That being said, Michigan has slipped with a loss and overtime win that should have been bigger. But Michigan is talented and I'm not sold on Penn State, who hasn't played a team currently ranked yet. This will be tight, Michigan escapes with a win.
Michigan 21, Penn State 20
This is one matchup where I cannot decide between, two very talented teams with a lot of strengths. Michigan is ranked #19 and Penn State is ranked #2, but the difference is one team is undefeated. Penn State hasn’t had impressive wins up until this point, but I think they will change that this weekend against Michigan.
Penn State 34, Michigan 21
Game 5: Southern California (+3.5) at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. EDT)
It's great for college football when these teams are good. And good they are. Notre Dame has bounced back from a really bad 2016 while Southern Cal lost a heartbreaker to Washington State. Both teams have been tested, but I think the Trojans get the victory in South Bend. More talent.
Southern California 27, Notre Dame 24
Another AP Top 15 matchup, there’s been a good bit of those matchups already and they have been exciting. I think Notre Dame is the stronger team on both sides of the ball, they showed that against most of the teams they played & I think they’ll win. 30-17 .
Notre Dame 30, Southern California 17
Have a great college football Saturday, American!
- JR and BDB