Big 12 Win Total and Standings Preview

Best Bets

Kansas State over 7.5 wins (-150): The Wildcats won seven regular season games after two straight seasons where they won more than ten. Bill Snyder teams always are well prepared for games. I think the combo of quarterback Jake Waters and wide receiver Tyler Lockett will put up big numbers this season. Hosting Auburn and trips to Oklahoma and Baylor is where I see the losses. Kansas State will win the rest of their games and finish third in the Big 12. Continue reading

Arkansas vs Auburn Pick

Auburn hosts Arkansas in an early SEC contest on Saturday. I think the Tigers are giving too many points to the Razorbacks. I’m down on Auburn this season after having everything go their way in 2013. They needed a late touchdown to beat Mississippi State at home early last season. Auburn used two miraculous plays in back-to-back games against Georgia and Alabama late in the season. The Tigers lose their star running back Tre Mason and best their offensive lineman Greg Robinson.

Arkansas dropped their last nine games in 2013 as part of a very difficult schedule. It’s unclear to tell how much the Razorbacks have improved, if any, but they did show promise late last season when they only lost at LSU by four points. Continue reading

Big Ten Win Total and Standings Preview

Best Bets

Iowa over 8.5 wins (-115): This pick mostly has to do with the schedule. The Hawkeyes avoid Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan in the East. Their toughest non conference game is at Pittsburgh. Starting 10-0 is a really possibility for Iowa before hosting Wisconsin and Nebraska to end the season. The Hawkeyes return most of their offensive contributors including quarterback Jake Rudock and running back Mark Weisman. Continue reading

ACC Win Total and Standings Preview

Best Bets

Clemson under 8.5 wins (-105): Clemson has won double-digit games the last three seasons. However, I think they will only win seven or eight games in 2014. Quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Wakins are gone. Clemson’s returning leading rusher Zac Brooks won’t play this season after sustaining a foot injury in August. Vic Beasley’s surprising return to school helps the defense but that unit still might be overmatched against opponents like Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina. The Tigers have trips to Athens and Tallahassee in September along with a home contest against North Carolina. Home against Louisville and at Georgia Tech will be tricky. They end the year at South Carolina, which is an opponent even Boyd and Watkins couldn’t beat. Continue reading

SEC Win Total and Standings Preview

Best bets

Florida over 7.5 wins (-140): Things can only go up for Florida after finishing 4-8 last season and having a roster filled with injured players. Quarterback Jeff Driskel is healthy and I think he will play up to his potential this season. Will Muschamp knows he is on the hot seat and you can always count on his defense to play well. Look for sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III to be a household name by the end of the season. Florida’s schedule is challenging with cross-division conference games at Alabama and home against LSU. They make the trip at the end of the season to Tallahassee to play Florida State. I think they will win one of the two games against Georgia and South Carolina. I also think they will beat LSU. Great programs rebound after a disappointing season and I think Florida will win nine games. Continue reading